If there is to be a list of Ramsbottom United legends ever published, this man will be one of the highest ranked on there!
One of just three players to reach the exulted 100 goals mark in our semi-professional history, he would be crucial to the development of the club on the pitch in the ‘glory years’ across his 222 appearances. He would later become a somewhat reluctant manager when he was given the unenviable task of patching up the club when Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson left for Salford City.
But he will always be remembered for his goals, his enthusiasm, his drive, the amount of times he was offside and the amount of times he had his name taken by a multiple of referees!
Jon Robinson looks back over his Ramsbottom United career in our latest “Looking Back”.
Name: Jon Robinson
Appearances: 222 (45 as sub)
Yellow cards: 50
Red cards: 5
Seasons: 8 – 2009/10 to 2017/18
How did you come to join Ramsbottom United?
Joining Rammy came after I got injured playing for Salford City and was struggling for fitness so ended up going to Bacup Borough to help Brent play his final 20 games in a week at the end of 2008/09 season!!! We played Rammy in the last game of the season – I won’t say the outcome (Bacup won 6-3 and Robbo scored the first two goals, including one in the first minute) and I spoke to Jonno and Bern after the game. I already knew them from the Salford connection and they said they were going to get the Rammy managers job and they wanted me. It didn’t happen straight away – as you know, New Mills’ open cheque book got in the way for a couple of months. It’s the first time ever that I followed the money and it didn’t work out so I gave Jonno and Bern a bell and the rest is history.
My highlight is probably winning the Counties. Just as we had been building towards it for a while, slowly getting closer season by season and when we got across the line, it was a brilliant feeling and sense of relief for us all.
Barnoldswick away (27 March 2012). They were pushing for the league with us for a while and it was after Grimesy (Robert Grimes) had signed. We won the game 2-0 and I got both either side of half-time. It was just a complete performance for me personally and for the team.
My lowest point was knowing it was time to leave. Things hadn’t gone that well for me as manager. I had a lot going on at home and at work. I just couldn’t balance it all. I knew from the start of the season that management wasn’t for me but it was a club that was etched into my heart and I didn’t want to let go.
Best player you played with?
The best played I played with was Danny Warrender. A top athlete, delivered every time he played. Just a massive influence on the team and set up a few goals for me too!
Player to avoid on the pitch?
The player I’d avoid on the pitch would have to be Gassy. If you weren’t clever, he could really embarrass you over and over!
There were quite a few funny moments – one wasn’t funny at the time but when Danny Warrender came in at half-time against Prescot in an absolute rage and kicked a stool and broke his foot! Also Jordan imitating the news report the club did with the four tea-bags. And then there’s the buffoonery in Newquay that we couldn’t possibly talk about!!