Robert ISAAC

Robert Isaac - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea career.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 15 November 1986

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    • POSITION
      Central Defender
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 30 November 1965
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      London, England.
  • CLUBS
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1983-1987
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th March 1985 in a 3-1 win at Watford (Aged: 19)
    • Club Career
      9 League apps, 0 goals
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
    • Club Career Dates
      1987 - 1990
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      30 League appearances.
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Robert ISAAC - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea career.

When Robert Isaac made his full debut for Chelsea in a match at Watford in March 1985, it was a triumph over adversity for the gutsy 19-year-old who just five months earlier had been the innocent victim of a horrendous stabbing incident outside Millwall's stadium prior to a League Cup clash between the London rivals. Slashed from shoulder to waist, it was reported that only the thickness of his leather jacket saved his life, so it was with some pride that the Chelsea supporters welcomed him on board for the Vicarage Road clash, which the Blues won 3-1.

 

A steady, reliable centre-half and occasional full-back, Robert did little wrong during his time in the Chelsea first-team, but was unfortunate to play for the club at a time when Colin Pates, Joe McLaughlin and, a little later, Steve Wicks, were all demonstrating their considerable talents at the heart of the defence. His three league appearances the following term came at home to illustrious opponents: Arsenal (a 2-1 win) and Manchester United (a 2-1 defeat), and in a 2-0 victory at Ipswich, and in all three games he demonstrated a cool head and no little talent as he dealt admirably with some of the country's premier strikers, but it wasn't until the following campaign that he was given anything resembling a run in the team.

 

Returning to a rudderless side who were on a downward spiral courtesy of a pitiful management team and an outbreak of dissent from within the ranks, Robert's five consecutive league appearances in the late-autumn of 1986 resulted in three draws and two defeats, the last of which was a shambolic 4-0 home trouncing by Wimbledon. Wimbledon's cause was aided in no small part that day by Doug Rougvie, who was recklessly sent-off within the first ten minutes for head-butting John Fashanu, but as happened so often during John Hollins' managerial tenure, it was the inexperienced, young player who was made to suffer, and Robert was immediately dropped.

 

Sadly, he failed to reappear in the first-team, and was eventually allowed to join Brighton and Hove Albion on a free-transfer in February 1987. (Kelvin Barker)

 

Isaac made 30 league appearances for Brighton before retiring from the game

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