Name : Robbie Fowler
Nick : The God
Birthdate : 09.04.1975
Birthplace : Totxeth, Liverpool, England
Bought From : LFC Junior
Play And Goal : 369 Time and 183 Goal


Robbie first showed his worth to the outside world with the England u-18 side when they became European champions in 1993. He started out as a substitute, but ended up being his nation’s hero, scoring quite astounding goals, a total of 5 in 4 games. Robbie started well for Liverpool as well. He scored 5 goals in his 4th game for Liverpool’s first team and a hat-trick in his 5th league match. He was clearly something special. The goalscoring phenomenon of Robbie Fowler swept the country for the next 4 years, it didn’t seem out of the ordinary to score 30+ goals 3 seasons in a row. Then the paper talk started, red cards and injuries resulted in reported off the field problems. Robbie had to contend with constant press speculation about his future at the club 3 years before he actually left. The unthinkable had happened, a Liverpool star who could have smashed Ian Rush’s scoring record had left Liverpool.

Again the unthinkable happened in 2006 when Robbie Fowler the prodigal son returned to Liverpool in a sensational move over four years after he had left Merseyside for Leeds and just over three years after a subsequent move from Yorkshire to Manchester City. Five days after re-signing for the Reds, he came on as a substitute for Peter Crouch in a home game with Birmingham City. Liverpool had just taken the lead when he entered the pitch but he was unable to add to the score, although he did have an acrobatic injury-time overhead-kick disallowed for offside. The goals started to come again, 5 in the League before the end of the season being enough to ensure him an additional year’s contract.

Robbie scored 7 goals during what would turn out to be his final season at Anfield, 3 against Sheffield United (all penalties), 2 against Galatasaray in the Champions League and strikes against Reading and Arsenal in the League cup. That took his final total for Liverpool up to 183 goals from 369 games. Denied the chance to say a proper goodbye to the Anfield public by the sudden-ness of his move to Leeds in 2001, Robbie and his young family proudly walked around the pitch at the end of the final League game of 2006-07 against Charlton to say goodbye for what he and everyone else present assumed would be for the final time.

On the 21st of July, 2007 Robbie Fowler signed for Championship club Cardiff City. Not considered for early-season matches because of a lack of fitness, his two League cup goals at West Bromwich Albion in the 3rd round of the competition amazingly led to Cardiff being paired with Liverpool in the next round. He played the whole 90 minutes for Cardiff at Anfield and received a rapturous reception from the home supporters but was unable to prevent his new club going down to a 2-1 defeat. Unfortunately, Robbie’s injury jinx was soon to strike again. The recurrence of a hip injury plus damaged ankle ligaments sustained in a training-ground incident with his captain, Darren Purse, meant that his first-team opportunities were limited for the rest of the season and it wasn’t a major surprise that he was not fit enough to be considered for a place in Cardiff’s F.A. cup final squad for the big match against Portsmouth at the new Wembley.

Fowler signed a three month deal with Paul Ince’s Blackburn before the 2008-09 season, but only made three starts and three substitute appearances without scoring a goal. He signed a two year contract with Australian side North Queensland Fury in February 2009. Several weeks after signing for North Queensland Fury, Robbie still hadn’t taken part in a full training session with his new club. What was originally thought to be a short-term injury threatened to keep him out of the opening match of the season early in August 2009. Robbie defended criticism of his motives for moving to Australia by releasing a short statement to the local newspaper in Townsville, in which he said “I’m not here for a holiday. I have come here and I want to enjoy my football and I want to play as much as anyone but certain things dictate that sometimes you can’t play. I’m prepared to work hard and get on that pitch. I’m not just here to enjoy the sun, it’s pride in myself.”

