Retro Corner – Bobby silences the Roar


Full disclosure.

We never need an excuse to sing the praises of Bobby Despotovski.

He always has been and always will be, a true Glory icon.

But this week we do actually have a (vaguely) relevant reason to discuss the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

On Saturday we do, of course, face Brisbane Roar and in our first ever Hyundai A-League meeting with the men in orange (then known as Queensland Roar), Bobby took centre stage.

There’s no denying that the A-League era did not start well for Glory.

After the fabulously triumphant final years of the NSL, a 1-0 home defeat to the Mariners and an away draw at Victory did little to suggest that Glory were destined to be similarly dominant in the newly-formed competition.

And it wasn’t as if Head Coach Steve McMahon was exactly engaging in an off-field charm offensive either.

All in all, the new football world seemed a slightly chilly and rather foreboding place and a dose of cosy reassurance was required.

A football equivalent of a warm cup of Milo, if you will.

Enter Bobby.

Nothing was quite as reassuring as seeing Despotovski making the net bulge and he rose to the occasion not once but twice as Glory downed Queensland Roar to secure a maiden A-League win.

Both of his efforts came after the break and although Warren Moon halved the arrears with 14 minutes left to play, McMahon’s men held on to send the bulk of the 8509-strong crowd home happy.

Those are the facts and figures from 13 years ago, but as always, we’d love you to fill in the gaps.

So join the conversation on our Facebook page HERE or via Twitter HERE and let us know your recollections of the game or failing that, feel free to just have a nice reminisce about Bobby’s finest moments in purple!