Born: Liverpool 9.4. 1975
Signed: April 1992
Honours: League Cup 94/95,
Worthington Cup 00/01,
FA Cup 00/01, UEFA Cup 00/01
Other clubs: Leeds, Manchester City, Cardiff, Blackburn,
North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory
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Striker Robbie Fowler burst onto the Anfield scene in September 1993 when he scored all five goals against Fulham in a League Cup match. Subsequently the Liverpool born front man made a name for himself as the best finisher in English football.
Having scored eighteen league goals in his debut season, he then became the first Liverpool player for six years to pass the thirty goal mark the following year. He repeated that amazing feat in season 1995-96, during which time he made his much anticipated England debut against Croatia.
He passed the thirty goal mark for the third consecutive season the following year which led to many pundits predicting he would go on to break all the goalscoring records. Disappointment wasn't too far away though and a knee injury against Everton in the 1998/99 season sidelined him for many months, although his rehabilitation was completed well ahead of medical estimates.
The 1998/99 season was a mixed one for Fowler with his eighteen goals being largely overshadowed by events off the field which led him to sit out a six match ban at the end of the campaign. Having put pen to paper on a new Anfield deal, and having distanced himself from speculation he could be on his way out of Anfield, Fowler seemed ready, willing and able to silence his critics with another goal feast during the 1999/2000 season.
The manager showed great confidence and faith in Fowler by sticking by him through the bad times of the 1998/99 season and then appointing him vice captain of the side. A wiser and more mature Robbie Fowler then expressed his desire to let his football do the talking - a proposition to terrify opposing defences. However, a series of injury problems culminating in an operation to remove a spur on his ankle bone at the start of the 1999/2000 season were to give those defences some brief respite. (LFC Official Website)
Plays for Liverpool boys as an 11-year-old.
Signs as a trainee for Liverpool.
Plays for England in the UEFA Youth Cup. Makes League debut in 1-0
defeat at Chelsea on September 25. Scores all five goals in Liverpool's
5-0 victory over Fulham in the Coca-Cola Cup.
May: Finishes the 1993-94 season
with a tally of 18 goals in 34 appearances, despite being sidelined for
two months with a broken leg. Stars as England Under-21 team wins annual
international tournament in Toulon, France.
Dec. 26: Fans at Leicester
complain to police that Fowler hitched up his shorts during Liverpool's
2-1 win at Filbert Street on Boxing Day. He is later fined £1,000 by the
FA for his conduct.
Voted PFA Young Player of the Year and scores 31 goals in all
competitions for Liverpool. Collects League Cup winners' medal as
Liverpool beat Bolton 2-1 in the Coca-Cola Cup final.
Sep: Suffers nose injury in
bust-up with Neil Ruddock, who claimed his expensive shoes had been
vandalised on return flight following Liverpool's 2-1 UEFA Cup defeat of
Spartak Vladikavkaz in Russia.
Mar: Makes full England debut as a
substitute in 1-0 friendly win over Bulgaria at Wembley.
May: Voted PFA Young Player of
the Year for a second successive season.
Finishes season with a tally of 35 goals scored from 53 appearances, but
on losing side as Liverpool are beaten 1-0 by double winners Manchester
United in the FA Cup final.
Mar: Receives worldwide praise for
sportsmanlike gesture when he tries to persuade referee Gerald Ashby not
to award penalty when felled by Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman. The
following day, is fined £900 by UEFA for wearing T-shirt supporting
striking Liverpool dockers in Liverpool's Cup Winners' Cup victory over SK
Brann from Bergen (Norway).
Apr: Sent off along with David
Unsworth after clashing with the Everton defender in Merseyside derby.
Nov: Scores for England in 2-0
friendly victory over Cameroon at Wembley.
Feb: Suffers serious knee injury
in challenge with Everton goalkeeper Thomas Myhre and misses rest of the
season and World Cup.
Liverpool-Everton 3-2. It was Fowlers celebrating action after his 15
minute penalty equaliser which got the headlines. Fowler kneeled down and
pretended to "sniff" the white lines of the penalty box - right in front
of the Everton supporters. They were incensed and the police had to move
in to restore order.
