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Rob Atkinson
Personal information
Full name Robert Guy Atkinson
Date of birth April 29, 1987 (1987-04-29) (age 22)
Place of birth    Beverley, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Grimsby Town
Number 25
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2004-2009
2005-2006
2006
2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009
2009-
Barnsley
Scarborough (loan)
Halifax Town (loan)
Rochdale (loan)
Grimsby Town (loan)
Grimsby Town (loan)
Grimsby Town (loan)
Grimsby Town
08 (0)
22 (0)
04 (2)
02 (0)
25 (1)
10 (1)
01 (0)
37 (2)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:15, 5 January 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Robert Guy "Rob" Atkinson (born April 29, 1987 in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire) is an English footballer who currently plays for Grimsby Town as a defender.

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Career

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Barnsley

Atkinson has come through the youth ranks with Barnsley, making his debut on 6 March 2004. In the 2005-2006 season he had a six month loan spell with Scarborough playing 22 league games. He was also loaned out to Halifax Town during the 2006-2007 season. After some impressive performances, Atkinson was recalled to Barnsley following injuries to first team players Bobby Hassell, Paul Reid and Antony Kay. Atkinson played his first full game for the Oakwell based club on Boxing Day 2006, in a 1-0 win over Burnley. In this game, Atkinson's performance earned him the man of the match award.

Grimsby Town

Rob Atkinson was initially signed for Grimsby Town on loan in November 2007 by Alan Buckley. He was drafted in as a covering defender, and was slotted in at centre back next to Nick Fenton. He scored his first goal for the club against Chester City on the 1st January 2008. Atkinson went on to play he full 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium, in the Football League Trophy final defeat against MK Dons. Atkinson was singled out by Grimsby fans, as one of their more stronger players in the 2007-2008 season, and in May 2008, Buckley revealed his desire to bring Atkinson back to the club on loan or possibly on a permanent deal. However at the time, nothing came of the transfer, and after Buckley signed centre backs Richard Hope and Matthew Heywood in pre-season, the Atkinson became dead in the water. On October 31, 2008 he re-signed for Grimsby on another loan deal, initially until January 2009. Town who were now managed by Mike Newell had signed Atkinson along with Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, who was another former Grimsby player. Both transfers were made in the space of two days. Atkinson made his second debut for the club in a 2-1 defeat to Darlington when he came on as a substitute for skipper Matthew Heywood in the 30th minute of play. In January 2009 Rob's loan contract with Grimsby expired and he returned to Barnsley. However a day later he joined the club for a third spell, signing on an emergency loan deal in order to play the league fixture with Morecambe on the 10th of January. A deal was struck between Barnsley and Grimsby for a permanent switch that was completed two days later. Rob went on to cement a first team place at centre back alongside youngster Ryan Bennett, who had become the clubs new captain, replacing Matt Heywood, who had been dropped due to poor performances. Atkinson and Bennett both were integral parts of the Grimsby squad that helped stave off relegation out of the Football League.

Honours

Barnsley

Grimsby Town

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