Bobby Hope

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Bobby Hope
Personal information
Full name Robert Hope[1]
Date of birth (1943-09-28) 28 September 1943 (age 73)
Place of birth Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1959–1960 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1972 West Bromwich Albion 336 (33)
1972–1976 Birmingham City 34 (5)
1975 Philadelphia Atoms (loan) 20 (4)
1976 Dallas Tornado (loan) 22 (3)
1976–1979 Sheffield Wednesday 42 (7)
1977 Dallas Tornado (loan) 18 (0)
1978 Dallas Tornado (loan) 18 (0)
1979–1983 Bromsgrove Rovers 2 (2)
Total 492 (54)
National team
1968 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
1983–1988 Bromsgrove Rovers
1988 Burton Albion
1989–1994 Bromsgrove Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Hope (born 28 September 1943) is a Scottish former footballer who made more than 400 appearances as a midfielder in the Football League. He played more than 300 league games for West Bromwich Albion where he spent most of his club career. He won two caps for Scotland.

Born in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland, Hope played for West Brom between 1959 and 1972. A cultured, scheming inside-forward, he was the general in the team's midfield throughout the 1960s. Together with Clive Clark on the wing, Hope provided the ammunition for players like Tony Brown and Jeff Astle. Hope enjoyed success during this period, winning the League Cup in 1966 and FA Cup in 1968. He scored Albion's first goal in European competition when he found the net against DOS Utrecht in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on 2 November 1966.[2]

He moved to Birmingham City in 1972, spending time on loan in the NASL with Philadelphia Atoms and Dallas Tornado, and later played for Sheffield Wednesday and Bromsgrove Rovers. He went on to manage Bromsgrove and Burton Albion. He returned to West Brom as a scout in later years.

Hope won only two full caps for Scotland, perhaps due to the abundance of Scottish midfield talent in this period. Since 2000 he has been West Bromwich Albion's chief scout.[3]


West Brom


  1. ^ "Bobby Hope". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Tony; Mackenzie, Colin (1987). Albion! A Complete Record of West Bromwich Albion 1879-1987. Breedon Books. p. 182. ISBN 0-907969-23-2. 
  3. ^ "Hope still on Albion duty". Express & Star. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 

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