Apr. 9: Robbie
Fowler was today banned for six matches by the FA and handed a record
£32,000 fine for his two misconduct charges. He received a 4-match
suspension for his Everton goal celebrations and a 2-game ban for the Le
Jun. 11: Robbie Fowler last
night quashed all rumours he is set to leave Anfield by passionately
pledging his future to the club. Fowler flew back from England duty for
clear-the-air talks with manager Gerard Houllier to stamp out reports he
was unhappy at Liverpool.
Aug. 5: Liverpool
striker and vice-captain Robbie Fowler will insist he does not take drugs
in a national television interview to be screened this evening. The
controversial footballer will tell celebrity interviewer Martin Bashir
that he believes "jealous people" have started the rumours about drug
taking which have dogged his career. He also says he regrets his clash
with Chelsea star Graeme Le Saux last season and pretending to snort the
goal line at the Anfield derby.
On the ITV programme Tonight with Trevor McDonald, he denies taking
drugs. He says: "You play football and people think you're stupid enough.
I know certain players have done it in the past." He added: "If you get
caught, the club will throw you out. If you're stupid enough to do these
things the club'll know about it. "If I or anyone was to be big on drugs
I'm sure, you know, it'd been in the papers by now."
Aug. 27: Our congratulations
go out to Robbie Fowler and his wife to be, Kerry, on the birth of their
Sep. 29: Fowler is set
to discover today whether he requires surgery on his troublesome ankle
injury which could force him onto the sidelines for upto six weeks.
The striker is sweating on the outcome of a meeting with Liverpool's
medical staff after limping out of Monday's derby defeat against Everton.
Oct. 1: Fowler
will enter hospital on Saturday for an operation on his right ankle that
could rule him out for up to 8 weeks.
Oct. 5: Fowler will
begin his long road back to recovery tomorrow after his operation was
declared 'successful' by boss Gerard Houllier.
Dec. 28: Substitute
Fowler scored Anfield's last goal this Millennium and his 150th Reds goal
when LFC beat Wimbledon 3-1. But unfortunately the injury flared up again.
Jan. 13: Robbie Fowler has been told by a specialist that he need further surgery on his ankle. He will be out of action for up to two months. The Liverpool striker has been steadily making progress on the ankle, having been plagued with the injury for much of the season.
Jan. 18: Robbie Fowler undergoes his second ankle operation in London this lunchtime.
Mar. 6: Gerard Houllier strengthened fears that Robbie Fowler will be struggling for match fitness ahead of the European Championships by revealing that he will not be back until mid-April at the earliest. Fowler, who has not started a game since September 27, has been bedevilled by an ankle injury which has twice required surgery. And it is now clear that he needs at least another six weeks – and probably longer – before he can even think about easing himself back into action.
Apr. 11: Fowler made a successful
comeback when he played in the reserve match against Bradford. Reds won 2-0. Robbie was substituted early in the second half. He looked
lively during his time on the field and could now be on course to figure
in the first team squad at Everton on Good Friday.
Apr. 17: Robbie Fowler scored his first goal for almost four months on Monday night and put himself in line for a Liverpool comeback in Good Friday's derby battle at Everton.
Robbie is fighting for full fitness after two ankle operations. The last goal he scored was as a substitute in the 3-1 Anfield victory on Boxing Day against Wimbledon.
Apr. 21: Fowler played the second
half in a goalless derby at Goodison Park. "I was pleased to make my comeback. To start talking of Euro 2000 is much too early. I need more games but it is just great to be back," he
May 31: Scored the opener
and played exellent when England won 2-0 against Ukraine
at Wembley. And Robbie is ready for Euro 2000 !
Jun: Selected for Kevin
Keegan's Euro 2000 squad, but does not play as England fail to impress in
the Low Countries.
Aug: Takes over as Liverpool
skipper in the absence of long-term injury victim Jamie Redknapp, only to
suffer more injury woe when he was carried off during the first half of
the 4-0 Carlsberg Belfast Challenge success over Irish Cup winners
Sep: 20: Scores five times in a
reserve win over Bradford.
Sep: 28: Named in starting
Liverpool line-up against Rapid Bucharest in the UEFA Cup.
Nov. 29: Scores a hat-trick in
the 8-0 Worthington Cup win at Stoke.
Dec: Houllier admits he may be
willing to offload Fowler. "All players have their price. Robbie is not on
the transfer list, but we look at all our players and assess things when
it suits us." Reports claim Liverpool turned down a £12million bid from
Premiership rivals Chelsea. Fowler, though, declared he wanted to stay at
Liverpool and fight for his place in the starting line-up.
