Manchester born goalkeeper Alfred Robinson began his football career with Chapel-en-le-Frith in 1907, from whom he joined Second Division Gainsborough Trinity, making his Football League debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 1909. Although initially first team opportunities were limited he broke into Trinity’s team in March 1910 and was an ever present in 1910-11. Noted for his “daring and agility”, his form attracted Blackburn Rovers to buy him in the 1911 close season, and he supplanted Jimmy Ashcroft as the Rovers’ principal glovesman, winning the League Championship in his first season at Ewood Park, and playing 30 of the 38 League games during the campaign.
Robinson was again a League Champion with Rovers as they re-gained the League title in 1913-14, Robinson making 28 League appearances during the campaign, however the First World War severely interrupted his career, during which he served with the Armed forces. He returned to Ewood Park after the conflict and played another 21 times making his last Rovers appearance of 157 in December 1920, and he stayed at the club until joining non league Darwen in 1922 before retirement.