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Jack Robson
Personal information
Full name John Robson
Date of birth 24 May 1860(1860-05-24)
Place of birth    Durham, England
Date of death    11 January 1922 (aged 61)
Place of death    Manchester, England
Teams managed
Middlesbrough (secretary)
Crystal Palace (secretary)
Brighton & Hove Albion (secretary)
Manchester United

* Appearances (Goals)

John "Jack" Robson (24 May 1860 in Durham – 11 January 1922 in Manchester) was an Englishman who was the full-time secretary manager of Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion, as well as manager of Manchester United. Robson started his managerial career with Middlesbrough, where he was paid the princely sum of £3 a week and declined to travel to away games as an economic measure. Despite his tight-fistedness he took the club from being an amateur outfit in the Northern League to a professional club in the First Division. He was also the first manager of Crystal Palace and coached the club to one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of all time when they defeated Newcastle United at St James Park in 1907. He later managed Brighton & Hove Albion and started the concept of being a manager and not a secretary at Manchester United. He stepped down as United manager due to ill health in October 1921 [1] and died of pneumonia on 11 January 1922.




As a manager


Brighton & Hove Albion

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Middlesbrough England May 1899 May 1905 215 82 86 47 38.14
Crystal Palace England August 1905 April 1907 10 3 2 5 30.00
Brighton & Hove Albion England August 1908 May 1914 14 5 6 3 35.71
Manchester United England December 1914 October 1921 120 36 47 37 30.00
Total 359 126 141 92 35.10


  1. ^ Kelly, Steven F. (1994). Back Page United. p. 54. ISBN 1852915536.  

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