Theo Robinson

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Theo Robinson
Theo Robinson Derby.jpg
Robinson playing for Derby County in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Theo Larayan Ronaldo Robinson[1]
Date of birth (1989-01-22) 22 January 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Southend United
Number 31
Youth career
2004–2005 Stoke City
2005–2006 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Watford 2 (0)
2007 Wealdstone (loan)
2007–2008 Hereford United (loan) 43 (13)
2009 Southend United (loan) 21 (7)
2009–2011 Huddersfield Town 45 (16)
2010 Millwall (loan) 7 (2)
2011 Millwall 4 (1)
2011 Derby County (loan) 13 (2)
2011–2013 Derby County 67 (18)
2013 Huddersfield Town (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2015 Doncaster Rovers 63 (9)
2015 Scunthorpe United (loan) 8 (3)
2015–2016 Motherwell 10 (0)
2016 Port Vale 14 (2)
2016–2017 Lincoln City 14 (1)
2017– Southend United 0 (0)
National team
2013 Jamaica 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:26, 31 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:43, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Theo Larayan Ronaldo Robinson (born 22 January 1989) is a Jamaica international footballer who plays for League One club Southend United.

He began his career at Watford, making his debut in the Football League in April 2006 and his debut in the Premier League in May 2007. He was loaned out to Southern League side Wealdstone in 2007, and then League Two side Hereford United, and scored 16 goals in 52 appearances to help Hereford win promotion in the 2007–08 season. He spent the 2008–09 season on loan at Southend United, and was sold on to Huddersfield Town in July 2009. He was loaned out to Millwall in September 2010, and joined the club on a permanent basis in January 2011. The following month he was loaned out to Derby County, and joined the club on a permanent basis in the summer. He rejoined Huddersfield Town on loan in February 2013, and was sold to Doncaster Rovers in August 2013. He joined Scunthorpe United on loan in March 2015. He signed with Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in August 2015, and moved on to Port Vale in January 2016, and then Lincoln City in October 2016. He was sold on to Southend United in January 2017.

Club career[edit]

Watford[edit]

Robinson was born in Birmingham, West Midlands.[1] He spent one season as a schoolboy at the Stoke City Academy, before being released at the age of 16.[2] He took part at an exit trial held by The Football League at Derby County's Moor Farm training ground in 2005, where he was spotted by Watford, and signed on a two-year apprenticeship having impressed during a subsequent week's training at the club.[2] He made his first team debut against Queens Park Rangers on 22 April 2006, coming on as a half-time substitute for Darius Henderson in a 2–1 victory at Loftus Road.[3]

In February 2007 he went on a one-month loan to Southern Football League Premier Division club Wealdstone. Robinson made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in Watford's final game of the 2006–07 season, a 1–1 draw with Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on 13 May.[4]

In August 2007, Robinson joined League Two side Hereford United on a four-month loan, alongside teammate Toumani Diagouraga.[5] He scored his first goal in the Football League on 18 August, in a 2–1 win at Barnet.[6] Manager Graham Turner compared him to a young Steve Bull,[7] saying that "he's very lively, he's got pace, and gets himself into good positions."[8] Robinson finished the season as top goalscorer for Hereford with 16 goals in all competitions as they achieved promotion in third-place. With Darius Henderson suspended, Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd was hoping to use Robinson in the Championship play-offs, but confirmed that he was unable to do so due to the terms of Robinson's loan deal at Hereford.[9]

Robinson playing for Southend United

Robinson made four appearances for Watford in the 2008–09 season, but was not in new manager Brendan Rodgers's first team plan's, who replaced Boothroyd as manager in November.[10] On 24 January 2009, Robinson joined League One side Southend United on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season. He formed an effective strike partnership with Lee Barnard and impressed manager Steve Tilson with his performances.[11] Tilson made a bid for Robinson at the end of the season.[12] Though Rodgers left Watford and was succeeded by Malky Mackay, Robinson had already decide to leave the club.[13]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

In July 2009, Robinson signed for League One club Huddersfield Town on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[14] He chose Huddersfield ahead of a number of other clubs, including Swindon Town, who had a "verbal agreement" to sign Robinson from Watford for £275,000 according to manager Danny Wilson.[15] Swindon manager Andrew Fitton stated that "We agreed a deal with the club and player but there are shenanigans going on that we have warned certain people about. This is a classic example of agents and greed."[16] On 26 August, he scored two goals in a 4–3 League Cup defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park.[17] He began the season in a strike partnership with Jordan Rhodes before being dropped fin favour of Lee Novak.[18] He ended the 2009–10 season with 16 goals in 43 appearances.

He was linked with a move away from Huddersfield in June 2010, but manager Lee Clark said that the rumours did not come from the Galpharm Stadium and that "it seems as though someone is trying to orchestrate a move."[19]

Millwall[edit]

On 8 September 2010, after falling down the pecking order at Huddersfield, Robinson moved to Millwall on a 93-day emergency loan.[20] He returned to Huddersfield in early November through injury, with the need for an operation on his knee, cutting his loan spell short. He joined Millwall on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2011.[21] Manager Kenny Jackett said that Robinson would want to prove Huddersfield wrong, and therefore have a hunger to perform at The Den.[22]

Derby County[edit]

In February 2011, Robinson signed a three-month loan deal at Championship club Derby County, with a view to a permanent move.[23] Robinson scored twice in 13 games during this loan spell. He impressed manager Nigel Clough, who told BBC Radio Derby that "hopefully Theo will be here next season as well, as one of five or six strikers."[24] He joined Derby on a two-year contract after his contract with Millwall ended in the summer.[25]

Despite being Derby's second top-scorer with three goals in six league starts, Robinson was sometimes criticised by supporters on Twitter for not scoring enough goals and being "rubbish".[26] He answered his critics by scoring a brace in Derby's 3–2 defeat at Peterborough United, taking his tally for the season up to six, making him the club's top-scorer.[27] Robinson finished the 2011–12 season with 12 goals in all competitions and joint top-scorer with Steve Davies.

