Stonehouse, Lanarkshire born centre half Robert Young began his football career with Swinhill Hearts in 1903 and played for Larkhall Thistle in 1904, from where he was signed by Scottish League St Mirren in November 1905, making 9 appearances for The Buddies before transferring to Southern League West Ham United in May 1907. He made his Southern League debut against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-1 draw at Upton Park the same September, and scored once for The Irons, in a 3-0 win over Norwich City in April 1908. He made 44 appearances for West Ham before transferring to First Division Middlesbrough in December 1908, making his Football League debut on New Year’s Day 1909 in a 4-1 home defeat to Chelsea.
In 1909-10 he was entrusted with taking penalties for ‘Boro and converted four spot kicks successfully, and in the 1910 close season he was sold to Everton for £1,200 after 5 goals in 37 appearances. He continued to take penalties at Everton, being successful from the spot another four times for The Toffees, and in his first season they finished fourth in the League Championship, with Young making 34 appearances. But he was sold to Second Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 1911 after 8 goals in 41 appearances, where he continued to be consistent from the penalty spot. He played for Wolves until October 1913, and whether through injury or otherwise his career ended after 11 goals, 7 of which were penalties, in 73 appearances for Wolves.