Jimmy Robertson (footballer, born 1944)

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Jimmy Robertson
Personal information
Full name James Gillen Robertson[1]
Date of birth (1944-12-17) 17 December 1944 (age 72)[2]
Place of birth Cardonald, Glasgow, Scotland[2]
Playing position Right winger
Youth career
Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1962 Cowdenbeath 0 (0)
1962–1964 St Mirren 54 (12)
1963–1969 Tottenham Hotspur 157 (25)
1968–1970 Arsenal 46 (7)
1969–1972 Ipswich Town 87 (10)
1972–1977 Stoke City 114 (12)
1976–1977 Seattle Sounders 29 (3)
1977–1978 Walsall 16 (0)
1978–1979 Crewe Alexandra 33 (0)
Total 536 (69)
National team
1964 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Gillen Robertson (born 17 December 1944) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a winger. Altogether Robertson featured for clubs Cowdenbeath, St Mirren, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Ipswich Town, Stoke City, Seattle Sounders, Walsall and Crewe Alexandra.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Robertson was born in Cardonald, Glasgow and began his career playing as a right winger at English club Middlesbrough. He wasn't offered a professional contract at Middlesbrough and thus joined up with Scottish club Cowdenbeath. After his stint there he signed for St Mirren in 1962. With the Buddies Robertson got a sum of 54 caps and scored 12 goals. After his spell with St. Mirren, Robertson was bought by Tottenham Hotspur in 1964 for £25,000. During the 1966-67 season he scored the first goal in Tottenham's 1967 FA Cup Final victory against Chelsea. With Spurs he made a total 181 appearances including four as substitute and scored 31 goals in all competitions.[4]

He went on to join Spurs's rivals Arsenal in October 1968, in a straight swap for David Jenkins, making him one of the few players to play for both clubs.[5] Robertson made his debut for Arsenal in a goaless draw against West Ham United in October 1968. Robertson in all played a total of 19 league matches in the 1968–69 English footballing season. The following 1969–70 season he made a further eight appearances to be capped a total of 27 times at and away from Highbury. Robertson then joined up with Ipswich Town in March 1970 for £50, 000. He is as well one of only two players to score for both sides in the North London derby. In total Robertson played 59 games for Arsenal, scoring eight goals altogether.[5]

At Portman Road Robertson became a vital member of Bobby Robson's squad as the "Tractor Boys" ensured survival in 1969–70 and 1970–71. Within the 1971–72 season Robertson helped the club move up to a mid-table position within the league.[6] In July of 1972 Robertson joined Stoke City for a fee of £80,000. At Stoke he became a regular under manager Tony Waddington in the 1972–73 and 1973–74 seasons. As so he suffered a broken leg while playing against Coventry City in December 1974.[2] He then struggled to get back into the side and after two seasons without regular football he decided to leave for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League.[7] He played 29 matches for the Seattle Sounders before returning to England to play for Walsall. Robertson then ended his playing days at Crewe Alexandra.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[8]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 1963–64 First Division 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
1964–65 First Division 36 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 40 8
1965–66 First Division 33 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 36 6
1966–67 First Division 40 5 8 1 1 0 0 0 49 6
1967–68 First Division 34 5 3 1 1 0 5 4 43 9
1968–69 First Division 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 157 25 18 4 2 0 5 4 182 33
Arsenal 1968–69 First Division 19 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 21 4
1969–70 First Division 27 4 2 0 4 0 5 0 38 4
Total 46 7 4 1 4 0 5 0 59 8
Ipswich Town 1969–70 First Division 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
1970–71 First Division 40 5 6 1 2 0 0 0 48 7
1971–72 First Division 40 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 43 3
Total 87 10 8 1 3 1 0 0 98 13
Stoke City 1971–72 First Division 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1972–73 First Division 31 5 1 0 3 0 2 0 37 5
1973–74 First Division 37 3 1 0 2 0 4 0 44 3
1974–75 First Division 14 3 0 0 4 2 2 0 20 5
1975–76 First Division 18 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
1976–77 First Division 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 114 12 9 0 9 2 8 0 140 14
Seattle Sounders 1976 NASL 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
1977 NASL 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
Total 29 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 3
Walsall 1977–78 Third Division 16 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
Crewe Alexandra 1978–79 Fourth Division 33 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 0
Career Total 482 57 43 6 21 3 18 4 564 70

Honours[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Robertson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  3. ^ Hugman, B, J, (Ed) The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) p527 ISBN 1-85291-665-6 Retrieved 30 August 2008
  4. ^ "Topspurs A-Z of players". Top Spurs.com. 
  5. ^ a b "Jimmy Robertson: Profie". Arsenal F.C. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy Robertson". Sporting heroes. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Robertson - Seattle Sounders stats". NASL Jerseys.com. 
  8. ^ Jimmy Robertson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

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