Kevin Roberts (footballer, born 1989)

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Kevin Roberts
Personal information
Full name Kevin Roberts[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wrexham
Number 18
Youth career
0000–2007 Chester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Chester City 81 (7)
2010–2014 Cambridge United 128 (3)
2013 Brackley Town (loan) 4 (0)
2014–2017 FC Halifax Town 106 (2)
2017– Wrexham 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:17, 18 November 2017 (UTC).

Kevin Roberts (born 17 August 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender or a midfielder for National League club Wrexham.

Early life[edit]

Robert was born in Liverpool, Merseyside.[1]

Career[edit]

Chester City[edit]

Roberts started his career in Chester City's youth system, signing a professional contract in January 2007.[1] His first involvement in the first team came as an unused substitute in a 2–0 away defeat to Lincoln City on 5 May 2007.[2] He made his first-team debut as a substitute against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup first round tie on 14 August 2007 at home.[citation needed] After the match ended goalless, Roberts stepped up to take a penalty in the shoot-out but saw his effort saved as Chester went out 4–2 on penalties.[citation needed] Four days later he made his Football League debut in a 2–1 win at Rochdale, when he played the whole match.[citation needed]

Roberts' rise to prominence continued on 1 September 2007, when he came off the bench to score Chester's equaliser in a 1–1 draw at Rotherham United.[citation needed] His next goal enhanced his reputation further, as he scored a stunning volley in Chester's 2–2 derby draw with Wrexham on 25 November 2007.[citation needed] He went on to play regularly in the team for the remainder of the campaign, with several youth team contemporaries such as Paul McManus, Shaun Kelly and Glenn Rule joining him in the team.[citation needed] The following season again brought a regular starting place in the team in a defensive position, in a campaign that ended in relegation from League Two.[citation needed]

He remained with the club as they began the following season in the Conference Premier.[citation needed] All Chester City players' statistics for the 2009/10 season were expunged after Chester were expelled from the Conference Premier for breaking league regulations.[citation needed]

Cambridge United[edit]

Roberts joined Cambridge United in February 2010 after his contract with Chester was terminated, signing a contract until the end of the season.[citation needed]

Roberts signed a one-year contract extension at Cambridge United during the summer of 2010.[citation needed] Following a difficult season in which Cambridge battled relegation, Martin Ling was sacked and replaced by new manager Jez George, who signed Roberts to a further years contract for the 2011/12 season and reaffirmed his place as the club's first choice right back.[citation needed] Following a barren first 18 months at the club, Roberts scored his first goal for Cambridge in the club's 3–0 home victory against Southport, going on to add another two goals in his next three appearances.[citation needed]

On 4 October 2013, Roberts joined Conference North club Brackley Town on a one-month loan.[3] He was released by Cambridge on 27 May 2014.[citation needed]

FC Halifax Town[edit]

He signed for Conference Premier club FC Halifax Town on 1 July 2014.[4]

Wrexham[edit]

On 20 July 2017, Roberts signed for National League club Wrexham on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 November 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chester City 2006–07[6] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[7] League Two 37 3 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 39 3
2008–09[8] League Two 44 4 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 46 4
Total 81 7 1 0 1 0 2 0 85 7
Cambridge United 2009–10[9] Conference Premier 6 0 6 0
2010–11[10] Conference Premier 38 0 3 0 3[b] 1 46 1
2011–12[11] Conference Premier 40 3 3 0 4[b] 1 47 4
2012–13[12] Conference Premier 28 0 0 0 2[b] 0 30 0
2013–14[12] Conference Premier 16 0 1 0 10[c] 0 27 0
Total 128 3 7 0 19 2 154 5
Brackley Town (loan) 2013–14[12] Conference North 4 0 4 0
FC Halifax Town 2014–15[12] Conference Premier 24 0 3 0 4[b] 0 31 0
2015–16[12] National League 39 0 3 0 7[b] 0 49 0
2016–17[12][13] National League North 43 2 5 0 3[d] 1 51 3
Total 106 2 11 0 14 1 131 3
Wrexham 2017–18[12] National League 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Career total 335 12 19 0 1 0 35 3 390 15
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Seven appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in National League North play-offs

Honours[edit]

Cambridge United

FC Halifax Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 355. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Chester: Results/matches: 2006/07". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Loan deal for Roberts". Cambridge United F.C. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "FC Halifax Town sign Scott Boden and Kevin Roberts". BBC Sport. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Kevin Roberts joins Wrexham AFC for an undisclosed fee". Wrexham A.F.C. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Games played by Kevin Roberts in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Games played by Kevin Roberts in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Games played by Kevin Roberts in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2010). Non-League Club Directory 2011. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 50–51. ISBN 978-1-869833-68-8. 
  10. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 52–53. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1. 
  11. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2012). Non-League Club Directory 2013. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 46–47. ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "K. Roberts". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Ashton Athletic 0–5 FC Halifax Town". Halifax Courier. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
    "FC Halifax Town 2–1 Stalybridge". Halifax Courier. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
    "Matlock 1–1 FC Halifax Town". Halifax Courier. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
    "FC Halifax Town 2–3 Matlock". Halifax Courier. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Osborne, Chris (18 May 2014). "Cambridge United 2–1 Gateshead". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "FC Halifax Town 2–1 Chorley – After extra-time". Halifax Courier. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "FC Halifax Town 1–0 Grimsby Town". BBC Sport. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 

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