Friday, 7 September 2012

What Ever Happened To Ted Robledo?

As I'm commissioned to write my memoirs--there'll be no mention of Pickford, Thornton, Zumaya, or Cartwright, and as we're waiting until three people are in jail and a fourth is dead, the book won't surface for two years--one or two little mysteries are starting to pop up.

The first concerns Ted Robledo, a gay footballer who played for Newcastle United. We moved into his house back in the Sixties--some of his effects were still there, which I have kept, but no one seems to know what happened to him. Was he really murdered, as one story goes, because if his sexuality? And what happened to his body? Answers on a postcard please!

Ted Robledo

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Ted Robledo, 1953 photo
Eduardo Oliver "Ted" Robledo (July 26, 1928 - December 6, 1970) was a Chilean professional football player. He played as a left-sided defender, and is most notable for his time spent with Newcastle United.
Robledo was born in Iquique, Chile to a Chilean father and an English mother. He emigrated with his family to Wath-on-Dearne, Yorkshire in 1932, at the age of four, due to the political instability in Chile at the time.[1] The family lived at Barnsley Rd, West Melton, in the same house where the Anglo-French biographer David Bret was later raised.
Robledo started his footballing career at Barnsley with his brother George. First Division Newcastle United signed him on January 27, 1949. Newcastle were only interested in signing his brother, but neither of the Robledo brothers would move without the other. Their appearance together in the 1952 FA Cup Final was the first time more than one foreign player had appeared in a cup final eleven.
The majority of Robledo's appearances for the club came in the 1951-52 season. Robledo played for Newcastle until the end of the 1952-53 season, when he was sold to Colo-Colo. After retiring from football, Robledo served on an oil tanker where he died in mysterious circumstances in December 1970 at the age of 42. It was rumoured that Robledo was thrown off the tanker and drowned. His body has never been found.[2] His brother George outlived him by nearly two decades, dying in April 1989 just before his 63rd birthday.[3]

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