Despite trials with Tottenham, Brentford and Watford as a boy,
Robert Rosario drifted into non-league football joining Hillingdon
Borough from Harrow in August 1983 at the age of 17. Five goals
in nine Southern league starts for Hillingdon alerted scouts from
professional clubs and in December 1983, Robert joined Norwich
City. An impressive run in the youth side and reserves led to
his full debut in a 6-1 victory over Watford in April 1984. Although
he scored in his third match for Norwich, he quickly became displaced
with the arrival of Wayne Biggins. Robert worked on his game and became a 6ft3
foil to the diminutive Robert Fleck. Despite gaining 4 England
under 21 caps, he was never a regular goalscorer for the Canaries.
He made a total of 161 appearances (14 as substitute) and scored
just 29 goals. One of which though (against Southampton) was the
ITV goal of the season 1989/90. Robert also had a period on loan
with Wolves in 1985/86 playing twice and scoring one goal.
Robert joined Coventry in March 1991 for £600,000 and played
59 games for the Sky Blues scoring 8 goals. Amazingly Brian Clough
signed him for Nottingham Forest in March 1993 for £400,000
in a brave attempt to avoid relegation. Unfortunately the plan
did not work and Robert's career was stuck in the reserves of
a Division One side whilst Stan Collymore occupied the centre
forwards' position. Attempts to break back into the Forest first
team, and add to his tally of 26 games (3 goals) were limited
by a knee injury which eventually forced his retirement from the
professional game in England.
In February 1997, he joined the Carolina Dynamos of the USA's
Second Division "The A League" for whom he made 29 appearances
scoring 4 goals. In April 1998, he joined another A league side,
the Charleston Battery
from South Carolina. Robert then returned to the Carolina
Dynamo as their Assistant Coach with additional responsibility
for youth football. Leaving the Dyanamo, he applied for the Head
Coach position at A-League rivals Hampton Roads Mariners.
He currently coaches for North Meck Soccer Club in North Carolina.