Roberts, Darren

Birth Date

12th October 1969





Biographical Text

Belatedly - and dramatically - starting his professional career with Wolves, Darren Roberts played for a number of clubs before joining Exeter City from Scarborough in 2000. After little more than a handful of appearances for the Grecians he moved into non-league football before migrating to Australia.  

Born in Birmingham, Darren had turned down an apprenticeship with Wolves and had risen through the ranks in adult football before playing for Burton Albion. There he once more caught the attention of Wolves for whom he signed - aged twenty-two - in April 1992 in a £20,000 deal. Five months later Darren made a sensational Football League debut scoring a first-half hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Birmingham City.

Yet Darren only scored twice more for Wolves in another twenty league appearances and, following a loan spell with Hereford United, transferred to Chesterfield in July 1994 where he saw little success. Then, between 1996 and 1999, Darren enjoyed the most fruitful interlude of his career scoring 33 goals in 96 league appearances for Darlington. Leaving the Feethams in February 1999, Darren joined a Scarborough team that was shortly to be relegated from the Football League.

After a season in the Conference, Darren returned to the Football League when he signed for Exeter City in July 2000. Making his debut against Cardiff City on 12 August 2000 Darren had a run of games during the first month of the season culminating in his only goal for the club in the Barnet game on 12 September. But he was only to play twice more for the Grecians and moved to Barrow, initially on loan prior to a permanent deal, in November 2000.  

After leaving Barrow, Darren played for a succession of clubs including Tamworth, Worksop Town, Belper Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Farsley Celtic and Glapwell. By 2006 he was playing for Sutton Coldfield Town and working as a gas fitter. He later moved to Melbourne and continued to play in the Victorian State League until 2013. 


Exeter City

League 8; Cups 1 (9)


League 1



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