Former Tottenham star reveals how he developed ‘an instant rapport’ with the fans

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Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, has opened up on the great relationship he shared with the Spurs fans during his four seasons at White Hart Lane.

After arriving from Leeds United in the summer of 2014, Robinson quickly dislodged Kasey Keller to become the club’s number one.

He went on to shine between the sticks for the Lilywhites for the next four seasons, with the club coming close to qualifying for the Champions League on a couple of occasions.

The former England goalkeeper spoke in very complimentary terms of the young team Spurs had at the time.

In an interview to The Atheltic, he said: “It was a great time, my whole time at Spurs. Bar the last three or four months it was probably the best football I played.

“Again, at the time, there were young players that hadn’t been scarred. There were no bad memories.

“Jermaine Jenas, Michael Carrick, Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe… It reminded me of the Leeds team.”

The 40-year-old was so popular among the fans that they even made a banner that read ‘Happy Birthday Robbo’ against Everton in October 2005 when the goalkeeper turned 26.

Robinson insisted that the banner was a sign of his fantastic relationship with the fan base and revealed that he still has a great connection with Tottenham fans, twelve years after leaving the club.

He added: “I’ve still got the banner. It was brilliant. We had an instant rapport. The fans could see my desire, my passion, every time we scored a goal, every time we won a game.

“I used to chuck them my gloves after most games — and I didn’t get them thrown back at me once. So there must have been some kind of relationship there.

“I appreciated the way that they accepted me. I’ve still got a great affinity with Spurs and the fans every time I go back.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Robbo was a terrific character and someone who was Spurs through and through. His tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve was why the fans immediately took to him as soon as he arrived at the club. However, even at his peak, there were question marks over his shot-stopping ability as he was not the quickest at getting around the goal.

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