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b.11 January 1957, in Chester-le-Street, England

One of the most decorated players of his generation, Bryan Robson’s

playing career spanned 22 years, during which time he won every major
trophy on offer in English football.

Born in January 1957 in Chester-le-Street, North-East England, Robson was

signed on an apprenticeship by West Bromwich Albion at the age of 15. He
spent a total of eight seasons at The Hawthorns, making 198 appearances,
scoring 40 goals.

In September 1981, Robson followed manager outgoing West Bromwich

Albion manager Ron Atkinson to join Manchester United. Robson signed for
a then record British transfer fee of £1.5 million.

It was at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ where Robson experienced the highlights

of his glittering career. Robson wore the fabled number 7 shirt and was
handed the United captaincy by Atkinson. Robson lifted his first piece of
silverware in 1983 after Manchester United defeated Brighton & Hove
Albion in the FA Cup Final.

Atkinson was replaced as manager by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1986 but

Robson remained in favour, going on to lift his second FA Cup in 1990 after
victory against Crystal Palace in the final. The 1990/1 signalled European
glory for Robson as United beat Barcelona 2-1 to secure the European Cup
Winners Cup, and went on to win the UEFA Super Cup the following

Robson’s England career came to an end in the 1991/2 season having

achieved a total of 90 caps. However, he was to play his part in
Manchester United’s title winning side of the 1992/3 season, the first
season of the Premier League. Robson helped the ‘Red Devils’ retain the
title the following season. His spell in Manchester also garnered a further
two FA Cups, a League Cup and three Charity Shield successes.

After 345 and 74 goals, the sun set on Robson’s career at Old Trafford and
he accepted the role of player/manager at Middlesbrough. A dream first
season culminated in the Teesiders winning promotion to the Premier
League having won the Division 1 title. Middlesbrough were runners up in
both FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1997, but suffered relegation in the
same season.

Managerial spells at West Bromwich Albion, Bradford City and Sheffield

United followed his departure from Middlesbrough in 2001. He received an
OBE in the 1990 New Year’s Honours list and was inducted into the English
Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

b.25 June 1973 in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire

One of the most popular and talented footballers of his generation, Jamie
Redknapp was a central midfielder with a keen eye for a pass and a knack
for scoring spectacular goals. Though injuries prevented him from
achieving the accolades many believed his talent deserved, he
nonetheless accomplished a great deal during a playing career spanning
four clubs and over 300 senior appearances.

Redknapp started his professional career at Bournemouth in 1989 under

his father, manager Harry Redknapp. There, the soon attracted the
attention of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who signed the playmaker
in January 1991. After scoring on his debut against Southampton, the
ensuing years saw Redknapp become a first-team regular at Anfield, later
full club captain.

After over a decade at Anfield and with a 1995 League Cup winners’ medal
to his name, he made the switch to Tottenham Hotspur in 2002. Redknapp
spent two and a half years at White Hart Lane before being reunited with
his father Harry, this time at Southampton. He joined the Saints’ ultimately
unsuccessful fight against relegation before deciding to retire from the
game at the end of that season on the advice of medical specialists, aged

Redknapp won 17 full England caps, making his debut on 6 September

1995 against Columbia at Wembley and scoring his only international goal
against Belgium at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland in 1999. He played a
part in Euro 1996 before injury ruled him out of the World Cup 1998 and
Euro 2000 squads.
Redknapp’s retirement has seen him develop a successful career in the
media. In addition to being one of the principle pundits on Sky Sports, he
writes a regular column for the Daily Mail and jointly produces the
magazine Icon with former pop star wife Louise.