Robert Hopkins (footballer)

Robert Hopkins
Personal information
Full name Robert Arthur Hopkins
Date of birth (1961-10-25) 25 October 1961
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1977–1979 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Aston Villa 3 (1)
1983–1986 Birmingham City 123 (20)
1986–1987 Manchester City 7 (1)
1987–1989 West Bromwich Albion 83 (11)
1989–1991 Birmingham City 50 (9)
1991–1992 Shrewsbury Town 27 (3)
1992 Instant-Dict
1993 Colchester United 14 (1)
1993–19?? Solihull Borough
1999–19?? Bromsgrove Rovers

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Arthur Hopkins (born 25 October 1961) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger.

Hopkins was born in the Hall Green district of Birmingham, and started his playing career at Aston Villa with whom he won the FA Youth Cup in 1980.[2] He played more than 300 games in the Football League for Aston Villa, Birmingham City (in two spells), Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion, Shrewsbury Town and Colchester United.[3] He also played in Hong Kong for Instant-Dict and for non-League clubs Solihull Borough and Bromsgrove Rovers. While at Birmingham, the club he has supported since childhood, he helped the club to win promotion to the First Division in 1985 and the Associate Members Cup in 1991.[2] He also scored the decisive own goal in an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at home to non-league Altrincham.[4]

In 2012, Hopkins was one of seven former players elected to Birmingham City's Hall of Fame.[5]



  1. Rollin, Jack, ed. (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91 (21st ed.). Queen Anne Press. p. 84. ISBN 0-356-17911-7.
  2. 1 2 Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  3. "Robert Hopkins". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Players Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  4. Smith, Martin (5 January 2008). "FA Cup third-round: Top 10 giant-killing goals". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  5. "Jasper Carrott cracks up former Birmingham City stars". Birmingham Mail. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
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