Wednesday, 13 April 2011
335 Robert Betts
Position : Midfield
Played : 2003-04
Appearances : 5
Goals : 2
Robert was taken on trial having been released by Coventry. Robert had a baptism of fire at 16 when he was one of the youth team at Doncaster thrown into the side by amateur manager Mark Weaver as the club struggled to fulfil its fixtures in the 1997-98 season. He was rescued by Coventry and became captain of their youth team , Gordon Strachan describing him as "a natural leader". Robert eventually made three substitute appearances in the Premiership but finished the 2000-01 season on loan at Plymouth. He made a few more appearances in the First Division plus three on loan at Lincoln in 2001-02 but only a solitary substitute appearance in his final season.
Robert came on in the opening game against Yeovil and was picked ahead of Chris Beech for the next few. Unfortunately I missed his best game when he scored twice at Torquay (his only league goals) to give us our first win so I only saw a fairly anonymous midfielder in the Paul Ware mould. Robert then went into contract negotiations but Alan Buckley decided his wage demands were too high relative to the other players and let him move on.
I thought Buckley's decision was sound and history has proved him right. Robert went on to Kidderminster who moreorless accused us of being mean but after 9 games in 6 months let him drift into the Conference with Hereford. They let him go in the summer after 8 appearances and Forest Green then discarded him after only three. He moved on to Racing Club Warwick and in 2006, Quorn (where my auntie lives) . He won the Midland Alliance League Player of The Year (Whoopee!) in 2006-07 and emigrated to Australia at the end of the following season.