Rob Elliot

Rob Elliot NUFC

Newcastle United CrestD.O.B: 30 April 1986 (now 25)

Birthplace: Greenwich, England

Height: 6ft 3in

Playing Position: Goalkeeper

Youth Career:

Erith Town

Charlton Athletic


Charlton Athletic 2004 – 2011

Bishop Stortford (loan) – 2004

Notts County (loan) – 2005

Accrington Stanley (loan) 2005- 2006

Accrington Stanley (loan) 2006 – 2007

Newcastle United 2011 – Present

Rob Elliot

After baffling Tyneside with a suspicious transfer from Charlton Athletic (with only days to go in the transfer window), Rob Elliot was not the big name centre forward signing NUFC fans were hoping for in the Summer. The relatively unknown English keeper made his debut for the Toon, playing the full 90 minutes in Newcastle’s 4-3 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the Carling Cup earlier this month. It took the Toon a whole 90 minutes +30 mins of extra time to score the winner. It has to be said straight, Elliot’s performance was of a goalkeeper not playing with confidence. Should we excuse him for manning a sloppy defence? Be understanding with it being his first game for the Toon? Or question the 3 goals he let in, which could have been prevented? Being a Sunday league goalkeeper myself, I will put it down to first game nerves / playing infront of a new defence and won’t be judging his success on Tyneside having played in a vastly changed team playing away against a half decent(ish) Nottingham Forest but I do have to question the reasoning behind his transfer and how he adds to our squad (in what is probably our strongest area).


At 25 years old, Rob Elliot’s only big honour within football is winning the Conference, having also notched up just short fo 100 appearances for Charlton. I can’t see where I can delve in and find strengths worth writing about. I support every player in a Newcastle United shirt but I don’t see where he fits in with the squad. Tim Krul, Steve Harper, Fraser Forster (on loan at Celtic) are better goalkeepers than him, and arguably NUFC youth goalkeeper Ole Soderberg isn’t far off his standard, holds more potential and would gain more from a few games in the Carling Cup too. I never thought I’d say this, but I do think he is a pointless addition to the squad, rant over. From what I’ve gathered from interviews, he seems like a nice guy, that’s a strength right?


  • Lack of Premier League experience.
  • Communication weaknesses.
  • Not going to be playing much football for us, I can’t see him playing at all this season in the league.

Player Facts:

  • Elliot has been out on loan 4 times before signing for Newcastle.
  • His loan spells included a two season spell with Accrington Stanley in the Conference.
  • In 3 years, on loan at Bishop Stortford, Notts County and Accrington Stanley, Elliot has made only 40 appearances but has made almost 100 appearances for Charlton (once managed by Alan Pardew of course).

Below is a video of Rob Elliot in action (well…sort of), in the first of an 11 part video series, showing goalkeeper warm-ups while he was at Charlton Athletic:

Current Status: 3rd Choice Keeper

Current Ability: 5.8/10

Potential: 6.4/10

The information for this article was valid at the time of writing on 25-09-2011

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12 Comments + Add Comment

  • I think your comments are a bit harsh considering the transfer fee and whilst you expected a bigger name, realistically Rob wont play many games unless you have injuries/suspensions.
    When he was at Charlton, he was great between the sticks, but when you pay less than £500k for a keeper, you aren’t going to get Gordon Banks.
    In fact, if you look at the incredibly critcal nature of your writing, you may get to understand why no one has left any comments.

  • See him as a backup keeper… Someone who will be used if serious bad luck strikes and no one else can step in and not before then.

  • I think he’s here because of Harper’s knee.
    He was a cheap buy and will do a job if we have injuries.
    It’s better for Soderberg to play regularly in the reserves than warm the first team bench.

    Elliot’s début was less than impressive.
    But he’s never going to get a run of games before he plays, so he’s always going to be thrown in the deep-end because of injuries.
    Let’s hope we stay injury-free.

    Good coaching. Better keepers to train with. He’ll improve.
    He must be loving it. Good for him! Go Rob!


