Michael Robinson obituary: The Liverpool fan who found his home in Spain

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Michael Robinson won 3 prizes at Anfield, commentated and played in Spain, and even voiced the Ugly Sibling in the Spanish version of Shrek 2.

When Michael Robinson signed for Liverpool he was informed by chairman John Smith: “We don’t sign great footballers, we sign people who are great at football.”

Fifty-two appearances later on the player might guarantee that with winners’ medals for the European Cup, Division One title and the League Cup– approximately one trophy every 17 matches.

Nevertheless, those individuals who were great at football implied his profession at Anfield lasted less than 18 months after discovering it challenging playing second fiddle to the dazzling Ian Rush- Kenny Dalglish collaboration.

However Robinson, who has actually passed away aged 61 after a fight against cancer, was never ever bitter about his experience.

Con tremenda tristeza os comunicamos el fallecimiento deMichael Nos deja un gran vacío, pero también innumerables recuerdos, llenos del mismo amor que le habéis demostrado. Os estaremos eternamente agradecidos por haber hecho a este hombre TAN FELIZ, nunca caminó solo. Gracias

— Michael Robinson (@michaelrobinson) April 28, 2020

The opposite in fact, having actually gone from young kid on the Kop in the 1960 s viewing his heroes to in fact turning into one.

His daddy, likewise an expert footballer, and mom moved from Leicester to Blackpool while he was still in the womb however it was shortly prior to his like affair with Liverpool started, with his papa taking him to his first Anfield game at the age of 5.

After spells at Preston, Manchester City and Brighton, Robinson– a losing FA Cup finalist with the Seagulls– found himself flying to a hotel in Holland in the summer of 1983 to be welcomed by Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Smith and club secretary Peter Robinson after a ₤250,000 fee was concurred.

The FAI is distressed to discover of the death of former Ireland international Michael Robinson

Michael played 24 games at senior level, scoring 4 goals during the 1980 s

Might he rest in peace ☘ pic.twitter.com/IL3fpOMC1j

— FAIreland ⚽ (@FAIreland) April 28, 2020

“I will never forget what Mr Smith said,” Robinson, who forgot his passport for the flight and required his future spouse Chris to race to the airport with it, remembered.

“‘Michael, at Liverpool we don’t sign great footballers, we sign people who are great at football’.”

Having actually currently finished up the league and League Cup in his first season, Robinson found himself beginning as an extra-time alternative in the European Cup final against Roma in their own arena with the score at 1-1.

He declined the chance to take a penalty in the shoot-out however Alan Kennedy made sure the club’s 4th European Cup came home with them.

As if removing the Rush/Dalglish mix was not intimidating enough, the arrival of Paul Walsh that summer indicated the start of completion for Robinson and by December he had actually left for QPR and the dream was over.

2 years followed at Osasuna, with Robinson confessing he did not understand where it was in Spain or that it was not a location in its own right, revealing surprise when his spouse ultimately informed him they were living in Pamplona.

When I first concerned Spain as a student, back in the 90 s, I utilized to watch @michaelrobinson on telly. It was years considering that he ‘d left Liverpool, however he still felt a link to back home, an example of a guiri who had actually made it here. A motivation then and now. RIP Michael, YNWA. pic.twitter.com/j7mqES2egI

— OLSC Madrid (@MadridReds) April 28, 2020

Having actually gotten here not speaking a word of Spanish he went on to coach another ex-Red Steve McManaman when he relocated to Real Madrid and remarkably took an effective profession as a tv sports speaker, a role which resulted in Real Madrid president Florentino Perez attempting to get him fired since of his criticism of his club.

Robinson’s media work was not restricted simply tofootball He would go on to cover biking, tennis and rugby union among other sports, while he voiced the Ugly Sibling in the Spanish version of Shrek 2.

It was during a media look on Spanish radio in December 2018 he exposed he had an incurable, sophisticated deadly cancer malignancy.

R.I.P MichaelRobinson The Liverpool legend that got in all the Spanish houses with his wonderful commentaries every Weekend!! #YNWA pic.twitter.com/GihZPkUd80

— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) April 28, 2020

“The nicest thing about Michael was that he knew his own limitations,” Mark Lawrenson, a team- mate at Preston, Brighton and Liverpool, as soon as stated.

“He would tell you himself that he didn’t have a good touch for a big man and he was predominantly one-footed. But he was strong. When the chips were down he would give you absolutely everything.”

It was a method Robinson used to dealing with his cancer however it showed a fight he might not win.

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