The Death of Robbie JAMES

Robert Mark "Robbie" James was a Welsh international footballer who played for many teams including Swansea City, Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers in First Division in the mid 80's. He was a talented utility player who contributed greatly to Swansea City's rise from the Fourth Division to the First Division between 1978 and 1981, and helped them finish sixth in their first top division campaign. He played a total of 783 English league games between 1973 and 1994, scoring 134 goals. In 1988 he moved back to Swansea City, and later played for Bradford City and Cardiff City. With Cardiff he won helped them to win the Third Division in 1992–93, his last season in the English Football League after 20 years. After his time with Cardiff he moved into Non-League football with Merthyr Tydfil. He became player-manager of Llaneli in 1996. On 18 February 1998, he was playing for Llanelli against Porthcawl Town when he collapsed and died from a heart attack. The Independent reported that "To the very last he played the game the only way he knew how, with every ounce of his being". Over the course of his career, he made 782 league appearances, scoring 133 goals and winning five Welsh Cups.

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