Sarah Robson

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Sarah Robson
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Robson (6) playing for Durham in March 2019
Personal information
Full name Sarah Cathryn Ann Robson
Date of birth (1987-05-23) 23 May 1987 (age 36)
Place of birth Bellaghy, Northern Ireland [1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Position(s) Centre back
Centre forward
Team information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2008 Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Senior career*
Moyola Park
Ballymena United Allstars
2008 Fylkir 9 (0)
2009–2011 Grindavík 35 (4)
2010–2015 Sunderland 9 (0)
2012 FH 9 (4)
2017– Durham 63 (8)
International career
2005– Northern Ireland 102 (9)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 00:03, 3 November 2023 (UTC)

Sarah Cathryn Ann Robson (née McFadden; born 23 May 1987) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as a defender or striker for Durham in the FA Women's Championship.


Magherafelt-born [2] Robson played in Northern Ireland for Moyola Park and Ballymena United Allstars. In 2005, she won a scholarship to University of Southern Mississippi and played varsity soccer for Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Following graduation she headed to the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild, where she played for Fylkir, then Grindavík. [3]

At the end of the 2010 Icelandic season, Robson and international teammate Rachel Furness left Grindavík for Sunderland.[ citation needed ]

In June 2012 The Belfast Telegraph newspaper reported that three Northern Ireland players including Robson had been selected in the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics. [4] But Robson quickly denied the report: "I haven't received anything about being in final squad... Wish it was true but unfortunately not." [5] When the final squad was named, no Northern Irish or Welsh players were included. [6]

On 13 January 2016, it was announced she was leaving Sunderland after five years serving the club and signing with Durham. [7]

International career

Robson made her international debut for the Northern Ireland national team in 2005. [8]

She won her 100th cap in a 1-0 win over Albania in the 2023–24 UEFA Women's Nations League on 26 September 2023; Robson was substituted at half-time, and passed the armband to Lauren Wade, who was making her 50th appearance for the national side. [8]

International goals

1.23 November 2006 Tarsus Stadium, Tarsus, Turkey Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 3–05–1 UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying
4.26 May 2007 The Showgrounds, Coleraine, Northern Ireland Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1–01–3
5.2 September 2022 Stade Émile Mayrisch, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1–02–1 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
6.15 November 2022 Seaview, Belfast, Northern IrelandFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–01–0 Friendly
7.18 July 2023 Stadion v Městských sadech, Opava, Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1–02–0

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