Robinson: “This Club Means Everything To Me”
Paul Robinson – ‘Robbo’ – was inducted into the Watford FC Hall of Fame in May.
The homegrown Hornet was recognised for his contributions 20 years after the Golden Boys' back-to-back promotions in 1998 and 1999.
Speaking at the club’s End of Season Awards Evening the former defender, who was born at Watford General, was in awe of the company he now keeps in the club’s Hall of Fame.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Robinson. “I’m honoured, shocked, surprised, put it all in one. It just sums this club up. This club has always been family to me from such a young age, and what they do for the old players and for the new players it’s so good to see and the way it’s carrying on is fantastic.
“It’s a special moment. When you look at the list of the players that have won it you pinch yourself and think ‘I’m among them in that list’. It’s been a long-earned career and my childhood memories have always been from here. I was born next door to the stadium and this club means a lot to me. To get this award is extra special.”
Robinson came through the ranks in an era that former players still wax lyrical about. Graham Taylor was in his second spell as Hornets boss and for the no-nonsense left-back, both Graham’s and the club’s impact on his career was formative.
“There were loads of good times with the promotions under Graham when we went back-to-back,” said the former defender. “To do that as a group of players was fantastic. It’s great still keeping in touch with those people and you know how special those times were at this club.
“This club means everything to me, it gave me my chance in football. I always want to give back, so when Watford phone me and ask me to do stuff I’m always there. I’m ready to jump in, get my hands dirty and help as much as possible because they helped me from such a young age and made me the person I am today.”