DOB: 27 February 1912
MFC Debut: Round 1, 1936 against South Melbourne at Lake Oval
Last Game: Round 12, 1941 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street
From: Sandhurst/St Kilda
Number: 19 (1936-1941)
Premiership Player - 1939, 1940
Victorian state player - 1939, 1941
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Games: 86 (113 total)
Goals: 5 (49 total)
Nicknamed "Ticka", Roberts started his career as a forward at St Kilda in 1933 but returned to Sandhurst to coach for two seasons after leaving the Junction Oval. Spotted in a Grand Final where Melbourne's scouts didn't know about his league past, the Demons gave him another shot at the big time in 1936 and he was an instant hit with 18 games in his first season.
Originally a goalkicker at St. Kilda, with 44 goals, he added just 5 at the Demons, and none after 1937. Converted into a defender he was one of the best players on ground off a half-back flank in the 1939 Grand Final, before playing at full-back in the 1940 edition. He initially failed to appear at the start of 1941, returning to play his first game of the year in Round 3 but only had seven more appearances.
|Preliminary Final 1936||Charging||2 matches|
|Round 15, 1938||Striking||Not Guilty|
Some sources list his nickname as "Tickle", and his year of death as 1990. Herald says he went back to St Kilda after coaching Sandhurst first before joining Melbourne and that he was a 'world champion sprinter'.
Argus - 30/07/1936
Herald - 10/09/1940
Age - 04/04/1941