Robert Crompton (26 September 1879 – 16 March 1941) was an English professional footballer. He spent the entirety of his career with his hometown club, Blackburn Rovers. He also represented England on 41 occasions, captaining them 22 times.
|Full name||Robert Crompton|
|Date of birth||26 September 1879|
|Place of birth||Blackburn, England|
|Date of death||16 March 1941(aged 61)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1915–1916||→ Blackpool (guest)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Blackburn, Crompton spent his entire career at full-back for Blackburn Rovers, playing 528 games between 1896 and 1920. He won the league twice as captain of the team in 1912 and 1914. In the 1915–16 season he played for Blackpool in the regional leagues set up by the Football League during World War I where he was made club captain. His 41 England caps were a record until surpassed by Billy Wright in 1952. He began his career as a centre-half, but it was at full-back that he excelled, Charlie Buchan describing him as "...the outstanding full-back of his time. A commanding personality, he was the best kicker of a ball I ever ran across."
He later went on to manage Blackburn between 1926 and 1930, leading them to the FA Cup victory over Huddersfield Town in 1928. After a spell managing Bournemouth, Crompton returned to Rovers as manager in the late 1930s to guide them to the Second Division championship.
Career outside footballEdit
National Football Museum Hall of FameEdit
It was announced on 25 February 2015 via Twitter that Bob Crompton would be inducted to the Hall of Fame by the National Football Museum as a 'Historic Player'.
Blackburn Rovers Football Club Hall of FameEdit
Bob Crompton became the first player (and manager) to be entered into the Blackburn Rovers Football Club Hall of Fame on 08 February 2019 
As a playerEdit
As a managerEdit
- Wolstenholme, Gerry (May 2008). The Khaki Years, Blackpool Football Club The World War I Seasons 1915/16 - 1918/19. Blackpool: Blackpool Programme and Memorabilia Collectors Club. pp. 1–5. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008.
- "England's Most Successful Captains". Daily Telegraph. February 2012.
- "Bob Crompton". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. ISBN 1-872424-11-2.
- Museum, Nat Football (25 March 2015). "The 'historic player' to be inducted to this year's #NFMHallOfFame is @OneRovers' legend Bob Crompton, who captained BRFC to 2 Div 1 titles".