Jan: Fowler attacked during a
night out in Liverpool city centre.
Jan. 12: Liverpool turn down a
£12million bid from Aston Villa. Fowler pledges to knuckle down and work
harder at Anfield. Skippers Liverpool as the Reds book their place in the
Worthington Cup final with victory over Crystal Palace.
Feb. 25: Scores as Liverpool
beat Birmingham to win the Worthington Cup at the Millennium Stadium in
Apr. 8: Scores what proves to
be the late winner against Wycombe in the FA Cup semi-final.
May 12: Leads Liverpool to
victory in the FA Cup final over Arsenal in Cardiff.
May 16: On target in the UEFA
Cup final win over Alaves in Dortmund.
May 19: Scores twice in the
final game of the Premiership season as Liverpool win 4-0 at Charlton.
May 25: Nets for England in 4-0
win over Mexico at Pride Park.
Aug: Involved in training ground bust-up with assistant boss Phil Thompson
which results in him being dropped for the Charity Shield and has to make
a public apology before he plays again. Scores as Liverpool beat Haka 4-1
at Anfield to secure their place in the Champions League.
Sep: Finds the net in England's
2-0 win over Albania in the World Cup qualifier at St James' Park. Left on
the bench for the Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev, despite the
Reds being without the injured Michael Owen.
Oct. 6: Starts the game as
England clinch their place in the World Cup finals with a last-gasp 2-2
draw against Greece at Old Trafford.
Oct. 20: Fires a hat-trick in
Liverpool's 4-1 Premiership win at Leicester.
Nov: 27: Liverpool confirm they
have agreed a fee with Premiership rivals Leeds for the England striker,
believed to be in the region of £11million.
Nov. 28: Fowler agrees personal
terms on a contract which will keep him at the Yorkshire club until 2006.
Nov. 29: Completes move to
Leeds after undergoing a stringent medical at Elland Road.
Dec: Fails to score in his first two games for Leeds against Fulham and
Blackburn, and is booked for diving against Rovers.
Dec. 11: Released without
charge by police after being arrested in relation to an alleged incident
Dec. 19: Nets first goal for
club - and follows up with another in 3-2 defeat of Everton at Elland
Dec. 26: Scores a hat-trick in
3-0 win at Bolton.
Mar: Nets at Leicester again -
his 13th goal in 15 games.
May: Scores in 2-2 World Cup
warm-up clash with Cameroon.
Jun: Heads to Far East with
England World Cup squad and plays a part in England's 3-0 second round
defeat of Denmark.
Dec: Opens goal account for the
club with strike at Bolton and penalty decider at Sunderland.
Jan. 13: Leeds agree fee with
Manchester City "in the region of £7million" for Fowler.
Jan. 14: Robbie Fowler will
undergo a medical on Wednesday after agreeing personal terms on his £7m
move from Leeds.
Jan. 16: Robbie Fowler's move
to Manchester City has collapsed after the Leeds striker turned down the
move, according to his agent.
Jan. 29: Tomorrow Robbie Fowler
will sign for Manchester City. And that's it!
Mar. 16: Robbie matchwinner for
Manchester City when he scores his first goal for his new club. And City
beat Birmingham 1-0.
Jan. 27: God is back - where he belongs. From
Manchester City on loan for rest of the season.
May 5: Robbie being offered a
12-month extension with Liverpool.
May 11: The striker
has been told his contract won’t be renewed at the end of the season, which
means his appearance at Anfield on Sunday (v Charlton) will be his last in a
May 13: Robbie playing his last
match for Liverpool at Anfield - draw 2-2 against Charlton.
The skipper leaves the pitch two minutes before full time.
July 21: Robbie has agreed a
two-year contract with Coca-Cola Championship side Cardiff.
Robbie joines Blackburn Rovers on a 3 month contract.
Robbie has signed a two-year deal with Australian
outfit North Queensland Fury.
The 33-year-old striker was a free agent after leaving
Blackburn Rovers in December and will join up with Fury for
their debut season in the Hyundai A-League, which is
scheduled to start in July.
28: Robbie will play
for A-League club Perth Glory from next season.
The 35-year-old will be Perth's foreign marquee player, which means his
wages are excluded from their salary cap.
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