Neil Roberts (Australian footballer)

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Neil Roberts
Personal information
Date of birth (1933-06-15) 15 June 1933 (age 81)
Original team Melbourne High School
Height/Weight 185 cm / 84.5 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1952–1962 St Kilda 169 (40)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1962 season.
Career highlights
For the former North American soccer player from South Africa, see Neill Roberts.

Neil E. Roberts (born 15 June 1933) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Life-size bronze statue of Neil Roberts outside Melbourne High School by sculptor Linda Klarfeld

Roberts played with St Kilda on the forward line initially but later excelled as a centre half back, winning the Brownlow Medal in 1958. Captained the side from 1959 to 1962 before retiring at 29 years of age and commencing a career in sports journalism. Inducted to the Saints inaugural Hall of Fame in 2003.

His son, Michael Roberts also played for the Saints and is now a sports broadcaster.

Neil Roberts was officer in charge of Mawson base, Antarctica 1971–1973. Now retired to farming.

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