Ian Roberts (footballer)

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Ian Roberts
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-04-03) 3 April 1957 (age 58)
Original team Frankston
Height/Weight 180 cm / 73 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1979-1991 South Melbourne/Sydney 157 (33)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1991 season.

Ian Roberts (born 3 April 1957) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for the Sydney Swans.

Roberts was a supporter of VFL club South Melbourne as a child, and was later recruited to Souths from Frankston. He made his VFL debut with Souths in 1979 and made his name as a back pocket player as they relocated from Melbourne to Sydney in 1982.[1]

In a long career with the Swans spanning 13 seasons, Roberts played 157 games and kicked 33 goals, retiring at the end of 1991. He missed many games due to injury, as his light 73 kg frame and uncompromising playing style.[2]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 555. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ Cockerill, Ian (9 August 1989) He's no Adonis, but Ian Roberts, the Swan, has a heart twice his size; The Sydney Morning Herald

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