John Robertson (footballer, born 1964)
|Full name||John Grant Robertson|
|Date of birth||2 October 1964|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle (manager)|
|Salvesen Boys Club|
|1981–1988||Heart of Midlothian||202||(106)|
|1988–1998||Heart of Midlothian||310||(108)|
|1998||→ Dundee (loan)||4||(1)|
|2002–2004||Inverness Caledonian Thistle|
|2004–2005||Heart of Midlothian|
|2017–||Inverness Caledonian Thistle|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
John Grant Robertson (born 2 October 1964) is a Scottish professional football player and coach, currently in his second spell of managing Inverness Caledonian Thistle. His playing career included spells at Newcastle United, Dundee and Livingston, but he is best known for his two spells at Heart of Midlothian, where he is the club's all-time leading goalscorer. He has since managed Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Heart of Midlothian, Derry City and East Fife.
Hibs attempted to sign him but he asked for time to think the deal over. After Hibs refused he signed for Hearts along with school friend and fellow future internationalist Dave Bowman. Robertson eventually earned the moniker "The Hammer of Hibs" as he scored a record 27 goals in Edinburgh derby matches.
Robertson was an instant success at Hearts, becoming a legend in the first few seasons with his prolific goal scoring record. In 1986 Robertson took Hearts to the brink of a league and cup double by scoring goal after goal as the club went on an unbeaten run through that season. The league title was snatched from Hearts by Celtic on the last day of the season, and Hearts lost 3–0 to Aberdeen in the cup final. He left Hearts briefly to play for Newcastle United in April 1988. Robertson failed to match the success he had enjoyed at Tynecastle and returned to Hearts in December of that year.
Robertson achieved his greatest success at Hearts, where he spent the vast majority of his playing career. Robertson's loyalty to Hearts was finally rewarded in 1998 when Hearts won the Scottish Cup and he received a winner's medal, albeit as an unused substitute. After an earlier loan spell with Dundee, he left Tynecastle that summer, joining Livingston as a player-coach.
Robertson was also a Scottish international, playing on 16 occasions for Scotland. He made his debut against Romania in 1990, scoring in a 2–1 win. He trained with the national team before UEFA Euro 1992, but had to withdraw from the final squad due to injury. Robertson scored three goals in 16 international appearances during his career.
Whilst playing for Livingston, Robertson became involved the coaching side of the game. He left the club in season 2002–03 to become manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he guided the Highland team to the SPL for the first time in their history. In November 2004 he returned to Hearts as head coach and despite two cup semi-finals and a good season in Europe as well as finishing fifth in the league, he was sacked in May 2005.
He was appointed manager of Scottish First Division team Ross County in June 2005, but left by mutual consent after four months. Robertson was appointed manager of Livingston in February 2006, then sacked in April 2007 after finishing sixth in the First Division.
He was appointed by League of Ireland side Derry City in July 2007. He took club out of the relegation battle to a safe mid table position and also won the FAI League Cup and qualified for the Setanta Cup before being dismissed by the new chairman and board of directors at Derry, and replaced by former Derry boss Stephen Kenny.
In June 2017, Robertson returned to Inverness Caledonian Thistle as manager. On 24 March 2018, he guided the club to be 2018 Scottish Challenge Cup champions, the second challenge cup glory in his ICTFC career, and first manager in scottish football to win the cup twice with the same club.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1981–82||Heart of Midlothian||First Division||1||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1987–88||Newcastle United||First Division||12||0|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1988–89||Heart of Midlothian||Premier Division||15||4|
- As of match played 22 March 2019
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||26 December 2002||3 November 2004||84||44||13||27||52.38|
|Heart of Midlothian||3 November 2004||9 May 2005||35||13||9||13||37.14|
|Ross County||21 June 2005||24 October 2005||15||6||5||4||40.00|
|Livingston||15 February 2006||15 April 2007||51||15||10||26||29.41|
|Derry City||2 July 2007||11 December 2007||24||8||8||8||33.33|
|East Fife||26 October 2010||1 March 2012||62||28||11||23||45.16|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||14 June 2017||Present||86||39||26||21||45.35|
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- Scottish Cup:
- Scottish League Cup:
- Runner–up (1): 1996
- "John Robertson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Heart of Midlothian VS Hibernian". www.fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- Pye, Steven (1 May 2015). "How Albert Kidd became a Hibs and Celtic legend without playing for them". the Guardian.
- "A to Z of sports with Hearts legend John Robertson". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
Ever been injured on international duty? I missed Euro 1992 due to an injury I picked up in Chicago while training with the squad. I was flown home and given a fortnight to prove my fitness. Everything seemed OK and then in the last minute of the practice game I smashed in a shot and my groin area just exploded. I missed the finals and required a hernia operation, and I was gutted at missing out having played a big part in qualifying.
- "Robertson named Livingston boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 February 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
- "Derry sack Robertson". Retrieved 11 December 2007.
- "John Robertson". Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
- Healey, Derek (14 June 2017). "John Robertson returns as Caley Jags boss 13 years after securing top flight promotion". The Press and Journal. DC Thomson & Co Ltd. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- "John Robertson returns as Inverness Caley Thistle manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- "John Robertson's managerial career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 June 2017.