Robert Hewitson


  • Position : Goalkeeper
  • Date Of Birth : 26/02/1884, Blyth, England
  • Date Of Death: 1957
  • Height: 5ft 9.5in
  • Weight: 11st 9lb

Robert ‘Bob’ Hewitson  born on the 26 February  1884,  Started his Football Career playing for Morpeth Harriers. In 1903  he joined Barnsley, where he played 34 matches  in the 2nd division Football League and in the two seasons he was with Barnsley they finished mid table 8th and 7th retrospectively.

By 1905 he was picked up by  Crystal Palace where he went on to play  75 matches in the southern league and was part of the Crystal Palace giant killing side that beat Newcastle United on the 12 Jan 1907 by one goal to nil. During the match he was said to have showing remarkable bravery and determination as the custodian.

In 1907 he left Palace and was sold to Oldham Athletic who sat in the second division of the football league and in his first season helped them finish 3rd, narrowly missing out on promotion by two points. This was enough for Tottenham who were looking for experienced league players for the first season in the league, and in  July 1908 Tottenham signed Hewitson, The Weekly Herald was quoted as saying the “ circumstance prevented him from Retaining his place [At Palace]” this  was down to him throwing tuff at a referee in the 3-3 draw with Fulham on the 15th Feb 1908, when the ref awarded a goal which he thought should not of,  as a result  he only played 2 more times after being a first team regular up until this incident.

Hewitson was signed as a reserve keeper behind Boreham and Caldwell , but proved himself there better and was ever present in the Spurs side in his one and only season, Playing 37  matches he was only  dropped after the match with Birmingham City after a display that left Tottenham directors  with no confidence in him as the custodian , he never played for Spurs again not even in the reserves  and due to this vote of no confidence, the Weekly Herald announce on the 5th May 1909 that he had joined Croydon Common, after  this he then joined Doncaster Rovers.

  • Morpeth Harriers
  • Barnsley : 1903-1905
  • Crystal Palace : 1905 –1907
  • Oldham Athletic 1907 –1908
  • Tottenham Hotspur 1908– 1909
  • Croydon Common 1909-10
  • Doncaster Rover
  • 30 – Football League Appearances
  •  4 – FA Cup
  •  2 – London FA Challenge Cup
  •  1 – London Professional Football Charity Fund