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Swansea City top-flight Jacks Neil Robinson

In a new website feature, we focus on players who featured for Swansea City during the club's previous foray into the top flight of English football.
Here, we kick-off the first installment by putting former midfielder Neil Robinson under the spotlight.


NEIL ROBINSON  
Date of birth: April 20, 1957
Appearances/goals for the Swans: 151 appearances; 9 goals
Former clubs: Everton (1976-1979), Swansea City (1979-1984), Grimsby Town (1984-1988), Darlington (1988-1990).
Memorable moment: Featuring at Preston North End as the Swans won promotion to the top flight in 1981.
Did you know? Robinson holds the record for the player born closest to Goodison Park, Everton.

Born in the Walton suburb of Liverpool, Neil Robinson joined his boyhood club Everton in 1976.
Robinson's time at Everton saw him make 21 appearances in three seasons before moving to join John Toshack's Swansea revolution in a deal worth £70,000 in 1979.
A midfield player who was often used as a full-back, Robinson was not a flair player but he was one who could always be relied on to give his best in a consistent manner.
He was a part of the team that played at Deepdale in Swansea's famous promotion-winning game against Preston North End in 1981, while he scored his first top-flight goal at West Brom in September that year.
During his stay with the Swans he won two Welsh Cup winners medals in 1981 and 1982, while he also made appearances for the club against Lokomotive Leipzig and Magdeburg in the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Injuries restricted his playing time for the Swans as the club began to go into meltdown after the highs of the previous five seasons under Toshack.
And after a disastrous season back in the second division, in which defeat followed defeat, Robinson moved on to Grimsby Town in a deal worth £20,000.
Robinson endured a difficult start to life with Grimsby after a bad injury ruled him out of action for the first four months of his stint with the club.
But the midfielder showed his worth the following season by winning the club's Player of the Year trophy after a series of impressive performances.
In July 1988, Robinson moved to Darlington, where he suffered relegation to the Conference in his first season with the club.
However, at the first time of asking, The Quakers bounced back up to the Football League while injuries once again meant Robinson only played a small part in their success.
After calling time on his playing career, Robinson went on to work in the computer industry.
A commited Vegan from an early age, the Top Flight Jack regularly speaks at various festivals and functions to promote his lifestyle choice and is thought to be professional football's first and only vegan.

 

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