Arriving from Cardiff City, Christian Roberts had a successful two-year stay at St James’ Park between 2000 and 2002. He later enjoyed good spells at Bristol City and Swindon Town.
Christian’s career started at Cardiff City, his home town club, for whom he notched three goals in 23 league matches. Whilst at Ninian Park he also won international honours for Wales at youth and Under-21 levels as well as having loan spells with Hereford United and Drogheda United in Ireland.
Signing for Exeter City in July 2000, Christian made his Grecians debut a month later at St James’ Park ironically against Cardiff. His first goal came at home to Hartlepool on 26 August and, in total, he netted seven times in 42 league appearances during his first season.
Christian really caught the eye in 2001-02 and, by the end of March, had scored eleven league goals in 37 league outings. Attracting the interest of Bristol City, Christian made a final goal scoring appearance for Exeter at home to York on 19 March 2002 before moving to Ashton Gate in a £10,000 deal.
After scoring 20 goals in 84 league outings for the Bristol club, Christian signed for Swindon Town in October 2004 where - in around four years - he added 21 league goals to his tally from 110 games. Christian’s stay in Wiltshire was interrupted by a car accident, and a string of injuries, whilst he also admitted to off-the-field problems later referring to “the little devils in my head”. This resulted in his admission to the Sporting Chance clinic in a bid to tackle issues with alcohol.
Christian retired from professional football in September 2008 as the result of a knee injury and later wrote a book - ‘Life Is A Game Of Inches’ - about his life and playing career. He also had short spells with Maesteg Park FC and Haverfordwest County, then managed by former Exeter City trainee Gavin Chesterfield, before finally retiring from playing at the end of the 2011/12 season. The closest he came to winning a full cap for Wales came in 2003 when he was named in the squad for a friendly against the United States.
Christian later worked for various anti-racism organisations and, as of 2023, was a race equality project manager for the University of South Wales.
League 79; Cups 8 (87)
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