Robinson, John (Jack)

Birth Date

22nd April 1870

Birthplace

Derby, England

Occupation

Goalkeeper

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An England international goalkeeper, who won 11 caps for his country, Robinson played in Exeter City’s first ever professional team of 1908-09.

He had been associated with a number of clubs, however, prior to appearing for the Grecians, namely, Derby St. Neots, Derby Midland, Lincoln City and then joining Derby County in 1891 where he made his name and reputation, appearing in 163 league matches for them.

Moving to New Brighton Tower (1887-88), Southampton, (1898-1903 - 116 league appearances and played in the 1900 FA Cup Final), Plymouth Argyle 1903-05 - 50 league appearances), Robinson had a brief spell with Exeter City in 1905, making one outing for the first team, before moving on to play for Millwall between 1905 and 1907.

Returning to Devon to sign for Green Waves (a Plymouth and District League side), Robinson was signed by Exeter City for a second time to make his Southern League debut against Plymouth Argyle at St James’ Park in November 1908.

After just one season with the Grecians though, the then 33-year-old signed for Stoke and stayed there for three years, during which time he played in 55 league games. He finally ended his carer appearing for a New York based team, Rochester.
Jack died on the 28 October 1931.

Appearances

30

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