Player profile

Michael Robinson

Birthdate: 12 July 1958
Birthplace: Leicester, England
Other clubs: Preston North End (1974-79), Manchester City (1979-80), Brighton & Hove Albion (1980-83), Queens Park Rangers (1984-87), Osasuna (1987-90)
Bought from: Brighton & Hove Albion
Signed for LFC: £200,000, 01.08.1983
International debut: 14.10.1981 vs. France
International caps: Ireland 24/4 (5/0 at LFC) - 1986
Liverpool debut: 20.08.1983
Last appearance: 31.10.1984
Debut goal: 28.09.1983
Last goal: 09.10.1984
Contract expiry: 27.12.1984
Win ratio: 53.85% W: 28 D: 15 L: 9
Games/goals ratio: 4
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 10 / 2
LFC league games/goals: 30 / 6
Total LFC games/goals: 52 / 13

Player profile

Robinson scored 13 goals in 36 games for Preston in the Second Division only 20 years of age. Malcolm Allison at first division Manchester City was impressed by his talent and bought him for a considerable fee of £750,000. Expectations were high but Robinson failed to live up to them and was sold to Brighton only one year later for £400,000. Robinson's career was on the rise again at Brighton with 43 goals in 133 appearances and featured in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United in the FA Cup final, losing 4-0 in the replay. When Brighton were relegated in the 1982/83 season Seville, Manchester United and Newcastle showed interest in Robinson but once Liverpool came knocking there was only one destination for the boyhood red. Joe Fagan was patient with his new signing when Robinson didn't score in his first nine games. He eventually scored two against in a 5-0 victory over Odense Boldklub in the first round of the European Cup and went on to score a hat-trick in the League against West Ham two weeks later. Robinson credits Fagan's psychological ploy on the morning of the Odense game to his upturn in fortune: "Ronnie Moran says: "'The boss wants to see you.' I remember walking down the corridor to Joe Fagan's office thinking, 'Well, that's it, I'm not playing.' When I got there, Joe said, 'Michael lad, I was making a cup of tea this morning and my wife was reading the Echo and saying I was going to leave you out.' 'And I was worried about that because you're worth your weight in gold.' 'Before I go and talk to the press I want you to see the team I'm going to give them.' He handed me a piece of paper with the numbers 1 to 11 blank apart from no 10, where it said Michael Robinson. 'That's the team, laddie.' 'You and 10 more.' That night I scored twice." However, Robinson didn't get regularly on the scoresheet for the rest of the season and he didn't play in the last ten fixtures as Liverpool retained their domestic Championship. He had been a Wembley substitute in the all-Merseyside League Cup final but didn't figure in the Maine Road replay three days later. 1983/84 proved in the end to be an exciting season for Robinson as it culminated in a substitute appearance in the European Cup final in Rome.

Robinson was by his own admission not very skilful and could have been in better physical shape. Even though he was always going to fade in comparison playing with Europe's most lethal striker it did have its advantages: "Ian Rush made me look brilliant in the air," Robinson confesses. "When I jumped up and headed, the ball would always go to Rushie. He could read my body; the way I jumped up Ian would deduce where the ball would go. He worked it out before I had. Rush never knew which bloody knife or fork to use, but on the pitch he was a genius." Robinson's second season was an anti-climax and he only made seven starts before he was transferred to Queens Park Rangers in late December 1984. Robinson was in QPR's line-up when they drew 2-2 with Liverpool in the second leg of the League Cup semi-finals at Anfield. QPR won had their home game 1-0 and progressed to the final where they lost 3-0 to Oxford. After scoring six goals in 58 matches in three years for Rangers he tried his luck in the Spanish League with Osasuna where he stayed two-and-a-half years and enjoyed the company of his former teammate, Sammy Lee, who had joined six months following Robinson's arrival. Robinson remained in Spain and has made a very good living as a respected and knowledgeable football analyst on his own TV show within the Spanish television network.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals302127152
1983-1984 24296142
1984-1985 6031010

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Everton
4Tottenham
3Fulham
3Sunderland
2Aston Villa
2Manchester United
2Southampton
2Luton Town
2Norwich City
2Sheffield Wednesday
2Arsenal
2Wolves
2Stockport County
2Odense BK
2QPR
2Athletic Bilbao
2Brentford
1Benfica
1Roma
1Lech Poznan
1Watford
1WBA
1Brighton & Hove Albion
1Stoke City
1Birmingham City
1Newcastle United
1Walsall
1West Ham United
1Nottingham Forest
Total Started/substitutions
46 Started
12 On the bench
6 Substitute
7 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals6142013
1983-1984 6132012
1984-1985 001001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
13Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
6League
4League Cup
2European Cup
1FA Cup
TotalGoal minute period
41-15 minutes
116-30 minutes
031-45
346-60 minutes
361-75 minutes
176-90 minutes
191-120 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
13Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
120.08.1983Manchester UnitedWembleyOther
5012.10.1984TottenhamWhite Hart LaneLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
11428.09.1983Odense BKAnfieldEurope

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Related Quotes

"The nicest thing about Michael was that he knew his own limitations. I was at Preston with him and we were at Brighton together and, of course, he followed me to Liverpool. He would tell you himself that he didn't have a good touch for a big man and he was predominantly one-footed. But he was strong. He was very powerful and would chase everything. When the chips were down he would give you absolutely everything."

Mark Lawrenson on his team-mate Michael Robinson

"Ian Rush made me look brilliant in the air. When I jumped up and headed, the ball would always go to Rushie. He could read my body; the way I jumped up Ian would deduce where the ball would go. He worked it out before I had. Rush never knew which bloody knife or fork to use, but on the pitch he was a genius."

Michael Robinson on his strike partner, Ian Rush

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1983-1984 * Striker
1984-1985 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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