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Birmingham City vs Bolton Wanderers: Played For Both Clubs - Paul Robinson

A look at the career of former Wanderer and current Birmingham player, Paul Robinson.

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Ahead of tonight's match at St Andrew's, we take a look at the career of former Bolton Wanderers player and current Birmingham City captain, Paul Robinson.

Robinson, born 14th December 1978, began his career with hometown club Watford FC. After coming up through the youth academy, Robbo made his first-team debut as a second-minute substitute in a 1-1 draw against Luton Town on 29th October 1996, aged 17.

In the 1997/1998 season, Robinson made 25 appearances as Watford were crowned Champions of the Old Second Division (Legaue 1). Robbo played a bigger part in the 1998/1999 season, as the Hornets were promoted to the Premier League via the Play-Offs.

In the 1999 Play-Off final, they faced of course, our beloved Bolton Wanderers. Despite Bolton having a team that featured internationals such as Per Frandsen, Mark Fish, Ricardo Gardner and Eidur Gudjohnsen, Watford, led by former England manager and Turnip Graham Taylor, won the game 2-0.

Watford would only last one season in the top flight, finishing rock bottom of the league with 24 points. Interestingly that season, Bradford City finished 17th, Coventry City 14th and Leeds United 3rd.

Robbo would stay at Watford for a further three years, before moving on to join West Bromwich Albion in October 2003, for a fee of £375,000. In total for Watford, Paul Robinson made 252 appearances, scoring 9 goals.

He made his West Brom debut in a 1-0 win against Norwich City on 18th October 2003. In his first season at the Hawthorns, West Brom were promoted to the Premier League under the 'leadership' of Gary Megson.

The 2004/2005 season would be a memorable one for West Brom and Robbo. Robinson was part of the Baggies side that did the 'Great Escape' from relegation. Despite being bottom of the league at Christmas, West Brom managed to stay up, and Robbo's bullet header in a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park was voted West Brom's Goal of the Season.

West Brom were relegated the following season, and boyhood club Watford had a bid of £1.6 million rejected by West Brom, with manager Bryan Robson stating that Robinson was key to any Promotion charge that West Brom were going to do. Instead, Robbo signed a new three year deal with the Baggies.

In August 2007, Wigan Athletic had a bid of £1.5 million accepted by West Brom. The Latics saw Robbo as the perfect replacement for Leighton Baines, who had just gone to Everton. However, Robinson failed his medical.

Subsequently, Robinson played a key role in a West Brom side that were promoted back to the Premier League as Champions of the Championship. Robinson was named in the Championship PFA team of the year, alongside team mates Jonathon Greening and Kevin Phillips.

The Baggies lasted only one season in the top flight, so Robinson joined Bolton Wanderers for a fee of £1 million, reuniting with former manager Gary Megson.

Paul Robinson replaced Jlloyd Samuel as first choice left back, and quickly won fans with the Wanderers faithful with his no nonsense style of play.

After Gary Megson was sacked and Owen Coyle came in as his replacement, Robbo played a key role as Bolton were once again battling for a spot in Europe.

Alongside players such as Stuart Holden, Gary Cahill, Kevin Davies and Chung-Yong Lee, Robinson was part of a Bolton side that were in the top six for the majority of the 2010/2011 season. (we finished 14th)

Robinson also played a part in Bolton's 2011 FA Cup run, when the Whites reached the Semi-Finals. Robbo set up the famous winner in the Quarter-Finals against Birmingham City.

In the 2011/2012 season, the former Real Madrid youngster Marcos Alonso had replaced Robinson in the starting line-up, so Robbo went out on loan to Leeds United. Robinson played 10 times for Leeds.

As Bolton were relegated from the Premier League, Robbo was released. In total for Bolton, Paul Robinson played 87 times, scoring no goals.

After training with MLS side Toronto FC, Robinson signed with Championship side Birmingham City in September 2012.

Originally coming in to cover injuries, Robinson became a key figure in the Blues side.

Robinson was made Captain in 2013, and led the team to the 'famous' 2-2 draw at the Reebok in May 2014, keeping Birmingham in the league on the last day of the season. I think you can get that game on DVD.

Now in his fourth season with Birmingham, Paul Robinson has played 138 games, scoring 4 goals. Three of those goals have come this season, including the winner against Bolton at the Reebok back in October.