Left sided defender or midfielder Robert Ullathorne was another
successful product of Norwich City's youth team. He chose to join
the Canaries despite schoolboy trials at Everton, Cambridge, West
Ham and Luton. Robert also played for Kit
Carson's PGL England team.
Robert made his first team debut on the 22nd of April 1991 away
at Nottingham Forest. He went on to total 115 appearances for
the Canaries over the next 5 years but was primarily a squad player
making the most appearances (29) ironically in his last season
with the club.
Out of contract at the end of the 1995/96 season, Robert was targeted
by Crystal Palace but took opportunity of the Bosman ruling to
make a move to Spanish Division Two side Ossuana. He returned
to English football in February 1997 with a transfer to Leicester
City that generated £100,000 for the Canaries. However he
had played only eleven minutes of his debut against Wimbledon
in the Coca Cola Cup semi-finals when he suffered a suspected
broken ankle and was substituted. Allegedly he was unhappy at
Leicester and sought a transfer despite regular spots in the Leicester
first team. Robert had an impressive game for Leicester in the
1999 Worthington's Cup final where he kept David Ginola quiet.
However Spurs won with a last minute goal depriving Robert of
silverware. The breaking of his leg at Chelsea on 18th March 1999
raised real questions about his future as he might be thrown onto
the soccer scrapheap.
Robert trained with Huddersfield in the week beginning 18th October
according to the Sunday People (24th October 1999).
According to contributors on the bulletin board on the Official
Norwich City website, Robert has had trials in the summer
of 2000 with Spanish sides Real Zaragoza and Tenerife. In September
2000, he joined Newcastle on trial playing for them in reserve
team matches against Blackburn and Leeds.
Robert joined Sheffield United on a short term contract at the
end of November 2000. This was extended until the end of the season
when he was then offered another one year contract. Failure to
agree terms left Rob a free agent and in July 2001, he was linked
with a prestigious move to Portuguese giants Benfica. His next
destination was less glamourous - a trial with Barnsley in October
2001. At Christmastime 2001, Robert was linked with a move to
Rob Newman's Southend which was denited
by the Shrimpers. The following month saw the Football
Transfers website link Robert with a move to Sweden and IFK
Rob re-signed with Sheffield United and was part of their team
that beat Norwich 3-2 on 7th September 2002. In October 2002,
he needed a double hernia operation and did not appear again for
the Blades that season. Following their play-off final defeat
against Wolves, Neil Warnock has begun to reshape his squad for
the forthcoming campaign and decided that Ullathorne was no longer
required, along with Simon Tracey, Gary
Kelly, Lewis Killeen, Ryan Mallon, Grant Smith and Tyrone Thompson
In October 2003, Rob trained with Stoke City to get match fit
and win a new contract. During this time, he played for Stoke's
reserve team. When this fell through, he spent a short while at
Northampton before joining Walsall on trial, playing in the reserves
versus Huddersfield during the second week of December 2003. The
next club that he trialled with was Derby County in late January
On 20th February 2004, Rob signed a contact with Northampton
until the end of the season. He will know the Cobbler's Director
of Football who is John Deehan. He made
his debut the following day in a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe. In
June 2004, Rob rejected a new contract from the Cobblers to sign
a two year contract with Gary Mills' Notts County. Although he
made 37 starts in his first season at Meadow Lane, the 2005/6
season saw his form dwindle and his place taken by Liam Needham
and Dan Martin. Rob was released by the Magpies in June 2006.
Rob then trialled with Kidderminster Harriers in July 2006. By
the autumn he was playing for Goole Town in the Unibond Northern
League First Division. He moved to Tamworth on 5th July 2007.
However he quit the club at the end of August 2007 without playing
a competitive game for them - stating that since he had not broken
into the first team, he was going to retire and concentrate on
a new career away from football.
Rob and his partner now run a lifestyle management company aimed
at helping busy sportspeople organise their hectic lives.