Roberts "Bob" McRoberts (12 July 1874 – 27 February 1959) was a Scottish professional footballer and football manager. He played as a centre-forward.
McRoberts was born in
Coatbridge, Scotland. He started his football career at Airdrieonians and Albion Rovers in the Scottish League, and went on to play for Gainsborough Trinity, Small Heath (Birmingham) and Chelsea, where he also played as a defender, in the Football League. He was Small Heath's leading goalscorer for three successive seasons, from 1899–00 to 1901–02, and was Chelsea's first ever £100 signing, playing in their first League game in September 1905. On 4 November 1905, as Chelsea beat Barnsley 6-0 in a home league match, McRoberts scored the club's first-ever penalty.
After retiring from playing, he came back to Birmingham where in July 1910 he was appointed their first full-time professional team manager. Previously the team had been selected by a committee. He managed the club for five years.
McRoberts died in
Birkenhead, England at the age of 84.
References [ edit ]
Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-010-2.
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