Michael ROBINSON

Michael Robinson - Liverpool FC - Biography 1983/84-1984/85

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Date: 01 January 1984

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    • POSITION
      Forward
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 12 July 1958
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Leicester, England
  • CLUBS
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
    • Club Career Dates
      1980-1983
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th August 1980 in a 2-0 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      111 League apps (+2 as sub), 37 goals
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1983-1984
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 27th August 1983 in a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      26 League apps (+4 as sub), 6 goals
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1979-1980
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      30 League games 8 goals.
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Michael ROBINSON - Liverpool FC - Biography 1983/84-1984/85

 

While Michael Robinson may not be one of the most instantly recognisable names to have graced a Liverpool shirt this isn't to say he wasn't a good player. The fact is that in the 1980s Liverpool simply didn't actually have any bad players. Instead, Robinson's failure to establish himself as a Reds' favourite was more to do with the fact that he was at Anfield at a time when the Ian Rush-Kenny Dalglish partnership was at its most lethal. Michael was one of Joe Fagan's first signings for Liverpool, snapped up from Brighton and Hove Albion for a fee of £200, 000 in the 1983-84 close season.

 

Despite only being 24 years of age, Liverpool became the Leicester-born striker's fourth club, with the deal taking his total combined transfer fees to almost £1.5 million - a fair sum of money in the days before the multi million pound transfers, and a clear indication of just how highly the Republic of Ireland international was rated. While Robinson spent much of his time at Liverpool as the third choice striker, behind Rush and Dalglish, when he did get his chance in the Reds' attack he certainly never let the team down. A hat-trick in a league match against West Ham on 15th October 1983, when he was paired up front alongside Rush with Dalglish playing in a deeper role, proved his prowess in front of goal.

 

In Robinson's first and, in fact, only full season at Anfield, Liverpool clinched their first ever treble, winning the League, League Cup and European Cup. The striker appeared as a substitute in both the League Cup final against Everton - although he was only an unused sub for the replay - and in the European final against Roma in their home city. In December 1984, perhaps understandably frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities being presented to him at Anfield, Queens Park Rangers became Robinson's fifth club, signing him for £100, 000. In his season and a half at Anfield Michael made a total of 51 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals.

 

The Irish international spent the best part of three seasons in west-London with QPR before he joined his former Reds and Rangers' team mate Sammy Lee in Spain at Osasuna. (David Fuller)


1983–1984    Liverpool    30    (6)
1984–1986    Queens Park Rangers    48    (5)
1987–1989    Osasuna    59    (12)


After retiring Robinson began a broadcasting career in Spain as a commentator for Radio Televisión Española, covering the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

He later worked as a commentator and presenter on Cadena SER's El Larguero and then on the subscription channel Canal+, where he hosted the cult television show El día después for 14 years (1991–2005).


In addition to his television career, Robinson also did voice-over work on television adverts, as well as feature films – voicing the ugly sister in the dubbed Spanish versions of the Shrek films by DreamWorks Animation.