Bobby Despotovski

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Bobby Despotovski
Personal information
Full name Slobodan Despotovski
Date of birth (1971-07-14) 14 July 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1989 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Dinamo Pančevo
1994 Floreat Athena
1994–1995 Heidelberg United 18 (9)
1995–1996 Morwell Falcons 6 (1)
1996 Collingwood (Melbourne) Warriors 24 (26)
1996–2004 Perth Glory 211 (101)
2004–2005 Bonnyrigg White Eagles
2005 Inglewood United
2005–2007 Perth Glory 29 (13)
2007–2008 Inglewood United 34 (25)
National team
2002 Australia 4 (5)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Inglewood United
2015– Perth Glory NPL U20's
2015– Perth Glory W-League
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Slobodan "Bobby" Despotovski (born 14 July 1971 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player.

Early life[edit]

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 the capital Belgrade, and played junior level football with Red Star Belgrade.

When Despotovski was 15 he had a choice to continue either Handball which he says had always played a large part in his life, or to pursue a career in professional football, eventually he chose football and was selected to play for the reserve team at his first senior club, Dinamo Pančevo.

Despotovski was born to his Macedonian father, Cvetko, and mother, Valentina (Saharov), her maternal parents, Martin & Margareta Saharov were from Sevastopol, Crimea, USSR. Valentina Saharov was born in Kačarevo, Pančevo, they married in Vojvodina.

Playing career[edit]

After a stint with the Yugoslav People's Army during the Balkans war which ended as a result of self-inflicted injuries,[1] Despotovski in 1992 returned to his birthplace, Perth and continued his professional career with Floreat Athena in the Western Australian Premier League. In 1994, he joined Heidelberg in the NSL and left the club to join the now defunct NSL club Morwell Falcons in 1995.

Bobby's career took off when he received a call from the then Perth Glory general manager, Roger Lefort; the new club wanted Despotovski to lead their attack in the club's inaugural season and he certainly didn't disappoint scoring 14 goals in only 23 NSL games.

Despotovski was in the center of a controversy when playing against the Melbourne Knights (a team primarily supported by Croatian Australians) at the Knights Stadium on 21 May 2001 he gave a three fingered salute to the predominantly Croatian crowd which is a Serbian Orthodox symbol that represents Orthodox Christianity; as the Perth team left the stadium Despotovski and Perth coach Bernd Stange were assaulted by angry Knights supporters. To avoid repetition of violence, the next Knights home fixture against Perth was played in Launceston.

He was one of the most successful strikers in the now defunct Australian National Soccer League. Despotovski was with the Western Australian team Perth Glory for 10 years, and holds their goal scoring record.

Following the conclusion of the 2004/2005 season of the NSL Despotovski signed with Perth Glory for the 2005/2006 A-League season after a brief stint with the Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the Vodafone Premier League in NSW. Despotovski finished the season as joint top goal scorer of the league and winner of the Johnny Warren Medal. Season 2006/2007 started without Bobby because of his re-occurring back injury but he returned to partner Stuart Young up front.

Coaching career[edit]

He was the coach of Inglewood United in 2007, and the coach of Perth boys school Hale School's 1st XI Soccer side in 2008.

In 2015, he is currently the coach of the Perth Glory NPL U20's team and the Perth Glory's Women's team.[2][3]


Perth Glory


  1. ^ Cook, Jonathan (27 August 2005). "The soldier who came to play". The West Australian.
  2. ^ Peter Simcox (4 September 2015). "Perth Glory under 20's one game away from the title". Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Club legend to lead Women's Team to Glory". 23 July 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.

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