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Friday 17 May 2013

On this day: Paul Robinson swaps Leeds for Tottenham

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the day a promising goalkeeper joined Tottenham

  • Paul Robinson arrived from Leeds United after his proposed January move collapsed

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 17 May 2004 - Paul Robinson signs for Spurs

Paul Robinson finally completed his protracted move to Tottenham Hotspur four months after his originally proposed transfer had fallen through.

"It was difficult for me during the transfer window because Leeds are close to my heart, but I am very happy to be here now"
Paul Robinson

The goalkeeper had almost moved to White Hart Lane for £2.5m in the January transfer window but Spurs' plan to loan him back to Leeds went against Premier League rules, so the deal was shelved.

The 24-year-old, who spent six years at Leeds United, was unable to prevent their relegation that season despite a wonderful personal campaign and became one of a raft of players to leave Elland Road as they sought to reduce their wage bill.

Robinson was on the fringes of the England set-up and considered the ideal goalkeeper for a Spurs side building for the future. With David Pleat having departed in July 2004 a new, continental-style management structure had been put in place with Frank Arnesen recruited as the sporting director, Jacques Santini employed as head coach and Martin Jol as first assistant, although Robinson arrived even before he knew the identity of his new manager.

"It was difficult for me during the transfer window because Leeds are close to my heart, but I am very happy to be here now," said the Beverley-born Yorkshireman. "I am happy to play for any manager - hopefully someone will be in place soon and then we will all know who he is."

Santini would leave in November with Jol taking over as coach but Robinson thrived in his first season at the club and was one of three Tottenham players to start an international for England (along with Jermain Defoe and Ledley King) for the first time since 1987.

Spurs finished in ninth position in the 2004/05 season and Robinson, whose stay at White Hart Lane would last four year, cemented his place as England’s No1.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Tottenham Hotspur signing goalkeeper Paul Robinson