PHOTO: Michael Robinson, left, won the league and the European Cup with LiverpoolPETER ROBINSON/PA

Liverpool and Brighton striker who became a popular broadcaster in Spain

Tuesday June 09 2020, 12.01am BST, The Times

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The Duke of Wellington may have liberated northern Spain from Napoleon, and George Orwell, Laurie Lee and WH Auden may have fought in the Spanish Civil War, but ask most Spaniards today to name the first Englishman that comes into their head and the chances are they would say Michael Robinson.

In so far as Robinson, a bluff broadcaster from Blackpool, was known in his native land it was as a professional football player. In the 1970s and 1980s he played at centre forward for Preston North End, Manchester City, Liverpool, Brighton and Hove Albion, QPR and finally Osasuna, a struggling club in the north of Spain. He played 24 times for Ireland and won the league and the European Cup with Liverpool, the team