Tributes have been paid to a sports journalist who spent 25 years reporting on a city football club for a regional daily, after he lost his battle with cancer.
He became the Post’s Bristol Rovers correspondent in the 1960s and spent 25 years in the role then remained on the paper’s sports desk as sub-editor until his retirement.
Robin also covered the 1966 World Cup and described watching England beat Germany at Wembley as the greatest moment of his career.
Among those paying tribute to Robin was former Bristol Rovers manager Bobby Gould who said: “On going into management for the first time at Bristol Rovers in October 1981 I tried a bit of my own media tutoring.
“There were two football reporters in Bristol – Ralph Ellis who wrote for The Western Daily Press and Robin Perry at the Bristol Evening Post.
“So to keep them happy on my first day I had them both in my office together. I gave them each a sealed envelope with a scoop story they could use in their own papers.
“The only thing either was interested in was whether the scoop I gave the other one was better than the one they had. That taught me that you were never going to keep the media happy unless they got the best story.”
Peter Godsiff, one of four Post sports editors who Robin worked under, said: “We worked in the days when genuine stories made back page leads, unlike the soft will-he-won’t he recover from a toothache to play on Saturday stories we sometimes now have to endure because of the demands for football news at all costs.
“We operated in a golden era for sports journalism. We dug for news and there was no internet to rely on to make our lives easier. We spoke to players, officials, directors, managers, players and supporters. We made firm friends and some of those friendships still endure today.
“Those were the golden days when many clubs fielded players primarily locally-born or produced. Local for Rovers included South Wales and Robin was enthusiastic in reporting the link between Stan Montgomery, who ran the club’s Welsh nursery, and Gordon Bennett, the youth development officer who later became the club secretary.
“We were far closer to the hub of clubs than reporters today who are often kept at arm’s length by press officers and officialdom that often attempts to dictate what is reported and written. We also occasionally travelled with the team, something, I suspect, would be unthinkable today.”
At the Post, Robin also initially specialised in golf and was a tennis enthusiast, enjoying reporting on Wimbledon for two weeks each June.
He also took pride in producing the Post’s now-defunct Saturday evening sports paper Green ‘Un and was able to read his reports within minutes of leaving the press box.
Robin remained president of the Bristol Sunday Football League long after his retirement, which included making annual presentations.
He leaves a wife Maria and teenage daughter Emily. His funeral will take place at Canford Cemetary and Crematorium on 17 September at 1pm.