Stewart Robson

Stewart Robson showed great promise when breaking through the Club's youth ranks as a versatile midfielder.

Robson was predominantly employed in the middle of the park but also performed well as a full back or centre back on occasion.

Robson joined Arsenal's academy as a schoolboy in 1978 and signed apprenticeship forms in April 1981 before making his breakthrough under Terry Neill.

It could have been a different story entirely for Robson had he chosen an alternative career in cricket, another sport in which he was highly skilled.

He made his first-team debut one month after his 17th birthday when he started in Arsenal's 2-1 league win over West Ham United.

The young midfielder spent more than eight years at Highbury, playing 186 matches and scoring 21 goals. He was the Club's Player of the Year in 1985.

Robson earned international recognition at youth level for England and won six caps for the Under-21s during his spell with the Club.

He joined West Ham for £700,000 in January 1987 and spent five years in east London. Coventry signed him in 1991 but he was forced to retire due to injury in the 1994/95 campaign.

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