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Bob Blyth

Bob Blyth
Personal information
Full name Robert Blyth
Date of birth 1870
Place of birth    Glenbuck, Scotland
Date of death    1941
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Glenbuck Cherrypickers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*

Middlesbrough Ironopolis
Preston North End

010 0(2)
114 0(8)
Teams managed
1901-1904 Portsmouth

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Bob Blyth (1870-1941) was the manager of English football club Portsmouth F.C. from 1901-1904.

He was born in Glenbuck Scotland and was a member of the Glenbuck Cherrypickers, playing alongside members of his extended family. He played as a wing-half, and his professional clubs included Rangers (1891-1894), Preston North End (1894-1899) and Portsmouth (1899-1901).

He became player-manager of Portsmouth in 1901. Portsmouth won the 1901-02 Southern League title under Blyth. After retiring from his post as manager, he later served Portsmouth as director and chairman.

His brother William Blyth also played for Portsmouth, and his son Robert Blyth played for both Portsmouth and Southampton in the 1920s. His sister, Barbara, was mother of Bob Shankly and Bill Shankly.