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Tommy Robertson

Tommy Robertson

Birthdate: 17 October 1876
Birthplace: Fauldhouse, Scotland
Date of death: 13 August 1941
Other clubs: East Benhar Heatherbell, Motherwell, Fauldhouse, Hearts (1896-98), Hearts (2 / 1902), Dundee (1902-03), Manchester United (1903-05), Bathgate (1905-06), St Bernard's
Bought from: Hearts
Signed for LFC: 175*, 30.03.1898
International debut: 26.03.1898 vs. Ireland
International caps: 1/1 (at Hearts)
Liverpool debut: 11.04.1898
Last appearance: 14.04.1902
Debut goal: 11.04.1898
Last goal: 25.01.1902
Contract expiry: 14.05.1902
Win ratio: 47.52% W:67 D:26 L:48
Games/goals ratio: 4.03
Honours: League Championship 1900/01 (Lancashire Evening Post, 15-02-1902)
LFC league games/goals: 126 / 32
Total LFC games/goals: 141 / 35

Player profile

Scottish winger Robertson won the Scottish championship with Hearts in 1897 where he was instrumental in clinching the title by scoring four times in a 5-0 victory over Clyde on 20 February 1897. Four days after Robertson played his only international for Scotland the Edinburgh club suffered as teammates Robertson and John Walker both moved to Liverpool. The Evening Telegraph revealed in 1902 how Roberston came to Hearts' attention. "The Tynecastle Club was engaged a Fauldhouse in a second eleven cup tie, and being a man short the officials were forced to search for a substitute, and Robertson was picked from among the spectators as being, according to local reputation, “a likely hand.” He performed so satisfactorily that right away he stepped into the Hearts regular team, so that it may be said he was a born player." Robertson scored on his Liverpool debut against Sheffield Wednesday and only missed a single League match over the next two seasons and contributed 15 League goals, a terrific total from a man in his position. In 1900/01 he was again ever-present, scoring nine goals as Liverpool won the first division title for the first time. Northern Athletic Football Guide claimed Robertson was "fast, every clever with the ball, and ‘class’ writ large in every movement." Robertson added 25 games and six goals to his League and cup totals in 1901/02, but his play wasn't as effective as in years gone by according to the Lancashire Evening Post in February 1902. "Robertson still skips along quickly, and executes some charming footwork, but there is lacking just that little bit of something “extra” – especially in shooting – which aforetime raised him well above the level even of good outside wingers, and he is not now blessed with the “devil,” say of the other Liverpool extremist, Cox." Robertson returned to Scotland to play once again for Hearts. He made three second division appearances for Manchester United in the 1903/04 season.

Appearances per season

Please note

*Liverpool paid a combined 350 pounds to Hearts for Tommy Robertson and John Walker on 30 March 1898.

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 126 15 0 0 0 141
1897-1898 3 0 0 0 0 3
1898-1899 33 6 0 0 0 39
1899-1900 34 4 0 0 0 38
1900-1901 34 2 0 0 0 36
1901-1902 22 3 0 0 0 25

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
11 Sheffield United
10 Stoke City
9 Derby
9 Everton
9 Notts County
8 Wolves
8 WBA
8 Aston Villa
8 Newcastle United
7 Bury
7 Sunderland
7 Blackburn Rovers
7 Nottingham Forest
6 Sheffield Wednesday
6 Preston North End
6 Manchester City
5 Bolton Wanderers
4 Burnley
2 Birmingham City
2 Glossop North End
1 West Ham United
1 Southampton
Total Competition
126 League
15 FA Cup

Goals per season

Please note

*Liverpool paid a combined 350 pounds to Hearts for Tommy Robertson and John Walker on 30 March 1898.

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 32 3 0 0 0 35
1897-1898 2 0 0 0 0 2
1898-1899 7 1 0 0 0 8
1899-1900 9 1 0 0 0 10
1900-1901 9 0 0 0 0 9
1901-1902 5 1 0 0 0 6

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
32 League
3 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
32 Open play
3 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 11.04.1898 The Wednesday Anfield League
50 14.10.1899 Bury Gigg Lane League
100 01.01.1901 Stoke Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 11.04.1898 The Wednesday Anfield League

Related Quotes

"Robertson was the best forward on the field, and the sprightly, nimble manner in which he dodged, feinted and sprinted, was reminiscent of what might almost be termed "days of long ago"."

Tom Robertson's qualities praised in a Liverpool Mercury match report from 13th of January 1900

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
East Benhar Heatherbell Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Motherwell Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fauldhouse Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hearts 1896-1897 Scotland Division 1 8 7 8 7
Hearts 1897-1898 Scotland Division 1 17 9 17 9
Hearts 1902-1903 Scotland Division 1 3 0 3 0
Dundee 1902-1903 Scotland Division 1 13 1 13 1
Manchester United 1903-1904 England Second Division 3 0 3 0
Bathgate 1905-1906 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
St Bernard's 1906- Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 44 17 44 17
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