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Stewart Robson

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Full nameStewart Ian Robson
Place of birthBillericay, England
Playing positionMidfielder

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Stewart Ian Robson (born November 6, 1964 in Billericay, Essex, England) is an English former football player. He now summarises for Arsenal TV and sometimes on TalkSPORT's evening Kick Off Show during the week. He also serves as match analyst for Premier League telecasts airing on ESPN2(U.S.A.) and ESPN Caribbean on some Saturday mornings.

He was educated at Alleyn Court Prep School in Westcliff on Sea, and Brentwood School. He was also an outstanding cricketer. Robson joined Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1978. He made his debut soon after his 17th birthday, on December 5, 1981 against West Ham United, and quickly became a regular feature in the Arsenal side, as well as the England team.

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 fans' 1984 Player of the Year, 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.

After the arrival of George Graham as manager, 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. He was sold to West Ham United in January 1987 for £650,000; in total he had played 186 matches for Arsenal, scoring 21 goals.

He started brightly at West Ham he was a regular in the Hammers' first team for two and a half years, and Player of the Year for 1987. However, he lost his place after they were relegated in 1989, playing only eight times in the following two years. In March 1991 he joined Coventry City 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 (they would not suffer relegation until 2001), 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. Following this, he went on to teach PE at Forest School in East London up until 1998.

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 at Southend United, and in 2004 he joined Rushden & Diamonds as assistant manager. He is now the Diamonds' technical director.

Robson teamed up with Martin Tyler as the commentary duo for the non UK international feed of the 2010 FA Cup Final as well as number of FA Cup games throughout the season.

Stewart now works for Arsenal TV as Co-Commentator.

Robson is a regular contributary on the popular football podcast released by The Times in conjunction with their weekly football supplement The Game.

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