Player Profile – Derry Robson

With Pontefract Collieries preparing to attempt to pull off the impossible dream on Saturday in the historic FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against FC Halifax Town at Beechnut Lane, it seems only right that one of their key players is this week’s Player Profile.

So step forward midfielder Derry Robson who has enjoyed a great Non League career so far and even at one stage was one of the youngest managers in the country.

Derry Robson in action for Pontefract Collieries. Picture: Twitter – @dribbingcode


Derry Robson



Current Club

Pontefract Collieries

Previous Clubs 

Goole AFC, Selby Town, Sheffield FC, Belper Town

Derry Robson pictured during his very brief stint with Hemsworth in 2016

Day Job

Cad Cam designer

Best mate in football

I’ve met loads of great lads through football I couldn’t pick one out but I enjoy a regular drink with Alex Varley and Danny South.

Team you support

Leyton Orient

Football Idol

Was always Becks growing up 

Biggest influence on football career

My old man, took me everywhere and still goes to every game now.

Career Highlight

I’d have to say making the 4th round qualifying of the FA Cup with Belper. Playing at Notts County was a great experience. 

Most Memorable Game

Ask me after Saturday’s game against Halifax 👀

Lowest moment in football 

Derry Robson and David Taylor (right) were the youngest managers in Non League Football several years ago when they managed Goole AFC

Getting relegated with Goole. Me and David Taylor took the reigns until the end of the season that year. I think we managed to get enough points for a reprieve so it was mixed emotions in the end. 

Biggest regret in football 

Don’t have any regrets in football to be honest.

Funniest moment in football

We went to Northern Ireland with Belper for a pre season game against Portadown. Craig Nelthorpe thought he’d be clever putting a few drinks on one of the lads rooms the night before the game. Only to find out in the morning it was the chairman’s room he’d put them on and had to come clean to everyone at breakfast. 

First semi-professional manager

Former Frickley Athletic and Goole AFC boss Karl Rose gave Derry Robson his first chance in football

Karl Rose and James Dudgeon at Goole. Great guys.

Non League Debut 

Derry Robson in action for Goole

Brigg Town for Goole, think I was only 16.

First Red Card in Non League 

My debut for Belper Town. Two bookings (very harsh).

First and Best Non League Goal 

I think my first goal was away at Rushall Olympic, whilst with Goole. Header at the back post, wasn’t anything special.

Best goal would be Colwyn Bay away – again with Goole, won a tackle about 30 yards out, took a touch and hit the top corner. Was the first game for the new manager Dave Anderson and my first game as skipper which made it abit sweeter. 

What do you want to achieve in football in the future?

Keep enjoying it and try to be as successful as possible.

Favourite Non League Ground

Belper, it’s a great set up.

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