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Player Details : Bryan Stanley "Pop" Robson
Demographic Information
Name Bryan Stanley "Pop" Robson
Date of Birth11/11/1945
Place of BirthSunderland, England
PositionForward
Newcastle Statistics
Years 1962 - 1971
Debut:01/09/1964 - Charlton Athletic [A] --- (W 1-0)
Appearances:244   [Starts: 243,  Subs: 1]
Goals:97
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Bryan, "Pop", was born in 'rival territory' (Sunderland) and was playing for local amateur side Clara Vale Juniors when Newcastle took an interest in him. Despite the fact that he was a 'Mackem' he became a huge favourite at St James's Park and was part of the team that won the Second Division Title and promotion back to the top-flight in 1965. He was also a prominent member of the team that won the Fairs Cup in 1969. Together with Wyn Davies, Pop became a hero on Tyneside.

Towards the end of his time at Newcastle Pop became quite disgruntled with the senior management and board at St James's Park and after one very public outburst he was told by Lord Westwood, Newcastle's Managing Director, to shut up or put in a written transfer request - the transfer request was submitted almost immediately. However it still took a West Ham record bid of £120,000 to secure his services. Scoring on his debut for the Hammers, against Nottingham Forest, he went on to become their leading scorer in two of his three seasons at Upton Park. It was a surprise then that he was heading back to the North East, and his hometown club of Sunderland. Two years later he was back at West Ham, and three years after that he was back at Sunderland! There then followed moves to Carlisle, Chelsea (during which he was sent on loan to Carlisle!), back to Sunderland and then guess what - back to Carlisle!

In his three spells at Sunderland, one moment will stick in the memory of every Mackem fan. At the ripe old age of 38 years and 182 days, Pop was recalled to the side on the last day of the 1983-84 season at Leicester in a game they had to win to avoid relegation. Sure enough he went on to lead the line and score in their 2-0 victory.

After ending his playing career he went into coaching, which he already had experience of whilst with Carlisle and Sunderland, and he became assistant manager to another Newcastle legend, Bobby Moncur, at Hartlepool United. He joined the coaching team at Manchester United for a spell before returning to - guess who, yes Sunderland - and becoming their youth team coach.

Leaving football altogether in 2004 it is reported that he runs a newsagency in Northumberland.

Notable Transfers
Date From To Fee
22/02/1971 Newcastle United West Ham United £120,000
July 1974 West Ham United Sunderland £145,000
October 1976 Sunderland West Ham United  
June 1979 West Ham United Sunderland £45,000
1981 Sunderland Carlisle  
1982 Carlisle Chelsea  
1983 Chelsea Sunderland  
1984 Sunderland Carlisle  
References

NUFC, 1964, Official Programme 24/08/1964, G.F. Laybourne & Co. Ltd., Newcastle, England,

Scott, K.H, 2015, Newcastle United Day by Day, KayLynM Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, ISBN: 978-0-9934201-0-8,