Prescot, Lancashire born centre half William Robinson began his senior football career on the books of Bolton Wanderers, however he didn’t make the breakthrough to the first team and left Burnden Park to join First Division Manchester City in November 1902, for whom he made his Football League debut and sole appearance for The Citizens against Small Heath in April 1904. Signed by Second Division newcomers Hull City in the summer of 1905, he made his debut in their inaugural League fixture against Barnsley that September, immediately became a mainstay in The Tigers’ line up and missing only 3 matches that season, 5 the following season and just one in 1907-08 as Hull recorded successive top half finishes.
After 7 goals in 131 appearances for Hull City, he was again signed by Bolton Wanderers in February 1909 and played 10 matches on the run in as they won the Second Division Championship. He played half of their matches in their 1909-10 campaign as they were immediately relegated back to the Second Division, and played only twice more for The Trotters in the autumn of 1910 before joining Lancashire Combination club Accrington Stanley after 32 appearances for Bolton Wanderers, where he later finished his career.
He married the sister of fellow Tiger Walter Dagnall and later scouted in the Prescot area for Hull City, which led to the club signing several players from the locality.