After just one season with North Queensland Fury, at a time when that club had severe financial problems, Robbie was released from his contract to effectively become a free agent again. A number of Australian and Middle East clubs were reported to be chasing his signature. But towards the ends of April, 2010 it was Western Australia club Perth Glory who were able to announce that the 35-year old Fowler had agreed to become their ‘foreign marquee player’, whioch meant that his wages would be excluded from the club’s salary cap. Robbie and his family appeared to have settled well into Australian life during his brief spell in Townsville, Queensland. So this was a move that appeared to suit both the player and his new club well, the Perth Glory Chairman commenting “It’s exciting for football fans in Western Australia that a legend has decided to play for us”.

When Robbie returned to England following the end of his contract with Perth Glory, he linked up with Milton Keynes Dons to assist with training. Fowler is a close friend of Dons manager Karl Robinson and Robinson explained “He does want to go down the coaching path at some stage in his career and he wants to keep playing as well. He took all the forwards for me for a session. I don’t want people to read too much into it. He’s come along and he’ll help out in an ad-hoc way. Robbie Fowler coming in for one day is a bonus for us but I’m sure he’ll be here a few times from now until the end of the season.”

At the end of the first week of April 2011 Robbie was commended by Pep Segura for showing a ‘great attitude’ as he trained with Liverpool’s reserve-team squad. Segura, who had taken over from John McMahon on a temporary basis until the end of the 2010-11 season. explained that Fowler wanted to maintain his fitness-levels but added that “his presence can have a significant impact” upon his young side. During April 2011 Robbie also spent a week as part of Bury’s backroom staff, about which he said of his managerial ambitions “I know you can’t play forever and being a coach or manager is obviously the next step you take after playing. I want to stay involved in football so this is the next route.”

