30 July 2007

Fred Roberts

Name: Frederick Charles Roberts
Born: 1905, Belfast
Height: 6.01 ft
Weight: 12.10 st
Died: 1988
Position: Centre-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1931), Junior.
Club Honours: (with Queen’s Island) City Cup Winner 1924/25; (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 1930/31; Irish Cup Winner 1931/32, 1932/33; City Cup Winner 1931/32; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1931/32; Charity Cup Winner 1928/29; (with Distillery) City Cup Winner 1933/34.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Bandon
Ravenscroft
(Combination)
Newington.Rangers
(Intermediate League)
Belfast Celtic
-
Queen’s Island
-
Broadway United
(Intermediate League)
Glentoran
28/29-32/33
c/s-28
221/332
*
Distillery
33/34
c/s-33
/ 32
*
Dundela
(Intermediate League)
TOTALS

Biography:
When Fred Roberts scored 96 goals in the 1930/31 season he set a British and Irish record unlikely ever to be matched. Still, such goalscoring feats were not unusual for Roberts. In his five seasons at the Oval his goal tallies read: 66, 57, 96, 64 and 49; they included 40 hattricks and goals in the 1932 and 1933 Irish Cup successes.

It was in his record-breaking season that Roberts was awarded his only Full international recognition (he had previously won a Junior cap while with Broadway United), but he failed to impress in a scrappy 0-0 draw in blustery conditions against Scotland. Some feel that Roberts’ form should have earned him a second chance, but at the time Ireland were in a rare position of also having the options of Joe Bambrick and Jimmy Dunne for the number nine shirt.

In May 1933 Roberts was surprisingly released by Glentoran. He signed with Distillery, top-scoring with 32 goals as the Whites claimed a close-fought City Cup competition in 1933/34. Later he played with Dundela before returning to the Oval as coach of Glentoran Olympic.

Glens Internationals (Courtesy of ForzaTV)

Ireland Cap Details:
21/02/1931 Scotland H D 0-0 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

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