Ted Robledo

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Ted Robledo
Ted Robledo.jpg
Ted Robledo, 1953 photo
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Oliver Robledo
Date of birth (1928-07-26)26 July 1928
Place of birth Iquique, Chile
Date of death 6 December 1970(1970-12-06) (aged 42)
Place of death Died at sea
Playing position Wing half[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1949 Barnsley
1949–1953 Newcastle United 37 (0)
1953–1957 Colo-Colo
National team
Chile
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Eduardo Oliver "Ted" Robledo (26 July 1928 – 6 December 1970) was a Chilean professional football player. He played as a left-sided defender, and is most notable for his time spent with Newcastle United.

Career[edit]

Robledo was born in Iquique, Chile to a Chilean father and an English mother. He emigrated with his family to Wath-on-Dearne, Yorkshire in 1932, at the age of four, due to the political instability in Chile at the time. The family lived at Barnsley Rd, West Melton, in the same house where the Anglo-French biographer David Bret was later raised.

Robledo started his footballing career at Barnsley with his brother George. First Division Newcastle United signed him on 27 January 1949. Newcastle were only interested in signing his brother, but neither of the Robledo brothers would move without the other. Their appearance together in the 1952 FA Cup Final was the first time more than one foreign player had appeared in a cup final eleven.

The majority of Robledo's appearances for the club came in the 1951–52 season. Robledo played for Newcastle until the end of the 1952–53 season, when he was sold to Colo-Colo. After retiring from football, Robledo served on an oil tanker where he died in mysterious circumstances in December 1970, at the age of 42. It was rumoured that Robledo was thrown off the tanker and drowned. His body has never been found.[2] His brother George outlived him by nearly two decades, dying in April 1989 just before his 63rd birthday.[3]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Newcastle United

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