Bobby Cram

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Bobby Cram
Personal information
Full name Robert Cram
Date of birth 19 November 1939
Place of birth Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, England
Date of death 14 April 2007(2007-04-14) (aged 67)
Place of death Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
1955–1957 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1968 West Bromwich Albion 141 (25)
1968 Vancouver Royals 32 (2)
1969 Eintracht Vancouver
1970–1972 Colchester United 100 (4)
1972–1974 Bath City 15 (0)
1974 Seattle Sounders 5 (0)
1974–1975 Bromsgrove Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Cram (19 November 1939 – 14 April 2007) was an English professional footballer.


Born in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, Cram joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in September 1955, at the age of 15. He turned professional in January 1957, but did not make his debut until October 1959, in a 0-0 draw against Bolton Wanderers. He went on to make 163 appearances for The Baggies, including the 1966 and 1967 League Cup finals. He was one of the very few defenders to score a hat trick in a top level match v. Stoke City Sept 18th 1965. He is perhaps most remembered for being the captain of the Colchester United team that beat Leeds United in the 1971 FA Cup, one of the greatest shocks in the competition's history. In 1968, he went on loan with the Vancouver Royals in the North American Soccer League. He returned to the NASL in 1974, this time with the Seattle Sounders.[1]


In June 1972, Cram was one of five footballers with English League experience pre-selected by Canadian coach Frank Pike for the CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Germany 1974. Just two months later, however, neither Cram, Bob Lenarduzzi or Les Wilson were available to the Canadian team.


Cram died in Canada of a heart attack, aged 68, in April 2007.[2] Bobby Cram was also the uncle of athlete Steve Cram.



Colchester United[3]