Matthew Robinson (footballer, born 1974)

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Matthew Robinson
Personal information
Full name Matthew Richard Robinson
Date of birth (1974-12-23) 23 December 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Exeter, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Full back
Youth career
Dorset Schools
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 Southampton 14 (0)
1998–2000 Portsmouth 69 (1)
2000–2002 Reading 65 (0)
2002–2006 Oxford United 171 (4)
2006–2007 Forest Green Rovers 30 (1)
2007–2009 Salisbury City 57 (1)
2009–2010 Totton ? (?)
2010–2012 Swindon Supermarine ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matthew Richard Robinson (born 23 December 1974 in Exeter) is a professional footballer who last played as a full back for Swindon Supermarine.

Playing career[edit]

Having represented Dorset Schools, Robinson joined Southampton as a trainee in July 1991, signing as a professional in 1993. His career at Southampton suffered from the rapid turnover of managers and in little over four years, he served under five different managers. He only made 14 appearances (of which 11 were from the bench) for Southampton before joining Portsmouth for £50,000 in February 1998.[1]

At Portsmouth, he was Alan Ball's second signing as manager and he went straight into the side at left-back. His career also suffered from frequent managerial changes, but in his two years at Fratton Park, Robinson chalked up more than 75 games, including 69 league appearances and scoring one goal,[2] before moving to Reading in a £150,000 deal in January 2000.[1]

Robinson played another 75 league and cup games for Reading before he headed to Oxford United in July 2002 on a free transfer. A regular for Oxford, Robinson amassed 192 games in just over four years.

Another free transfer took him to Forest Green Rovers in September 2006 where he made thirty Conference appearances. In May 2007, he joined Salisbury City on a part-time basis and is now training to be a police officer. After a successful period with Salisbury, Robinson left the club and signed for A.F.C. Totton in February 2009.

In 2010, Robinson joined Southern League side Swindon Supermarine as player-manager. The 2011–12 season was a hard season for Swindon Supermarine finishing third from bottom under the management of Matt Robinson and Gary Horgan. With the appointment of Highworth manager Dave Webb and assistant Lee Spalding the club hoped Robinson would still play for the club and Horgan would take a coaching role.[citation needed] Robinson left Supermarine in April 2012.[3]


  1. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. pp. 571–572. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
  2. ^ Juson, Dave (2004). Saints v Pompey - A history of unrelenting rivalry. Hagiology Publishing. p. 230. ISBN 0-9534474-5-6.
  3. ^ "Players". Retrieved 2013-01-01.

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