Robbie Savage (footballer, born 1960)

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Robbie Savage
Personal information
Full name Robert James Savage
Date of birth (1960-01-08) 8 January 1960 (age 54)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Liverpool 0 (0)
1982–1983 Wrexham (loan) 27 (10)
1983 Stoke City 7 (0)
1983–1986 Bournemouth 82 (18)
1986–1987 Bradford City 11 (0)
1987–1990 Bolton Wanderers 87 (11)
Knowsley United
Teams managed
Knowsley United (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert James Savage (born 8 January 1960) is an English footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Wrexham, Stoke City, Bournemouth, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.[1]

Career[edit]

Savage was born in Liverpool, and began his football career with Liverpool F.C., but never played a competitive game for their first team.[1] He spent time on loan at Wrexham in 1982–83, then signed for Stoke City at the end of that season, but after making just seven appearances in the first four months of the 1983–84 season he moved on to Bournemouth in December 1983.[2] He was part of Harry Redknapp's Third Division side that beat Manchester United 2–0 to eliminate them from the 1983–84 FA Cup.[3] After a short spell with Bradford City, Savage signed for Bolton Wanderers in September 1987 for a fee of £30,000.

He made his debut against Halifax Town on 12 September, and scored his first Bolton goal a week later at Torquay. On 7 May 1988 he scored the winning goal against his old club Wrexham to give Bolton promotion from the Fourth Division,[4] and played on the winning side at Wembley in 1989 in the Football League Trophy final in 1989.[5] Savage's final professional appearance was on 7 April 1990, playing against Preston North End.[1] During the match he broke his leg, and was later forced to retire due to the injury. He became player-manager of Knowsley United.[6] In 2006 Savage was working with Tranmere Rovers' Football in the Community scheme.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Robbie Savage 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
Liverpool 1982–83 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wrexham (loan) 1982–83 Third Division 27 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 29 11
Stoke City 1983–84 First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Bournemouth 1983–84 Third Division 23 5 2 0 0 0 5 3 30 8
1984–85 Third Division 43 9 5 3 1 0 5 0 54 12
1985–86 Third Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Third Division 16 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 20 4
Bradford City 1986–87 Second Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1987–88 Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Bolton Wanderers 1987–88 Fourth Division 39 5 2 0 0 0 3 0 44 5
1988–89 Third Division 38 6 1 0 1 0 6 1 46 7
1989–90 Third Division 10 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 12 1
Career Total 214 39 14 4 6 1 19 4 253 48
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rollin, Jack, ed. (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91 (21st ed.). London: Queen Anne Press. p. 103. ISBN 0-356-17911-7. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  3. ^ a b Struthers, Greg (8 January 2006). "Caught in Time: Bournemouth beat Manchester United, FA Cup, 1984". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Where are they now? – Former Bolton Wanderers striker John Thomas". The Bolton News. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Powell, David (29 May 1989). "Happy days return to Burnden Park" (reprint). The Times (NewsBank). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Bolton Wanderers : 1946/47–2008/09". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 25 November 2009.