  • @Charlton Fan

    The article isn’t critical of Rob himself, it was that Newcastle United fans were waiting for the ‘number 9′ signing that was expected and we were confused at us signing a goalkeeper when that was by far the strongest area of our squad (Tim Krul, Fraser Forster, Steve Harper, Ole Soderberg). In fact I quite like Rob Elliot but he didn’t seem too confident in the cup and if Harper does have a bad knee (as rumoured) and Tim Krul does pick up an injury, it may have been better picking up someone like Marcus Hahnemann (like Everton did) who was on a free and has lots of Premier League experience. We wish Rob all the best, Pardew will have saw some qualities in him when he was at Charlton and thinks he can make the step up, hopefully he can.

  • Thanks for your comment colin. I don’t write for comments, but i understand the point you were trying to get across. NUFC are 4th (at the moment) in the Premier League, Charlton are doing well at the peak of League 1. There is a huge void between the two clubs and the level of football. I was criticising Rob Elliot’s position in a Newcastle team. He’s played well i league 1 you say, fair enough. but when you play against an average championship side and let in three goals which could have been prevented. Can you really see him playing in the Premier League, to a respectable level.

  • I agree, he will play very rarely this season. But he will jhave to step up to the plate instantly if he does.

  • He is in a career position many a football fan dreams of, i echo your comment ‘good for him’.

  • I am a charlton fan and am so glad to see the back of Rob Elliot Very Very poor comminication with his Defence, Poor at crosses and kicking ability, he is though a good shot stopper

  • Rob was first choice the last two seasons and was only dropped when injured. In many games last season and the one before he was the man of the match! If it wasn’t for his ability between the posts we would have been much MUCH further down the rankings.

  • Think your article is lacking a bit from any research, Rob Elliot didn’t ‘struggle to break into the Charlton team’, he was out on loan at Notts County/Accrington at the early parts of his career, when we were in the Premier League and the likes of Scott Carson were ahead of him in the pecking order, in fact when Pardew was sacked, Phil Parkinson’s first move as manager was to give Nicky Weavers number 1 shirt to Rob Elliot, quite an accomplishment for someone of his age (at the time) to take the number 1 shirt from a keeper who until a couple of years previously had been tipped to be Englands number one.

    Nor does he lack experience in the Championship, he played quite a decent number of games there for us (and played very well).

    I do agree however that the transfer was a baffling one, but hopefully he breaks into the first team.


    -fairly reliable keeper
    -capable of pulling off spectacular saves
    -will (if played) keep you in games with a series of brilliant saves when under pressure (usually stoppage time).
    -thoroughly decent bloke, ALWAYS has time for the fans.


    -gets beaten from distance a bit too much
    -doesnt always command the box well

  • Rob’s poor performance on his debut would certainly not have been due to a lack of games as he started the season with Charlton and was playing very, very well for a guy whose future with the team was somewhat uncertain. What you guys have signed is a keeper who grew up and played for the team that he supported – then he’s off to a much bigger club in Newcastle where the self inflicted (as I see it) fan pressure is always greater than at most clubs. Under the circumstances something of a culture shock – hence the poor performance I would argue. He is a solid keeper – back up for now as many have said – but with the potential to take the #1 Jersey in the future. Pardew knows that which is why he only got a Carling Cup run-out and not a go in the Prem. And…it’s not his fault that Newcastle fans were hoping for a more sustantial signing. I’m sure you’ll all get behind him in due course.

  • Andy Woodman is a known admirer of Elliot & was probably the main reason why Elliot moved to Newcastle.

    Elliot is not the greatest communicator & is also suspect with long range shots. The Irish caps you mention were won by Darren Randolph, a keeper who was infinitely better than Rob but not liked by Phil Parkinson.

    One thing that intrigues me is the length of Rob’s contract, why on earth would you give a back-up keeper, untried in the top-flight, a five year deal?

    Rob is a genuinely nice guy & I wish him all the best.

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