Robert Firth (footballer)

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Robert Firth
Personal information
Full name Robert Edwin Firth[1]
Date of birth (1887-02-20)20 February 1887[1]
Place of birth Sheldon, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England[1]
Youth career
Birmingham Corporation Transport
Golders Green
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1909–1911 Birmingham 25 (2)
Wellington Town
Nottingham Forest
1921–1922 Port Vale 39 (5)
Southend United
Teams managed
1930–1932 Racing de Santander
1932–1934 Real Madrid
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Edwin Firth (born 20 February 1887; date of death unknown) was an English footballer who played for Birmingham, Wellington Town, Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, and Southend United. He later coached Spanish La Liga teams Racing de Santander and Real Madrid, leading Santander to a second-place finish in 1930–31 and Madrid to two Campeonato Regional Centro titles and to a first-place finish in La Liga in 1932–33 and a second-place finish in 1933–34.

Playing career[edit]

Firth played for Birmingham Corporation Transport and Golders Green, before joining Birmingham. He played nine Second Division and FA Cup games in the 1909–10 season. He scored his first goal in the Football League on 10 December 1910, in a 1–0 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, and went on to score two goals in 18 appearances in the 1910–11 campaign. After leaving St Andrew's he played for Wellington Town and Nottingham Forest, before joining Port Vale in June 1921.[1] He claimed his first goal for the club on 29 August, in a 3–0 win over Clapton Orient at The Old Recreation Ground.[1] He went on to score five goals in 39 Second Division games in the 1921–22 season, and was a member of the side which shared the North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup in 1922.[1] However he was released at the end of the season and moved on to Southend United.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

He coached Racing de Santander from 1930 to 1932. He led Santander to second in La Liga in 1930–31, behind champions Athletic Bilbao on goal difference. They went on to finish the 1931–32 season in fourth place. Firth then swapped the Estadio El Sardinero for Real Madrid.[2] He spent two seasons in charge at Estadio Chamartín, leading Madrid to the league title in 1932–33, before leaving them after a second-place finish in 1933–34.[2] He also led the club to two successive Campeonato Regional Centro victories.[3]


with Port Vale
  • North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup winner: 1922 (shared)
with Racing de Santander
with Real Madrid


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 101. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b Real Madrid - Coaches 1920-2012
  3. ^ "ENTRENADORES DEL REAL MADRID C.F.". (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 January 2013.