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Top facts about Paul Robinson, Robbo

With forty England caps under his belt during his stint in the national side, Paul Robinson emerged as one of the more experienced keepers within the history of the national team. Read on to find out more facts about Paul Robinson.

Paul William Robinson (born 15 October 1979) is an English former professional footballer who played goalkeeper for Leeds United,

Tottenham Hotspur

, Blackburn Rovers, and Burnley in the Premier League and Football League.

Paul Robinson’s age

is 42. Here, you can find the most important facts about Paul Robinson, former England goalkeeper.

Between 2003 and 2007, he was a member of the England national team, gaining 41 caps. Robinson joined Leeds United at the age of 16 and became a professional at the age of 18. He played 119 times for the club, 95 of which were in league matches, and scored once in a League Cup encounter.

In 2003, the Leeds United Supporters' Club named him Player of the Year. He joined Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur in 2004 when Leeds were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship.

An important fact about Paul Robinson is that he scored another goal in 175 games for Tottenham, including 137 Premier League games (this time in a Premier League match, whilst he also won the 2008 League Cup with the club).

He joined Blackburn Rovers in 2008 and was named Blackburn Rovers Player of the Year by the fans' club in 2011.

On February 12, 2003, Robinson made his full international debut in a 3–1 friendly loss to


. A year later, he made his competitive international debut in a 2–1 win against Poland in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match.

Twenty-five of his forty-one appearances were in competitive internationals, with his last cap coming on October 17, 2007, in a 2–1 loss to Russia. On August 8, 2010, he announced his retirement from international football.

Top facts about Paul Robinson:

Paul Robinson, a former goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers, and

Leeds United

, retired from the game in 2017 after 18 months as Tom Heaton's backup at Burnley.

The then 37-year-old had been struggling with an ongoing back problem, which resurfaced at the end of last season, consequently disrupting the former Leeds, Tottenham and Blackburn Rover's goalkeeper's preparation for the new season.

Paul Robinson early life

Robinson, who was born in Beverley, Humberside, played Sunday league football for the Hull Boys Sunday League.

Speaking about

Paul Robinson’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he began his career in the York City junior system before joining Leeds United as a trialist and progressing through the youth levels.

During the 1996–97 season, he won the FA Youth Cup with Leeds, and on his professional debut, a 0–0 draw against


on October 25, 1998, he maintained a clean sheet. There is no information available about

Paul Robinson’s parents


Paul Robinson personal life

Robinson went to Beverley Grammar School when he was younger. He was married to Rebecca, and they had a daughter named Lucy May and a son named Jack.

Burglars broke into his home on September 4, 2005, when he was in Cardiff for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory over Wales; his wife and daughter were not there at the time.

Paul Robinson professional career

Commonly regarded as a fine goalkeeper before he joined Tottenham, then everybody realized what a truly excellent goalie he could be and for only £1.7 million, he represented a brilliant signing by the club.

Paul Robinson club career

Robinson's appearances for Leeds were intermittent at initially, however he did feature in a 1–1 draw with


in the UEFA Champions League.

Leeds United

He was Leeds' second goalkeeper behind Nigel Martyn, making five league games in his first season and none the next.

Following Martyn's injury in the 2000–01 season, he made 16 appearances, but did not play a league match the following season.

Martyn was sacked by Terry Venables after requesting a vacation from pre-season training after the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

As a consequence, Robinson became Leeds' number one goalkeeper, appearing in all 38 games during the 2002–03 season.

Martyn joined


at the start of the next season, with rookie goalkeepers Danny Milosevic and Scott Carson filling in for Robinson as backups.

A notable

fact about Paul Robinson

is that he scored his first professional goal against Swindon Town in the last seconds of a League Cup match during the 2003–04 season.

The goal tied the game and required extra time; when no further goals were scored in extra time, the game was decided by a penalty shoot-out. Leeds won the match when Robinson saved a penalty and a Swindon player missed a penalty by hitting the post.

Leeds were demoted from the Premier League the following season, with Robinson surrendering 75 goals in 36 games and getting sent off once.

During his seven-year stay with Leeds, he made 119 appearances for the club, 95 of which were in the Premier League, and was named Player of the Year by the Leeds United fans' club in 2003.

Tottenham Hotspur

An important fact about Paul Robinson is that he joined Tottenham Hotspur for £1.5 million in May 2004, after the club tried to purchase him for £2.5 million in January with the intention of keeping him at Leeds until the end of the season, but the deal fell through due to Premier League restrictions.

