John Robinson’s exclusive Valley Stories interview is out now on Valley Pass.
The Charlton legend spent 12 years with the club between 1992 and 2003, making 382 appearances and scoring 43 goals, and also winning two promotions with the club.
Following the release of his fascinating, feature-length interview on Valley Pass – and with the help of the platform’s unrivalled archive – we have picked out five of Robinson’s top Addicks goals.
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Huddersfield Town 1 Charlton 2 (1999/00)
The midfielder put the Addicks 2-0 up at the now-named John Smith’s Stadium with an outrageous volley from 35 yards out. The right-footed strike nestled straight into the top corner, stunning the Terriers’ goalkeeper. Speaking in his Valley Stories exclusive, he stated that the Huddersfield goal will always be his favourite.
Charlton 3 Manchester United 3 (2000/01)
When the champions of England went 3-1 up at The Valley, it seemed all hope was lost for Charlton. But Robinson’s goal, with five minutes remaining, levelled the scores. In his Valley Stories exclusive, he describes it humbly as a “nice finish on the turn”, made even sweeter as he had started the game on the bench.
Swindon 1 Charlton 2 (1999/00)
Charlton’s 2-1 win at the County Ground in November 1999 featured a fine strike by the Addicks’ no.11. When a Mark Kinsella free-kick was headed away, it fell to the feet of Robinson who dispatched the ball with ease into the bottom corner. The campaign would, of course, end with the Addicks sealing an immediate return to the top flight.
Queens Park Rangers 2 Charlton 4 (1997/98)
The Addicks’ visit to Loftus Road in October 1997 saw them take home all three points in an end-to-end battle. The game’s opener came via a Robinson strike from the edge of the box, as the Welshman picked up a loose ball and passed it into the corner of the net. He would go on to net a second in the match – again from the edge of the box – as promotion-hunting Charlton won in west London.
Charlton 5 Southampton 0 (1998/99)
The 1998/99 season saw Charlton enjoy their first taste of Premiership football. After a goalless draw at Newcastle on the opening day, the Addicks put on a show at The Valley. Robinson became the scorer of Charlton’s first Premiership goal with a drilled finish into the bottom corner. The strike certainly wasn’t his most spectacular goal but one he is proud of.
Article by Dom Baker