Robert Winters (born 4 November 1974) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker for junior club Cumbernauld United in the West of Scotland Super League First Division. He made one appearance for the Scotland national team in 1999.
|Full name||Robert Winters|
|Date of birth||4 November 1974|
|Place of birth||East Kilbride, Scotland|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2015||Kilbirnie Ladeside (trial)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:34, 24 August 2016 (UTC)|
Winters started his in career Scotland and played for Dundee United between 1992 and 1997 and Aberdeen between 1998 and 2002. After a short spell at English club Luton Town, Winters played for the Norwegian club Brann between 2002 and 2008 where he won the Norwegian Cup and the Norwegian Premier League.
Winters began his senior career with Dundee United in 1992 and played 118 league games for the club, scoring 27 times. A move to Aberdeen beckoned, which saw Billy Dodds and cash come to Tannadice in exchange for Winters. His time at Pittodrie was fruitful, with 41 goals from 132 league appearances. In the 2000 Scottish Cup final, Winters came on as a 2nd-minute substitute to replace injured goalkeeper Jim Leighton, who suffered a fractured cheekbone. Playing virtually the whole match in an unorthodox position, Winters let in four goals as Rangers beat Aberdeen 4–0.
After leaving in 2002 when his contract expired, Winters played one match for Luton Town, appearing in the first half of the first match of the season, before moving to Norway with Brann. After several seasons with hints about leaving Bergen due to family issues, Winters stated on 31 October that he no longer had the motivation needed to play for SK Brann, and that he wished to leave the club in January. He was seeking a club, preferably in Scotland, but he also stated that an English Championship club would be interesting. With no contract offer, Winters returned to SK Brann to make peace with manager Mons Ivar Mjelde and fulfil his contract until December 2007. Winters' Scottish teammate Charlie Miller did leave and subsequently joined Belgian side Lierse.
Winters left Brann after the 2008 season, to join his family who had moved back to Scotland during the summer, due to his children starting school. Winters played 178 matches for Brann, scoring 70 goals. He signed a short-term deal with Clyde until the end of the season in April 2009. Winters was released by Clyde in June 2009 along with the rest of the out of contract players, due to the club's financial position.
After an impressive performance as a trialist against Falkirk, Winters signed a professional contract with Livingston on 28 August 2009.
Winters played for Icelandic club Grindavík in 2011. He scored on his debut against Thor. He then played for Alloa Athletic during the 2011–12 season and helped them win the Scottish Third Division championship. In the summer of 2012, Winters signed for Peterhead, before being released in February 2013 and going on a 3-game trial with Albion Rovers. He chose not to sign a contract at the expiration of the trial. He joined Dumbarton in March 2013.
Winters signed for Rossvale in August 2014 and scored two goals on his debut. He then signed for Pollok in April 2015, where he joined his younger brother David. He joined Lowland League team East Kilbride in July 2015, but left the club the following month after "a difference of opinion" with manager Billy Ogilvie. Returning to Junior football, he made one appearance assisting Kilbirnie Ladeside before rejoining Pollok in September 2015.
Winters came off the substitutes bench and scored with his first touch in the 2015–16 Scottish Junior Cup final for Pollok against Beith Juniors. He also scored in the penalty shootout which Pollok eventually lost. In August 2016, Winters rejoined East Kilbride for a second spell, this time in a player-coach role and was reunited with his former Rossvale manager, Martin Lauchlan. However, similarly to his first spell with the side, Winters time with the club was brief and he left in November 2016, due to a combination of work commitments and a lack of playing time.
- As of 15 January 2015
|Season||Club||Division||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1994–95||Dundee United||Premier Division||12||2||0||0||—||—||12||2|
|2002–03||Luton Town||Second Division||1||0||0||0||—||—||1||0|
- SPFA Young Player of the Year: 1996–97
- Verdens Gang Norwegian Premier League Player of the Year: 2004
- Scottish Challenge Cup runner up: 1995–96
- Scottish Football League First Division runner up: 1995–96
- Scottish League Cup runner-up: 1997–98
- Norwegian Cup winner: 2004
- Norwegian Premier League winner: 2007
- Norwegian Premier League runner-up: 2006
- Scottish Football League Third Division winner: 2009–10
- Scottish Football League Second Division winner: 2010–11
- West of Scotland Super League First Division: 2014–15
- Evening Times Cup Winners' Cup: 2014–15
- EuroScot Central League Cup: 2015-16
- West of Scotland League Central District Second Division winner: 2014–15
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- Official website profile (translated from Norwegian)
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- Daily Record
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- O'Donnell, Jim (16 September 2015). "First Robbie Winters helped out at Kilbirnie now he could be about to shoot them down". Evening Times. Glasgow. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
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- Macpherson, Graeme (29 May 2016). "Sunshine on Beith as Ayrshire side win Scottish Junior Cup for first time". The Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- Thomson, Paul (23 August 2016). "Robbie Winters returns to East Kilbride in player/coach role". Daily Record. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- Thomson, Paul (15 November 2016). "Robbie Winters quits East Kilbride due to work commitments". The Daily Record. Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
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- Robbie Winters at Soccerbase