Brian Roberts (Australian rules footballer)

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Brian Stuart Roberts
Personal information
Date of birth (1945-04-28)28 April 1945
Place of birth Barnsley
Date of death 6 August 2016(2016-08-06) (aged 71)
Original team(s) South Adelaide Football Club
Height / weight 198cm/120kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Total -
South Melbourne
78 (34)
15 0(2)
93 (36)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1975.
Career highlights
  • Richmond premiership player: 1973 & 1974

Brian Stuart Roberts (28 April 1945 – 6 August 2016) was an Australian rules football player who played in the VFL between 1971 and 1975 for the Richmond Football Club (as well as a short stint with South Melbourne in 1975).

Roberts was known as "The Whale" due to his enormous stature and played as a ruckman.

In the 1976 pre-season he had a disagreement with coach Ian Stewart and walked out on South Melbourne.[citation needed] He died on 6 August 2016.[1]


  • 1971 Tiger Year Book - Richmond Football Club