Neil Robinson (footballer, born 1957)

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Neil Robinson
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-04-20)20 April 1957
Place of birth Walton, Liverpool, England
Date of death 24 November 2022(2022-11-24) (aged 65)
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)
Total 286 (15)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Neil Robinson (20 April 1957 – 24 November 2022) was an English footballer who played as a defender or midfielder for Everton, Swansea City, Grimsby Town and Darlington.[1]


Robinson was born the youngest of a family of seven children (six boys, one girl), just 100 yards away from Everton Football Club's ground, Goodison Park, (in Spellow Lane, Walton Liverpool). He began his football career as an apprentice professional at Everton FC in April 1973, aged 16. He signed as a full-time professional for Everton one year later in April 1974.

Robinson 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 was 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.

Personal life and death[edit]

Robinson was the youngest brother of Sir Ken Robinson. He married his wife, Pauline, on 31 January 1978 and they had three children, including former professional footballer Neil David Robinson. He died from sudden cardiac arrest on 24 November 2022, at the age of 65.[3]


  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". The Vegan Society. 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ Coates, Charlotte (25 November 2022). "Former Everton defender Neil Robinson dies aged 65 after cardiac arrest". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 25 November 2022.