Bob McRoberts

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Bob McRoberts
Personal information
Full name Roberts McRoberts
Date of birth (1874-07-12)12 July 1874
Place of birth Coatbridge, Scotland
Date of death 27 February 1959(1959-02-27) (aged 84)
Place of death Birkenhead, England
Playing position Centre-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1892–189? Coatbridge
Albion Rovers
1896–1898 Gainsborough Trinity 52 (15)
1898–1905 Small Heath 173 (70)
1905–1909 Chelsea 104 (10)
Teams managed
1910–1915 Birmingham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roberts McRoberts (12 July 1874 – 27 February 1959) was a Scottish professional association football player and 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 1899–1900 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.


  • 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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