In a 1–1 draw with Liverpool; he made his league debut for Tottenham. During the 2004–05 season, made a total of 36 league appearances.

Robinson appeared in all 76 of the club's league matches during the next two seasons; the latter season was noteworthy for Robinson scored his second professional goal in a Premier League match against Watford at White Hart Lane on March 17, 2007.

A notable fact about Paul Robinson is that he took a free kick from 95 yards (87 meters) from the opponent goal, which rebounded over Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster and into the net.

After Peter Schmeichel for Aston Villa in 2001, Brad Friedel for Blackburn Rovers in 2004, Tim Howard for Everton in 2012, Asmir Begovi for

Stoke City

in 2013, and Allison Becker for Liverpool in 2021, he became the third goalkeeper in Premier League history (excluding own goals) to score.

As Ledley King and

Robbie Keane

were both injured, Robinson led the squad in their 1–0 League Cup quarter-final victory against Southend United and their 0–0 FA Cup third round tie at Cardiff City.

The 2007–08 season was not as successful as the previous two. His form has deteriorated, as shown by a mistake while on international duty and for part of the season, he was replaced by Radek ern, firstly after Robinson made a blunder against Reading in the FA Cup.

Despite returning to the club for a little while, he made another blunder in the League Cup final. Despite his mistake, Tottenham went on to win 2–1 against Chelsea, giving Robinson his first major prize.

During this season, he made 25 league games for Tottenham, and in all, he made 175 appearances for the club, 137 of which were in the Premier League.


Robinson signed a five-year contract with

Blackburn Rovers

on July 25, 2008, for a price of £3.5 million, marking him Paul Ince's first signing at the club.

On August 16, he made his Premier League debut for Blackburn in a 3–2 win against Everton. In a 1–0 victory against Wigan Athletic, he was awarded man of the match. Robinson guided Blackburn reach 15th place in the Premier League by preserving five clean sheets in 35 appearances.

A notable

fact about Paul Robinson

is that he stopped two penalties during the penalty shoot-out in a League Cup match against Chelsea on December 2, 2009, with Blackburn won 4–3 on penalties after extra time finished with the score at 3–3.

As Blackburn placed tenth in the Premier League, Robinson concluded the season with a total of 12 Premier League clean sheets.

Robinson was rumored to be on his way to Arsenal before the start of the 2010–11 season, but no deal was made. Robinson was in goal during Blackburn's 7–1 loss to Manchester United on November 27, with Dimitar Berbatov scoring five goals.

Despite this, Blackburn climbed to seventh place in the league in January, thanks to a 2–0 win against West Bromwich Albion.

As a consequence, Robinson has been linked with a transfer away from Blackburn, with Aston Villa, Liverpool, and his previous club Tottenham all interested.

Following the victory against West Brom, however, Blackburn's record plummeted, and the team finished in 15th place, having won only two of its last 14 games.

An important

fact about Paul Robinson

is that he preserved 8 clean sheets in 36 league appearances, and he also surrendered his 500th league goal at the conclusion of the season, making him the sixth goalkeeper in Premier League history to do so. He was also named Player of the Year by Blackburn Rovers' fans club in 2011.

The 2011–12 season began similarly to the previous one, with Blackburn not winning a match until September 17th, a 4–3 triumph against Arsenal at home.

Robinson earned a penalty against Wigan on November 20 when the goalkeeper was hit in the face by Wigan player David Jones while going up to the Wigan area for a late corner. Yakubu converted the penalty to tie the game at 3–3.

A notable fact about Paul Robinson is that he allowed seven goals as Blackburn lost an away match 7–1 against


on February 4, 2012, in a repetition of the previous season.

 A run of 30 games without a clean sheet was eventually broken in a 2–0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which also lifted Blackburn out of the relegation zone, while another 2–0 win over Sunderland marked the first time Robinson had maintained back-to-back clean sheets since August 2010.

Blackburn, on the other hand, would only earn three more points the rest of the season, ending in 19th place and being relegated to the Championship.

In contrast to the previous two seasons, when he averaged 10 league clean sheets every season, Robinson only had three clean sheets in the league after 34 games. All three clean sheets came in Blackburn's 2–0 victories.

Following the departures of Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen from Ewood Park, Robinson was appointed captain of Blackburn, originally on a temporary basis, but subsequently on a permanent one.

Robinson was linked with a transfer back to the Premier League after Blackburn's relegation, with Queens Park Rangers and

West Ham United

reportedly keen, but no deal occurred.