Robinson was reprimanded by the club after he broke club rules by posting on Twitter that he was dropped from the matchday squad before the team was announced for the game at Bolton Wanderers on 21 August 2012.[28] Four days later Robinson came off the bench to score a last minute equaliser against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[29] He struggled to get into the starting line-up as Conor Sammon and Jamie Ward were Clough's preferred attackers, but Robinson regained his place in the starting line-up after an injury to Ward and Clough praised Robinson for his improved work ethic, saying "... he's doing his job now... he now has seven goals for the season and he is liable to get goals."[30] On 22 February 2013, after asking to leave on loan to get regular first team football, Robinson rejoined his former club Huddersfield Town on an emergency loan to the end of the 2012–13 season.[31] Upon his return to Pride Park in May, Robinson was made available for transfer with one year left on his contract.[32]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

In August 2013, Robinson signed with Doncaster Rovers on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[33][34] The fee was undisclosed but was reported to be in the region of £150,000.[35] He scored his first goal for the club on his debut the following day, in a 2–0 win over Blackburn Rovers.[36] He ended the 2013–14 campaign with five goals in 31 Championship games as "Donny" were relegated into League One.

On 26 March 2015, he joined divisional rivals Scunthorpe United on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[37] The move to Glanford Park reunited him with his former Huddersfield manager Mark Robins.[38] He was released by Rovers manager Paul Dickov in May 2015.[39]

Motherwell[edit]

Robinson signed for Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in August 2015 on a contract running until the end of the 2015–16 season.[40] He said that he was attracted to the club as he was already friends with teammates Lionel Ainsworth and Stephen Pearson.[41] He was initially used as a substitute by manager Ian Baraclough.[42] He fell out of the first team picture under new manager Mark McGhee, who later said that "It's not quite worked out for Theo here at Fir Park, but that can happen, particularly if the manager who signs you leaves so soon after you arrive."[43]

Port Vale[edit]

In January 2016, Robinson signed for League One side Port Vale on a contract running until the end of the 2015–16 season.[44] He was initially used as a substitute at Vale Park, but began starting games as he claimed to be "getting fitter, stronger and sharper with each game".[45] He scored his first goal for the club on his eighth appearance, the opening goal of a 2–0 home win over Colchester United on 5 March.[46] He was released upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.[47]

Lincoln City[edit]

Robinson signed a short-term contract with National League club Lincoln City in October 2016.[48] On 7 January, he scored both of the "Imps" goals in a 2–2 draw with Championship side Ipswich Town in an FA Cup third round tie at Portman Road.[49] He also scored against Brighton & Hove Albion in the following round, and left Lincoln with the club in the fifth round of the FA Cup and top of the National League.[50]

Southend United[edit]

Robinson returned to EFL League One when he joined Southend United for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract on 31 January 2017.[50]

International career[edit]

In November 2012, the Jamaica Football Federation reported that Robinson had shown interest playing for the Reggae Boyz and that he was in the pool of players eligible to be called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[51] He won his first cap in a 0–0 draw with Mexico on 6 February 2013.[52]

Style of play[edit]

Robinson is a pacey striker.[53]

Statistics[edit]

As of 11 January 2017.
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hereford United (loan) 2007–08[54] League Two 43 13 6 2 2 1 1[a] 0 52 16
Southend United (loan) 2008–09[55] League One 21 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 7
Watford 2005–06[56] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07[57] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08[54] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[55] Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Huddersfield Town 2009–10[58] League One 37 13 3 0 2 3 1[b] 0 43 16
2010–11[59] League One 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 38 13 3 0 3 3 1 0 45 16
Millwall 2010–11[59] Championship 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2012–13[60] Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Derby County 2010–11[59] Championship 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
2011–12[60] Championship 39 10 1 1 1 1[a] 0 0 41 12
2012–13[60] Championship 28 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 29 9
Total 80 20 1 1 2 2 0 0 83 23
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2014–15[61] League One 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
Doncaster Rovers 2013–14[62] Championship 31 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 32 5
2014–15[61] League One 32 7 4 0 2 0 2[a] 0 40 7
Total 63 12 4 0 3 0 2 0 72 12
Motherwell 2015–16[63] Scottish Premiership 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Port Vale 2015–16[63] League One 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
Lincoln City 2016–17[64][65] National League 14 1 7 7 0 0 1[c] 0 22 8
Southend United 2016–17[64] EFL League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total[d] 313 74 21 9 12 6 5 0 349 90
  1. ^ a b c Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.
  2. ^ Appearance/s in the play-offs.
  3. ^ Appearance/s in the FA Trophy.
  4. ^ Statistics for Wealdstone unavailable.

Honours[edit]

with Hereford United

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