Robert Earnshaw joins our growing list of patrons supporting SRtRC.
We are really excited for Earnie to be part of our Patrons list representing Wales and Cardiff City FC, he will be a good ambassador for young people in the community.
Jason Webber - Campaign Worker
Ernie has supported our Campaign by becoming a patron and will support our Welsh office with their events at Cardiff City FC and the Welsh National team this season.
Earnshaw was born in Mufulira, Zambia to a Zambian father and a Welsh mother. He spent the first four years of his life in Mufulira, before moving to Bedwas, south Wales with his mother in 1985. Earnshaw began his professional playing career with Cardiff City in 1998, having joined the club as a YTS trainee the previous year. During his first spell at Cardiff he made 205 first team appearances, scoring 105 goals. Eligible to represent either Zambia or Wales, Earnshaw made his debut for the latter in 2002.
Moving up two divisions in 2004, Earnshaw joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, finishing the 2004-05 season as top goal scorer. Earnshaw signed for Norwich City during the January 2006 transfer window, staying at Carrow Road until the end of the 2006-07 season. At Derby County the following season, Earnshaw spent what he called his worst season in football, scoring one goal in his 22 appearances. Earnshaw's three year contract with Nottingham Forest expired in June 2011. During his time at Forest, Earnshaw scored 35 goals in 87 appearances. In June 2011, Earnshaw left Forest on a free transfer and signed a two year contract with his old club, Cardiff City.
Earnshaw made his international debut at the Millennium Stadium in May 2002, scoring the winning goal against Germany. He has represented Wales on more than 50 occasions, scoring a hat-trick for his country in a win against Scotland in February 2004.
He is the only player to have scored hat-tricks in the Premiership, Divisions 1, 2 and 3, the FA Cup, the League Cup and in an international