The home game against Falkirk on April 22 marked Bobby Robertson's last official involvement with Dunfermline Athletic. There was a half time presentation on the pitch to mark Bobby's retirement by club chairman Ross McArthur, and honorary director Jim Leishman, who was Bobby's manager between 1983 and 1988. This ended an association with the club that stretches all the way back to 1975 when Bobby joined the Pars on a schoolboy contract. Two years later, aged 18, he signed his first professional contract. The part-time deal was ideal for the young player, as he was also studying medicine at Edinburgh University. The combination of football and medicine would dominate the next 40 years of his life, with Dunfermline at the centre of both pursuits.
Bobby played most games as a full back, but was a versatile player who could also play in central defence and midfield. His first season as a first team player, 1977/78. saw him make 40 appearances in all competitions, with Dunfermline finishing third in the Second Division, missing out on promotion. The following season, 1978/79, Bobby played in 47 games, including a last-day game against Falkirk at East End Park. The Bairns had to win to over take Dunfermline into second place. The Pars secured a 1-1 draw and were promoted to the First Division.
He gained promotion 3 times in his Pars career - the first, in 1979, as noted above; then 2 consecutive promotions: 1985/86, his first season as club captain, and again the following season when he led the Pars to the Premier League. Although still just 29 years old, 1987/88 was to be his last season with Dunfermline, as he was still part time, and this proved to be less practical with the Pars now a top flight team. He was loaned to Alloa, and then signed for the Wasps for a further 2 years before he retired from playing to concentrate full time on his work as a GP.
In 2009, Bobby was inducted into the DAFC Hall of Fame. Six years later, he was presented with an Outstanding Service Award by the Dunfermline board of directors, for his efforts both as a player and as the club doctor, a position he held from 2007 until this month.
Bobby made a total of 410 appearances for Dunfermline. In 1988, when he reached 354 League appearances, this set a new club record at the time. He made a total of 410 apparances, including 154 consecutive games, a testimony to his ability, fitness and also his excellent disciplinary record.
In February this year, Bobby joined former team mates Kenny Thomson, Bonar Mercer, Ian Westwater plus Willie Callaghan at a Supporters Council meeting at East End Park. It was a privilege to watch and listen to all these Pars legends talk about their time at the club. Bobby was a gentleman: quietly spoken, with a good sense of humour (his story about how he beat a traffic jam when running late for an away game at Ibrox was hilarious). He represents all the is good about DAFC, and although he will return to the club as a supporter, he will be much missed in his official capacity. The Doc: a Pars great.