Early in June 2011 it was announced that Fowler would be remaining in the United Kingdom so that he could complete his coaching badges.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 266 24 35 44 0 369
1992-1993 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993-1994 28 1 5 0 0 34
1994-1995 42 7 8 0 0 57
1995-1996 38 7 4 4 0 53
1996-1997 32 1 4 7 0 44
1997-1998 20 1 4 3 0 28
1998-1999 25 2 2 6 0 35
1999-2000 14 0 0 0 0 14
2000-2001 27 5 5 11 0 48
2001-2002 10 0 0 7 0 17
2005-2006 14 0 0 2 0 16
2006-2007 16 0 3 4 0 23
A more detailed look at the player’s appearances
Total Opponent
17 Newcastle
17 Chelsea
17 Everton
17 Arsenal
16 Leeds United
16 Aston Villa
14 Man Utd
14 Wimbledon
13 Tottenham
12 West Ham
12 Southampton
12 Middlesbrough
11 Charlton
11 Blackburn
10 Sheff Wed
10 Coventry
9 Man City
9 Leicester
7 Nottm For
7 Bolton
7 Fulham
7 Derby
7 Sunderland
6 Ipswich
6 Crystal Palace
5 Birmingham
4 Burnley
4 Sheff Utd
3 Portsmouth
3 Norwich
3 Barcelona
2 AS Roma
2 Benfica
2 Kosice
2 Valencia
2 Slovan Liberec
2 Sion
2 Brann
2 Paris St Germain
2 Strasbourg
2 Celta Vigo
2 Rapid Bucharest
2 Porto
2 Spartak Vladi.
2 Brøndby
2 Haka
2 Reading
2 Oldham
2 Stoke
2 Watford
1 Port Vale
1 Celtic
1 Bristol City
1 PSV Eindhoven
1 Bordeaux
1 Shrewsbury
1 Wycombe
1 Alaves
1 Dortmund
1 Dynamo Kiev
1 Boavista
1 Galatasaray
1 Rochdale
1 Mypa 47
1 Tranmere
1 Wigan Ath.
1 Swindon
1 Bayern Munich
Total Started/substitutions
309 Started
20 On the bench
60 Substitute
60 Substituted
Total Competition
266 Premier League
35 League Cup
24 FA Cup
24 UEFA Cup
12 Champions League
7 European Cup Winners Cup
1 European Super Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 128 12 29 14 0 183
1992-1993 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993-1994 12 0 6 0 0 18
1994-1995 25 2 4 0 0 31
1995-1996 28 6 2 0 0 36
1996-1997 18 1 5 7 0 31
1997-1998 9 0 3 1 0 13
1998-1999 14 1 1 2 0 18
1999-2000 3 0 0 0 0 3
2000-2001 8 2 6 1 0 17
2001-2002 3 0 0 1 0 4
2005-2006 5 0 0 0 0 5
2006-2007 3 0 2 2 0 7
A more detailed look at the player’s goalscoring
Total Team
14 Aston Villa
12 Arsenal
8 Fulham
8 Leeds United
8 Southampton
8 Charlton
7 Newcastle
7 Chelsea
7 Tottenham
6 Nottm For
6 Everton
6 Bolton
6 Man Utd
6 Middlesbrough
6 Derby
5 Leicester
5 West Ham
4 Man City
4 Crystal Palace
3 Wimbledon
3 Blackburn
3 Stoke
3 Sheff Utd
3 Sion
3 Brann
2 Kosice
2 Galatasaray
2 Sunderland
2 Ipswich
2 Oldham
2 Norwich
2 Burnley
2 Sheff Wed
1 Port Vale
1 Shrewsbury
1 Tranmere
1 Birmingham
1 Coventry
1 Portsmouth
1 Rochdale
1 Paris St Germain
1 Strasbourg
1 Wycombe
1 Alaves
1 Haka
1 Reading
Total Started/substitutions
178 Started
5 Substitute
Total Competition
128 Premier League
29 League Cup
12 FA Cup
7 European Cup Winners Cup
4 UEFA Cup
3 Champions League
Total Goal minute period
23 1-15 minutes
32 16-30 minutes
31 31-45 minutes
33 46-60 minutes
25 61-75 minutes
37 76-90 minutes
2 91-120 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
163 Open play
20 Penalty
Wartime Appearances / Goals
Season Appearances Goals
No records to display.
Stats note
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 22.09.1993 Fulham Craven Cottage LC
50 05.11.1994 Nottm For Anfield League
100 23.09.1995 Bolton Anfield League
150 12.09.1996 Mypa 47 Saviniemi Europe
200 08.11.1997 Tottenham Anfield League
250 12.04.1999 Leeds United Elland Road League
300 18.03.2001 Derby Anfield League
350 28.10.2006 Aston Villa Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 83 22.09.1993 Fulham Craven Cottage LC
50 54 26.08.1995 Tottenham White Hart Lane League
100 28 14.12.1996 Middlesbrough Anfield League
150 80 28.12.1999 Wimbledon Anfield League
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Related Quotes

“He’s not coming out. He says he wouldn’t know what to say.”

Graeme Souness (when the press asked to talk to Fowler after his 5-goal demolition of Fulham, 1993)

“I was watching my lad playing in goal for Ormskirk schoolboys against Liverpool schoolboys and this little lad knocked in two against him. I asked someone what his name was; ‘Robbie Fowler’. From the start he was a fantastic talent.”

Roy Evans

“You do stupid things when you are young and growing up but everyone has to grow out of that. I’m 25 now. I’m not a kid any more. I’ve got another three years left on my contract. I’m more than happy at Liverpool and my family is happy here.”

Fowler in May 2000

“He is often referred to as God which sums up the respect he commands at Anfield from fans and players alike. But don’t be surprised if he answers to Bernard, which is his other Christian name.”

Owen on Fowler in 2001

“We have signed a player with so much passion for this football club and I think he will act as an example to every player here in how much he loves Liverpool. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player quite so happy to be joining a club before. He hasn’t been signed because he loves the club; he’s been signed because he’s one of the best goalscorers ever to play in the Premiership and he can score goals for us right now. We have signed a player with a passion and a heart for this club that no amount of money can buy. We are close to a very high level right now but with Robbie we can go even higher.”

