Unfortunate keeper, who very early on in his career was prone to errors, making him a figure of fun among visiting fans, leading to a short career at White Hart Lane. His failure to dominate his penalty area meant that he did not really establish himself as a regular number one at any club he joined.
A highly regarded keeper in his time, Bobby Mimms started his goalkeeping career at Halifax Town, but never got to play a game for them, so was sold to Rotherham United in 1981 to become their first choice goalie. For four seasons, Mimms learned his trade with the Millers and was snapped up by Everton for £15,000 in November 1981.
At Goodison Park, Bobby was finding it difficult to dislodge the experienced Neville Southall in front of him in the line for the goalkeeper's gloves. When the Welshman was injured in 1985-86, Mimms did get his chance and ended the season with the club finishing second in the league and losing in the FA Cup final to Liverpool.
When Southall was fit again, he was first choice and Bobby went out on loan to Manchester City, before finally leaving the Toffees for White Hart Lane in a £325,000 deal in 1988. But it was not to be a happy time for Mimms. An early match at Loftus Road saw him let a soft shot go through his hands and through his body for an embarrassing goal and he was dubbed "Booby Mimms". It did not help his confidence and the defence looked uncomfortable in front of him.
Within a year, Venables had brought in Erik Thorstvedt as a replacement and Mimms was out in the cold once more.
Having left Spurs for Blackburn Rovers, Bobby was an integral part of the team that gained promotion in 1992 through the play-offs and went on to finish fourth in their first Premier League campaign. However, the funding pumped into the club by chairman Jack Walker was spent by manager Kenny Dalglish, including big money on Tim Flowers to take over in goal as the team went on to win the Premiership title, with the new man between the sticks.
Staying on until 1996, he signed for Crystal Palace but made only one appearance in a month there, before he moved back to the North-West with Preston North End. After a season at Deepdale, he renewed his acquaintance with Rotherham, where he was also the keeper for a season. Moving across Yorkshire to join his hometown club of York City, he went on loan and stayed for another two years, before moving to his last club Mansfield Town.
When Bobby finished playing the game, he stayed within the sport, as a goalkeeping coach with Wolverhampton Wanderers between 2001 and 2008, when he left to fill the same position at Blackburn Rovers.