Jimmy Robertson (footballer, born 1944)

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Jimmy Robertson
Personal information
Full name James Robertson[1]
Date of birth (1944-12-17) 17 December 1944 (age 69)[1]
Place of birth Cardonald, Glasgow, Scotland[1]
Playing position Right winger
Youth career
Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1962 Cowdenbeath 0 (0)
1962–1964 St. Mirren 54 (12)
1963–1969 Tottenham Hotspur 157 (25)
1968–1970 Arsenal 46 (7)
1969–1972 Ipswich Town 87 (10)
1972–1977 Stoke City 114 (12)
1976–1977 Seattle Sounders 29 (3)
1977–1978 Walsall 16 (0)
1978–1979 Crewe Alexandra 33 (0)
Total 536 (69)
National team
1964 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jimmy Robertson (born 17 December 1944) is a former Scottish international professional footballer who played for Cowdenbeath, St Mirren, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Ipswich Town, Stoke City, Seattle Sounders (United States), Walsall and Crewe Alexandra.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Robertson was born in Cardonald and began his career at English club Middlesbrough. He failed to be offered a professional contract at Middlesbrough and joined Cowdenbeath. He then went on to St. Mirren in 1962 where he featured in 54 matches and scoring 12 goals for the "Buddies". Robertson was bought by Tottenham Hotspur in 1964 for £25,000. A right winger, he made a total 181 appearances in all competitions including four as substitute for the club and scored 31 goals,[3] including the first goal in the 1967 FA Cup Final victory against Chelsea. There he also won his one and only cap for Scotland against Wales in October 1964.

He joined Arsenal in October 1968, in a straight swap for David Jenkins, making him one of the few players to play for both Arsenal and Tottenham and was the first of only two players to score for both sides in the North London derby. Robertson featured often for Arsenal in his 18 months there, playing 19 league matches in 1968–69 and 27 in 1969–70, but Arsenal manager Bertie Mee made it clear he preferred George Armstrong to play on the wing and accepted a bid for Robertson from Ipswich Town in March 1970. In total Robertson played 59 games for Arsenal, scoring eight goals.

At Portman Road Robertson became a vital member of Bobby Robson's squad as the "Tractor Boys" ensure survival in 1969–70 and 1970–71 and in 1971–72 he helped them finish in mid-table.[4] In July 1972 Robertson joined Stoke City for a fee of £80,000 and became a regular under Tony Waddington in 1972–73 and 1973–74 before he broke his leg against Coventry City in December 1974.[1] He struggled then to force his way back into the side and after two seasons in and out of the side he decided to leave for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League.[5] He played 29 matches for the Seattle Sounders before returning to England to play for Walsall and ended his career with Crewe Alexandra.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Jimmy Robertson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 1963–64 First Division 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
1964–65 First Division 36 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 40 8
1965–66 First Division 33 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 36 6
1966–67 First Division 40 5 8 1 1 0 0 0 49 6
1967–68 First Division 34 5 3 1 1 0 5 4 43 9
1968–69 First Division 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 157 25 18 4 2 0 5 4 182 33
Arsenal 1968–69 First Division 19 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 21 4
1969–70 First Division 27 4 2 0 4 0 5 0 38 4
Total 46 7 4 1 4 0 5 0 59 8
Ipswich Town 1969–70 First Division 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
1970–71 First Division 40 5 6 1 2 0 0 0 48 7
1971–72 First Division 40 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 43 3
Total 87 10 8 1 3 1 0 0 98 13
Stoke City 1971–72 First Division 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1972–73 First Division 31 5 1 0 3 0 2 0 37 5
1973–74 First Division 37 3 1 0 2 0 4 0 44 3
1974–75 First Division 14 3 0 0 4 2 2 0 20 5
1975–76 First Division 18 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
1976–77 First Division 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 114 12 9 0 9 2 8 0 140 14
Seattle Sounders 1976 NASL 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
1977 NASL 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
Total 29 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 3
Walsall 1977–78 Third Division 16 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
Crewe Alexandra 1978–79 Fourth Division 33 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 0
Career Total 482 57 43 6 21 3 18 4 564 70

Honours[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ Hugman, B, J, (Ed) The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) p527 ISBN 1-85291-665-6 Retrieved 30 August 2008
  3. ^ Topspurs A-Z of players Retrieved 14 October 2012
  4. ^ "Jimmy Robertson". Sporting heroes. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Seattle Sounders stats Retrieved 30 November 2009

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