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Legendary defender Paul Robinson leaves Millwall

6 January 2015

Robbo departs after 362 appearances

Legendary Lions defender Paul Robinson is set to bring down the curtain on an illustrious career at The Den after making 362 appearances for Millwall and scoring 23 goals.

Robbo signed professional forms for the club in August 2001, making his senior debut a year later against Preston and scoring his first goal in a 3-2 FA Cup victory over Cambridge United in January 2003.

Having missed out on Millwall's FA Cup Final appearance in 2004 through injury Robbo increasingly became a fixture at the heart of the Lions defence, through thick and thin.

Fans warmed to him for his never-say-die attitude, which earned him plaudits from the two men he was proudest to follow in Barry Kitchener and Keith Stevens.

Not surprisingly, Robbo's committed performances brought their share of injuries, but after each lay-off Millwall's 'Captain Courageous' fought back stronger than ever, and his finest moments arrived in the spring of 2010.

After scoring one of the goals in the League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg against Huddersfield - a result that propelled Kenny Jackett's men to their second consecutive Wembley Final - it was Robbo who scored the all-important winner against Swindon to take the club back to the Championship.

In August 2013 Robbo was recognised for his service to Millwall with a testimonial against La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano at The Den.

Fittingly, Robbo's final appearance in a Millwall shirt saw him put in a typically inspired display after coming on as a substitute in the last game of 2013/14 as The Lions beat Bournemouth 1-0 to secure Championship survival.

After failing to nail down a place in Ian Holloway's squad in August 2014, Robbo has spent much of the current campaign on loan at Portsmouth. The 32-year-old's contract at Millwall has now been cancelled which will enable him to secure a deal with another club.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, Robbo said: "I have loved every single minute of playing for Millwall and I want to thank all the fans for their support over the years. They have helped to give me the platform to achieve my dreams by wearing that Lion on my chest.

"Millwall's will be the first result I look out for every weekend and I know that the club can continue to go from strength to strength.

"It is unfortunate that my time at The Den has come to an end but I wish the manager, his coaching team, the board, the players and all the fans the very best of luck for the future."

We thank Robbo for his immense contribution to Millwall Football Club and wish him the very best in his future career. He will always be assured of the warmest of welcomes whenever he returns to London SE16.

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