Bobby Collins (footballer)

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Bobby Collins
Personal information
Full name Robert Young Collins
Date of birth (1931-02-16)16 February 1931
Place of birth Govanhill, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Date of death 13 January 2014(2014-01-13) (aged 82)
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Polmadie Hawthorn Juveniles
Pollok
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1958 Celtic 220 (81)
1958–1962 Everton 133 (42)
1960 Southern Suburbs (loan)
1962–1967 Leeds United 149 (24)
1967–1969 Bury 75 (6)
1969–1971 Greenock Morton 55 (3)
1971 Ringwood City 6 (0)
1972 Melbourne Hakoah
1972 Ringwood City
1972–1973 Oldham Athletic 7 (0)
1973–1974 Shamrock Rovers 11 (1)
Total 647+ (157+)
National team
1950–1965 Scotland 31 (10)
1951–1958 Scottish League XI 16 (12)
Teams managed
1974 Huddersfield Town
1977–1978 Hull City
1984–1985 Barnsley

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Robert Young "Bobby" Collins (16 February 1931 – 13 January 2014) was a Scotland international football player, best known for his successful spells at Celtic, Everton and Leeds United.[1]

Playing career[edit]

He was born on 16 February 1931 in Govanhill, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the eldest of Tom and Bella Collins's six children.[2] He signed a contract with Everton from Pollok at the age of 17, but after a contractual dispute with Celtic he eventually ended up joining Celtic instead of Everton; he was also working as an apprentice cobbler at the time.[3] He made his debut at outside-right against Old Firm rivals Rangers on 13 August 1949, getting the better of Jock Shaw he helped Celtic to a 3–2 Scottish League Cup victory.[4] Despite being just about 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) tall, Collins was a strong, hard-working midfield player who was in the Celtic team as a 17-year-old and stayed there for ten years, winning the Scottish Cup in 1951, and the Scottish cup double in 1954. He was also called up for international duty in 1950, and maintained a frequent presence in the Scotland squad in the later stages of the decade. Collins also represented the Scottish League XI 16 times, scoring 12 goals.[5]

In 1958 he joined Everton where he played until 1962.[6] He was an astute addition to the Leeds squad by manager Don Revie in 1962, helping the club avoid relegation. Leeds won promotion to the First Division in 1964, and Collins captained the side towards a potential League and FA Cup double a year later; however, Leeds missed out on the League on goal average to Manchester United, and lost the 1965 FA Cup Final to Liverpool. Collins's efforts in Leeds achievements were recognised as he was awarded the Footballer of the Year title in 1965. His sparkling form at Leeds also won him a recall to the Scotland squad after a 6-year absence, and he earned three more caps. His international career ended with 31 appearances and ten goals. Collins continued to skipper Leeds until 1966, when he suffered a horrific broken thighbone in a Fairs Cup tie against Torino. He briefly came back from the injury, but age and a struggle to reclaim previous form brought his Leeds career to an end.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Bury signed Collins and he stayed there for two years.[6] During a short period back in his native Scotland with Greenock Morton, he doubled up as a scout for Revie, and recommended Joe Jordan. Jordan went on to become a respected and feared striker with Leeds, Manchester United, Milan and Scotland. In 1972 Collins was playing coach of Australian club Ringwood City but left after a disagreement with the club board.[13] He then had a spell as player/coach with Oldham. Collins signed for Shamrock Rovers in November 1973 making his début on the 11th at Glenmalure Park. He played a total of 13 games, 11 in the league scoring once on his second appearance at Finn Harps.[7]

Management career[edit]

Collins went into management, with spells at Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Barnsley. He also coached within the Leeds youth set-up in the 1970s and then again in the late 1990s.[14]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup
Scottish Cup
League Cup
Scottish League Cup
Other[15] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1949–50 Celtic First Division 26 7 4 0 6 1 2 0 38 8
1950–51 27 15 7 2 8 3 5 0 47 20
1951–52 30 12 2 0 8 1 2 3 42 16
1952–53 14 3 5 0 0 0 2 0 21 3
1953–54 25 10 0 0 4 0 4 0 33 10
1954–55 20 5 7 1 2 1 1 0 30 7
1955–56 26 4 4 4 6 3 4 2 40 13
1956–57 20 5 6 2 11 4 2 0 39 11
1957–58 30 19 3 1 10 7 3 0 46 27
1958–59 2 1 0 0 7 6 1 0 10 7
Total 220 81 38 10 62 26 26 5 346 122
1958–59 Everton First Division 32 7 4 3 0 0 36 10
1959–60 42 14 1 0 0 0 43 14
1960–61 40 16 1 0 5 1 0 0 46 17
1961–62 19 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 22 7
Total 133 42 9 5 5 1 0 0 147 48
1961–62 Leeds United Second Division 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
1962–63 41 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 44 9
1963–64 41 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 44 6
1964–65 First Division 39 9 8 0 1 1 0 0 48 10
1965–66 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
1966–67 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
Total 149 24 13 1 2 1 4 0 168 26
1966–67 Bury Second Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1967–68 Third Division 43 4 3 1 4 0 0 0 50 5
1968–69 Second Division 22 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 24 2
Total 75 6 3 1 4 0 0 0 84 7
1969–70 Greenock Morton First Division 28 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 2
1970–71 27 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 32 1
Total 55 3 3 0 0 0 4 0 62 3
1972–73 Oldham Athletic Third Division 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Career total[16] 639 156 68 18 73 28 34 5 814 207
Notes
  • Statistics outside the United Kingdom unavailable.
 

International[edit]

Scotland national team
Year Apps Goals
1950 3 0
1955 5 0
1956 1 0
1957 8 4
1958 7 5
1959 4 1
1965 3 0
Total[17] 30 10

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Huddersfield Town 3 July 1974 23 December 1974 23 7 4 12 30.43
Hull City 1 October 1977 10 February 1978 25 6 8 11 24.00
Barnsley 8 February 1984 25 June 1985 65 24 19 22 36.92
Total[18] 113 37 31 45 32.74

Honours[edit]

Individual
Celtic[19]
 
Leeds United[19]
Bury[19]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ "BOBBY COLLINS". Leeds United. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Saffer 2004, p. 11
  3. ^ Saffer 2004, p. 16
  4. ^ Saffer 2004, p. 17
  5. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Collins, Robert Young". allfootballers.com. 
  7. ^ a b "Bobby Collins". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 1 – An appreciation". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 2 – Home grown hero". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 3 – From Sweden to Liverpool". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 4 – Back from the dead". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Bobby Collins Part 5 – End of the line". mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Collins, Robert Young". Australian Player Database. OzFootball. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  14. ^ O'Henley, Alex (14 January 2014). "'Inspirational' Scot Collins mourned". UEFA. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Glasgow Cup, Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and Texaco Cup.
  16. ^ Saffer 2004, p. 188-90
  17. ^ Saffer 2004, p. 186-87
  18. ^ Bobby Collins management career statistics at Soccerbase
  19. ^ a b c Saffer 2004, p. 191
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