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2021-09-26T11:47:27.768Z

One of the club's greatest players of all time, Doron Robinson, recalls in his heyday, how he lowered the league team in the uniform of the city rival and also in the big battle against Malamlian and Ohana.



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"No player in the current Maccabi Petah Tikva has a place in our squad"

One of the club's greatest players of all time, Doron Robinson, recalls in his heyday, how he lowered the league team in the uniform of the city rival and also in the big battle against Malamlian and Ohana.

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Asher Goldberg

Saturday, 25 September 2021, 08:25

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One of the greatest players and conquerors of Maccabi Petah Tikva.

Doron Robinson (second from the right) (Photo: Reuven Castro)

After their golden hair overtook Alon Mizrahi and was crowned the Israeli goal king of all time, this is a great opportunity to remember another past striker who made a name for himself on the football fields in our country.

Maccabi Petah Tikva is still without a win this season in the league, Guy Luzon is still looking to strengthen the attack and he would surely have been happy to have a player like Doron Robinson at his disposal.



Robinson is one of Maccabi Petah Tikva's greatest strikers of all time, in fact ranked third on the club's list of great scorers with 71 goals, behind Omer Golan and Zeev Zeltzer.

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Only Omar Golan and Zeev Zeltzer are ahead of him.

Doron Robinson (Photo: Adi Avishai, Maariv)

Robinson, a descendant of a family of footballers, grew up in Maccabi Petah Tikva. He was promoted to the senior team in 1978 and played in it until 1990, except for one season in the ranks of the city rival Hapoel Petah Tikva. Robinson's grandfather, Shmuel, also played for Maccabi Petah Tikva in the late 1920s on the field on Stampfer Street and his father Drori was a Maccabi Petah Tikva striker in the early 1950s and early 1960s. If that's not enough, the family also includes former striker Pini Kinstlich (Keenan), who is the uncle of Grandpa Samuel.



"I started playing football at a late age,"

Robinson

recalls

, "only at the age of 16 and a half. I went to high school in the Green Village and the sports teacher there was Shlomo (Momo) Lutsky, who previously played football and basketball at Maccabi Petah Tikva and he promised to release me for training and games. At Maccabi Petah Tikva or at Maccabi Petah Tikva (laughs), and that's where I started as a youth under coach Moshe Meiri. "



Menhum Stelmach received the first opportunity in the alumni.



"We had a game in the youth and I scored before the break. In the locker room, Nahum Besser, the team manager, approached me and he announced that I had to leave and join Stelmach's request for the seniors' game against Hapoel Hadera. "The mythical Issachar Orbach and that was the goal of victory. One Saturday I won with two teams and that's how my career at Maccabi Petah Tikva began."

Interpreter on the radio, mainly Betar Jerusalem. Doron Robinson and his grandchildren (Photo: courtesy of the people photographed)

Who did you get to play with in those days?



"I, the Hinoka I saw from the stands, meet names in the locker room and on the field names like Yitzhak Drucker, Doron Rosenthal, Yitzhak Makmel, David Spivak, Menashe Nuriel, Meir Ajami, Zvika Oppenheim, Shimshon Lebkovich, Meir Thierry and later also cannons like Herzl "Fitoussi and maestro Nissim Cohen. A striker was measured in goals and to my delight I went crazy and scored and cooked beautiful and decisive goals."



Like in the memorable derby that ended in 1: 5?



"Wow, wow, wow. It was a concert conducted by one man, Nissim Cohen. The game exploded after a melee, but whoever was in the stands will never forget this derby."



And if there are already memorable games, there was also the 3: 3 in the semi-final of the cup against Betar Jerusalem in 1985.



"In 1986 I was the king of league goals together with Uri Melmillian, each of whom scored 14 goals. There were about 50,000 spectators in the game, I scored two and encouraged another goal. Ohana with a pair and Melmillian scored for Betar Jerusalem and in the end we lost on penalties after referee Sabri "Sharir did not whistle despite a clear failure on Oded Makhanes at the Betar plaza. Sharir admitted that he should have whistled for Pendel."

The semi-final of the cup between Betar Jerusalem and Maccabi Petah Tikva in 1985

Robinson, a retiree of the Dan company, retired after 38 years of work. According to him, "the wind came out of his sails," but he still uses the commentator of Radio Gali Israel and fulfills his role mainly in the games of Betar Jerusalem.



What do you think is the difference between Maccabi Petah Tikva of those days and that of today?



"No player today, including the foreigners, has a place in the lineup of Maccabi Petah Tikva in the 1980s. Dot."



Did you not have offers from other clubs at the time?



"There were serious offers from Maccabi Netanya and Maccabi Tel Aviv, I even had conversations at home, but they made it clear to me that I would only be released on a stretcher or for purple."



And yet you had a dramatic move from Maccabi to Hapoel Petah Tikva.



"There were sources at Maccabi who said that I was a completely injured player and at Hapoel Petah Tikva it was heard by secretary Uri Karni, who announced that he was willing to join me on loan even if I was injured. Avraham Grant, the coach at the time, gave the blessing. Like one who was born there, while at Maccabi the players and fans claimed that my act was unforgivable, a kind of betrayal. In the first minute I got in Elisha Levy's knee and dismantled it. It was 1: 1 and in the last minute I got a ball in the box and kicked a ball into the top net, I ran to the fence, climbed it and celebrated enthusiastically. We lie down on the grass. "

Robinson in the Hapoel Petah Tikva uniform.

"Maccabi said it was a betrayal" (Photo: Adi Avishai, Maariv)

And when you got back there, did not you feel that you were being avenged?



"I returned to the era of coach Avraham Marchinsky in the second division. They did not forget my previous season at Hapoel Petah Tikva and almost did not let me play. At the end of the season I received my release and left, so my career ended."



Are you disappointed that you were not chosen to be on the Avenue of the Stars outside the stadium?



"In my opinion and seemingly not everything was done there properly, because apart from me there were other names that had to be chosen."

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