Throughout the season, speculation about Robinson's future grew, with Brad Friedel rumored to be returning to the club (a rumour he denied), and Robinson being benched in December for a match against Blackpool in favor of Jake Kean, despite Robinson having played every match up to that point in the season.

Robinson, however, did not make any more appearances after the match against Blackpool, with Kean taking over as goalkeeper, fueling additional suspicions that Robinson may move, and Robinson was made available for loan in February.

Robinson was declared out for the remainder of the season with a back injury in March; however, complications occurred in April, and he was ruled out for six months as a consequence of a pulmonary embolism. He made 21 league appearances for the team by the end of the season.

Robinson made his return in an under-21 match against Middlesbrough on December 16, 2013, after a year without appearing in a match while studying Italian at Bocconi University.

Robinson made his comeback to the main Blackburn squad on January 4, 2014, in a 1–1 FA Cup tie with Manchester City.

Robinson made his first league start for Blackburn Rovers in 13 months on 11 January 2014, starting against Doncaster Rovers at Ewood Park and keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory that lifted Rovers to eighth place in the Championship standings.

For the following several games, he was the first-choice goalkeeper, and in February, he had back-to-back clean sheets against Blackpool, Middlesbrough, and Reading.

An important fact about Paul Robinson is that he started the opening three games of the 2014–15 season, however he was benched after the loan acquisition of Jason Steele from



Robinson confirmed his desire to leave the club in the January transfer window on November 15, 2014. As he said, "At Blackburn, I'm very much surplus to requirements. I'm not even on the bench at this point.

But right now, I'm putting in a lot of effort at the gym. I'm not sure whether that has anything to do with the fact that my contract expires at the conclusion of the season. I'd want to continue playing, and I feel I have two or three years left in me."

It was revealed at the conclusion of the season that he would be released at the end of his contract. Burnley Robinson joined Burnley on a free transfer on January 26, 2016, with a deal that runs until the end of the season.

He extended his contract with the newly promoted Premier League team on June 27, 2016, signing a new one-year deal. On November 26, 2016, he made his Premier League debut for Burnley, his first since 2012. Robinson announced his retirement from football on July 17, 2017.

Paul Robinson international career

Robinson played 14 times for England's under-21 team between 1999 and 2002. Peter Taylor called him up to the full international team for the first time in a friendly against Italy on November 15, 2000, when he was an unused replacement.

Two years later, under new manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, he was named to the England bench for a friendly match against Portugal on September 7, 2002, when he was once again an unused replacement.

 He earned his first cap against Australia in a 3–1 loss on February 12, 2003, in a match memorable for the whole England squad being replaced at half-time (at which point Robinson was brought on in place of David James).

That year, he earned three additional caps, all in friendly, and all of them came at halftime. On 5 June 2004, he made his first international appearance in a 6–1 win against Iceland in England's penultimate encounter before the UEFA Euro 2004 championships.

An important fact about Paul Robinson is that he was a member of England's Euro 2004 team, serving as a backup to David James, however he did not play in the tournament.

Despite the fact that David James was retained as England's starting goalkeeper in the 2–2 draw with Austria in the first 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match, Robinson started every subsequent match, keeping six clean sheets in nine competitive appearances and three more in seven friendly appearances before the tournament.

At the World Cup finals in Germany, Robinson was chosen to England's World Cup team and was a constant presence throughout the tournament, keeping clean sheets in four of England's five games.

After his rival Justo Villar was hurt seven minutes into the first World Cup encounter against Paraguay, Robinson gave Villar his gloves as a show of goodwill.

The match ended in a 1–0 victory for


. In addition to the clean sheet against Paraguay, he also kept one against Trinidad and Tobago in the group match, despite being chastised by committing blunders on crosses.

He maintained a clean sheet against Ecuador in the round of 16 as England progressed from the group stage. In the next encounter, a quarter-final against Portugal, he similarly maintained a clean sheet, despite Portugal winning 3–1 in a penalty shoot-out to remove England from the tournament.

For the first three matches of England's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Robinson remained the number one goalkeeper, keeping three clean sheets (as well as one in a friendly against Greece).

An unexpected wobble on a backpass from

Gary Neville

forced Robinson to miss the ball as he attempted to clear it out of the penalty area on 11 October 2006, resulting in an own goal that placed Croatia 2–0 up, with Robinson characterizing the situation as "a crazy goal" after the match.

Robinson would have equaled Gordon Banks' record of seven straight clean sheets for England if he had preserved a clean sheet in this match, something he had not done in six international appearances (and 655 minutes of international football).

