Stewart Robson

Stewart Ian Robson (born 6 November 1964) is an English former football player and TV and radio football pundit. He played for Arsenal, West Ham United where he was their player of the season in 1988, and Coventry City. After his footballing career ended he took on a role as a TV and radio pundit for Arsenal TV until 2012,[3] ESPN, TalkSPORT[4] and currently as BT Sport's Italian football co-commentator.[5]

Stewart Robson
Personal information
Full name Stewart Ian Robson
Date of birth (1964-11-06) 6 November 1964
Place of birth Billericay, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1981 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Arsenal 150 (16)
1987–1991 West Ham United 69 (4)
1991–1995 Coventry City[1] 57 (3)
Total 276 (23)
National team
1984–1988 England U21[2] 8 (2)
Teams managed
2003 Southend United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Born in Billericay, Essex,[6][7] he was educated at Alleyn Court Prep School in Westcliff on Sea[8] and Brentwood School. Robson joined Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1978. He made his debut soon after his 17th birthday, on 5 December 1981 against West Ham United, and became a regular player in the Arsenal side under manager Terry Neill and his eventual successor Don Howe.[9][10][11]

Robson showed great promise as young footballer, both in his versatility (although he usually played in midfield, he was equally adept in defence as full back or centre back) and his competitiveness; he was an enthusiastic runner and tackler. He was the Arsenal's 1985 Player of the Year, despite still only being 19 years old, and made the England senior squad, but a series of injuries hampered his career – Robson had continual problems with his groin and hamstrings. He spent three months out injured in 1985–86.[9]

After the arrival of George Graham as manager in May 1986, Robson found himself frozen out of the Arsenal side, only playing five matches of the 1986–87 season, before losing his place to Steve Williams. Leaving in January 1987, he had played 186 matches for Arsenal, scoring 21 goals.[9]

West Ham United

He was sold to West Ham United in January 1987 for £700,000.[12] His time with West Ham was plagued with injuries, particularly to his pelvis. Manager John Lyall later revealed that Robson had been on the treatment table at Highbury when he had signed him and he was rarely fully fit for the Hammers.[13] His first West Ham game was on 24 January 1987 in a 3–1 away win at Coventry City.[12] He remained a regular in the Hammers' first team for two and a half years, and Player of the Year for 1988. However, lost his place after they were relegated in 1989, playing only eight league games in the following two years following a succession of injuries to his pelvic area. His last game was a 6–1 FA Cup defeat of Aldershot on 16 January 1991.[12]

Coventry City

In March 1991, Terry Butcher signed him for Coventry City on a free transfer[12] to return to the First Division and help Coventry continue their long spell at this level and become founder members of the FA Premier League in 1992, and went on to make 57 league appearances for the Sky Blues, but once again, injury ruined his spell at the club; he suffered a bad knee injury playing his old club Arsenal at the start of the 1993–94 season. In summer 1995 he retired, after an entire season out injured.

Coaching career

Robson later joined Wimbledon as a youth coach, eventually moving up the ranks to become reserve team manager and then first-team coach until leaving in December 2001. In 2003, he spent a short spell as first-team coach and as caretaker manager at Southend United between 25 March 2003 and 18 April 2003.[14] In 2004, he joined Rushden & Diamonds as technical director of football.[15]

Robson also played cricket for Coventry and for North Warwickshire.[16]

Media career

Robson has teamed up with Martin Tyler as the commentary duo for the non UK international feed of the FA Cup.[17] He worked for Arsenal TV as co-commentator.[3][18] He commentated for BT Sport for the 2012 African Cup Of Nations. He has also appeared on Absolute Radio's Rock'n'Roll Football alongside Jim Proudfoot. Robson is a regular contributor on the football podcast released by The Times in conjunction with their weekly football supplement The Game.[19] He has also presented on TalkSPORT[4] and as BT Sport's Italian football co-commentator.[5] For the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016, Robson partnered with Jon Champion for ESPN's coverage in the United States.[20]

Robson has been consistently critical of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.[21][22][23][24][25][26] Robson also regularly appears on ESPN FC, which airs on ESPN in the US and on BT Sport in the UK.

Managerial statistics

As of 8 June 2013
Team From To Record
Southend United 25 March 2003 18 April 2003 3 1 0 2 033.33
Total 3 1 0 2 033.33


  • Arsenal FC Player of the Year: 1985[27]
  • West Ham United FC Player of the Year: 1988[28]
  • Coventry City FC Player of the Year: 1992[29][30]


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  22. "Robson blames Wenger for barren run", BBC Sport, 19 February 2013
  23. "Don't trust Arsene Wenger to make marquee signings", Evening Standard, 7 June 2013
  24. "The same mistakes happen time and time again. If you are a good coach, mistakes don't keep happening." From "Arsene Wenger: Arsenal loss to Chelsea was 'my fault'", BBC Sport, 23 March 2014
  25. "Former Arsenal Player Stewart Robson Claims Arsene Wenger Should Be Replaced by Massimiliano Allegri", 90min, 12 April 2017
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