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Bob Roberts

West Bromwich Albion FC

3 appearances, 5 goals against
3 clean sheets

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 16: A 5
67% successful
1887-90

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
270

Profile
Full name Robert James Roberts
Born January to March 1864 in 31 Queen Street, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Staffordshire [registered in West Bromwich, March 1864].

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Robert J. is the middle of five children to James and Ada living at 31 Queen Street in the Wednesbury area of West Bromwich. His father is a plasterer.

According to the 1881 census, Robert, now a plasterer like his father, is the oldest of four children, one of which is a new sibling, still living at 31 Queen Street.

Bob cannot be found on the 1891 census, although his wife, Martha, and his single daughter, can be found living with her mother, Sarah, at 39 Ovenend Street in Sandwell.

According to the 1901 census, Robert J. is a masons plasterer, married (to Sarah), with three daughters, Edith, Millicent and Myra. Living at 50 Brinkburn Street in Byker with his sister, Ada, and her five children.

According to the 1911 census, Robert James is barman, still married (again stated as Sarah) and still with three daughters, now living at 60 Brinkburn Street.

Married to Martha Ann Grice on 12 April 1887, at Christ Church, West Bromwich [registered in West Bromwich, June 1887].
Died 28 October 1929 in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, aged 65 years [registered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, December 1929], after a long illness.
Height/Weight 6' 1" 15st 3lbs [1890], although Lamming states 6' 4", without a year.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.co.uk/Lan-opc

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 on 27 August 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 winners 1887-88;
Individual honours Football Alliance
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number 139th player to appear for England. 17th goalkeeper to appear.
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 c.23 years nk days.
Last match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged c.26 years nk days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1886-87, 1887-88, 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship winners 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 (1990). Hatton Press, p.124.
During his playing days, we was landlord at the Three Crowns Inn in West Bromwich up until August 1890, and at the Albion Inn, in Freeth Street in Oldbury, from May 1891.

 

Bob Roberts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av.
Capt. Disc.
6 3 3 270 5 54 min 5 0 0% 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.

 

Bob Roberts - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
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 - British Championship 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1

 

Bob Roberts - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships Competition
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 All 3 2 0 1 16 5 +11 0 0 5.333 1.667 66.7 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 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. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

Age 22/23
- 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW reserve
- 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Oval, Kennington HW reserve
1 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Road, Blackburn HW Start gk
 

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 24
2 34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start gk
Age 25/26
3 38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start gk
- 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD reserve

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