For the friendly encounter against the Netherlands, which ended in a 1–1 tie, he stayed in the starting lineup. He also held his spot in the squad for the following three international qualifiers, keeping a clean sheet in each of them and playing in a 1–1 tie with Brazil.

On August 22, 2007, Robinson committed a mistake that allowed Germany to score the game's opening goal.

England was defeated 2–1 in the match, their first defeat at the new Wembley Stadium. He was replaced by David James at halftime, despite England manager Steve McClaren saying he intended to make this move before the game.

Despite this gaffe, Robinson remained the starting goalkeeper, appearing in four more European Championship qualifiers and preserving three clean sheets.

In a 2–1 loss against Russia, Robinson made another error: he palmed a shot into the direction of Russian player Roman Pavlyuchenko, who scored the game-winning goal for Russia.

As a consequence, McClaren substituted Scott Carson for Robinson in the last qualifying match against Croatia in November. England was eliminated from the Euro 2008 championships after losing 3–2 to Croatia in their last encounter; Carson made a mistake on a Niko Kranjar shot for the opening goal.

An important fact about Paul Robinson is that he was not mentioned in

Fabio Capello

's plans until a friendly encounter against France on March 26, 2008, when he came on as a replacement.

He started the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as a substitute, but was cut from the squad entirely following a friendly against Germany on November 19, 2008.

Robinson was called up to the England team for World Cup qualifying matches against Kazakhstan and Andorra in 2009, when regular goalkeeper David James and back-up Ben Foster were both injured. In both matches, as well as England's following two friendlies, he was a substitute.

He was left off the bench for England's 5–1 win over Croatia on September 9, 2009, and withdrew from the team due to a hip ailment before the following qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus.

Due to his impressive club form, Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce stated in April 2010 that Robinson should be England's number one goalkeeper again.

However, Robinson was left out of the England squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with Joe Hart, David James, and Robert Green being chosen instead, a decision that drew criticism from both Allardyce and Robinson:

"[Fabio Capello] has made the biggest mistake of his selection process," according to Gordon Banks, who also stated that "Blackburn picked up halfway through the season, but even when Robinson was letting goals in, it wasn't necessarily his fault. It's possible that [Robinson] is still doing his job perfectly, and Blackburn is still losing. He should, in my opinion, have been included."

Despite being picked for a friendly against Hungary on August 8, 2010, Robinson announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

"Only now have I been allowed to make this choice since before I wasn't in contention for selection," he said of his retirement. "I don't see myself as a number three or four keeper and find that job extremely irritating."

Allardyce, on the other hand, defended his choice, saying, "I support him as my player because I see him every week and know how brilliantly he performs. He's taken a significant choice, which I respect."

A notable fact about Paul Robinson is that he has gained 41 caps for England throughout his career, 25 of which came in competitive international matches (either the qualification or final rounds of the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship).

Despite Steve Kean's recommendation that Robinson be called up by England in March 2012, Robinson declared that he had no interest in returning later that month.

In February 2014, Robinson said that if England manager

Roy Hodgson

opted to recall him for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he would be open to returning to the national team.

Paul Robinson Spurs legacy

Before joining Tottenham, he was widely considered as a good goalkeeper, but it wasn't until you saw him week in and week out that you realized what a genuinely great goalkeeper he could be, and for just £1.7 million, he was a tremendous buy for the club.

He joined Leeds United as a trainee in 1997 and won the FA Youth Cup with the Yorkshire club before making his first team debut in October of the same year.

A notable fact about Paul Robinson is that he represented England at Under-21 level in the same month of 1999, but was held out of the Leeds side until Nigel Martyn was injured in October 2000.

During his time with the first team, he played a key role in the club's Champions League success, and in February 2002, he signed a new five-year contract at Elland Road. In 2002-03, he was promoted to Leeds' first team, and he made his senior England debut as a substitute in a loss to Australia at Upton Park.

When he was at Leeds United, the big guy dazzled, even during their relegation season. Tottenham attempted to recruit him before the conclusion of the January transfer deadline during this season (2003-04), and

Aston Villa

agreed to a price in June 2003.

Robinson wanted to remain and help Leeds stay in the Premier League, but due to the club's precarious financial circumstances, an acceptable arrangement could not be reached. Robbo intended to join Spurs but be loaned back to Leeds for the remainder of the season, but United's quota of loan players had already been filled, thus the agreement fell through.

Tottenham made a quick offer for the huge goalkeeper after Leeds failed to avoid relegation (despite Robinson hitting an equalising goal in injury time for Leeds against Swindon Town in the Carling Cup).

