Former Liverpool striker Michael Robinson, who won the European Cup with the club in his only season at Anfield in 1983/84, has passed away at the age of 61.
Robinson announced in December 2018 that he had been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma, with doctors telling him it had “no cure.”
After a long battle with cancer Robinson passed away this week, with the 61-year-old’s Twitter account confirming the news on Tuesday morning.
“With tremendous sadness we inform you of Michael’s death,” the statement reads.
“It leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you have shown him.
“We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you.”
We’re deeply saddened by the passing of former player Michael Robinson, aged 61.
The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Michael’s family and friends at this sad time.
Rest in peace, Michael. pic.twitter.com/o8Zu3hjICc
— Liverpool FC (at ?) (@LFC) April 28, 2020
His goals included a brace in a 5-0 win over Odense in the first round of the European Cup, and a hat-trick to seal a 3-1 victory at West Ham in the league, as he operated with the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush in attack.
After two seasons with QPR, Robinson made the switch to Osasuna and retired in 1989 to remain in Spain, where he became renowned for his work as a commentator.
Speaking to Simon Hughes as part of the book Red Machine: Liverpool FC In The ’80s: The Players’ Stories, he told the story of how he came to settle in a new country.
“I came over on January 7, 1987. I didn’t know whether I was going to be here forever,” he explained.
“What I did know was that I was going to receive an education—an education that I wanted.
“But something strange happened. I enjoyed more or less everything about Spain and the way the Spanish interpreted life. I finished up realising that I had loads in common with the Spaniards.
“We laughed about the same things, cried about the same things, so much so that when I was 36 or 37 I said to my mum, ‘about 36 years ago, you didn’t bump into a Spaniard, did you?’.
“She slapped me for that.”
Graeme Souness pays tribute to friend and former team-mate Michael Robinson who has died aged 61
Robinson was known for his humour, intellect and his way with words, and speaking to Sky Sports after his passing, the striker’s captain at Liverpool, Graeme Souness, paid tribute.
“He was a big pal of mine. I’ve got so many fond memories of being in his company,” he said.
“If you were going on a night out, Michael would be the first one you’d invite; a real charming man, bon viveur, could tell great stories.”
Souness told a story of how Robinson went for lunch with Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros in Madrid, and “half-a-dozen people stopped and asked him for an autograph, and only one asked Seve—so he was rejoicing in that.”
There is affection for Robinson both in England and Spain, as tributes to the late European Cup winner on Tuesday morning showed, including from the likes of Xabi Alonso, Ray Clemence and Mark Lawrenson:
Gutted to hear of the Passing of Michael Robinson(AKA The Cat)..We played Cricket together in our Teens-He followed me to PNE Then Brighton-Rep of Ireland & Finally Liverpool..He even bought my house off me in Hove.Its a Sad day in Sad https://t.co/neffvb2iPi MATE..?
— Mark Lawrenson (@MTLawrenson) April 28, 2020
— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) April 28, 2020
— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) April 28, 2020
You’ll never walk alone Michael!!
Rest in peace. https://t.co/4IKJnL0nAa
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) April 28, 2020
Dreadful news about Michael Robinson. Another one of the good guys has been taken.
— Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) April 28, 2020
— Ray Clemence (@RayClem1) April 28, 2020
Absolutely devastated to hear of the passing of @michaelrobinson this morning. I had the honour of being interviewed by him last year and spending time reminiscing about his days at @LFC What a pleasure it was…You’ll Never Walk Alone, Michael. Forever A Red… pic.twitter.com/GhsF3FIJv0
— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) April 28, 2020
Very sorry to hear that Michael Robinson has passed away. Not only a fine footballer, but was also a great success post football in Spain, having his own television show there for many years…and that is quite an achievement. RIP Michael.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 28, 2020
Hoy nos deja una gran persona con un corazón de oro. Dejas sin duda un gran vacío en lo profesional pero más en lo personal. Te echaremos mucho en falta @michaelrobinson Descansa en paz amigo. ?
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) April 28, 2020
Michael Robinson conoció al hijo de la Paqui y yo tuve la suerte de conocer a Michael Robinson. Mi cariño a sus familiares y amigos. DEP
You'll Never Walk Alone
? @InformeRobinson pic.twitter.com/5K857BJEuq
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) April 28, 2020
Michael Robinson – for many years one of the most influential, most loved and most inspirational figures in Spanish football – has died aged 61. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. DEP. https://t.co/IA0rEuY8oD
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) April 28, 2020
Michael Robinson will always be remembered by me for this + MOM display in semi at Anfield taking QPR to Wembley
As a journalist he was also an inspiration, immersing himself in Spanish culture, language to become a star
Informe Robinson was 1 of best football shows anywhere RIP https://t.co/gV84RuRK2g
— Rob Draper (@draper_rob) April 28, 2020
The world of football will feel your loss deeply. Thank you for sharing your vision of football, your kindness and your intelligence with us. RIP Michael Robinson pic.twitter.com/NPnRqMUyUn
— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) April 28, 2020
Rest in peace, Michael Robinson.