Bobby Despotovski 


Full name: Slobodan Despotovski

Date of birth: 14 July 1971

Place of birth: Perth, Australia

Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

Playing position: Striker

 

Slobodan "Bobby" Despotovski is an Australian football player, he was born on 14 july 1971 in Perth, Western Australia. Only nine months after his birth his family moved to Yugoslavia because his mother, Valentina, was home-sick. He grew up with his family in the town of Pančevo, 16 km outside capital Belgrade, and played junior level football with Red Star Belgrade. When he was 15 he was selected to play for the reserve team at his first senior club, Dinamo Pančevo.

After a stint with the Yugoslav People's Army during the Balkans war Despotovski in 1992 returned to his birthplace, Perth and continued his professional career in the Western Australian Premier League. He played in Floreat Athena, Heidelberg and Morwell Falcons but his career took off when he received a call from the Perth Glory. Despotovski's inaugural season was satisfying, he scored 14 goals in only 23 NSL games. He is considered a legend of the club, played in Perth Glory for 10 years, and holds today their goal scoring record.

 

Palmarès 

Perth Glory

NSL Championship: 2002–03, 2003–04

Personal Honours

Johnny Warren Medal: 2005–06 with Perth Glory

A-League Golden Boot: 2005–06 with Perth Glory – 8 goals

Perth Glory Most Glorious Player Award: 2005–06, 2003–04, 2001–02, 2000–01

Perth Glory Player's Player of the Year: 2005–06

Perth Glory Member's Player of the Year: 2002–03

 

Years Team Apps Goals
1989-1991 Dinamo Pancevo    
1994 Floreat Athena    
1994-1995 Heidelberg United 18 9
1995-1996 Morwell Falcons 6 1
1996 Collingwood Warriors 24 26
1996-2004 Perth Glory 211 101
2004-2005 Bonnyrigg White Eagles    
2005 Inglewood United    
2005-2007 Perth Glory 29 13
2007 Inglewood United 34 25
       
National team      
2002 Australia 4 5
       
Team managed      
2007 Inglewood United    
2015- Perth Glory NPL U20's    
2015- Perth Glory W-League