The Robertson File

There are so many really good photographs of Arthur Robertson during his meteoric career that it felt wrong to show only a few of them in the profile.

These photographs are all shown courtesy of Alex Wilson, Kevin Kelly and Wilf Morgan, Birchfield Harriers historian

 It was decided to have a separate page with the pictures in chronological order for interest and for information.   The first photograph is a news clipping though which tells of one of his cycling victories and seems to indicate that he was  more than a moderately successful racer on two wheels.   It is from the ‘Northampton Mercury’ of 6th August, 1897.

This next one is from the AAA Four Miles Championship in 1906: Robertson is Number 4

The AAA Mile championship at Fallowfield, Manchester, 1907

1907 AAA mile Fallowfield

Above is the Birchfield Harriers team before the race against Racing Club in Paris in January 1908

Below is a picture from the race with Robertson in black behind the leader, Keyser


Above: Keyser finishing ahead of Robertson

Below: Robertson and E Green of Birchfield

Paris 26.01.1908 A.J. Robertson & E. Green (Birchfield)

English National champion, 1908

International Cross-Country Start, Paris, 1908

Below: Robertson, International Cross-Country Champion


Below: AAA’s Ten Miles Championships, 1908

AAA 10m CHAMPS 18.04.08

British Three Miles Team at the 1908 Olympic Games

Olympic Steeplechase: 1.  Russell;  4.  Robertson

1908 Oly steeplechase final _1 Russell _4 Robertson

1908 Oly steeplechase finish

Olympic Steeplechase finish: Russell from Robertson

Below: Start of AAA’s 10 Miles, 1909.   Robertson marked with a cross plus report on the race

1909 AAA 10 miles

1909 AAA 10 miles SL

J.A. Robertson, cycle merchants, 1911

The original bicycle shop: he came from cycling, he returned to cycling – everything seems to go in cycles!


Arthur J Robertson

… and just for interest …

Birchfield membership card Arthur Robertson (1)

… his Birchfield membership card …