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Robbie Middleby

Robbie Middleby
Robbie Middleby-2.jpg
Middleby playing for Sydney FC
Personal information
Full name Robert Middleby
Date of birth (1975-08-09) 9 August 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right Back, Right Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1993 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Newcastle Breakers
1994 Adamstown Rosebud 9 (1)
1994–1996 Wollongong Wolves 35 (1)
1997–1999 KFC Uerdingen 05 27 (0)
1999–2000 Auckland Kingz 21 (1)
2000 Cringila Lions
2000–2001 Carlton SC 8 (0)
2000–2001 Wollongong Wolves 19 (1)
2001–2004 Newcastle United 62 (6)
2005–2009 Sydney FC 67 (3)
2009–2010 North Queensland Fury 21 (0)
2013–2015 Garden Suburb FC 25 (12)
2016-2017 Valentine Eleebana Football Club
National team
1994–1995 Australia U-20 10 (7)
2002 Australia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert Middleby (born 9 August 1975 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia) is a former Australian football player who last played for North Queensland Fury in the A-League. He is also the former CEO of the Newcastle Jets.


Club career

He played for Sydney FC after earlier stints at Newcastle United Jets, Wollongong Wolves (twice), Carlton, Football Kingz and the Newcastle Breakers. He won the 2001 NSL title with the Wolves and the 2006 A-League title with Sydney FC and also spent time overseas with German outfit KFC Uerdingen 05.

Sydney FC

Middleby saw little game time under coach Pierre Littbarski in his first season at the club, playing only 212 minutes in 16 appearances despite scoring in Sydney FC's 3–1 victory against New Zealand Knights early in the campaign. He gained favour, though, under Littbarski's replacement Terry Butcher and was a regular starter in the 2006–07 season. Despite missing part of the season with a broken collarbone after a controversial off-the-ball incident involving Melbourne Victory defender Adrian Leijer,[1][2] Middleby was voted Sydney FC Players' Player of the Year for the season.[3]

Middleby is famous for accidentally breaking David Beckham's rib, when Sydney FC played the Los Angeles Galaxy at ANZ Stadium in November 2007. Sydney ended up winning 5–3. Middleby also scored in the match.

North Queensland Fury

In November 2008, Middleby signed a contract with North Queensland Fury. He has been used in his more preferred role of right back, as well as being used in central midfield under coach Ian Ferguson. On 11 February 2010, he announced his retirement from professional football at the end of the 2009–10 season[4] Middleby played his last game against Gold Coast United, which North Queensland won 2–1.

Newcastle Jets

Middleby resigned as CEO for the Newcastle Jets in the A-League on 7 January 2015. Upon retiring, Middleby said "I will use the next few weeks to support the mid-season review process".[5] He is expected to leave the club by 24 January 2015, when A-League competition resumes after the 2015 Asian Cup break.[6]

National team statistics


Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 5 0
Total 5 0


With Sydney FC:

With Wollongong Wolves:

Personal Honours:


  1. ^ "Record crowd sees Victory down 10-man Sydney". ABC Victoria. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Butcher wants justice". Fox Sports. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Middleby takes top honour". Archived from the original on 6 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Middleby moves on".[dead link]
  5. ^ "Robbie Middleby & Ray Baartz Step Down".
  6. ^ "Newcastle Jets: Robbie Middleby, Ray Baartz quit". The Herald.
  7. ^ "Robbie Middleby". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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