- Ken Roberts (footballer)
Infobox Football biography
playername = Ken Roberts
fullname = Kenneth Owen Roberts
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1936|3|27
Cefn Mawr, Wrexham
position = Winger
years = 1951–1953
clubs = Wrexham
caps(goals) = 1 0 0(0)
38 0 (3)
manageryears = 1968–1976
managerclubs = Chester
Roberts made his solitary
Football Leagueappearance for Wrexham when aged just 15 in 1951-52 during a player availability crisis. At 15 years and 158 days old, he equalled the 1929 record of Bradford Park Avenue's Albert Geldard; this record stood until beaten by Reuben Noble-Lazarusof Barnsley in 2008. Two years later he joined Villa and added 38 league outings and three goals to his tally before retiring due to a knee injury.
Chester's Greatest Season
Chester had never won a
Football Leaguepromotion when Roberts arrived and six years later this was still the case, having missed out by a single point in 1970-71. But working alongside shrewd coach Brian Green, all that was to change in 1974-75 as Chester finished fourth in Division Fourand won promotion on goal average. The season was though best remembered for Chester's incredible Football League Cuprun, as they disposed of Leeds Unitedand Newcastle Unitedto reach the semi-finals before suffering a 5-4 aggregate loss to Roberts' former club Aston Villa.
Roberts steered the club to a mid-table finish the following season in
Division Threebut opted to move upstairs to an administrative role early in the 1976-77, working with new team boss Alan Oakes.
Roberts never managed again professionally but he had a spell in charge of Oswestry Town in the early 1980s. He then became an established football scout, for clubs including Chester and Shrewsbury Town.
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