Elliot with Newcastle United in 2013
|Full name||Robert Elliot|
|Date of birth||30 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Greenwich, England|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2004||→ Bishop's Stortford (loan)||6||(0)|
|2005||→ Notts County (loan)||4||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Accrington Stanley (loan)||23||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Accrington Stanley (loan)||7||(0)|
|2004||Republic of Ireland U19||1||(0)|
|2014–||Republic of Ireland||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016
Elliot began his career with Erith Town, before joining Charlton Athletic's academy side. Whilst at Charlton, he was sent out on loan to Bishop's Stortford and Notts County, and also spent two loan spells at Accrington Stanley, where he was nicknamed "The Dilsh". He would then go on to be Charlton's first choice goalkeeper for a number of seasons, until he joined Newcastle United on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2011. Signed mainly as a back-up to Tim Krul, he featured for the club sporadically, but became first choice in the 2015–16 season after Krul suffered a season-ending injury.
Through the origins of his father's family, Elliot became eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland national football team, and was first called up in 2013, making his debut the following year.
Born in Greenwich, Elliot began his career with non-League side Erith Town before moving to Charlton Athletic, the team he had supported as a child, when he was 17. After becoming a professional player with the Addicks in 2004, he was sent out on loan twice during the 2004–05 season; first to Bishop's Stortford and then Notts County, where he made his Football League debut.
The following season, Elliot spent most of the season on loan at the Conference National side Accrington Stanley, replacing fellow Charlton goalkeeper Darren Randolph who had been on loan at Stanley earlier in the year. He was part of the Accrington Stanley team which won promotion to the Football League as runaway champions, saving a vital penalty in the match which guaranteed them promotion. He joined Stanley again on loan during the 2006–07 season, but failed to displace Ian Dunbavin as the club's first choice goalkeeper. He was voted the best keeper of the past decade for Accrington Stanley in 2010 by numerous key figures for the club, including manager John Coleman.
Back at Charlton, Elliot was considered to be behind Nicky Weaver and Darren Randolph for most of the 2007–08 season. After Randolph moved to Bury on loan Elliot was promoted to second choice. He made an unexpected debut for Charlton on 5 April 2008 after Weaver had been sent off in a match against Plymouth Argyle. He made his first start for Charlton in a League Cup defeat to Yeovil Town in August 2008. During the 2008–09 season, he displaced Weaver and established himself as the club's first choice goalkeeper. A string of impressive performances contributing to a record breaking start to a season for Charlton in 2009–10 led to him signing a contract extension committing him to the club until 2012. In August 2011, Newcastle United made an offer of £100,000 which was rejected by Charlton.
He signed for Newcastle United on 30 August 2011 on a five-year contract, becoming their seventh summer signing. He then stated his desire to become first choice keeper. He made his Newcastle debut on 20 September against Nottingham Forest in the Football League Cup. At the start of the 2012–13 season, Elliot changed his squad number from 35 to 21, which was previously worn by Fraser Forster. He made his second Newcastle appearance in the Europa League on 20 September against Marítimo. His third Newcastle appearance, and second of the season, came in an 3rd round League Cup tie away at Manchester United.
Following an injury to Tim Krul, Elliot made his first Premier League appearance for the Magpies on Sunday 24 February 2013, starting against Southampton in a 4–2 victory. During the match, after conceding a goal in the 3rd minute, he then assisted a Papiss Cissé wonder goal in the first half. On 12 May 2013, Elliot was sent off following a second yellow card in a game against Queens Park Rangers.
Elliot started the 2015–16 season as third choice keeper behind Krul and Karl Darlow. However, with Krul suffering a season-ending injury and Darlow still recovering from an ankle knock, Elliot was handed his first appearance of the season on October 18 at home to Norwich City, helping Newcastle to a 6–2 win, their first win of the campaign. Before the game, it was revealed that Elliot had signed a 'new, long-term contract' back in January 2014. Elliot continued his run in the team, keeping successive clean sheets against Stoke City and Bournemouth, the latter performance earning him the man-of-the-match award in a 1–0 win. This was the first time Newcastle had kept two clean sheets in a row in two years and their first away win in ten months.
On 29 March 2016, whilst on international duty, Elliot sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and was ruled out of action for six months, ending his hopes of a place on the Republic of Ireland squad for UEFA Euro 2016.
Elliot, who was born in England, is eligible for the Republic of Ireland through his father's family from Cork, and represented Ireland at under-19 level. On 5 October 2013, Elliot received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad as a replacement for the injured Darren Randolph for the games against Germany and Kazakhstan. Elliot won his first international senior cap for the Republic of Ireland on 25 May 2014, in a 2–1 home loss to Turkey.
- As of 18 March 2016
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[a]||Total|
|Charlton Athletic||2004–05||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Notts County (loan)||2004–05||League Two||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Accrington Stanley (loan)||2005–06||Conference Premier||23||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||23||0|
|Newcastle United||2011–12||Premier League||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0|
- As of match played 30 March 2016.
|Republic of Ireland national team|
- Conference National: 2006
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 137. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- "Keeper Elliot joins Newcastle". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Nott'm Forest v Newcastle". BBC Sport. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "Maritimo 0-0 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Man Utd 2-1 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 26 September 2012.
- David Hynter (30 March 2016). "Newcastle's Rob Elliot in tears after knee injury rules out Euro 2016". The Guardian.
- Ed Harrison (11 September 2013). "Newcastle Player Has International Ambitions". NUFC Blog.
- "Newcastle Goalkeeper Elliot gets first Ireland call". Irish Times. 5 October 2013.
- "Republic of Ireland 1-2 Turkey". FAI.com. 25 May 2014.
- Rob Elliot at Soccerbase
- Rob Elliot at National-Football-Teams.com