December 14, 1978,
July 1st 1996
Still going strong with more than 750 career appearances to his name as of 2017, it all started in Watford for Paul Robinson.
Born in the town and schooled in nearby Garston, the young left-back came through the Hornets’ youth ranks and made his debut aged just 17, thrown into the deep end as a second-minute substitute against local rivals Luton Town in 1996.
A key part of the Graham Taylor side which achieved back-to-back promotions, Robinson played 32 times during the 1999/2000 Premier League campaign and remained at Vicarage Road until 2003.
Much to the disappointment of the Watford fans, the popular defender was sold to West Brom for a bargain £250,000 and he contributed to another promotion-winning campaign during his first season at the Hawthorns, before featuring in Albion’s ‘Great Escape’ – securing top-flight survival against all the odds in 2004/05.
Heavily involved in a third promotion to the Premier League three years later, Robinson then switched to Bolton in 2009, where he was reunited with ex-West Brom manager Gary Megson. Now a player-coach with 20+ outings already this term at Championship side Birmingham, the fearless 38-year-old is approaching the end of his 21st season in the game.
Hugely popular at both Watford and West Brom, Robinson totalled 254 appearances for the Hornets and 239 for the Baggies.