Bob Blyth

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Bob Blyth
Personal information
Full name Robert Blyth
Date of birth 1870
Place of birth Glenbuck, Scotland
Date of death 1941 (aged 70–71)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Glenbuck Cherrypickers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Middlesbrough Ironopolis
1891–1894 Rangers 10 (2)
1894–1899 Preston North End 114 (8)
1899–1901 Portsmouth
Teams managed
1901–1904 Portsmouth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Blyth (1870–1941) was the manager for the football club Portsmouth F.C. from 1901-1904.

Football career[edit]

Blyth was born in Glenbuck, and was a member of the Glenbuck Cherrypickers, playing alongside members of his extended family. He played as a wing-half, and his professional clubs included Rangers (1891–1894), Preston North End (1894–1899) and Portsmouth (1899–1901).

He became player–manager of Portsmouth in 1901, winning the 1901-02 Southern League title. After retiring from his post as manager, he later served Portsmouth as director and chairman.


His brother William Blyth also played for Portsmouth, and his son Robert Blyth played for both Portsmouth and Southampton in the 1920s.[1] His sister, Barbara, was mother of Bob Shankly and Bill Shankly.


As manager[edit]



  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.