Robert Isaac

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Robert Isaac
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0Full Name Robert Isaac
0Date of Birth 30 November 1965
0Place of Birth Hackney, London
0Position Centre half
Full back
0Chelsea career 1983-1987
0Debut 16 March 1985
0Games (goals) 13 (0)
0Other clubs Brighton & Hove Albion

Robert Isaac (born 30 November 1965 in Hackney) is a former defender who made 13 appearances for Chelsea between 1985 and 1986, before signing for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chelsea career

A junior at Chelsea, Isaac was named Chelsea's Young Player of the Year in 1984, but his career was nearly over before it began after he was viciously attacked by Millwall hooligans at the age of 18. The youngster had travelled to the Den to watch the Chelsea first team in action in a League Cup tie, but was confronted by a gang who asked him which team he supported. He replied that he supported Millwall, but couldn't name the side's goalkeeper when tested and was slashed from behind from his armpit to the base of his spine. Fortunately, Isaac escaped serious injury and was released from hospital after treatment. [1]

Isaac made his debut just a few months later, in a 3-1 win at Watford. He made six appearances the following season, including three in the league, but it was difficult for the youngster to dislodge more experienced defenders in a season which would see Chelsea finish sixth in the First Division and win the Full Members Cup. The 1986-87 season saw Chelsea's perfomances declining and Isaac played in four consecutive league games in November. His fifth saw the Blues slump to an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat against Wimbledon, with Chelsea not helped by Doug Rougvie's sending off midway through the first half. Unfortunately for the young defender it would be his last appearance for the first team, as he signed for Brighton & Hove Albion a short time later.

After Chelsea

Isaac made 30 league appearances for Brighton before retiring from the game. [2]


Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1984-85 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1985-86 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
1986-87 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
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