Pop Robson

Player of the Day: Bryan 'Pop' Robson


Former striker in the spotlight.

Born not far from Roker Park, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson enjoyed three playing spells with Sunderland during his career before later being involved at backroom level.

He began his career with Newcastle United before moving to West Ham United from whom Sunderland would pay £145,000 for his services in 1974.

Robson scored in his first game at Roker Park as the Lads ran out 3-1 winners over Southampton before adding a further 20 goals as Sunderland finished fourth in the Second Division.

‘Pop’, as he would affectionately become known as, starred again in his second season with the club as the Black Cats won the Division Two title.

Bryan returned to West Ham in October 1976 before returning to Wearside for a fee of £45,000in June 1979.

Again Robson’s impact was immediate as he notched 22 goals in all competitions as the Black Cats secured promotion to the top-flight.

However, Bryan made only 12 appearances at the start of the 1980-81 season before leaving for Carlisle United in a player-coach capacity.

Robson also held the same role at Chelsea before returning to Sunderland in July 1983.

The Sunderland-born front man would have an eventful final year on Wearside as he took caretaker charge for one game in between Alan Durban’s dismissal and Len Ashurst’s appointment.

The Black Cats drew 2-2 with Arsenal at Roker Park in Robson’s only game in charge before he became Sunderland’s oldest ever scorer when he notched in a final day win over Leicester City at the age of 38 years and 182 days.

In total, ‘Pop’ made 174 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 67 goals in that time.

Since his retirement, Robson has held coaching and scouting roles with Sunderland.