Scott Robertson: 150 Not Out

robboBLUES stalwart Scott Robertson could make his 150th appearance for Stranraer tomorrow at Peterhead.

Robbo has seen many teammates come and go in his time at Stair Park, but has stood the test of time to play a key role in three consecutive playoff finishes.

His reaction to the defeat against Livingston on Saturday was symbolic of the defender's determination and desire, which has seen him hold down a regular starting place, and win the hearts of the Blues faithful.

In this week's Five for Friday, we look at five random facts from Robbo's career.
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He went to Iceland... and back again

It's almost unthinkable now after 3 and a half successful seasons at the club, but Robertson might never have made it to Stranraer had a big move in summer 2011 not fallen through.

Then at Stirling Albion, Robbo signed a full time deal with Icelandic club Fram Reykjavik, with the hope of kickstarting his career on foreign shores.

However, he had barely arrived when he discovered that the offer wasn't what he thought it was, and returned to Scotland with Partick Thistle.
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He nearly 'did a Jamie Longworth'

When Rangers defeated our regional rivals Queen of the South in the 2008 Scottish Cup Final, a young Scott Robertson had to be content with an 86th minute cameo appearance at Hampden.

Five years later, and Stranraer's newest signing had the opportunity to play the Glasgow club a total of 4 times.

Not much is said about the 3-0 defeat at Stair Park on 17 August 2013, a scoreline which was repeated by the Gers at Ibrox 7 months later as they lifted the League 1 trophy.

But one of the highlights of the 2013/14 season for many Stranraer fans was the Blues' Boxing Day miracle at Ibrox. A late assault on the counter attack from a Rangers corner would go down as one of the finest moments in the history of Stranraer FC, as a lime-green wave of bodies burst forward, and Jamie Longworth somehow kept his nerve to send the travelling band of Blues supporters into ecstasy.
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Fast forward two months to February 2014, and the Blues looked to repeat their giant-killing feat at Stair Park.

Rangers would live up to their Goliath-esque billing this time around, going ahead through captain Lee Wallace's early strike. When Jon Daly capitalised on David Mitchell's mistake in the 89th minute, it was game over - but it could have been a very different game indeed.

History may forget such details, but the Blues were worthy opponents throughout, and Robertson almost turned the game on its head after just over half an hour with a fine half volley which seemed destined for the bottom corner. Unfortunately for the home side, Cammy Bell just managed to halt another upset by turning the ball past the post.

Indeed, had the Rangers keeper been on anything but top form, it could well have been another shock result.
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He spent much of 2014/15 on the shelf

Robbo has made more appearances this season than any other player - including goalkeeper Cameron Belford. 

Against Ayr United in September 2014 however, he hobbled off after only 15 minutes to be replaced by Jackson Longridge.

And it would be February 2015 before Robertson would return, in a Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United.

He would go on to feature 21 times in total during what was a memorable season for the club, before reclaiming a regular starting berth in 2015/16.
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He once dubbed himself "a crap John O'Shea"


Robertson would be called upon by Brian Reid to play in several positions during the 2015/16 season.

Initially starting out at right back, he was moved to central midfield, and then to centre back.

Robbo may have referred to himself as "a crap John O'Shea", in reference to the former Manchester United man and current Sunderland utility player, but his versatilty helped Stranraer overcome their setbacks to make a run for the playoffs, in which the Blues narrowly missed out on promotion.

Indeed, Robertson was rewarded with several Player of the Season awards.

And again this season, he's played in several positions, and never once looked out of place.
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He netted this stunning strike against Stenny

Of his 4 goals for Stranraer, it's fair to say that one in particular stands out.

In March 2016, the Blues were in blistering form and looking to solidify their playoff position when Stenhousemuir made the trip down the A77.

Brian Reid's men were grateful for Cameron Belford's stellar saves and Mark McGuigan's clinical finishing that day, but a spectacular strike from an unlikely supplier also helped them on their way.

Robertson spent most of the afternoon keeping Warriors forward Jason Scotland in check, but he delighted Stair Park after quarter of an hour with an outrageous half volley which left visiting keeper Colin McCabe no chance.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Livingston 3 8
2 Partick Thistle
2 4
3 Airdrieonians 2 3
4 St Mirren 3 3
5 STRANRAER 2 0

Fixtures


00 Stranraer FC 2015 Logo
3 Number Lotto
Sunday 23 July 2017

Numbers: 5, 6, 17

1 winner taking home £1000:

MW, Stranraer