Bobby Collins (footballer)

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Bobby Collins
Personal information
Full name Robert Young Collins
Date of birth (1931-02-16)16 February 1931
Place of birth Govanhill, Scotland
Date of death 13 January 2014(2014-01-13) (aged 82)
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Polmadie Hawthorn Juveniles
Pollok
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1958 Celtic 220 (80)
1958–1962 Everton 133 (42)
1960 Southern Suburbs (loan)
1962–1967 Leeds United 149 (24)
1967–1969 Bury 75 (6)
1969–1971 Greenock Morton 54 (3)
1971 Ringwood City 6 (0)
1972 Melbourne Hakoah
1972 Ringwood City
1972–1973 Oldham Athletic 7 (0)
1973–1974 Shamrock Rovers 11 (1)
National team
1950–1965 Scotland 31 (10)
1951–1958 Scottish League XI 16 (12)
Teams managed
1974–1975 Huddersfield Town
1977–1978 Hull City
1984–1985 Barnsley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Young "Bobby" Collins (16 February 1931 – 13 January 2014) was a Scottish football player, best known for his successful spells at Celtic, Everton and Leeds United. He also represented the Scotland national football team and the Scottish League XI.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Despite being just about 160 cm (5'3") tall, Collins was a strong, hard-working midfield player who was in the Celtic team as a 17-year old and stayed there for ten years, winning the Scottish Cup in 1951, and the Scottish cup double in 1954. He was also called up for international duty in 1950, and maintained a frequent presence in the Scotland squad in the later stages of the decade.[2] Collins also represented the Scottish League XI 16 times, scoring 12 goals.[3]

In 1958 he joined Everton where he played until 1962.[4] He was an astute addition to the Leeds squad by manager Don Revie in 1962, helping the club avoid relegation. Leeds won promotion to the First Division in 1964, and Collins captained the side towards a potential League and FA Cup double a year later; however, Leeds missed out on the League on goal average to Manchester United, and lost the 1965 FA Cup Final to Liverpool. Collins's efforts in Leeds achievements were recognised as he was awarded the Footballer of the Year title in 1965. His sparkling form at Leeds also won him a recall to the Scotland squad after a 6-year absence, and he earned three more caps. His international career ended with 31 appearances and ten goals. Collins continued to skipper Leeds until 1966, when he suffered a horrific broken thighbone in a Fairs Cup tie against Torino. He briefly came back from the injury, but age and a struggle to reclaim previous form brought his Leeds career to an end.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Bury signed Collins and he stayed there for two years.[4] During a short period back in his native Scotland with Greenock Morton, he doubled up as a scout for Revie, and recommended Joe Jordan. Jordan went on to become a respected and feared striker with Leeds, Manchester United, Milan and Scotland. In 1972 Collins was playing coach of Australian club Ringwood City but left after a disagreement with the club board.[13][14][15] He then had a spell as player/coach with Oldham. Collins signed for Shamrock Rovers in November 1973 making his début on the 11th at Glenmalure Park. He played a total of 13 games, 11 in the league scoring once on his second appearance at Finn Harps.[5]

Management career[edit]

Collins went into management, with spells at Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Barnsley. He also coached within the Leeds youth set-up in the 1970s and then again in the late 1990s.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 May 1957 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Switzerland 2–1 2–1 WCQG9
2 22 May 1957 Neckarstadion, Stuttgart  West Germany 1–0 3–1 Friendly
3 22 May 1957 Neckarstadion, Stuttgart  West Germany 3–0 3–1 Friendly
4 13 November 1957 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Wales 1–0 1–1 BHC
5 1 June 1958 Dziesieciolecia Stadion, Warsaw  Poland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
6 1 June 1958 Dziesieciolecia Stadion, Warsaw  Poland 2–0 2–1 Friendly
7 11 June 1958 Idrottsparken, Norrköping  Paraguay 2–3 2–3 WCG2
8 18 October 1958 Ninian Park, Cardiff  Wales 3–0 3–0 BHC
9 5 November 1958 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Northern Ireland 2–0 2–2 BHC
10 27 May 1959 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam  Netherlands 1–1 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Leeds United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BOBBY COLLINS". Leeds United. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Collins, Bobby". TheCeltiWiki.com. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Collins, Robert Young". allfootballers.com. 
  5. ^ a b "Bobby Collins". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 1 – An appreciation". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 2 – Home grown hero". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 3 – From Sweden to Liverpool". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 4 – Back from the dead". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 5 – End of the line". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Broadbent, Rick (24 March 2009). "The 50 greatest Leeds United players". The Times. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Broadbent, Rick (6 November 2007). "The soul of Leeds in 50 moments". The Times. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Club History – 1970 – 1979". Ringwood City Soccer Club. Retrieved 31 March 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Ringwood City (Wilhelmina) Coaches 1953 – 2007". Ringwood City Soccer Club. Retrieved 31 March 2010. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Collins, Robert Young". Australian Player Database. OzFootball. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 

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