I have to admit to being somewhat surprised as that penalty went in to hear that it was his 100th league goal because my records certainly showed him to still be one short – and so it proved.
Sky were quick off the mark too but some media sources continued to believe it. However, Clarets Mad and the Burnley Express carried out some further investigation.
And it all points to
That goal was Forest’s fourth in a 4-3 win at Barnsley but for some reason that goal was added to his total of
And so finally to yesterday when his goal against Forest finally did take him to the ton – not far short of nine years since he hit his first for Darlington.
That first goal was on 20th January 1996 in Darlo’s 1-0 home win against
Robbie ended that season with eleven goals and was leading scorer as
He looked odds on to beat that in the following season but after scoring ten he was on the move, signing for Chris Kamara at
His best season for
It was there that he first came up against the Clarets on a night when he and Jack Lester ended up tormenting us as we went down 5-0. He didn’t score but certainly left a lasting impression on Stan Ternent who was linked with him almost from that day until some fifteen months later when he finally signed for us.
He’d played against Stan’s team before and one of his early Darlington goals was on a day when Stan’s Bury threw one in at Feethams as
Robbie’s only other appearance against the Clarets was as a substitute for
He totalled 21 goals for Darlington, 40 for Bradford and 1 for Forest before becoming a Claret and that goal against Forest was his 38th for
The first, well that was at
Prior to that we had seen him play whilst suffering from a hernia and then at the beginning of the following season when he, according to Stan Ternent, replaced his football boots with diving boots.
He still struggled to ensure a place was his in the side, and at the time of the FA Cup run he and Glen were only able to get places on the bench.
That changed last season and he turned up trumps with his best ever return in one season, scoring nineteen goals as we narrowly avoided relegation.
It left him needing six more at the start of this season and he’s got there in the nineteenth game. There’s no need for any more checking – Robbie has now got his 100 league goals (not 101 and certainly not 99).