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Robert Earnshaw recalls the feeling of making his Cardiff City debut aged 16

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Robert Earnshaw scored 109 goals in 227 games for Cardiff City.

The Welshman, now aged 39, made his Cardiff City debut aged 16. It came in the old FAW Invitation Cup against Wrexham and from then on, Earnshaw would go on to become one of the club’s greatest ever goal-scorers.

He scored 218 goals in a professional career that lasted 17 years, and saw him represent Wales and feature for the likes of West Brom, Norwich City and Nottingham Forest, as well as stints out in America.

Appearing on the latest EFL Podcast, Earnshaw discussed his career to date, and recalled his Cardiff debut and how hard he worked to get the initial opportunity:

“I was 16. I had to score so many goals that year just to get into a position where I was involved with the first-team, and this is back when there was only three subs and a squad of 20 players, so there was a few older, experienced players left out for a 16-year-old kid.

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“Making my debut was amazing because only a few months before I was sitting with all the youth team, watching the first-team thinking ‘we all want to be there’, and when I got there it was an incredible feeling.”

There’s been few goal-scorers with such natural ability as Earnshaw over the years. His knack for scoring hat-tricks made him the answer to one of the greatest pub quiz questions of all-time – a fact that he’s still reminded of today.

He played for Cardiff in two separate stints, the second finishing in 2013 before he headed overseas – Earnshaw has spent time with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

He remained in the US after his 2015 retirement, taking on coaching roles – he served as assistant manager at Californian soccer team Fresno FC during the 2018/19 season.

The verdict

A man who Cardiff fans only have fond memories of. Earnshaw was a truly remarkable striker, and enjoyed a fine career in the game. He’s remained in touch with the sport and one day, we could see him return to English football in a coaching , or even managerial capacity.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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