Jack Robson

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Jack Robson
Personal information
Full name John Robson
Date of birth (1860-05-24)24 May 1860
Place of birth Durham, England
Date of death 11 January 1922(1922-01-11) (aged 61)
Place of death Manchester, England
Teams managed
Years Team
1899–1905 Middlesbrough (secretary)
1905–1907 Crystal Palace (secretary)
1908–1914 Brighton & Hove Albion (secretary)
1914–1921 Manchester United

John "Jack" Robson (24 May 1860 – 11 January 1922) was an Englishman who was the full-time secretary manager of Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion, as well as manager of Manchester United.

Career[edit]

Robson started his managerial career with Middlesbrough, where he was paid £3 a week and declined to travel to away games as an economic measure. Despite his tight-fistedness he took the club from being an amateur outfit in the Northern League to a professional club in the First Division. He was also the first manager of Crystal Palace and coached the club to one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of all time when they defeated Newcastle United at St James' Park in 1907. He later managed Brighton & Hove Albion and started the concept of being a manager and not a secretary at Manchester United. He stepped down as United manager due to ill health in October 1921[1] and died of pneumonia on 11 January 1922.

Honours[edit]

As a manager[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Middlesbrough England May 1899 May 1905 215 82 86 47 38.14
Crystal Palace[2] England August 1905 April 1907 77 35 18 24 45.45
Brighton & Hove Albion England August 1908 May 1914 14 5 6 3 35.71
Manchester United[3] England December 1914 October 1921 139 41 42 56 29.5
Total 445 163 152 130 36.63

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, Steven F. (1994). Back Page United. p. 54. ISBN 1-85291-553-6.
  2. ^ Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. pp. 120–1. ISBN 0907969542.
  3. ^ "United under John Robson". The Website of Dreams. stretfordend.co.uk. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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