Match set up to celebrate life of local legend

MHBG-20-09-12 Brian Robinson''Ardley United 2011/12 Season''Pictured - Brian Robinson - Assistant Manager

MHBG-20-09-12 Brian Robinson''Ardley United 2011/12 Season''Pictured - Brian Robinson - Assistant Manager

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AN Andy Lyne team versus a Kevin Brock XI will be played at Easington Sports this Sunday at 2.30pm to celebrate the footballing career of local legend Brian Robinson.

Mr Football himself, Brian, 80-years-old this year, has dedicated himself to football for the past 65 years with resounding commitment and attitude that is undoubtedly second to none.

Born in Halifax in 1932, Brian’s first club was Halifax Town in 1946 before 
he joined up with Bicester Town FC, where he played then managed in a 20-year spell.

In 1977 he joined Chipping Norton FC as manager and enjoyed great success in his four seasons with them, winning the Hellenic Premier Division title and also The Oxfordshire Senior Cup.

It was the mid 80s that saw the start of his 12-year 
partnership with successful football manager, Phil Lines.

The highlight of their time together was when they won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup with Banbury United.

That management team then went on to win the Hellenic Premier title with Brackley Town before a couple years with Buckingham Town FC, including winning the Southern League championship in 1990/91 and reaching the quarter-final of the FA Vase.

In the late 90’s Brian 
became assistant manager to former Oxford United 
Favourite Kevin Brock at Banbury United and made an immediate impact by winning the Hellenic 
Premier league championship in their first season together.

In 2008, Brock took charge of Ardley United and Brian once again joined him, only just missing out on the league title last term.

After 65 years in football and still going strong, you can help celebrate his incredible life by attending the match at Easington Sports on Sunday.