Paul Robinson (footballer, born December 1978)

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Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson BCFC 2013.jpg
With Birmingham City in 2013 pre-season
Personal information
Full name Paul Peter Robinson[1]
Date of birth (1978-12-14) 14 December 1978 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Watford, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Watford 219 (8)
2003–2010 West Bromwich Albion 214 (4)
2009–2010 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2012 Bolton Wanderers 67 (0)
2012 Leeds United (loan) 10 (0)
2012– Birmingham City 78 (0)
National team
1999 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:42, 28 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Peter Robinson (born 14 December 1978) is an English footballer who plays for and captains Football League Championship club Birmingham City. He is a left-sided defender who can also play at centre-back.

Robinson began his professional career at Division Two side Watford in 1996, and made 252 appearances for the club, before moving to Division One side West Bromwich Albion in October 2003. He made 238 appearances for West Brom, before joining Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in July 2009, initially on loan, and then on a permanent transfer at the start of the 2010-11 season. Having made 87 appearances for Bolton, he went on loan to Championship side Leeds United in March 2012, where he made ten appearances. He was released by Bolton at the end of the 2011-12 season, and joined current club Birmingham on a free transfer in September 2012.

He was capped three times for the England under-21 team in 1999.

Early and personal life[edit]

Robinson was born in Watford, Hertfordshire,[2] and attended St. Michael's Catholic High School in Garston.[3] He captained their football team to the English Schools' Football Association Under-16s Cup Final at Prenton Park, the home of Tranmere Rovers, in 1995.[4]

Robinson is married to Caroline and has three sons - Luke, Jamie and Archie.[3][5]

Career[edit]

Watford[edit]

Robinson began his football career in the youth system of his hometown town club, Watford He made his first-team debut as a second-minute substitute in a 1–1 draw against Luton Town on 29 October 1996, aged 17.[2] He went on to make 12 more appearances that season. In Watford's Division Two Championship-winning season of 1997–98, Robinson was in and out of the side. He often played when the side reverted to the 4–4–2 formation from their usual 3–5–2. In 1998–99, with the club playing 4–4–2, Robinson became a regular half-way through the season and featured in the club's run to the play-offs.

In a match against Port Vale on 29 April 1999, Robinson made a poor tackle on Vale player Stewart Talbot, breaking both bones in Talbot's lower leg. The injury kept Talbot out of the game for 10 months and resulted in a "six-figure" out-of-court settlement.[6] Out of 252 Watford appearances he was booked 63 times and sent off three times. One of these sendings off came in the 1998–99 play-off semi-final against Birmingham City, which saw him miss the second leg. He did feature, however, in the club's 2–0 play-off victory against future employers Bolton Wanderers.

Robinson made 32 appearances for Watford in their 1999–2000 FA Premier League season, and stayed with the club when they were relegated to Division One, making a further 124 league appearances for Watford in the second tier over the next four seasons.[7]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

In October 2003 Robinson was sold to West Bromwich Albion for an initial £250,000 fee, potentially rising to £375,000 depending on appearances and Albion being promoted to the Premiership.[8] He had made 252 appearances in total for Watford, scoring 9 goals.[9] He made his West Brom debut in a 1–0 win against Norwich City on 18 October.[10]

Robinson was touted as a potential England left back by Bryan Robson and others.[11] His first goal for West Brom was an injury-time headed equaliser at Villa Park in April 2005,[12] which earned him the club's Goal of the Season award.[13] The draw was one of several key results that enabled Albion's "Great Escape" from relegation.

In June 2006 Watford attempted to re-sign the player from West Brom for £1.4m; however, this bid was rejected by manager Robson and chairman Jeremy Peace, as Robinson was considered vital if the team was to realise its ambition of a quick return to the Premier League.[14] Robinson signed a new three-year contract with the club in July 2006.[15]

On 28 October 2006, Birmingham City captain Damien Johnson's jaw was broken in two places in a collision with Robinson during a local derby, for which he received a straight red card. The incident drew criticism from Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, who believed Robinson's use of the elbow to be a deliberate act.[16]

