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Barry Robson

Barry Gordon George Robson (born 7 November 1978) is a Scottish association football who currently plays for Middlesbrough F.C. in the Football League Championship and for the Scotland national football team. Barry Robson has agreed to join Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the summer of 2012. Barry Robson can play anywhere across the midfielder, and also as a Left back.

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Barry Robson biography

Barry Gordon George Robson (born 7 November 1978) is a Scottish association football who currently plays for Middlesbrough F.C. in the Football League Championship and for the Scotland national football team. Barry Robson has agreed to join Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the summer of 2012. Barry Robson can play anywhere across the midfielder, and also as a Left back.

Club career

Early career

Born in Inverurie, Scotland, Robson began Barry Robson professional career with Rangers F.C., but failed to break through to the first team at Ibrox Stadium. In October 1997, Barry Robson signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C., and although not always a first team regular in Barry Robson early Inverness career, helped them win promotion from the Scottish Football League Second Division in 1998–99 in Scottish football. Robson spent most of the 1999–00 in Scottish football on loan at Forfar Athletic F.C., but thereafter returned to establish himself in the Inverness line-up.

Dundee United

Dundee United F.C. submitted a bid for Robson in May 2003 and Barry Robson signed ten days later for a fee of between £50,000 and £100,000. Despite being sent off on Barry Robson United début, Barry Robson became a regular in the United team. Robson missed only two matches throughout the 2004–05 in Scottish football season, finishing as United's second top scorer with nine goals, and signed a new three-year contract at the end of the season. Robson scored the goal that ensured United's survival in the SPL in the final game of the season against Barry Robson old club Inverness CT.

Robson started the 2006–07 in Scottish football season as United Captain (association football) and scored against Falkirk F.C. on the opening day of the season. Robson made Barry Robson 100th league appearance for United in the game against St. Mirren F.C. in late August, scoring twice in a 3–1 win but also being sent off late in the match. In February 2007, Robson signed a new contract until 2011, with Barry Robson first career hat-trick following in March in a 4–0 away win against Heart of Midlothian F.C.. With 11 goals by mid-March, Robson finished the season as the league's top scoring midfielder, four ahead of Rangers' Charlie Adam (footballer born 1985). Given that Robson played just 29 games, Barry Robson ratio of one goal in less than three games was bettered only by Rangers striker Kris Boyd.

The 2007–08 in Scottish football, Robson managed an even better ratio, scoring 12 from 24 games in all competitions at the point of leaving United. With 11 league goals, Robson was second top scorer in the league, one ahead of colleague Noel Hunt. Six of Barry Robson goals came in January 2008, including a second hat-trick against Hearts in less than a year.


On the final morning of the January 2008 transfer window, Robson was in negotiations to move to Celtic after they had a "seven figure" bid, plus Celtic player James O'Brien (footballer) on loan until the end of the season, accepted by United. Robson signed for Celtic that evening.

Barry Robson made Barry Robson Celtic debut on 10 February against Aberdeen F.C., scoring with Barry Robson first touch of the ball, a perfectly placed free-kick into the bottom left corner of the goal. Robson scored Barry Robson second goal for Celtic on Barry Robson UEFA Champions League debut against FC Barcelona. An assist from Aiden McGeady allowed Robson to loop a header over Víctor Valdés, to put Celtic ahead, though they eventually lost 3–2. On 27 April, Robson scored Barry Robson first Old Firm goal, converting a penalty which was the winning goal. On 10 August, Robson again scored from a penalty kick, this time against St. Mirren, the opening goal of Celtic's league campaign for the 2008–09 in Scottish football, in a 1–0 victory for Celtic. Robson final game for Celtic was against Old Firm rivals Rangers


Robson left Celtic in January 2010 and joined Barry Robson former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough F.C. along with teammates Willo Flood, Scott McDonald and Chris Killen. Barry Robson was sent-off on Barry Robson home debut against Bristol City F.C.. Barry Robson captained Middlesbrough against Peterborough United F.C. standing in for injured Gary O'Neil, and scored Barry Robson first goal for the club in the seventh minute. Barry Robson form continued as Barry Robson scored two penalties against QPR on 27 February at the Riverside.
Barry Robson scored again in the Tyne-Tees derby against Newcastle on 13 March. Three days later Barry Robson scored Barry Robson against Derby County at Pride Park.

Robson scored the quickest ever goal at the Riverside on 8 September 2010 against Reading, netting afer just 24 seconds in a game which Middlesbrough went on to win 3 - 1. On 2 October 2010, Robson scored a penalty in a 2 - 2 draw with Portsmouth, in a match where Barry Robson was also sent off in, in the 86 minute. Barry Robson scored Middlesbrough's third in a 4 - 0 victory over Bristol City on 15 January 2011. On 2 May 2011, Robson scored Middlesbrough's second goal in a 3 - 0 victory over Cardiff City. Barry Robson followed this up five days later, scoring a superb free-kick in the first half of Barry Robson team 3 - 0 win over Doncaster.

Robson scored Barry Robson first goal of the 2011/12 season in a 3 - 1 victory over Barnsley on 16 August 2011 On 21 August 2011, Barry Robson scored the equalizer from a free kick in Middlesbrough's 3 - 1 win over Birmingham City. Barry Robson followed this, three days later, by hitting Barry Robson team's opener on four minutes in a 2 - 0 victory over Peterborough United in the second round of the 2011–12 Football League Cup. Robson's fine goal scoring form continued with a goal against Millwall and two against Doncaster to help extend Middlesbrough's strong start to the season. Robson scored a stunning goal from 35 yards in the 87th minute, to give Middlesbrough a vital 1 - 0 home victory over Hull City F.C. on Boxing Day 2011. On 29 January 2012, Robson scored a brilliant left footed volley against Sunderland F.C. at the Stadium of Light. This forced an FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Riverside Stadium.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

On 16 February 2012 it was announced Robson had signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as a Designated Player and would begin play with the club in July 2012.

International career

Robson won a call-up to the Scotland B national football team for the first time in December 2005, alongside fellow Dundee United player Mark Kerr (footballer).

Robson played in the Scotland B national football team team in March 2006. In August 2007, Robson received Barry Robson first full international call-up when selected for the friendly against South Africa national football team, making Barry Robson début as a second-half substitute. Barry Robson was subsequently called up for the following squad in September 2007 for the double-header against Lithuania national football team and France national football team but failed to make an appearance.

In September 2008, Robson was credited with Barry Robson first international goal in the 2010 World Cup qualifying victory against Iceland national football team in unusual circumstances. After James McFadden's second-half penalty kick was saved, both players chased the rebound. Though it appeared that McFadden touched the ball over the line, the goal was officially awarded to Robson. The Scottish Football Association lobbied on McFadden's behalf, and in March 2009 FIFA re-credited the goal to McFadden.


- Scottish Premier League (1): Scottish Premier League 2007-08
- Scottish League Cup (1): 2009 Scottish League Cup Final


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