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Name: Robbie Elliott  
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Date of Birth: 25th December 1973
Place of Birth: Gosforth
Profession: Footballer
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Robbie Elliott, (born December 25, 1973 in Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne), is an English football defender currently in his second spell with Newcastle United F.C. of the English Premiership. His favoured position is left back but he can also play in central defence or in midfield.

Elliott began his career with his hometown club in 1989 as a youth trainee, signing as a professional forms at St James Park just two years later. He was one of a number of youngsters who had been blooded by the Magpies for first team action at that time, others included Steve Watson, Steve Howey, Alan Thompson and Lee Clark.

He found opportunities hard to come by in his early years at Newcastle, this mainly being due to the form of regular left-back and crowd favourite John Beresford. However, he was still very much considered to be a key part of the first team squad and one to develop by the manager at the time Kevin Keegan.

In the season of 1993-94, he was capped by the England U21 team along with fellow Geordie Lee Clark, whilst also making a total of 15 appearances in the Premier League, his first in the top flight.

1994-95 saw him score his first ever Newcastle goal as a substitute in the opening day fixture against top-flight new boys Leicester City at Filbert Street. He was also on the mark in the home against Leeds United towards the latter end of that season, a season which he temporarily became the club's first choice left-back in the final few months.

It looked as if he would be out of the exit door at Newcastle in 1995-96 as he made just six league appearances. Blackburn Rovers showed strong interest in signing him but he remained with the Black and White stripes in order to fight for a first team place.

In contrast 1996-97 was probably his best ever season in a Newcastle jersey, he scored seven goals as the Magpies finished as the runners-up to eventual champions Manchester United, a club whom Elliott had previously trialled with as a schoolboy.

Keegan's managerial departure from Newcastle also yielded the end of Elliott's first spell with his boyhood club. New manager Kenny Dalglish accepted a bid of around £2.5 million for Elliott from Division One champions Bolton Wanderers in July 1997.

Bolton had, at the time, moved to the new 25,000 all-seater Reebok Stadium arena and this looked to be a new start for Elliott as he faced the prospect of more regular first team football alongside his former Newcastle team-mates Alan Thompson, Peter Beardsley and Franz Carr, all of whom where also on Bolton's books at that time.

However disaster struck in the first ever match at the Reebok Stadium against Everton F.C., just 30 minutes into the game Elliott landed awkwardly following a challenge by Toffees full back Tony Thomas and was strecthered off with a double fracture to his leg.

Understandably Elliott was to miss the rest of that season and part of the next season, in a cruel twist of fate. Bolton had been relegated from the Premiership in his absence following an end of season drama at Chelsea F.C.

In October 1998, Elliott's luck was to change for the better, he was named in midfield for Bolton's Worthington Cup clash away to Norwich City for his first game since that fateful first night at the Reebok Stadium.

He managed to get on the scoresheet at Carrow Road as Bolton advanced to the next round of the competition and later played in a handful of league matches thereafter to boost his fitness levels further.

The end of that season saw Bolton qualify for the divisions Play-Offs, and they advanced to the final after a tricky semi-final against Ipswich Town over two legs. Elliott was to play at Wembley Stadium with Bolton in the final against Watford, but sadly the club lost the game by two goals to nil.

A year later Elliott reached three semi-finals with Bolton, who where now managed by Sam Allardyce. Unfortunately, on each occasion these ended in defeat, with the Play Off match against Ipswich proving difficult for Elliott as he was sent off for a two footed challenge in what was a highly charged game against the Suffolk club.

Throughout his career at Bolton he was often touted for a possible return to the Premiership with other clubs due to the fact that he was one of the club's highest paid and most experienced players. However, to his credit, he wanted to help Bolton back into the Premier League, and in his final season he did just that as the club won the 2001 Play Off Final against Preston North End at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff having finished behind the other two promoted teams Fulham and Blackburn Rovers.

Just two days after that play-off success his contract expired with Bolton and he completed a dream return to Newcastle on a Bosman transfer.

Initially, Elliott was used as a backup player in Newcastle's squad for the 2001-02 season, however he then went on to have limited chances in the 2002-03 season and then failed to make any first team appearances at all during the 2003-04 season. However, by the 2004-05 season, injuries to the squad merited Elliott a recall to the first team football, he went on the make 17 appearances that season and scored one goal. For season 2005/06 he remains in Newcastle's first team squad albeit not perhaps as a first choice if everyone is fit and available.


  • Newcastle United (1991-1997)
  • Bolton Wanderers (1997-2001)
  • Newcastle United (2001-present)

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