Neil Roberts (Welsh footballer)

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Neil Roberts
Personal information
Full name Neil Roberts
Date of birth (1978-04-07) 7 April 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Wrexham, Wales
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 Wrexham 75 (17)
2000–2004 Wigan Athletic 125 (19)
2002 Hull City (loan) 6 (0)
2004 Bradford City (loan) 3 (1)
2004–2006 Doncaster Rovers 61 (8)
2006–2008 Wrexham 55 (11)
2008–2009 Rhyl 33 (20)
National team
Wales U21 3 (0)
1999–2004 Wales 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:55, 30 December 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Neil Roberts (born 7 April 1978) is a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international. He is currently working as a project manager for Manchester City.

Career[edit]

Roberts started his career in 1994 when he played for Wrexham. After signing for the club as a trainee, he made his debut on 27 September 1997 during a 0–0 draw with Chesterfield before going on to score five goals in his next four games. He became an established first-team player at the Racecourse Ground, making 75 appearances and scoring 17 goals. He left Wrexham in 2000 to join Wigan Athletic, where he made 125 appearances and scoring 19 goals. He also spent time on loan at Hull City[1] and Bradford City,[2] scoring on his debut for the latter against Bristol City.[3] He then made a permanent move to Doncaster Rovers in 2004.

In 2006 Roberts came back to his hometown club Wrexham, where he became the team captain. He is a Welsh international with four caps.[4][5] Roberts had a good start to the 2006–07 season by scoring two goals in the first two games. These goals were very important during this period as they were a penalty in a 2–1 away victory against local rivals Chester City on 20 August 2006 and the opening goal in Wrexham's 4–1 League Cup victory at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on 23 August 2006.

However, in their 2–1 victory against Swindon Town on 9 September 2006, Roberts picked up an injury. He made his comeback in a 2–1 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons scoring the opening goal. However, Roberts suffered more injuries throughout the course of the season. On 21 April 2007 he came on as a second half substitute in a game against Torquay United and scored his first goal since October 2006 and Wrexham's winning goal to ensure a vital 1–0 win in Wrexham's bid for survival in the Football League Two. He was released by Wrexham in May 2008 following the club's relegation to the Football Conference.[6]

On 24 June 2008, Roberts signed for Welsh Premier League side Rhyl, where he will combine playing with coaching opportunities and his business interests.[7] After one season at Rhyl, Roberts left to take over as a project manager at Premier League side Manchester City.[4]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transfers – January, 2002". BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Roberts in move to Bantams". BBC Sport. 17 September 2004. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bradford 4–1 Bristol City". BBC. 18 September 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Rhyl FC striker Neil Roberts quits for Manchester City coaching role". Liverpool Daily Post. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Wales striker signs for Rhyl". BBC Sport. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Roberts and Llewellyn leave Reds". BBC Sport. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Dragons' Neil Roberts signs for Rhyl". Daily Post. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 

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