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Robbie Savage
Personal information
Full name Robert James Savage
Date of birth 8 January 1960 (1960-01-08) (age 50)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Liverpool 0 (0)
1982–1983 Wrexham (loan) 27 (10)
1983 Stoke City 7 (0)
1983–1986 A.F.C. Bournemouth 82 (18)
1986–1987 Bradford City 11 (0)
1987–1990 Bolton Wanderers 87 (11)
Knowsley United
Teams managed
Knowsley United (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert James Savage (born 8 January 1960) is an English footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Wrexham, Stoke City, A.F.C. Bournemouth, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.[1]


Savage was born in Liverpool, and began his football career with Liverpool F.C., but never played a competitive game for their first team.[1] He spent time on loan at Wrexham in 1982–83, then signed for Stoke City at the end of that season, but by December 1983 had moved on to A.F.C. Bournemouth. He was part of Harry Redknapp's Third Division side that beat Manchester United 2–0 to eliminate them from the 1983–84 FA Cup.[2] After a short spell with Bradford City, Savage signed for Bolton Wanderers in September 1987 for a fee of £30,000.

He made his debut against Halifax Town on 12 September, and scored his first Bolton goal a week later at Torquay. On 7 May 1988 he scored the winning goal against his old club Wrexham to give Bolton promotion from the Third Division,[3] and played on the winning side at Wembley in 1989 in the Football League Trophy final in 1989.[4] Savage's final professional appearance was on 7 April 1990, playing against Preston North End.[1] During the match he broke his leg, and was later forced to retire due to the injury. He became player-manager of Knowsley United.[5]

In 2006 Savage was working with Tranmere Rovers' Football in the Community scheme.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rollin, Jack, ed (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91 (21st ed.). London: Queen Anne Press. p. 103. ISBN 0-356-17911-7.  
  2. ^ a b Struthers, Greg (8 January 2006). "Caught in Time: Bournemouth beat Manchester United, FA Cup, 1984". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  3. ^ "Where are they now? - Former Bolton Wanderers striker John Thomas". The Bolton News. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  4. ^ Powell, David (29 May 1989). "Happy days return to Burnden Park" (reprint). The Times (NewsBank). Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  5. ^ "Bolton Wanderers : 1946/47 – 2008/09". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  


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