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Bob Roberts
West Bromwich Albion FC

3 caps, 5 goals conceded
67% successful
1887-90
disciplined: none
captaincies: none
minutes played: 270


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"The Prince of Goalkeepers"

Bob Roberts Profile

Full name Robert James Roberts, not Robert John
Popular name Bob Roberts
Nicknames Long Bob
Born January to March 1864 in West Bromwich;
not April 1859
Died 28 October 1929 in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne;
Height/Weight 6' 4", 13 st

Club Career

Club(s) Began with Christ Church school FC and George Salter's Spring factory works team in West Bromwich in 1878, which became the West Bromwich Strollers FC, at first as an outfield player, before becoming a mainstay goalkeeper.  The Strollers became West Bromwich Albion FC in 1880.  After 12 years, and over 400 games, Roberts joined Sunderland Albion FC in May 1890.  He could not settle, so returned to West Bromwich Albion FC in May 1891 for a year.  He then moved onto Aston Villa FC in April 1892, making four appearances, before hanging up his gloves in June 1893.  Also represented Birmingham FA, as well as Staffordshire FA;
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1885-86, 1886-87, FA Cup winner 1887-88;
Individual honours Picked to represent 'The North' in January 1884.  Also played for Football Alliance
Distinctions None

England Career

Player number 139th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper;
First match No. 31, 19 March 1887, England 2 Scotland 3, a British Championship match at Leamington Street, Mile End, Blackburn. Aged 27 years 323-352 days;
Last match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 30 years 319-348 days
Major tournaments British Championship 1886-87, 1887-88, 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship 1887-88;
Individual honours None.
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A plasterer by trade.  He returned to the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area after retiring to carry on his trade. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1971). Hatton Press, p.124.

 

Bob Roberts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av.
Capt. Disc.
3 3 3 270 5 54 min 5 0 0% 0 None

 

Bob Roberts - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 00.0 -1
Away 2 2 0 0 14 2 +12 0 0 7.00 1.00 100.0 +2
All 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1

 

Bob Roberts - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1
All 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1

 

Bob Roberts - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1886-87 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 00.0 -1
BC 1887-88 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC Total 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1
All Tournaments
BC All 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1
All 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1

 

Bob Roberts - Match History
Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - 3 full caps
Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 3 full caps
- 29

05-Feb-1887

England 7 Ireland 0 Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield BC HW reserve  
- 30 26-Feb-1887 England 4 Wales 0 The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London BC HW reserve  
1 31 19-Mar-1887 England 2 Scotland 3 Leamington Street, Mile End, Blackburn BC HL Start n/a
2 34 07-Apr-1888 Ireland 1 England 5 Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW Start n/a
3 38 15-Mar-1890 Ireland 1 England 9 Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AD Start n/a
- 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow AD- reserve  

Notes

[Biographical sketch to come]

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