William Robb (footballer, born 1895)

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William Robb
Personal information
Date of birth (1895-03-20)20 March 1895
Place of birth Rutherglen, Scotland
Date of death 18 February 1976(1976-02-18) (aged 80)
Place of death Aldershot, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Eastern Burnside
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1915 Birmingham 40 (0)
Royal Albert
Vale of Leven
Third Lanark
Armadale
1920–1926 Rangers 227 (0)
1926–1930 Hibernian 130 (0)
1930–1937 Aldershot
1937–1939 Guildford City
National team
1921–1924 Scottish League XI[1] 2 (0)
1925–1927 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William R. Robb (20 March 1895 – 18 February 1976) was a Scottish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played in the English Football League for Birmingham and Aldershot, and in the Scottish League for both Rangers and Hibernian. He won two full caps for the Scotland national football team.

Career[edit]

Robb was born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, and played for clubs including Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, before moving to England where he turned professional with Second Division club Birmingham.[2] He made his debut in a 3–1 defeat at Bury on 24 February 1914 while still only 18,[3] and went on to play in every match of Birmingham's 1914–15 season,[4] before returning to Scotland when English football was suspended for the First World War,[2] where he played for a variety of clubs.[5]

Robb was signed to Rangers by Bill Struth in 1920 and stayed there for six years, making 251 appearances. He made his debut against Ayr United on 13 April 1920, starting in a 2–1 win for Rangers. From the end of the 1919–20 season until midway into the 1925–26 season, Robb played in every league and Scottish Cup match that Rangers were involved in. This run came to an end on 31 October 1925, after an astonishing 241 consecutive matches.

Robb left Ibrox in 1926 to move to Hibernian. He won a second Scotland cap with Hibs, but lost his place in the team in 1930 after dislocating a finger.

Returning to England, Robb joined Southern League champions Aldershot Town.[2] He contributed to their gaining election to the Football League in 1932,[6] and played 177 matches for them in that league,[5] before playing two seasons for Guildford City, whom he helped to the championship of the Southern League.[2] He retired in 1939 at the age of 44.[2]

He gained two Scotland caps during his career, both coming against Wales, in 1925 and 1927. He made his debut on 31 October 1925 and kept a clean sheet in a 3–0 win at Ninian Park, Cardiff.[7] Robb was also capped twice for the Scottish League representative side.[5]

Honours[edit]

Rangers
Guildford City

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.londonhearts.com/SFL/players/willierobb.html
  2. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 160.
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 161.
  5. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 222. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  6. ^ "Guildford City". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "William Robb – A Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 

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