Roberts, Christian

Birth Date

22nd October 1979

Birthplace

Cardiff, Wales

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

It was at Exeter City that the career of Roberts took off, after having played for his home town club, Cardiff City where he netted three goals in 23 league matches.

Whilst at Cardiff he won international honours for Wales and youth and Under-21 levels.

Before moving to Devon, Roberts had loan spells with Hereford United (February 1999) and Irish League side, Drogheda United (January 2000).

Signing for Exeter in July 2000, Roberts made his Grecians’ debut a month later at St James’ Park against his former club, Cardiff City. In his first season at the club he scored 8 league goals in 42 league appearances.

He really caught the eye in 2001-02 though as he scored eleven league goals and attracted a bid from Bristol City in March 2002, signing for them for a fee of £10,000.

After scoring 20 goals in 84 league outings, Roberts moved to Swindon Town in October 2004 for an initial fee of £20,000, plus various add ons amounting to a total of £50,000.

Unfortunately his stay at Swindon was disrupted by a car accident and injuries which restricted his appearances for the club.

He also admitted to off the field problems declaring that the "little devils in my head are out of the way"

It was later announced that Roberts had been suffering from an alcohol problem for over a year and he checked into the Sporting Chance clinic to receive treatment for a 28 day period.

His misfortune continued when In September 2008, Roberts announced that he was retiring from professional football after he failed to recover from a micro-fracture in his knee, despite having surgery to repair it. He had made 110 league appearances for Swindon, scoring 21 goals.

In October 2010 Roberts wrote a book - ‘Life Is A Game Of Inches’ - about his career as a player, plus the misery of alcohol addiction, gambling, losing a daughter and falling out with a succession of managers and players.

In August 2009, Roberts joined Maesteg Park FC., but then moved to Haverfordwest County in February 2010, a club then managed by former Exeter City trainee, Gavin Chesterfield. He retired from football, for the second time, at the end of the 2011/12 season.

Appearances

73

Appearances as Substitute

14

Goals

18

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