Where Are They Now? Robbie Elliott

  • May 27, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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13 years after bringing a four-year spell at Bolton to an end, we take a look at the current whereabouts of Robbie Elliott.

Elliott joined Wanderers in July 1997, having completed a then club record £2.5million transfer from Premier League rivals - and his hometown club - Newcastle United.

Having come through the academy system at St James' Park, Elliott made his professional debut for the Magpies in March 1991 - in a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park - at the age of 17.

Including his time as a trainee - which began in 1989 - Elliott spent a total of eight years at Newcastle, before leaving to join Premier League new-boys Bolton in the summer of 1997.

Wanderers, under the management of Colin Todd, had just been promoted in record-breaking style and were about to embark on a promising new era at the Reebok Stadium. But disaster struck just 30 minutes into the first game at the new stadium, as Elliott was stretchered off the field with a triple leg break and spiral fracture which would keep him out of action for the better part of 14 months.

He made his return to first-team action on October 27, 1998, and was on the scoresheet as Wanderers claimed a penalty shoot-out victory against Norwich City in a League Cup tie at Carrow Road. After a goalless 90 minutes, Elliott opened the scoring six minutes into extra-time.

Elliott went on to play 26 times that season, as Bolton narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top-flight - losing 2-0 to Watford in the Division One play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

Bolton became the nearly-men of English football in 2000, as they appeared in and lost three semi-finals. One of those defeats was in a controversial play-off tie against Ipswich Town, where Elliott was sent off by referee Barry Knight for shoving Town forward David Johnson to the ground.

His fourth and final season at the club ended in success, however, as Wanderers clinched promotion back to the Premier League with a play-off final victory over Preston North End at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

The offer of a new contract was on the table, as Sam Allardyce looked to build a team capable of surviving relegation the next season, but the opportunity to rejoin Newcastle was too good to turn down and Elliott completed a free transfer move back to his native North East.

Elliott's second spell at Newcastle lasted five years, before he joined bitter rivals Sunderland on a monthly contract in August 2006. He spent five months at the Stadium of Light, before seeing out his career with short stints at Leeds United and then Hartlepool United.

Upon his retirement from the playing side of the game, Elliott undertook the role of assistant Fitness and Conditioning coach at Newcastle in July 2008. He left the club the following summer, moving to the United States to work as the Youth National Team Performance Expert.

In an exclusive Q&A with Burnden Aces, which will be published this week, Elliott claims the move to America was the best thing that has ever happened to he and his family.

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