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Tommy Robson (1966/67 to 1968/69)

Tommy Robson
Tommy Robson
Bth 31/07/44 Gateshead
P/H/W Outside-Left 5ft 7in 10st
Jnd 30/12/66 Chelsea £13,000
Deb 12/66 D1
Dep 08/11/68 Peterborough £20,000
A/G 48 (2) 11

Gateshead born Tommy Robson was at a United as a Junior before joining Northampton aged sixteen. He had a short spell at Chelsea before joining Newcastle in December 1966. He was one of the three players signed in a couple of days financed by the sale of Alan Suddick..

Tommy was a speedy left-winger who never gave less than 90 minutes of honest endeavour. He was a fighter who tackled and harried like a man twice his size.

Tommy had the confidence to take players on although sometimes he had a tendency to attempt too much. He also admitted that he used to be a bag-of-nerves before games.

The after effects of jaundice and a couple of injuries meant that he couldn’t establish himself in the side immediately, but his form improved greatly in 1967/68 and he finished as second top scorer.

Struggling for form and fitness at the start of 1968/69 he lost his place in the side to Geoff Allen. And with Jackie Sinclair, Tommy Robson and up-and-coming youngster Gordon Hindson all capable of playing on the left, Harvey decided to sell him to raise some much needed transfer funds.

It was still a surprise to see him join Fourth Division Peterborough and for such a high fee.

Tommy had many hobbies, among them water-skiing, but he had a special love for cars.

Season by Season

Tommy Robson
Pre Toon

Joined Northampton as an amateur in March 1961 before turning professional at seventeen. Tommy Docherty took him to Chelsea during the 1965/66 season, but with Bobby Tambling ahead of him he only got six games.

1966/67 (5)

Tommy was signed from Chelsea in December, but only made five appearances due mainly to knee and foot injuries.

1967/68 (40/1 - 11)

Tommy had an excellent season, playing in almost every game and finishing as second-top scorer, although he was rested in January when his form tailed off a bit.

1968/69 (3/1)

He featured in the first three games of the season, but was then dropped and replaced by Geoff Allen.

Post Toon

Tommy led a bit of a nomadic life playing for lower league and amateur sides.


Painting by Piotr