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Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson

Birthdate: 6 June 1877
Birthplace: Newton Mearns, Scotland
Date of death: 8 December 1923
Other clubs: Newton Thistle (1892-93), St Bernard's (1893-94), Stoke City (1894-1900), Hibernian (loan 1894-96 / 1896-97), Southampton (1902-04), Brighton & Hove Albion (1904-06)
Bought from: Stoke City
Signed for LFC: £400, 26.04.1900
Liverpool debut: 01.09.1900
Last appearance: 26.04.1902
Contract expiry: May 1902
Win ratio: 42.55% W:20 D:11 L:16
Honours: League Championship 1900/01
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 8 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 42 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 47 / 0

Player profile

John Thomas Robertson was known as Tom while his namesake at the club was referred to as Tommy. Robertson was brought south by first division Stoke and he certainly made an impression playing 126 games in two spells for the Potters. The Scottish full-back was a powerful kicker of the ball and timed his tackles to perfection. Robertson was only on Liverpool's books for two years but he did win the League title in the first of those seasons, 1900/01, which was also a first for the club too. He made 22 consecutive appearances from the start of the season before John Glover took over for the next nine matches. But Robertson was back in place for the final three fixtures as the title was secured by two points from runners-up Sunderland. Glover started the 1901/02 season as a regular but Robertson came back into contention during the second half of the campaign and made a further 17 first division appearances. Robertson joined the Saints in the Southern league in May 1902. Liverpool were quite annoyed by the transfer as the Evening Telegraph explained: "It cost them close upon £400 for his transfer from Stoke, and they have not had two years’ service out of him. So far as they are aware, Robertson had no grievance, and as he was offered the maximum rate of wages, some very unpleasant things are being said in Liverpool as to the inducement for him to journey south." Robertson enjoyed great success with the Saints winning the Southern league two years in succession from 1902-1904. He joined Brighton in the summer of 1904. He took the common route of many ex-footballers to run a pub following his retirement. Robertson was described as a quiet guy who would rather walk on hot coals than being interviewed by a football reporter.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 42 5 0 0 0 47
1900-1901 25 2 0 0 0 27
1901-1902 17 3 0 0 0 20

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
4 Everton
3 Wolves
3 Bolton Wanderers
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 Nottingham Forest
3 Notts County
3 Sheffield United
3 Derby
3 Bury
2 Newcastle United
2 Manchester City
2 Stoke City
2 Sunderland
2 Aston Villa
2 WBA
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Grimsby Town
1 West Ham United
1 Southampton
1 Preston North End
Total Competition
42 League
5 FA Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 01.09.1900 Blackburn Rovers Anfield League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Newton Thistle 1892-1893 N/A N/A N/A N/A
St Bernard's 1893-1894 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stoke City 1894-1895 England First Division 8 0 10 1
Hibernian 1894-1895 Scotland Division 2 3 0 3 0
Hibernian 1895-1896 Scotland Division 1 16 0 16 0
Stoke City 1895-1896 England First Division 11 0 13 0
Hibernian 1896-1897 Scotland Division 1 18 0 18 0
Stoke City 1897-1898 England First Division 23 0 27 0
Stoke City 1898-1899 England First Division 31 0 37 0
Stoke City 1899-1900 England First Division 34 2 36 2
Southampton 1902-1904 Southern League 45 1 45 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 1904-1906 Southern League 26 1 26 1
Total 215 4 231 5
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