Bryan Robson was born on January 11, 1957, in Chester-le-Street, England. A keen footballer from a very young age, in the summer of 1973 he accepted an offer to join West Brom as an apprentice.
Impressing in the heart of midfield, Robson scored 40 goals in 198 appearances for the Baggies during a successful seven-year spell at the Hawthorns.
He made his full England debut against Republic of Ireland in February 1980, and scored his 1st goal for his country on his 13th cap in an infamous 2-1 defeat to Norway in Oslo.
On October 1, 1981, Robson joined Manchester United for a British record transfer fee of £1.5 million. It was a landmark that stood for the next six years.
He scored the fastest goal in World Cup Finals history for England against France in 1982, netting after just 27 seconds. It was a record that stood for 20 more years.
During 13 fabulous seasons at Old Trafford, ‘Captain Marvel’ played a key role in two Premier League triumphs, three FA Cup final wins, a League Cup success – as well as victories in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
In the New Year’s Honours list in 1990, Robson was awarded an OBE for his services to football.
Between 1980 and 1991, Robson played in three World Cup tournaments, ending his international career with 26 goals from 90 caps. He captained his country 65 times.