Robinson was the subject of a £1.5m bid from Premiership team Wigan Athletic in August 2007 as a replacement for Leighton Baines, who had been sold to Everton. The move fell through when he failed a medical.[17] In early November he was named in the Championship Team of the Week following Albion's 3–0 win at his former club Watford.[18] He made the Team of the Week once again after Albion's 4–3 home win against Colchester United in March 2008.[19] Robinson was named in the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Championship Team of the Year, alongside team mates Jonathan Greening and Kevin Phillips,[20] after helping Albion win promotion to the Premiership as league champions.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 12 July 2009, Robinson completed a season-long loan move to Bolton Wanderers, where he was reunited with his former manager Gary Megson.[21] The player explained that he had joined Bolton on a three-year contract, the first year being on loan and the deal to become permanent in the summer of 2010 when Bolton would pay West Brom a fee of £1 million.[22] He made his debut in a 1–0 loss to Sunderland on 15 August. The deal was made permanent in January 2010.[23] He made 25 league appearances in the first season,[24] and 35 in the following season,[25] but fell out of favour in the 2011–12 Premier League season, only making 20 appearances in total for the club.[26]

Leeds United (loan)[edit]

On 6 March 2012, Robinson joined Leeds United on a month's loan.[26] He was an unused substitute for their away game at Hull City the same day,[27] and made his debut in their 2–0 win at Middlesbrough on 11 March.[28] Robinson's loan was extended to the end of the season.[29] He was omitted from the last game of Leeds' season, because manager Neil Warnock was unwilling to risk his suffering injury in a "nothing" game as they were unlikely to sign him permanently. He returned to Bolton and was available for their last few matches,[30] but was released when his contract expired at the end of the season, along with 11 other players, following the club's relegation from the Premier League.[31]

Birmingham City[edit]

Playing for Birmingham in 2012

After training with MLS side Toronto FC[32] and then with Championship club Birmingham City, Robinson signed a one-month contract with the latter in September 2012 after injuries had left the club with only two fit senior defenders.[33] He made his debut in the starting eleven in a 1–0 away win against Brighton & Hove Albion on 29 September.[34] After four appearances, and with the team still weakened in defence by injury, he was given a second month's contract,[35] and then a further two months after left-back David Murphy suffered knee damage.[36] When that deal expired, and despite the club's financial dofficulties, his contract was extended until the end of the season.[37] He finished the season playing at centre-half alongside Curtis Davies, having stood in for the injured Steven Caldwell and retained his place after Caldwell's return to fitness, and made 37 appearances in all competitions.[38][39]

Robinson signed a one-year contract, with an option for a further year, ahead of the 2013–14 season,[39] and was appointed both club and team captain for the 2013-14 season.[40] He scored his first goal for the club – and his first goal for nearly five years – to open the scoring in a 3–0 defeat of Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup on 14 January 2014.[41] In April 2014, with Birmingham battling relegation, he incurred a three-game suspension for receiving 15 bookings in the season,[42] returning for the final day of the season as the Blues avoided relegation with a 2–2 draw at Bolton.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 27 August 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford 1996–97[43][44] Division Two 12 0 3 0 0 0 2[a] 0 17 0
1997–98[45] Division Two 22 2 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 25 2
1998–99[46] Division One 29 0 1 0 2 0 2[b] 0 34 0
1999–2000[47] Premier League 32 0 1 0 3 0 36 0
2000–01[7] Division One 39 0 1 0 4 0 44 0
2001–02[48] Division One 38 3 0 0 5 1 43 4
2002–03[49] Division One 37 3 4 0 1 0 42 3
2003–04[50] Division One 10 0 1 0 11 0
Watford total 219 8 12 0 16 1 5 0 252 9
West Bromwich Albion 2003–04[50] Division One 31 0 1 0 32 0
2004–05[51] Premier League 30 1 3 0 0 0 33 1
2005–06[52] Premier League 33 0 1 0 2 0 36 0
2006–07[53] Championship 42 2 4 0 3 0 3[c] 0 52 2
2007–08[54] Championship 43 1 4 0 1 0 48 1
2008–09[55] Premier League 35 0 2 1 0 0 37 1
West Bromwich Albion total 214 4 15 1 6 0 3 0 238 5
Bolton Wanderers 2009–10[24] Premier League 25 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
2010–11[25] Premier League 35 0 5 0 0 0 40 0
2011–12[56] Premier League 17 0 2 0 1 0 20 0
Bolton Wanderers total 77 0 9 0 1 0 87 0
Leeds United 2011–12[56] Championship 10 0 10 0
Birmingham City 2012–13[34] Championship 35 0 2 0 37 0
2013–14[57] Championship 40 0 2 1 4 0 46 1
2014–15[58] Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Birmingham City total 78 0 4 1 5 0 87 1
Career total 599 12 40 2 28 1 8 0 675 15

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