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Frank Roberts

Manchester City FC

4 appearances, 2 goals

P 4 W 3 D 0 L 1 F 9: A 5
75% successful

1924-25

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
360

Profile

Full name Lance Corporal Frank Roberts
Born 3 April 1893 in Wheelock, Sandbach, Cheshire [registered in Congleton, June 1893].
Baptised 30 April 1893 in Wheelock

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Frank is the youngest of two children, the other being Joseph, to Joseph and Elizabeth. However, his father has remarried to Mary (nee Burrows), and Frank has gained two step-siblings. They live at Victoria Street in Sandbach and his father is a bag-packer at the chemical works.

According to the 1911 census, Frank, a general labourer at the motor works, is the second of six, now with two half-siblings. They all live at 47 Green Street in Sandbach.
According to his army records, Frank joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 7 December 1916. He is stated as being a driller, still living at 47 Green Street.

Cannot be found on the 1939 register.

Died 23 May 1961, aged 68 years 50 days [registered in Bolton, June 1961].
Height/Weight 5' 6", 10st. 8lbs [1915], 5' 8", 12st. 0lbs [1925].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior career playing with his local side, Sandbach Villa FC and Sandbach Ramblers FC. He joined Crewe Alexandra FC, from where he was signed by Bolton Wanderers FC on 22 May 1914 for a two hundred pound transfer fee. Roberts was transfer listed by the Burnden Park club for becoming a licensee, so after 79 goals in 157 league appearance, Manchester City FC paid 3400 pounds for him on 19 October 1922. He scored 116 goals, in 216 league appearances. On 13 June 1929, he joined Manchester Central FC, and Lancashire Combination side Horwich RMI FC signed him on 31 July 1930.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1925-26; Football League Division Two winners 1927-28;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 481st players (484) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right, centre-forward
First match No. 143, 8 December 1924, England 4 Belgium 0, a friendly match at The Hawthorns, Sandwell, West Bromwich, aged 31 years 249 days.
Last match No. 146, 21 May 1925, France 2 England 3, an end-of-season friendly match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 32 years 48 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1924-25;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Disgrace

"ROBERTS SUSPENDED
"Frank Roberts, the well-known Bolton Wanderers centre-forward, who figured in the F.A. trial matches at Valley Parade and Fulham last season, was suspended, yesterday, by his club. The Wanderers have a rule 'that none of the players should be concerned in the management of a licensed house.'
"Roberts recently applied for permission to become a landlord, but this was refused and his wife became the licensee."
- Thursday, 5 October 1922, The Sheffield Daily Independent.
"FAMOUS PLAYER TRANSFERRED
"Manchester City have secured the transfer of Frank Roberts, Bolton Wanderers' famous centre-forward, who was suspended a fortnight ago for disregarding the regulations of the club that none of their players shall be concerned in the management of a public house. Though the amount of the transfer fee is a closely guarded secret, it is understood to exceed three thousand pounds. A number of clubs have been making inquires about Roberts, including at least one Yorkshire club."
- Thursday, 19 October 1922, The Yorkshire Evening Post.

Beyond England

Bolton Wanderers had no desire to lose Frank's services, but the player's persistent wish to become mine host of a local hotel causing the rift. Was employed as a licensee after the leaving the game, too. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.209.

 

Frank Roberts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
4 4 2 360 2 180 min 2 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Frank Roberts - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Away 3 2 0 1 5 5 =0 1 0 1.667 1.667 66.7 +1
All 4 3 0 1 9 5 +4 1 1 1.75 1.25 75.0 +2

 

Frank Roberts - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
Friendly 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 1 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All 4 3 0 1 9 5 +4 1 1 1.75 1.25 75.0 +2

 

Frank Roberts - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1924-25 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0

 

Frank Roberts - Match History
 Club: Manchester City F.C. - 4 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 4 full capsx

Age 31
1 143 8 December 1924 - England 4 Belgium 0, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Fr HW Start ir
2 144 28 February 1925 - Wales 1 England 2, Vetch Field, Swansea BC AW Start 11, 15 ir
Age 32
3 145 4 April 1925 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start cf
4 146 21 May 1925 - France 2 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris Fr AW Start ir

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