Although there was no agreement that Spurs would complete the deal that summer, Paul was moved that Tottenham was so confident in his abilities that he signed right away. Despite the fact that Arsenal and Manchester United were both looking for a new goalkeeper, this was not the case.

When he first arrived at the club, Paul quickly established a strong bond with the supporters (particularly those in the Park Lane end), and with good reason: his performances were often the difference between winning and losing points in tight games.

Because of his sheer stature and natural goalkeeping talent, he is destined to follow in the footsteps of the club's long line of goalkeeping legends. Handling, shot-blocking, communication, reflexes, and off-the-line speed are all excellent.

Robinson missed the last two games of the 2004-05 season due to a knee ligament injury, but he returned for the start of the 2005-06 season as well as ever.

He received considerable criticism for his efforts at the 2006 World Cup finals, although this might have been due to the poor performance of the defense in front of him.

This was also the situation in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, when Gary Neville's back pass struck a divot in the field and the ball jumped over Robbo's attempted clearance. Overcame this to play well in the Spurs goal as the team recovered from a difficult start to the season.

Robinson's confidence seemed to be greatly harmed by the harsh bashing he received in the press for the fluke goal, which brought him even more into the limelight of the tabloids.

Robinson's game began to show signs of wear and tear, and although he was a constant presence under Jol, his position in the team became less certain once the Dutchman left White Hart Lane to be replaced by Juande Ramos.

His spot was often taken by Radek Cerny, however this was sometimes due to injury, and his constant blunders fueled rumors that Ramos was planning to replace him in the summer of 2008 with a goalkeeper he knew better from one of the Spanish teams. Robinson had to strive to save his reputation after losing his England spot to David James.

Robinson joined to Blackburn Rovers to attempt to get his career back on track in their first team after Heurelho Gomes was recruited for a large fee in the summer 2008 transfer window.

He replaced the outgoing Brad Freidel on a five-year agreement. He was ruled out of contention for the first team due to a back injury, which needed surgery. Complications developed, including a blood clot in his lung, which endangered his life; happily, he survived, albeit he was unable to play football for six months as a result of his handicap.

In his absence, Rovers made a move to replace him, and although he began the 2014-15 season well, he quickly realized he'd be second best behind Jason Steele, therefore he left in January 2015 for Burnley.

He struggled to get into the lineup when they advanced to the Premier League, although he did make three substitute appearances for first-choice keeper Tom Heaton before hanging up his gloves in July 2017.

Robbo, who was a fan favorite, attended the White Hart Lane farewell ceremony and recalled his favorite moment as a Spurs player, when the Park Lane shouted "Happy Birthday" to him during a match against Everton on October 15, 2005.

Some quick facts about Paul Robinson:

Before making his first team debut against Chelsea in October 1998, Paul Robinson had previously won the FA Youth Cup with Leeds United, a game in which he maintained a clean sheet.

His time with the Whites was intermittent at initially, but he made an impression in a Champions League encounter against Barcelona at Elland Road. After Terry Venables sacked Nigel Martyn for seeking a vacation from pre-season training, he took over as Leeds United's number one goalkeeper.

Robinson went on to appear in all 38 games of the 2002/03 season, culminating in the fans' club awarding him Player of the Year.

However, it was the 2003/04 season that offered a career defining moment for him, when he scored an injury-time equalizer before making the winning save in the Carling Cup penalty shootout to defeat courageous Swindon Town.

Robinson made 498 first-team games for only four teams, winning the League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 and Player of the Season honours at both Leeds in 2003 and Blackburn in 2011. Robinson came through the ranks at York City before going to Elland Road as a 16-year-old.

He not only kept countless clean sheets throughout his playing career, but he also scored two goals, one in the Premier League and the other in the League Cup.

Robinson represented England at under-21 and senior levels, winning 41 caps and was included to squads for the 2004 UEFA European Championships and the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.

Robinson took some time off after hanging up his goalkeeping gloves to spend time with his family, and is now a frequent on our television screens as a commentator for Sky Sports, beIN Sports, and Astro SuperSport.

Paul Robinson social media


Paul Robinson social media

, it should be mentioned that he has a Twitter account (


) with more than 20k followers.

Paul Robinson body measurements

Speaking about

Paul Robinson body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former star is 193cm and 93kg.

Paul Robinson net worth and salary

Paul Robinson is one of the wealthiest and one of the most popular soccer players.

Paul Robinson's net worth

is estimated to be around $15 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.


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