|Full name Christopher Robertson|
Name Chris Robertson
Current team Ross County
|Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
|Date of birth (1986-10-11) 11 October 1986 (age 29)|
Christopher Robertson (born 11 October 1986) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League Two club Swindon Town.
- Sheffield United
- Torquay United
- Preston North End
- Port Vale
- Ross County
- AFC Wimbledon
- Swindon Town
He turned professional at Sheffield United in July 2005, but was released by the club after two brief loan spells at Leigh RMI and Chester City. He joined Torquay United in March 2007, and went on to spend five years with the club, helping them to win the 2009 Conference play-off final. He was sold to Preston North End for an undisclosed fee in January 2012, but left the club at the end of the 2012–13 season after losing his first team place. He signed with Port Vale in June 2013. He returned to his native Scotland with Ross County in June 2015, before signing with AFC Wimbledon in September 2016. He joined Swindon Town in June 2017.
Robertson was born in Dundee, but moved to Nottingham with his family at the age of two. He joined Sheffield United as a trainee before he signed professional forms with the "Blades" in July 2005. Prior to this, manager Neil Warnock sent Robertson to join Leigh RMI of the Conference on loan in the 2003–04 season, and he went on to make 10 appearances for the "Leythers" under the management of Phil Starbuck.
Robertson joined League Two side Chester City on loan on 1 February 2006, making his league debut as a half-time substitute for Mark Roberts in a 5–0 defeat to Carlisle United at Brunton Park three days later. However Chester manager Keith Curle cancelled his loan spell after a week, along with the loan spells of Wayne Corden, Mark Roberts, and Evan Horwood.
In March 2007, Robertson joined Torquay United on non-contract terms, rejoining manager Keith Curle who had signed him on loan while manager of Chester City. He scored on his "Gulls" debut, volleying in the third goal in a 3–0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at Plainmoor on 10 March. He made a further eight League Two appearances in the 2006–07 relegation season, and signed a full contract with Torquay in June 2007.
He played 28 games in the 2007–08 campaign, and was an unused substitute in the 2008 FA Trophy Final, as Torquay lost 1–0 to Ebbsfleet United at Wembley Stadium. He was transfer-listed by manager Paul Buckle in June 2008, but forced his way back into the first team after Torquay made a bad start to the 2008–09 season. He played 32 games despite missing a three-month period recovering from surgery after he ruptured the main supporting ligament in his ankle. After forming a solid partnership with Chris Todd at the heart of defence, Torquay were promoted back to the Football League after beating Cambridge United 2–0 in the Conference National play-off final at Wembley.
Robertson was linked to a move to Burton Albion in summer 2009, but instead signed a one-year contract after protracted negotiations. He played 50 matches in the 2009–10 season, and signed a two-year contract as United finished comfortably in mid-table. A club record run of ten clean sheets was ended after 998 minutes without a goal four matches into the 2010–11 season. United reached the play-off final, but lost 1–0 to Stevenage at Old Trafford.
An ever-present in the back four in the 2011–12 campaign by the January transfer window, Robertson began to attract the interest of other clubs as manager Martin Ling struggled to find the money to compete with other interested parties. At the time of his departure Torquay were aiming for automatic promotion after a lengthy series of victories. In his absence the club finished fifth, and lost to Cheltenham Town in the play-off semi-finals.
Preston North End
In January 2012, Robertson signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with League One side Preston North End for an undisclosed transfer fee (later reported to be £60,000). He scored his first goal for the "Lambs" on 14 April against Huddersfield Town, and after the game was praised by manager Graham Westley for his application and character.
Due to the form of summer signings Paul Huntington and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Robertson had to wait until 14 October for his first league appearance of the 2012–13 season, when he put in a "terrific display" and again earned praise from Westley for his hard work and professionalism. He was limited to a total of 24 league starts over the course of the campaign, and decided to leave the club after failing to play at Deepdale under new boss Simon Grayson.
He signed with newly promoted League One club Port Vale in June 2013. Upon securing him to a two-year contract, manager Micky Adams noted that Robertson had experience of League One football and had made a good impression on him during his time at Torquay. He opened the 2013–14 season in a centre-back partnership with Carl Dickinson. On 1 April he was sent off during a 2–1 win over Crawley Town after the referee mistakenly thought he had made a tackle from behind, when in fact the culprit was club captain Doug Loft. He ended the campaign with 44 appearances to his name, but said that he was not taking his future at the club for granted despite being one of only a few players contracted until 2015.
At the start of the 2014–15 season he fell down the first team pecking order behind Richard Duffy, Ryan McGivern, Stéphane Zubar and Remie Streete, and was told by new manager Rob Page that he must go out on loan in order to find first team football. He said the club told him to leave for financial reasons and that "He [Page] explained to me that I was part of his plans, as long as he is here. Then a week later, he started signing centre-halves and loan players. I didn't really know what was going on." He was released in May 2015.
Robertson signed for Scottish Premiership club Ross County in June 2015. In making the move he turned down better financial offers from lower league English clubs. He broke his hand in pre-season and started the 2015–16 season on the bench. He was an unused substitute in the Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden Park, as the "Staggies" won the Scottish League Cup for the first time in their history. His contract was terminated by mutual consent in August 2016.
Robertson returned to League One in September 2016 after signing with AFC Wimbledon. He joined the club so as to move his pregnant wife closer to family. An injury to Darius Charles allowed him to form a centre-back partnership with Paul Robinson. He scored his first goal for the "Dons" in a 4–0 win over former club Port Vale at the Kingsmeadow on 17 December. However he was limited to just 19 appearances throughout the 2016–17 campaign, and manager Neal Ardley decided to release Robertson in May 2017 so as to allow a path to the first team for youngster Will Nightingale.
He signed with newly relegated EFL League Two club Swindon Town in June 2017; manager David Flitcroft stated that Robertson was a "solid character" and had "the profile of a centre-half that I was looking for".