Stewart Robson

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Stewart Robson
Personal information
Full name Stewart Ian Robson
Date of birth (1964-11-06) 6 November 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Billericay, Essex, England, UK
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1981 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Arsenal 150 (16)
1987–1991 West Ham United 69 (4)
1991–1995 Coventry City[1] 57 (3)
Total 276 (23)
National team
1984–1988 England U21[2] 8 (2)
Teams managed
2003 Southend United

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stewart Ian Robson (born 6 November 1964) is an English former football player and TV and radio football pundit. He played for Arsenal, West Ham United where he was their player of the season in 1988, and Coventry City. After his footballing career ended he took on a role as a TV and radio pundit for Arsenal TV until 2012,[3] TalkSPORT[4] and as ESPN's Italian football co-commentator.[5]



Born in Billericay, Essex, he was educated at Alleyn Court Prep School in Westcliff on Sea and Brentwood School. Robson joined Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1978. He made his debut soon after his 17th birthday, on 5 December 1981 against West Ham United, and became a regular player in the Arsenal side under manager Terry Neill and his eventual successor Don Howe.

Robson showed great promise as young footballer, both in his versatility (although he usually played in midfield, he was equally adept in defence as full back or centre back) and his competitiveness; he was an enthusiastic runner and tackler. He was the Arsenal fans' 1984 Player of the Year, despite still only being 19 years old, and made the England senior squad, but a series of injuries hampered his career – Robson had continual problems with his groin and hamstrings. He spent three months out injured in 1985–86.

After the arrival of George Graham as manager in May 1986, Robson found himself frozen out of the Arsenal side, only playing five matches of the 1986–87 season, before losing his place to Steve Williams. Leaving in January 1987, he had played 186 matches for Arsenal, scoring 21 goals.

West Ham United[edit]

He was sold to West Ham United in January 1987 for £700,000.[6] His time with West Ham was plagued with injuries, particularly to his pelvis. Manager John Lyall later revealed that Robson had been on the treatment table at Highbury when he had signed him and he was rarely fully fit for the Hammers.[7] His first West Ham game was on 24 January 1987 in a 3–1 away win at Coventry City.[6] He remained a regular in the Hammers' first team for two and a half years, and Player of the Year for 1988. However, he lost his place after they were relegated in 1989, playing only eight league games in the following two years. His last game was a 6–1 FA Cup defeat of Aldershot on 16 January 1991.[6]

Coventry City[edit]

In March 1991, Terry Butcher signed him for Coventry City on a free transfer[6] to return to the First Division and help Coventry continue their long spell at this level and become founder members of the FA Premier League in 1992, and went on to make 57 league appearances for the Sky Blues, but once again, injury ruined his spell at the club; he suffered a bad knee injury playing his old club Arsenal at the start of the 1993–94 season. In summer 1995 he retired, after an entire season out injured.

Coaching career[edit]

Robson later joined Wimbledon as a youth coach, eventually moving up the ranks to become reserve team manager and then first-team coach until leaving in December 2001. In 2003 he spent a short spell as first-team coach and as caretaker manager at Southend United between 25 March 2003 and 18 April 2003.[8] In 2004 he joined Rushden & Diamonds as technical director of football.[9]

Robson also played cricket for Coventry and for North Warwickshire.[10]

Media career[edit]

Robson has teamed up with Martin Tyler as the commentary duo for the non UK international feed of the FA Cup.[11] He worked for Arsenal TV as co-commentator.[3][12] He has also appeared on Absolute Radio’s Rock’n’Roll Football alongside Jim Proudfoot. Robson is a regular contributor on the football podcast released by The Times in conjunction with their weekly football supplement The Game.[13] He has also presented on TalkSPORT[4] and as ESPN's Italian football co-commentator.[5] For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Robson partnered with Jon Champion for ESPN's coverage in the United States. [14]

Robson currently works for BT Sport, primarily as a commentator on their European football coverage. He also works as a commentator on the world feed coverage of the FA Cup and the Champions League.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 8 June 2013
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Southend United 25 March 2003 18 April 2003 3 1 0 2 33.33
Total 3 1 0 2 33.33


  2. ^ "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Davie,Chris (13 February 2013). "Arsenal legend Bob Wilson brands Stewart Robson 'bitter' for Wenger criticism". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Coppack, Nick (1 November 2012). "Former Gunner grilled". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Cox, Michael (27 November 2012). "Gary Neville's punditry is the best, but others need to raise their game". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Stewart Robson West Ham Statistics". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ May, Pete. "Hammers in the Heart: A Lifetime of Supporting West Ham". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stewart Robson -Managerial statistics". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rushden bring in Robson". BBC Sport. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Stewart Robson's CricketArchive profile". 
  11. ^ "Cup provides the occasion, commentators come to the party". 27 May 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "TV Online: Stewart Robson Talking Tactics". Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "the game podcast: Does football have a problem with drugs?". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments". Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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