Full back Stockdale signed for City during the latter half of 2004/05 season, filling in at right back and doing an admirable job. He stayed a further season at City but made no further first team appearances for the Tigers, ending the 2005/06 seaon on loan at Darlington where he made 3 first team starts. He left the club in the 2006 close season.
Hailing from the Redcar of the North Yorkshire coast, Robert Keith “Robbie” Stockdale joined Middlesbrough as a teenager and spent six seasons at the Riverside Stadium. He made his Boro debut in a January 1998 FA Cup tie against QPR and scored his first Boro goal in a May 2000 Premier League draw against Watford before spending the 2000/01 season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, where he made only six senior appearances.
Robbie was a support player for Middlesbrough during much of their five year stint in the Premier League – his best form came in 2001/02 season when he made 36 senior starts and played in the FA Cup Semi Final defeat to Arsenal. He drifted out of the Boro first team by the start of the 2003/04 season, by which time he had scored two goals in 91 senior appearances, and spent the bulk of the season on loan at West Ham United (9 appearances) and Rotherham United (16 appearances and 1 goal). In June 2004 Stockdale was transferred to League Division 1 side Rotherham United where he became a first team regular and made 29 appearances befoer joining the Tigers in January 2005.
After leaving City in July 2006 Stockdale spent two years as a first team regular at League 1 side Tranmere Rovers where he made 88 senior appearances. He switched to Grimsby Town in July 2008, scoring once in 31 appearances in his first two years before the Mariners dropped down to the Conference National in May 2010 – Stockdale stayed with the club for two more seasons, making his final appearance in January 2011.
Stockdale was appointed to the coaching staff at Grimsby in June 2010 and spent a month as caretaker first team manager in March 2011. He stayed at Blundell Park until 2012 then spent three years coaching the Sunderland youth team before being elevated to first team coach in 2015. He had three brief spells as caretaker first team manager at Sunderland as the Black Cats went through a series of managers. Stockdale left Sunderland in 2018 when Jack Ross assumed the helm for a season in League One and between February and November 2019 he took up a coaching role at Hibernian. After a spell out of the game, Robbie was appointed to Sam Allardyce’s coaching staff at Premier League West Bromwich Albion in December 2020, but left the Baggies in July 2021 after relegation to the Championship and took on the first team manager’s role at Rochdale. After a year in charge at Spotland Stockdale was relieved of his duties in August 2022 after a winless start to the 2022/23 season. Two months later in October 2022 Stockdale was recruited to the Hull City coaching staff on a temporary basis to assist caretaker manager Andy Dawson.
Capped by England under-21s in 2000, Stockdale went on to make four senior appearances for Berti Vogts’ Scotland in 2002, debuting in April 2002 against Nigeria and winning his fourth and final cap four months later against Denmark.
Date/Place of Birth: 30 November 1979, Redcar
Hull City First Game: 1 February 2005, Chesterfield A (League One), 25 years, 63 days old
Hull City Final Game: 30 April 2005, Sheffield Wednesday H (League One), 25 years, 151 days old
Middlesbrough (1997-2004), Sheffield Wednesday (2000, loan), West Ham United (2003-2004, loan), Rotherham United (2004, loan), Rotherham United (2004-2005), Hull City (2005-2006), Darlington (2006, loan), Tranmere Rovers (2006-2008), Grimsby Town (2008-2012)
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Career: 14 apps, 0 goalsRobbie Stockdale