William Samuel Robinson was first choice centre half in Hull City’s first ever league season. Indeed he held that position for three seasons between September 1905 and November 1908, missing only ten senior fixtures in that time. As well as his defensive qualities Robinson was apt to pop up with occasional goals, and was a talismanic figure as the club won all seven of the matches he scored in by an aggregate score of 28 goals for and 7 against. In November 1908 he was replaced in the City first team by new signing Andy Browell and he left the club in February 1909.
Robinson was born in Prescot, a suburb of Liverpool, and played for his local sides Prescot FC and St Helens Recreation before joining Bolton Wanderers in 1901. He didn’t make a first team appearance for the Trotters and joined Manchester City in October 1902, but it wasn’t until 18 months later in April 1904 that William made his debut (and only) first team appearance for the Citizens. He left Manchester City for Hull in May 1905.
In February 1909 Robinson rejoined Bolton Wanderers where he played for two further seasons, winning a Second Division champions medal in 1909. Robinson spent 1911/12 season at Accrington Stanley befoe his career drew to a close. After World War One Robinson scouted for City in the north west, unearthing several gems for the Tigers. He died young in the early months of 1926 in his native Prescot.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 October 1880, Prescot
Hull City First Game: 2 September 1905, Barnsley H (Division Two), 24 years, 336 days old
Hull City Final Game: 16 January 1909, Chelsea H (FA Cup First Round), 28 years, 107 days old
Prescot FC, St Helens Recreation, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City (1902-1905), Hull City (1905-1909), Bolton Wanderers (1909-1911), Accrington Stanley (1911-1912)
Hull City Record
Career: 131 apps, 7 goalsWilliam Robinson