Neil Robinson (footballer, born 1957)

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Neil Robinson
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-04-20) 20 April 1957 (age 65)
Place of birth Walton, Liverpool, England
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1979 Everton 17 (1)
1979–1984 Swansea City 123 (7)
1984–1988 Grimsby Town 109 (6)
1988–1990 Darlington 37 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Neil Robinson (born 20 April 1957) is a former footballer. The youngest of a family of 7 children (6 boys, 1 girl), he played for Everton, Swansea City, Grimsby Town and Darlington.[1]

Born just 100 yards away from Everton Football Club's ground, Goodison Park, in Spellow Lane, Walton Liverpool), Robinson began his football career as an apprentice professional at Everton FC in April 1973, age 16. He signed as a full-time professional for Everton one year later in April 1974.

He scored his only goal for Everton at Goodison Park in the last game of the 1977–78 season beating Chelsea 6–0.

Robinson became a vegetarian at age 13 in 1970 and in 1980, age 23, he became a vegan and is reportedly the first vegan footballer to have played professionally. In the 1981-82 season he became the first vegan to score in a top-flight match.[2]

Robinson was the Grimsby Town Player of the Year for 1985–86 and is the youngest brother of Sir Ken Robinson.

Neil is the father of former professional footballer Neil David Robinson.

Personal life[edit]

Neil has been married to his wife Pauline since 31 January 1978 and they have 3 children Neil David, Alison and Kathryn.


  1. ^ "Neil Robinson | Everton Football Club". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014.
  2. ^ "World Vegan Day kicks off with celebratory match at Forest Green Rovers".