Robbie Earle
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Robbie Earle
Robert Fitzgerald "Robbie" Earle MBE is an English-born Jamaican former international footballer who played as a midfielder. He played 578 league games in senior club football, scoring 136 goals. A former youth player with Stoke City, Earle broke into the professional game with Port Vale in 1982.
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Robbie Earle: Champions League? You're having a laugh ... - Stoke & Staffordshire
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STOKE fans must be pinching themselves and wondering whether their recent upturn in fortunes can continue. In the relatively short time since winning promotion in May 2008, Stoke have steadily grown in quality and stature, and are now sitting in fifth
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CL group stage all about the underdogs - ESPN
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Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Shaka Hislop discuss the continuing problems of Fernando Torres at Chelsea and the race for fourth in the Premier League. Plus, the team of the week. For a competition intent on bringing together Europe's
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ESPNsoccernet Press Pass: 09 September 2011 - ESPN.co.uk
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Robbie Earle, Tommy Smyth and Shaka Hislop discuss the idea of a European super league and set a deadline for Fernando Torres to end his cold spell. Plus, Tommy provides his top tips for the weekend. (23:36) September 9, 2011 Moyes shrugs off fan
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Robbie Earle: Potters ready to test resolve of Kenny's new-look Reds - Stoke & Staffordshire
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A SIGN of the times at Stoke City is that no-one would be too surprised should they turn over Liverpool on Saturday. Don't get me wrong, I make Liverpool slight favourites for the mouthwatering clash at the Britannia ... but they won't relish their
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Press Pass Extra: Focus on Chelsea - ESPN.co.uk
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Robbie Earle, Tommy Smyth and Shaka Hislop discuss how Raul Meireles will fit in to the midfield at Chelsea and what their prospects are for the season. (04:00) September 6, 2011 Tea with the Two Chucks: Farokh Engineer The Chuck Fleetwood-Smiths : The
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ESPNsoccernet Press Pass: 27 August 2011 - ESPN.co.uk
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Adrian Healey, Shaka Hislop and Robbie Earle preview the upcoming seasons in La Liga and Serie A and review the start of the English Premier League season from Turks and Caicos. The boys also take a look back at the best moments of their most recent
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ESPNsoccernet Press Pass: 24 August 2011 - ESPN.co.uk
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Plus, Shaka Hislop and Robbie Earle brave some wild weather in Turks and Caicos! (23:35) August 24, 2011 New Zealand arrive for their Tri-Nations decider Rugby Union News : ESPN's Russell Barwick reports from All Blacks' camp as they prepare for their
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Manchester City's expensive egos - ESPN
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Plus, Shaka Hislop and Robbie Earle check in from Turks and Caicos. Clive Rose/Getty Images Roberto Mancini will need to find a balance in order to manage expensive egos at Manchester City. Maybe Roberto Mancini just got tired of hearing the fans chant
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Keepers will be key to the EPL season - ESPN (blog)
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Ahead of the opening weekend in the Premier League, Robbie Earle and Shaka Hislop discuss the season ahead and deliver their predictions on the top, bottom and everything in-between. Tags: It's often said defense wins championships
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'India looked severely handicapped' - Manjrekar - ESPN.co.uk
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ESPNsoccernet Press Pass: 12 August 2011 Press Pass : Stewart Robson joins Robbie Earle and Shaka Hislop to discuss Arsenal's prospects in the new season. Plus, the boys make their Premier League predictions. (23:34) | Aug 12, 2011 Press Pass Extra:
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ESPN UFC Podcast: Tito taken to town - ESPN.co.uk
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(26:14) August 9, 2011 Press Pass Extra: Arsenal face Udinese test Press Pass : Robbie Earle and Shaka Hislop discuss Arsenal's upcoming Champions league play-off against Udinese. Can the Gunners put a difficult off-season behind them and reach the
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Robbie Earle: Pulis faces tough balancing act in summer recruitment drive - Stoke & Staffordshire
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IT WOULD appear there is some frustration among supporters at the lack of transfer activity at the Britannia Stadium. As Stoke look to advance in the Europa League – and make a positive start to the new Premier League season – the signing of defender
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ESPNsoccernet Press Pass: 02 August 2011 - ESPN.co.uk
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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle discuss Joey Barton's future after Newcastle made him available on a free transfer. Plus, is Mario Balotelli unhappy in Manchester and will Dimitar Berbatov stay there? (23:24) August 2, 2011 Ewen McKenzie talks with the
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Robbie Earle: English football has a long way to catch up yet - Stoke & Staffordshire
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PLANS to bring the best out of our young footballers have been very much on the agenda at the Britannia Stadium. Gareth Southgate was at the Brit to promote the FA's revolution of youth football – changes which would include smaller pitch sizes to help
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 50
    His son, Otis, is also a soccer player and was drafted by FC Dallas at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
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  • 2013
    Age 48
    In 2013, he became one of the lead studio analysts for NBC Sports' coverage of the Premier League and a co-commentator on their Match of the Day and Premier League Download programmes.