Rafa when he brought back God

“It is unbelievable, a dream come true. I can hardly believe that I am back and it’s an incredible feeling. After I’d signed I sat in my car outside Anfield and was incredibly emotional. I know the odds: I have come back on a short-term deal and, after that, it is up to me. I hope I will get the chance to play and, if I do, I will take that chance. I don’t see this as the end of my career. I am hungry, as hungry as I have ever been, and I want to show that to everyone. I fully intend to prove that I am worth a new contract.”

Fowler on his return in January 2006

According to genial Houllier at the time, Robbie was merely suffering from a touch of Mad Cow Disease brought to the club by Rigobert Song:

‘It was just a joke. The Metz players would get down behind each other and pretend to eat the grass. Rigobert, who used to play for them, did it in training and we all had a laugh. Robbie did this in front of the Everton fans, but if the goal had been scored at the other end, he would have done it there.

It was just a goal ceremony. It had nothing to do with drugs. At the moment, everything he does seems to be open to interpretation. When your heart is racing, maybe you don’t think of the circumstances. We had a laugh about in in the dressing room. Robbie has been surprised by the reaction to this.”

Houllier on Fowler’s celebration when he pretended to snort cocaine after scoring against Everton

“I’ve never known a transfer happen quite so quickly, it was all done within 24 hours. I had to persuade Robbie to look at the contract. I think I could have put a contract in front of him with no money on it and he’d have signed it! He really was that desperate to come back.”

Rick Parry on Robbie Fowler’s return to Liverpool

“I leave it in good hands; Robbie will probably eclipse all that I have achieved at Liverpool.”

Ian Rush on his retirement at Liverpool

“He often shoots early, he doesn’t mind where he shoots from, but he seems to get late fade on his shots like a golfer. He usually gets ten out of ten shots on target, and with nine out of ten he hits the corners. If he is doing that deliberately, his accuracy is quite amazing.”

Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich on Fowler’s talent

“It wasn’t just the goals. He knew when and where to put the ball away, and run into space. He had such a lovely touch on the ball.”

Liverpool scout, Jimmy Aspinall, saw 11-year-old Robbie Fowler score three goals in a match for Liverpool schoolboys.

“After the Fulham game, I went round the chippy with my mates and got a big kiss from my mum when I got home!”

Robbie Fowler on his 5-goal demolition of Fulham in 1993

“People were coming up to my family and saying: We’ve seen him [taking drugs]. I’ve got three kids now and I can honestly swear on my kids’ lives that I’ve never even taken anything in my life.”

Robbie Fowler in 2004

We were in high spirits after victory and enjoying a celebration drink on the plane home when Steve Harkness thought it would be a good idea to relieve himself in Robbie’s shoes as our young striker slept amidst the mayhem. When Robbie woke up, by which time I was fast asleep, he put his feet back in his shoes and quickly realised what had happened. Understandably, he wasn’t too pleased and when he demanded to know who’d done it, the lads pointed to me. As a result, he went into my bag and pulled out my new pair of £300 Gucci boots and proceeded to cut them up, thinking he’d got his revenge on the dirty culprit who’d pissed in his shoes. Bad move. When I woke up as we came in to the land, the lads were still in hysterics and it didn’t take a genius to work out why. It wasn’t until we were going through the airport I confronted Robbie, told him that I’d had nothing to do with the original stunt and demanded that he bought me new pair of boots to replace the ones he’d ruined. There was a big argument, a bit of pushing and shoving and having had enough of his bravado; I decided to teach him a lesson by punching him on the nose. Some of the other lads stepped in and although it was all over in a flash, the reporters who’d travelled with us were on the case and the story made the papers the next day. We’ve been the best of mates ever since.

Razor on when he and Fowler battled it out at the airport
The player was in the squad the following season
Season Shirt # Position
1992-1993 * Striker
1993-1994 23 Striker
1994-1995 23 Striker
1995-1996 23 Striker
1996-1997 9 Striker
1997-1998 9 Striker
1998-1999 9 Striker
1999-2000 9 Striker
2000-2001 9 Striker
2001-2002 9 Striker
2005-2006 11 Striker
2006-2007 9 Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.


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