Robbie Herrera

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Robbie Herrera
Personal information
Full name Roberto Herrera
Date of birth (1970-06-12) 12 June 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Torquay, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
000?–1988 Queens Park Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Queens Park Rangers 6 (0)
1992 Torquay United (loan) 11 (0)
1992 → Torquay United (loan) 5 (0)
1993–1998 Fulham 144 (2)
1998–2001 Torquay United 107 (1)
2001 Leyton Orient 2 (0)
2001–2002 Grays Athletic
2002 Merthyr Tydfil
2002–2003 Taunton Town
2003–2006 Bideford
2006–2007 Torrington
2007– Bideford
Teams managed
2006–2007 Torrington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roberto Herrera (born 12 June 1970) is an English former professional footballer. He played as a left-back and is currently College Co-ordinator at Torquay United[1] as part of the club's youth development link with Paignton Community and Sports College.

Career[edit]

Herrera, although born and raised in Torquay, South Devon and registered as a schoolboy with his local side Torquay United, began his career as an apprentice with Queens Park Rangers, turning professional on 1 March 1988. His league debut came as a substitute on 14 January 1989 in an away defeat against Wimbledon, but future appearances proved to be hard to come by.

Herrera returned to Torquay United on loan on 17 March 1992, playing 11 league games. A further loan spell at Plainmoor followed on 24 October 1992, Herrera returning to the QPR reserves after 5 games. On 29 October 1993, he made the short move from Loftus Road to Fulham, where he eventually made 144 league appearances, scoring twice. After helping Fulham to promotion from Division 3 in 1997, Herrera lost his place to former QPR colleague Rufus Brevett, as the ambitions of their owner Mohamed Al Fayed became apparent, ambitions that would see the London side in the Premiership within 4 years.

The situation surrounding Herrera's move to Fulham was a unique one. During a time of financial frailty for Fulham, chairman Jimmy Hill came out in front of the crowd and said that they had identified a full back from Queens Park Rangers who he and the manager thought would improve the team. Hill asked that Fulham fans contribute what they can towards the £60,000 for the signing of this full back and the following game Herrera was paraded in front of the crowd with the rumour being that filmstar Hugh Grant had stumped up the transfer fee.

On 4 August 1998, he signed for Torquay for a fee of £30,000, his solid defending and quick attacking instincts helping to establish him in the team. However, a recurring groin injury caused him to miss games, and during the 2000–01 season he found it difficult to sustain himself as a first team regular, not playing at all after 31 March. Although his form was not good, he was played as a wing-back by Wes Saunders, and not in his natural full-back position. It was little surprise that Herrera was one of the three players released at the end of the 2000–01 season. He had played 104 league games, scoring one goal against Rochdale,[2] in his third spell at the club.

Surprisingly, given his poor showing the previous season, Herrera was invited back to Plainmoor on trial by new manager Roy McFarland, playing in the 2–0 win away to Newton Abbot on 25 July 2001. On 8 August he signed a 3-month contract,[3] and played in the opening game of the season away to Bristol Rovers. Two further appearances followed, but he then slipped out of the reckoning and was released on 17 September.

He joined Leyton Orient on trial on 1 October, signing a one-month contract 2 days later as manager Tommy Taylor wanted cover for the injured Matthew Lockwood.[4] Taylor was sacked soon after, but Herrera impressed new manager Paul Brush enough to earn a second month's contract beginning on 5 November, despite being out with first a back injury and then a toe injury. He was released by Orient later that month and joined non-league Grays Athletic.

In December 2005, Herrera joined Leroy Rosenior's Merthyr Tydfil,[5] moving on to Taunton Town, managed by former Torquay player Russell Musker in August 2002.[6] He left Taunton in the summer of 2003 to join Bideford, managed by another former Torquay player Sean William Joyce.

In March 2006 he joined another North Devon side Torrington, taking over as player-manager the following month.[7] Herrera resigned in February 2007 after a 7–0 defeat against Melksham Town,[8] and returned to Bideford as a player only.

Since ending his professional playing career, Herrera has worked with Torquay United's youth team, and has held coaching positions as well as being the club's College Co-Ordinator. In September 2009, following United winger Saul Halpin's graduation to the first team, then-chief executive Colin Lee hailed Herrera's contribution to the college scheme, saying "Robbie has done a fantastic job, and he's been a big reason for the course's success on the football side."[9] As part of his involvement with Torquay's youth team, Herrera has also occasionally refereed matches between their U-18s and the youth sides of other clubs.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who's who". Torquay United F.C. Official Website. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rochdale 2-1 Torquay". BBC. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ McFarland's first goal is league safety
  4. ^ Herrera out to impress
  5. ^ Rosenior adds to squad
  6. ^ Musker still looking to strengthen
  7. ^ Herrera takes Torrie post
  8. ^ Herrera quits Torrie
  9. ^ Saul's a Prime Example ThisIsSouthDevon.co.uk. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  10. ^ Match Report: Torquay Utd Youth 4-2 Pulse Premier Extra Time. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mike Small
Torrington Manager
2006-2007
Succeeded by
David Pook