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Matt Robinson




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Robinson is an Exeter-born full back who began his career on the south coast having come through the ranks at Southampton.

During little more than four years the Saints went through five different managers - Ian Branfoot, Alan Ball, Dave Merrington, Graeme Souness and Dave Jones - and Robinson’s first team chances were restricted until he met up with Ball again at Portsmouth where he started to flourish.

In his two seasons with the club, Robinson chalked up 69 league appearances and chipped in with a goal too.

£150,000 was the fee that brought him to Reading in January 2000 and overall he made 75 appearances for the Royals including 31 Madejski Stadium starts.

During his ending season, Robison played 16 times as the club won the honour of Division Two runners-up and promotion back to the second tier of English football. 

Nicky Shorey’s arrival at Reading prompted a move to Oxford in 2002. There he became a regular in the side, totalling 171 starts in the league and 15 in the cup competitions, all in just over four years.

After his time at Oxford, Robinson moved to the Conference to play for Forest Green Rovers, racking up 30 appearances before seeking a move to Salisbury City in 2007.

That move was to be his last real prosperous one, after spells with Totton and Swindon Supermarine, Robinson retired from the game in 2012, aged 38.