    More Details Hide Details Earle attended Longton High School in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. UK magazine The Vegetarian Society stated that Earle is a vegetarian.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    In March 2011 he became a broadcasting analyst at US Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004 he was inducted into the Hall of fame of Show Racism the Red Card. He has also appeared in television commercials promoting blood donation.
  • 2010
    Age 45
    In June 2010, he had his £150,000 a year contract with ITV cancelled for giving away World Cup tickets for the Netherlands v Denmark match.
    More Details Hide Details Meant for family and friends, he passed them onwards to a friend who then sold them to Bavaria Brewery. The Brewery company orchestrated an ambush marketing event, in breach of FIFA rules. The incident also led to him losing his role as an ambassador for England's 2018 World Cup bid. Earle described his actions as "naive" and insisted that he had "not profited in any way". It later emerged that ITV had given Earle 400 free tickets for the tournament, including 40 for the final itself. This allocation had a RRP of around £70,000. Not permitted to sell the tickets Earle had freely given them out to friends and family, unaware that a 'close friend' would then sell a significant number on to the Dutch company.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    In 2009 he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame as 'Football Foundation Community Champion'.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    He also appeared in the 2007 edition of MasterChef.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 40
    In 2005, he took part on BBC's Strictly African Dancing as part of Africa Lives season; he scored 33 and won the competition.
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  • 2000
    Age 35
    At the age of 35 he was forced to give up playing in November 2000.
    More Details Hide Details His retirement coincided with the end of the 'Crazy Gang'. In nine years as a Wimbledon player, he made 244 league appearances for the South London club, scoring 59 goals. Towards his end of his time at the club he began coaching the reserve team. By this time I had lost four stone. My breathing was irregular, I was in agony. Though English-born, Earle was eligible to play for Jamaica at international level because of his Jamaican heritage. Before deciding to play for Jamaica in 1997, Earle was in fact once called up to the England squad, but never actually played for the side. Earle was the scorer of Jamaica's first ever World Cup finals goal, in a 3–1 defeat by Croatia at the Stade Félix-Bollaert, at the 1998 World Cup in France. He played in all three of the Group H games, as Jamaica lost 5–0 to Argentina at Parc des Princes and beat Japan 2–1 at Stade de Gerland.
    During a reserve team game for Wimbledon in 2000, Earle sustained a heavy blow to the stomach and became seriously ill with a ruptured pancreas.
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  • 1998
    Age 33
    He scored seven goals in all competitions in 1998–99 as Wimbledon again reached the semi-finals of the League Cup; however they finished just two places and six points above the Premier League relegation zone.
    More Details Hide Details The "Dons" then struggled under new manager Egil Olsen, and were relegated on the final day of the 1999–2000 season after losing 2–0 to Southampton at The Dell.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    In February 1997, he was handed the Premier League Player of the Month award.
    More Details Hide Details The club survived again in 1997–98, though dropped from fourth in December to 15th by the season's end.
  • 1996
    Age 31
    Under his captaincy in 1996–97, the Selhurst Park side reached the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup, where they were beaten by eventual winners Chelsea and Leicester City respectively.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 30
    His 11 goals in 1995–96 went some way towards securing Wimbledon's survival in 15th place; he scored against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.
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  • 1994
    Age 29
    After injury limited him to nine goalless appearances in 1994–95 (when Wimbledon still finished ninth), he regained his fitness for the following season and was appointed club captain.
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  • 1992
    Age 27
    He scored seven goals in the newly formed Premier League in the 1992–93 season, and nine goals in 1993–94 – when Wimbledon finished a club best sixth in the final table.
