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Bryan Robson – Where Are They Now?

One of the most recognizable names on our list, Bryan Robson was one of the best English midfielders of his generation. In a career that spanned over twenty years, “Captain Marvel” won a number of individual and club trophies, most notably with Manchester United. Among these trophies are three FA Cups, two Charity Shields and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. Robson was capped 90 times for England’s national team in his long career, making him all-time fifth-most capped player in England’s history.

Tribute video on Bryan Robson as one of the greatest midfielders in Man Utd history.

Robson started his playing career with West Bromwich Albion in 1975, going from underutilised sub to star player in the course of six years. In 1981, Albion’s boss Ron Atkinson left for Manchester United; Bryan Robson, along with teammate and fellow 1982 Football Manager alum Remi Moses, soon followed.

Robson represented England 90 times in his career.

At the time of the game’s release, Robson was a central figure of England’ 1982 World Cup campaign, which nevertheless ended without the team making it to the knockout stage.

In the thirteen years he spent in Manchester United, Robson was a paramount figure who captained his team to domestic and international success. In spite of the injuries that plagued the later half of his spell with United, Robson remained a key player until his move to Middlesbrough in 1994, as player-manager under the guidance of Terry Venables.”

After his playing career, Robson managed Middlesbrough, Bradford City, WBA, Sheffield United and Thailand’s national team. Bryan Robson has been serving as Manchester United’s “Global Ambassador” since 2011.

Quick Facts about Bryan Robson:

  • At the time of Football Manager’s release, Bryan Robson was going into his second season as a Manchester United player.
  • Bryan Robson distinguished himself as one of the best midfielders of his generation in a career that spanned 23 years.
  • Robson is rumored to have suffered over a hundred injuries in his career, including a broken collarbone, three broken legs, and an ankle ligament injury that prevented him from playing the 1983 League Cup final, which Man Utd lost to Liverpool.
  • He was capped 90 times for England’s national team – all time tenth-most in England’s history.

What others say about Bryan Robson:

Bryan was three players in one – a tackler, a goal maker and a goal taker.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON

As a midfield player, Robson had everything – goals, passing, tackling, and a remarkable work-rate. Captain Marvel for Manchester United and England and a true leader who was brave to a fault, injuries prevented him from reaching a deserved century of England caps. The outstanding British footballer of the 1980s who stuck around to inspire United’s re-emergence as England’s top club side under Sir Alex Ferguson. His namesake Bobby Robson swore by him during eight years in charge of the national team, and judges don’t come any shrewder than Bobby and Fergie.

JIMMY GREAVES

He was the ultimate midfielder. He got everywhere, scored goals and was a leader. He didn’t give you a second on the ball. If you got it, you knew Bryan would get stuck in to you.

PAUL GASCOIGNE

An inspirational footballer. If he hadn’t had the injuries that he did, I think he would have eclipsed all records for midfielder players in appearances for England, and I think England might have won something.

GARY LINEKER

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