Born 4th August 1953 in West Bromwich, Bob became an apprentice at his home town club in November 1972 before completing professional forms in March 1973. Bob made just 10 appearances for the Albion, he was competing with John Osborne, Peter Latchford and Tony Godden for the No 1 shirt. In September 1977 he joined Blackpool and then in 1979 Wigan Athletic. Unfortunately, the 4th August hoodoo meant that a back injury also curtailed Bob’s career as in October 1981 he also had to retire. Bob then decide to train as a Physiotherapist, initially at Rhyl General Hospital but eventually moving back into football in August 1986 as physio at Blackpool. Then 7 years at Chelsea followed by a stint at Middlesbrough. Bob then went into private practice and today still has his own practice.
The West Bromwich Albion Former Players Association was founded in 2003. The Association started following a conversation between two former players Brendon Batson MBE, then Managing Director of West Bromwich Albion and Graham Williams, captain of the 1968 Cup Winning Team.
If you are an Old Baggie or would like further information about the WBAPFA please contact our secretary Geoff Snape: