Robbie Weir

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Robbie Weir
Robbie Weir York City v. Wrexham 14-11-10 1.png
Weir playing for York City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Robert James Weir[1]
Date of birth (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Burton Albion
Number 8
Youth career
000?–2004 Larne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Larne
2005–2011 Sunderland 0 (0)
2010–2011 York City (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 18 (0)
2011–2012 Tranmere Rovers 39 (3)
2012– Burton Albion 121 (7)
National team
Northern Ireland U18
Northern Ireland U19
Northern Ireland U21
2009 Northern Ireland B 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:16, 16 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Robert James "Robbie" Weir (born 9 December 1988) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Burton Albion as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Larne[edit]

Born in Belfast, Weir started his career with the Larne youth system.[3] He started playing for the first team in the 2004–05 season as a 15-year-old and he scored his first goal in a 5–2 victory over Crusaders on 9 October 2004.[3] He had unsuccessful trials with Fulham, Stoke City and Rangers, although Larne manager Jimmy McGeough criticised these, saying "I'm not sure it proves anything. He's a great prospect and one who'll learn his trade in senior football here".[4][5] Weir agreed to sign for English Championship club Sunderland in February 2005.[6] He finished the season with two Irish Premier League goals and played in the Irish Cup Final, which Larne lost 5–1 to Portadown, and was named the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Young Player of the Year.[7][8]

Sunderland[edit]

Weir played for Sunderland in their youth team and was part of the team that reached the Premier Academy League Final in May 2007, where they were beaten 4–1 by Leicester City in a penalty shoot-out.[9] He joined Conference Premier side York City on a one-month loan on 12 November 2010 following a trial.[10] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw with Wrexham on 14 November 2010 and after impressing manager Gary Mills the loan was extended until 10 January 2011 in December.[11][12][13] He finished the loan with eight appearances.[11]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Weir signed for League One club Tranmere Rovers on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season on 14 February 2011.[14] He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat at Peterborough United as a 74th minute substitute on 19 February.[15] On 7 April Sunderland announced that he was amongst eight players to be released at the end of the season.[16]

At the end of the 2010–11 season he was offered a contract by Tranmere and he subsequently agreed to sign for the club permanently.[17][18] He signed for the club on a one-year contract on 29 June 2011.[19] His first goal for the club came on the first day of the 2011–12 season, in a 1–0 home win against Chesterfield.[20] He was released at the end of the 2011–12 season.[21]

Burton Albion[edit]

On 31 May 2012, Weir signed a two-year contract with League Two club Burton Albion.[22]

International career[edit]

Weir was part of the Northern Ireland under-18 squad in March 2005 and was capped by the team during a week-long visit to the Canary Islands in February 2006.[23][24] He was named captain of the under-19 squad in October and led the team out in a 4–2 defeat to Belgium,[25][26] and in July 2007 was called up for the 2007 Milk Cup and he started as the team were beaten 4–1 by Israel in August.[27][28] He was named in the under-21 squad in February 2008 to play Israel as a replacement for Dermot McCaffrey.[29] Weir was capped once by the Northern Ireland B team in 2009.[3] He played for the under-21s in a 1–1 draw with Germany in October 2009.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
York City (loan) 2010–11[11] Conference Premier 5 0 2 0 1[a] 0 8 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2010–11[31] League One 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Tranmere Rovers 2011–12[20] League One 39 3 1 0 1 0 3[b] 0 44 3
Total 57 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 62 3
Burton Albion 2012–13[32] League Two 42 5 4 0 3 1 2[c] 1 51 7
2013–14[33] League Two 41 2 3 0 2 0 4[d] 0 2|
2014–15 League Two 41 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 45 0
Total 83 7 7 0 5 1 6 1 101 9
Career total 145 10 10 0 6 1 10 1 171 12
  1. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs
  4. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, three in League Two play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Tony; Joyce, Michael; Longbottom, David, eds. (2013). English National Football Archive Yearbook 2013. Tony Brown. p. 162. ISBN 978-1-905891-62-7. 
  2. ^ "R. Weir". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Robbie Weir". NIFG. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "McGeough unhappy over Weir trials". BBC Sport. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ards 0–3 Larne". BBC Sport. 27 December 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Weir completes move to Sunderland". BBC Sport. 7 February 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Harris, Martin (3 January 2007). "Northern Ireland 2004/05". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Glendinning wins top player award". BBC Sport. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Foxes triumph in Academy showdown". BBC Sport. 21 May 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gary Mills moves to boost York City squad". BBC Sport. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 156–157. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1. 
  12. ^ Flett, Dave (3 December 2010). "Robbie Weir's York City loan period extended". The Press (York). Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "York City boss Mills eager to bring back Robbie Weir". BBC Sport. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Tranmere bring in Sunderland midfielder Robbie Weir". BBC Sport. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Peterborough 2–1 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Sunderland to release eight". Sunderland A.F.C. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rovers Offer Six New Contracts". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Hilton, Nick (13 May 2011). "Tranmere Rovers to consider Bayern Munich move for Dale Jennings". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Tranmere seal deals for Robbie Weir and Michael Kay". BBC Sport. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Robbie Weir in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Moore Rebuilding Squad". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Burton Albion bring in Tranmere midfielder Robbie Weir". BBC Sport. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Glentoran v Larne". BBC Sport. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  24. ^ Harris, Martin (14 February 2006). "U18s back from the Canaries". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  25. ^ Hill, Spike (2 October 2006). "European quest begins for next generation". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  26. ^ "Belgium v. Northern Ireland". Irish Football Association. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  27. ^ "Cathcart part of NI Elite squad". BBC Sport. 26 July 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  28. ^ "Israel claim Elite Milk Cup title". BBC Sport. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  29. ^ Gillespie, Marshall (5 February 2008). "U21's prepare to take on Israel". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  30. ^ "Northern Ireland U21 1–1 Germany U21". Irish Football Association. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Robbie Weir in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Robbie Weir in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Robbie Weir in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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