Mark Robinson (footballer, born 1968)

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Mark Robinson
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-11-21) 21 November 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Rochdale, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1984–1986 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 West Bromwich Albion 3 (0)
1987–1993 Barnsley 137 (4)
1993–1994 Newcastle United 25 (0)
1994–2002 Swindon Town 271 (6)
2002–2003 Chippenham Town ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:30, 18 September 2012 (UTC).

Mark Robinson (born 21 November 1968) is a footballer born in Rochdale, Lancashire. He is a former West Bromwich Albion, Barnsley, Newcastle United, Swindon Town and Chippenham Town full back.

Robinson started his career with Midlands-based outfit West Bromwich Albion F.C. where he made only 2 league outings before a move to Barnsley F.C.. Robinson played over 150 games for the Tykes before Kevin Keegan paid £450,000 to take the defender to Newcastle United in March 1993. Robinson helped the Magpies secure promotion to the Premier League later that season.

In 1994 Mark Robinson was the unlucky player who suffered a broken leg in a horror tackle by a Hartlepool player, and Keegan said "we came to Hartlepool to help the club out financially, and we've ended up with a player fighting to save his career". Kevin Keegan also once said he would never return to Hartlepool's Victoria Park after a pre-season friendly went wrong.

He signed for a substantial amount by Keegan to bolster the defence, but was never the same player after the game at Hartlepool. He lost a lot of pace, which was his major strength.

Robinson made only 16 appearances during Newcastle's return to the top flight and in the summer of 1994 Swindon Town paid £600,000 for his services.

Robinson spent the rest of his professional career at the Wiltshire outfit playing 316 matches - scoring 4 times.

After injuries plagued him during the 2001–02 season Robinson retired from professional football and joined nearby Chippenham Town F.C..