Michael Robinson Bio – Wiki
Michael Robinson was a footballer who played as a striker. He appeared in more than 300 official matches in England for five clubs, including Liverpool, and played the last three seasons of his career in Spain with Osasuna.
He was born on 12 July 1958 in Leicester, England as Michael John Robinson. Robinson died on 28 April 2020. He was 61 years old.
Robinson was born in Leicester, England. His parents moved to Blackpool to run a boarding house, and he started his career with Preston North End in the second division. He then moved in August 1979 to Malcolm Allison’s Manchester City, the fee of £750,000 being widely regarded as extravagant for a young player with no First Division experience; he was sold at a loss later that season to Brighton & Hove Albion and rebuilt his reputation as both a strong and skillful attacking player.
Robinson made an impact in the 1982–83 FA Cup final, feeding the ball to Gordon Smith for his infamous miss in the first game against Manchester United, performing outstandingly in a 2–2 draw but eventually losing in the second match at Wembley (0–4). It was enough, however, for clubs to bid for him, who was keen to leave due to Brighton’s relegation.
Liverpool came in for Robinson and paid Brighton £250,000 for him and he duly battled with established Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush for a place upfront. In that first season, his new team won three trophies – the league, the league cup (where he was a used substitute in the final 0–0 draw against Everton and did not feature in the replay) and the European Cup (being a used replacement in the final against A.S. Roma)– and he played enough games to earn a title medal.
Robinson moved to Spain to play for CA Osasuna in January 1987, with ex-Liverpool team-mate Sammy Lee joining in August. He retired in summer 1989 at the age of 31 after making 58 La Liga appearances for the club and scoring 12 goals, two of which came in 1987–88 campaign as the Navarrese overachieved for a final fifth place.
Robinson, who won 24 caps for the Republic of Ireland, stayed in Spain after retiring, having settled very well in the country and learned the language to fluency, a trait that was later picked up on by Steve McManaman (with Real Madrid from 1999 to 2003), who regarded Robinson as his mentor.
After retiring, Robinson began his broadcasting career in Spain as a commentator for Radio Televisión Española, covering the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. He later worked as a commentator and presenter on Cadena SER’s El Larguero and then on the subscription channel Canal+, where he hosted the cult television show El día después for 14 years (1991–2005), Following the show’s demise he continued working with the network, as co-commentator on their live coverage of the Sunday night match as well as on the studio show El día del fútbol, and later by presenting a monthly sports magazine series called Informe Robinson
In addition, Robinson also worked as a pundit for Setanta Sports, covering the Republic of Ireland away internationals and also being the president of the Iberian Superleague, a rugby union league covering the Iberian Peninsula. As a broadcaster, he also covered for Canal+ rugby events, including the World Cup and the Six Nations Championship.
Robinson also did voice-over work on television adverts, as well as feature films – voicing the ugly sister in the dubbed Spanish versions of the Shrek films by DreamWorks Animation.
The former Brighton and Liverpool striker Michael Robinson, who finished his career at Osasuna and then settled in Spain, has died aged 61.
Robinson’s family used his social media account to write: “With tremendous sadness, we inform you of Michael’s death. It leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you have shown him.
“We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you.”
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