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  • 1991
    Age 26
    In July 1991 he was transferred to Wimbledon for a fee of £775,000 (and 30% of any future transfer fee above that figure).
    More Details Hide Details It was later reported that Wimbledon chairman Sam Hammam had locked Earle in a room during transfer negotiations and only let him out when he agreed to sign for Wimbledon. Earle played an important part in the South London club's success during the nineties, and in particular, the club's 'Crazy Gang' mentality which fostered team spirit and intimidated opposing players. He played alongside cult figures such as Aidan Newhouse, John Fashanu, Vinnie Jones, Lawrie Sanchez, Jason Euell, Dean Holdsworth, Marcus Gayle, Andy Clarke and Efan Ekoku. Earle was known for his late runs into the box and his ability at finishing and agility at heading the ball. His first season at the club was turbulent, as manager Ray Harford was replaced by Peter Withe, who in turn was replaced by Joe Kinnear; nevertheless Earle scored 14 league goals to help the "Dons" to maintain to their top-flight status.
  • 1990
    Age 25
    He remained a vital player in 1990–91, hitting the net 11 times in 37 appearances.
    More Details Hide Details In all, 'The Black Pearl', as he was affectionately known, played 357 times for the "Valiants" and scored 90 goals. A cult hero, he is considered one of the best midfielders ever to play for the club.
  • 1989
    Age 24
    He scored 12 goals in 52 games in 1989–90, including one in a 1–1 draw with Stoke City at the Victoria Ground on 23 September.
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  • 1988
    Age 23
    Over the course of the 1988–89 campaign he scored 19 goals in 57 appearances.
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    A regular in the 1988–89 season, he scored both goals past Bristol Rovers in the two-legged 1989 play-off final that took Vale through to the Second Division.
    More Details Hide Details After the match Earle wept in the tunnel, such was his emotions to have taken his local team to victory in the play-off final.
  • 1986
    Age 21
    He scored seven goals in 35 games in 1986–87 and scored four goals in 11 games in 1987–88.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 19
    Earle made 142 consecutive appearances between September 1984 and January 1987, the run coming to an end due to a groin strain.
    More Details Hide Details The strain led to a hernia operation in the autumn of 1987, but he returned to first team action in January 1988.
    Earle won a regular first team place in August 1984, and hit 19 goals in 56 games in 1984–85, including a hat-trick against Hereford United at Vale Park on 2 February; Earle and Alistair Brown's partnership got the club a combined total of 40 goals.
    More Details Hide Details An ever-present in the 1985–86 Fourth Division promotion squad, he scored 17 goals in 58 games; he and strike partner Andy Jones bagged a total of 35 goals for the club.
  • 1983
    Age 18
    He made 13 appearances in 1983–84; John Rudge replaced McGrath as manager in December, but could not stop the club from sliding straight back out of the Third Division.
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  • 1982
    Age 17
    He finished the 1982–83 campaign with one goal in nine appearances, as the "Valiants" won promotion out of the Fourth Division.
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    Earle made his Port Vale debut under John McGrath in a 1–0 defeat by Swindon Town at the County Ground on 28 August 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He scored his first goal a month later, in a 4–1 win over Aldershot at the Recreation Ground.
    An attacking midfielder, Earle was a junior player at Stoke City whilst he attended Longton High School. However, after suffering from a broken leg he was released from the Victoria Ground, at which point he was snapped up by Stoke's local rivals Port Vale, where he turned professional in 1982.
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    He spent nine years at the Burslem based club, helping "The Vale" to promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1982–83 and 1985–86, and out of the Third Division via the play-offs in 1989; he was later voted the club's PFA Fans' Favourites.
    More Details Hide Details He moved on to Wimbledon in 1991, where he also spent nine years. He made nearly 300 league games for each club, scoring 77 and 59 goals respectively. He also represented Jamaica on 33 occasions between 1997 and 2000, scoring eight international goals. He appeared in the 1998 World Cup, scoring his nation's first ever goal in the finals. Following his retirement in 2000, Earle has established himself in the world of football journalism. He regularly appears in print, on the radio and on television. He was dismissed from his punditry role with ITV in 2010 after he passed ITV World Cup tickets to a third party. After spending time as television broadcast analyst for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, he is now a commentator for the Premier League on NBCSN.
    A former youth player with Stoke City, Earle broke into the professional game with Port Vale in 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1965.
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