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Robert Thomas Shinton (born 6 January 1952 in West Bromwich) is an English former football forward and manager.

Bobby Shinton
Personal information
Full name Robert Thomas Shinton
Date of birth (1952-01-06) 6 January 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth West Bromwich, England
Playing position Right winger
Youth career
Lye Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1974 Walsall 79 (20)
1974–1976 Cambridge United 99 (25)
1976–1979 Wrexham 128 (37)
1979–1980 Manchester City 5 (0)
1980Millwall (loan) 5 (3)
1980–1982 Newcastle United 42 (10)
1982–1983 Millwall 34 (4)
1983–? Worcester City ? (?)
Weymouth ? (?)
Malvern Town[1][2] ? (?)
Teams managed
1984 Worcester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shinton began his playing career with Walsall in 1971 before moving on to Cambridge United in 1974. He left the club in the 1975 close season to sign for Wrexham where he proved a hit, helping the club to a Football League Third Division title and a series of FA Cup giant-killing results.[3] A £300,000 move to Manchester City in the 1979 close season proved unsuccessful and Shinton was loaned out to Millwall before completing a full-time move to Newcastle United. Although he featured more regularly at Newcastle than he had in Manchester Shinton's scoring boots deserted him as the club struggled for goals across the board.[4] He left Newcastle in March 1982 to sign for Millwall again. He finished his league career with the Lions after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.[5]

Dropping out of the league, Shinton played non-league football with Worcester City and briefly managed the club in 1984. He finished his playing career with spells at Weymouth and Malvern Town. During the late 1990s he was involved in the management of Newmarket Town[6] although he has since left football to set up his own double glazing firm in Worcester.[7] Shinton now works at a local builder's merchant, A.R. Aspinall & sons, in Cambridgeshire.


  1. ^ Bobby Shinton at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  2. ^ Sporting Heroes|Bobby Shinton
  3. ^ Profile on Wrexham site Archived 28 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Please Give us a Goal
  5. ^ Season Review 1983-84
  6. ^ Newmarket Town website Archived 31 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Saddlers A-Z Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine