Gary Roberts (footballer, born 1984)
|Full name||Gareth Michael Roberts|
|Date of birth||18 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|2006||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||14||(2)|
|2008||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||4||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:37 14 September 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 August 2011
Roberts has played in both the English football league system (playing in the Football League and Conference) as well as playing in the Welsh league, and has played in all three divisions of the Football League. Roberts was capped four times for England C when playing at semi-professional level.
Born in Chester, Roberts begin his career with the Liverpool Academy but was dropped in 2001. He then went on to play for the youth teams at two Welsh clubs Denbigh Town and Bala Town. He then went on to play first team football for three Welsh clubs. Signing for Rhyl in 2003 where he played 3 times before moving on to Welsh Premier League side Bangor City where he played 22 times scoring once between 2003–2004. He then moving to Welshpool Town for the 2004–2005 season where he played 20 times scoring nine goals.
Roberts signed for Conference National side Accrington Stanley in the second half of the 2004–05 season. He made his Stanley debut in their 2–1 home win over Morecambe on 19 March 2005. His first goal for them came in their 2–2 home draw with York City on 28 March 2005.
He made his first start of the 2005–06 season in their 1–0 home victory over Canvey Island on the opening day of the season. Roberts scored his first goal of the 2005–06 season in Stanley's 4–2 win over Crawley Town on 17 September 2005. Roberts was part of the Accrington Stanley side that won the 2005–06 Conference National Championship after playing 42 league games scoring 13 goals.
Roberts played his first game of the 2006/07 season for Stanley in on the opening day of the season in Stanley's 2–0 away defeat to Chester City. His first goal of the season came in their 1–1 home draw with Rochdale on 26 August 2006. Roberts was then loaned out to Football League Championship side Ipswich Town, after making 14 league appearances and scoring 8 times for Stanley in the 2006/07 season. The loan move was made permanent in the January transfer window of the seam season.
He moved to Ipswich Town on loan from Accrington Stanley in October 2006. He made his debut in 3–2 loss at home to Preston North End on 17 October 2006. He scored his first goal for Ipswich against Derby County in November 2006, He played 14 times scoring two goals during his loan spell there, impressing enough to earn a permanent four-year deal with the club in January 2007.
On 12 February 2008, Roberts joined League One side Crewe Alexandra on a one-month loan, joining another Gary Roberts at the club. He made his first appearances for the club in their 1–0 win over Leyton Orient on 12 February 2008. Roberts made four appearances for Crewe before returning to Ipswich in March. Roberts played an extra three matches for Ipswich before the end of the season, bringing his season total to 21 for the 2007–08 season with only 10 being start and 11 coming off the bench.
Roberts then left Ipswich in August 2008 to join League one side Huddersfield Town after making 44 appearances scoring four times in the league between 2006 and 2008.
He along with five other players made his Huddersfield Town debut in the 1–1 draw against Stockport County at the Galpharm Stadium on 9 August 2008. On 12 August, he scored his first two goals in the 4–0 win against local rivals Bradford City in the first round of the League Cup to send Huddersfield through to the second round. His first league goal for Huddersfield was a consolation goal in their 3–1 defeat by Milton Keynes Dons on 23 August 2008.
On 25 April 2009, he won three awards at the club's Player of the Year Awards. He won the Best Goal for his goal against Hereford United in December, the Fan's Players of the Season and the Player's Player of the Season awards. As well as being top goal scorer with 11 goals in all competitions.
Roberts made his first start of the 2009–10 season in Huddersfield's 2–2 opening day draw away at Southend United, he scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season for the Terriers in their 7–1 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Town won by a four or more goal margin on five occasion when Roberts scored in the 2009–10 season including a 7–1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in August, a 4–0 win over Leyton Orient in October, two goals in Towns 6–1 FA Cup win over Dagenham & Redbridge in November, one week later in their 6–0 thumping of Wycombe Wanderers as well as in their 6–0 away win at Stockport County in April 2010.
Roberts was given a retrospective red card after Town's game with Bristol Rovers forcing him to miss the Terriers' next three games. He also scored an 85-minute equalizing goal over Huddersfield Town's local rivals Leeds United. He also retained his Fan's Player of the Season award as well as picking up the Blue & White Foundation Player of the Season award. Roberts finished the season with 45 games in all competitions for Town and scoring nine goals making him joint third with Anthony Pilkington in Huddersfield's top scores table for 2009–10 with seven of his goals coming in the league.
At the start of the 2011–12 season, Roberts rejected a new contract at the club, however he made his first appearance of the season on the opening day scoring in the 1–1 draw at home to Bury on 6 August 2011, with his second coming in the first round of the League Cup just three days later on 9 August 2011 in a 4–2 away win over Port Vale.
He left the club in June 2012, after not being offered a new contract by the manager, Simon Grayson.
Roberts signed for Swindon Town on 18 June 2012 and was included in Towns pre-season tour of Italy. On 19 February 2013, during a game against Tranmere Rovers F.C., Roberts scored a contender for goal of the season: a 70-yard strike lobbed over the Tranmere goalkeeper from Swindon's own half.
Roberts signed for League Two club Chesterfield on a three-year contract on 22 June 2013. Roberts scored his first goal for the Spireites during a 2–0 win over Cheltenham on his home debut, going on to become a popular figure among Chesterfield's fan base. He also drew admiring glances from opposition managers, with Rochdale manager Keith Hill describing Roberts as "The best player in the league" after his goal and assist against 'the dale'. He continued his form throughout the month of August, netting 3 goals in 6 games as Chesterfield climbed to the top of the table, which saw Roberts named League 2 Player of the month, along with manager Paul Cook. Roberts received his first red card for the Spireites against arch-rivals Mansfield in a 0–1 defeat. Roberts returned from his suspension in the midst of Chesterfield's worst run of the season, four matches without a win, until he scored in the home victory against Daventry in a 2–0 FA Cup win. Roberts scored twice against Oxford on the 15th of March, and later that evening travelled to London for the Football League Awards in which he won League 2 Player of the Year, beating Scott Hogan and Sam Winnall to win the prize. After defeating Fleetwood over two legs in the Football League Trophy area final, Roberts had the chance to play at Wembley for the second time in three years, however the Spireites succumbed to and 3–1 defeat by Peterborough United.
On 17 June 2015 Roberts joined Portsmouth on a three-year deal, stating that manager Paul Cook, Roberts' manager at Chesterfield, was the main reason for him signing for the club. He scored a stunning free kick against Morecambe to rescue a point. In the 16/17 season he scored twice in the second home game of the season against Colchester, one of which was a penalty and the other which was a deft chip over the Colchester 'keeper.
Wigan entered into contract talks with him at the end of the 2017–18 season.
Roberts has represented England as he was capped four times by the England C, the team which represents England at semi-professional level during his time at Accrington Stanley between 2005–2006. When he moved into the Football League he became ineligible to play for them.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|2003–04||Welshpool Town||League of Wales||12||0||-||12||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|2004–05||Accrington Stanley||Conference National||8||2||-||45||16|
|2007–08||Crewe Alexandra||League One||4||0||-||4||0|
- NOTE: teams in Italics indicate loan period
- NOTE: Football League Trophy results included in Total
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- "Chesterfield sign ex-Swindon Town winger". BBC Sport. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- . The Football League. 6 September 2013 https://web.archive.org/web/20140726090308/http://www.football-league.co.uk/league2/news/20130906/roberts-named-player-of-the-month_2293326_3445801. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2013. Missing or empty
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- "Wigan Athletic in talks with five out-of-contract players after League One title win". BBC Sport. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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- Gary Roberts at Soccerbase