Bobby Petta

Bobby Petta

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Alfred Manuel "Bobby" Petta (born 6 August 1974) is a retired Dutch professional footballer and is currently a personal trainer based in Glasgow. His playing position was on the left wing.

Club career

Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Petta's early playing career was with Feyenoord, from the age of 13 to 21, but he never became a regular in the first team during that period, having loan spells at Dordrecht'90 and RKC Waalwijk. His frustration led to a move to England in 1996 after he was spotted by Ipswich Town scouts.

He signed for them, but in his first season found it difficult to adapt to the more physical British game, making only six appearances. The Ipswich manager at the time, George Burley, was determined that his potential would not go to waste, and with hard work he was able to develop his game and physical resilience, with Bobby finally establishing himself in the first team, on the left side of midfield, making more than 80 appearances and scoring nine goals.

However he eventually became frustrated at Ipswich and did not sign a new contract. This resulted, in July 1999, in a free transfer to Celtic. Possibly the highlight of his career was when during the early managership of Martin O'Neill, Petta became a regular in the team that achieved the domestic treble in 2001 and played a starring role in the 6–2 victory for Celtic over Rangers in the first Old Firm game of the season - his rampant performance leading to the early substitution of Rangers...
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