Phil Roberts

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Phillip Stanley Roberts
Personal information
Full name Phillip Stanley Roberts
Date of birth (1950-02-24) 24 February 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1966–1968 Bristol Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1973 Bristol Rovers 175 (6)
1973–1978 Portsmouth 153 (1)
1978–1979 Hereford United 3 (0)
1979–1982 Exeter City 105 (0)
1982 Taunton Town
1982–1983 Yeovil Town 21 (0)
1983–1984 Ottery St Mary
1984 Weymouth 3 (0)
1984–1985 Chard Town
National team
1970–1973 Wales U23 6
1974 Wales 4 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Phillip Stanley "Phil" Roberts (born 24 February 1950) is a Welsh former professional footballer whose four club career spanned three decades. Born in Cardiff,[1] Roberts won six Wales Under 23 caps [2] whilst with his first club Bristol Rovers [3](where he is still widely regarded [4]). In all Roberts was to make 175 appearances for The Gas[5] before moving to Portsmouth in the 1973 close season[6] as part of new chairman John Deacon’s ambitious re-building plans.[7] He was to prove such an effective player on the south coast[8] that in 1974 he was awarded four full Welsh caps.[9] Roberts was to hold the right back spot at Fratton Park for four seasons, his final appearance being in the 5-1 thrashing which consigned the club to fourth division football for the first time in their history.[10] A very brief spell with Hereford followed[11] before another 100 plus stint with Exeter ended a successful career.[12]


  1. ^ ”Rothmans Football Year Book,1970-71” Peskett,R/Williams,T: Harpenden, QAP,1970 ISBN 0-362-00071-9
  2. ^ Between December 1970 and March 1973 AFS DataBase
  3. ^ Photo of Roberts (Rovers Era)
  4. ^ Nomination for all-time Rovers team at full back
  5. ^ "The PFA Premier League and Football League Players’ Records 1946-98” Hugman,B: Harpenden, Queen Anne Press, 1998 ISBN 1-85291-585-4
  6. ^ £55,000 transfer
  7. ^ ”Portsmouth, from Tindall to Ball” Farmery, C: Southend-on-Sea, Desert Island Books, 1999 ISBN 1-874287-25-2
  8. ^ "Pompey: The History of Portsmouth Football Club" Cooper,M/ Neasom,M/ Robinson,D: Portsmouth, Milestone Publications, 1984 ISBN 0-903852-50-0
  9. ^ Victories against Hungary and Luxembourg; defeats against England and Austria- AFS DataBase
  10. ^ "The News", 22 March 1978, article by Mike Neasom Where is Southport?
  11. ^ Details of transfer from Portsmouth
  12. ^ Details of match late in his career