David Robertson (footballer, born 1968)

David Robertson
Personal information
Full name David Alexander Robertson[1]
Date of birth (1968-10-17) 17 October 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Left back
Youth career
Deeside BC
1984–1986 Aberdeen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Aberdeen 135 (2)
1991–1997 Rangers 183 (15)
1997–2001 Leeds United 26 (0)
2002 Montrose 7 (0)
Total 352 (17)
National team
1987–1994 Scotland B[2] 2 (0)
1988–1989 Scotland U21[3] 6 (0)
1990 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
1992–1994 Scotland 3 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2005 Elgin City
2006–2007 Montrose
2013 Phoenix FC
2017– Real Kashmir
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Alexander Robertson (born 17 October 1968) is a Scottish football player and coach. Robertson played as a left back for Aberdeen, Rangers, Leeds United, Montrose and represented Scotland. Since retiring as a player, he has managed Elgin City, Montrose, Phoenix FC and Real Kashmir F.C.

He is the current manager of I-League club Real Kashmir.

Playing career

Robertson began playing football with Deeside Boys Club (now Banks O' Dee FC) before he started his football career by signing an "s" form with local club Aberdeen, where he won the Scottish Youth Cup alongside Joe Miller, Paul Wright and Stevie Gray.[4] After becoming a first team regular aged 17, he won a Scottish League Cup winner's medal against Rangers in 1989 and a Scottish Cup winner's medal in 1990 against Celtic in a match which ended with a thrilling penalty shoot out (9–8, Robertson scoring his kick).[5]

Robertson moved to Rangers for Β£970,000 in 1991. With the Ibrox club, he helped the club to the last six of their joint-record nine championship titles in a row, as well as adding three more Scottish Cups and three more League Cups to his collection. He only received one red card during his spell, for a brutal bodycheck on his friend Joe Miller in the opening minutes of the Old Firm 1992 Scottish Cup semi-final, which broke the Celtic winger's ribs (Miller played on, Rangers still won the match with ten men and Robertson appeared in the final after suspension).[6] During his time at the Gers, he won three caps for Scotland.

After exactly 250 games for Rangers,[7] Robertson signed for Leeds United in 1997 for Β£500,000, but recurring injury problems curtailed his spell in England and he played only 26 league matches in four years at Elland Road (all in the first season).

Robertson retired from football in 2001 but was back playing in 2002 when he was appointed player/assistant manager of Scottish Football League club Montrose. He scored his first and only goal for Montrose in a 3–2 defeat at Cowdenbeath in the Scottish League Cup.[8] His playing career with Montrose was cut short, however, due to one of his Achilles tendons snapping during a match against Greenock Morton in the same year.

Coaching career

In September 2006, Robertson was appointed manager of Montrose[9] but he resigned just four months later.[10] He moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked as a director of boy's coaching at the Sereno Soccer Club.[11] Robertson was head coach of USL Pro club Phoenix FC in 2013.[12]

Real Kashmir

In January 2017 Robertson was appointed as the head coach of Indian I-League 2nd Division side Real Kashmir.[13][14] Under his tenure Real Kashmir won the promotion to Indian top flight football, thus becoming the first team from Kashmir to be promoted to the I-League.[15][16] Robertson also signed his son Mason to play for the club.[17]


Managerial statistics

As of 12 September 2019.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
United States Phoenix FC March 2013 August 2013 27 5 7 15 018.52
India Real Kashmir 2 January 2017 Present 44 23 13 8 052.27
Total 71 28 20 23 039.44





Elgin City
Real Kashmir


  1. ^ "David Robertson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Scotland B profile". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Scotland U21 profile". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Scottish Youth Cup". Aberdeen F.C. 31 March 2006. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. ^ "1990 Scottish Cup Final match reports". The Celtic wiki. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Former Rangers star David Robertson: I was meant to make Joe Miller's hands go up his sleeves but I went too far and broke his ribs". Daily Record. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Rangers player profile". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Cowdenbeath 3-2 Montrose". BBC. 10 September 2002. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Robertson takes over from Wolecki". BBC Sport website. 4 September 2006.
  10. ^ "Robertson resigns Montrose post". BBC Sport website. 17 January 2007.
  11. ^ "Home". RSL AZ.
  12. ^ "USL Pro Valley team names coach, reveals team name". Arizona Republic. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  13. ^ "BBC Scotland - BBC Scotland - Is David Robertson Britain's bravest football manager?". BBC.
  14. ^ "Real Kashmir FC sign Scottish coach for I-League 2nd division". Times Of India. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  15. ^ "From Scotland, With Love – How Rangers Legend David Robertson Helped Deliver a Miracle in Kashmir". news18.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  16. ^ Couse, Stephen (25 June 2019). "Real Kashmir: David Robertson on why he is returning to manage in the world's most militarised zone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Real Kashmir: David Robertson recruits son Mason for India's I-League". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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