Walter Robbins

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Walter Robbins
Personal information
Full name Walter William Robbins
Date of birth (1910-11-24)24 November 1910
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Date of death 1979
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1931 Cardiff City 86 (38)
1931–1939 West Bromwich Albion 84 (28)
National team
1930–1935 Wales 11 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Walter William Robbins (24 November 1910 –1979) was a Welsh professional footballer and Wales international.

Club career[edit]

Having previously worked for a local brewery, Robbins was serving a motor engineering apprenticeship when he rose to attention after scoring 70 goals during a single season for Ely United in the Cardiff and District League at the age of 16.[1] He signed for Cardiff City, making his debut during the 1928–29 season against Portsmouth before scoring his first goal for the club in his next game, a 1–1 draw with Bolton Wanderers. Relegation to Division Two saw the departures of George McLachlan and Fred Warren during the following season, handing Robbins a regular first team place. On 6 February 1932, Robbins scored five goals during a 9–2 win over Thames, which remains the club's record league win.[2] Several months later, Robbins was sold to West Bromwich Albion where he spent 8 years before the outbreak of World War II.

International career[edit]

In 1929, Robbins was selected for the Football Association of Wales tour of Canada but these matches were not classed as international cap matches.[3] His Cardiff City teammates Len Davies, Fred Keenor and Fred Warren were also selected for the tour. He made his full debut for Wales on 25 October 1930 in a 1–1 draw with Scotland.[4]

International goals[edit]

Results list Wales' goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1. 18 November 1931 Anfield, Liverpool, England  England 1–3 1932 British Home Championship
2. 7 December 1932 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, Wales  Ireland 4–1 1933 British Home Championship
3. 7 December 1932 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, Wales  Ireland 4–1 1933 British Home Championship
4. 4 October 1933 Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales  Scotland 3–2 1934 British Home Championship

After retirement[edit]

Following the end of World War II, Robbins worked as a trainer with Cardiff City and Newport County.

References[edit]

  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  1. ^ Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players, Davies and Garland 1991
  2. ^ "Club history". Cardiff City F.C. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  3. ^ "British "FA XI" tours". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Scotland 1-1 Wales". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 2010-03-20.