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Gary Roberts
Personal information
Full name Gary Steven Roberts
Date of birth February 2, 1987 (1987-02-02) (age 22)
Place of birth    Chester, England
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Rotherham United
Number 17
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2003–2008
2008
2009
2009-
Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town (loan)
Yeovil Town
Rotherham United
118 (11)
017 0(1)
013 0(1)
005 0(1)   
National team2
2006 England U-19 001 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:45, 14 December 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:39, 16 June 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Gary Steven Roberts (born 2 February 1987 in Chester) is an English Professional footballer, who plays for League Two side Rotherham United. He plays as a central midfielder and has captained England at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 levels.

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Club career

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Crewe Alexandra

Roberts signed as a professional with Crewe in 2004, on his 17th birthday, a few months after making his debut for the club in a 3–1 win over Burnley on 26 December 2003.[1] He later made a second appearance for the club against Wimbledon. He played a key part in the club's FA Youth Cup team which reached the Semi-finals in 2004.[2] Roberts added a further two games to his appearance tally during the 2004-05 season in Crewe's 4–0 defeat to Sheffield United and a 1–1 draw with West Ham United.

The 2005-06 season proved to be the real first team breakthrough for Roberts, when he made 34 appearances, scoring two goals - against Millwall and Hull City, in Dario Gradi's side. In all of these games, Roberts failed to neither get yellow or red carded.[3]

Roberts became a key player in Crewe's bid for promotion in the 2006-07 season, playing mostly as a midfielder. In September 2006, he signed a new three-year deal at the club, keeping him at the south-Cheshire club until 2009.[1] He made 19 appearances during the season, scoring three goals - against Swansea City, Nottingham Forest and Yeovil Town. The first two goals coming from the penalty spot. He also received the first red card of his professional career in October 2006 against Bristol City.[4] On 10 June, 2008 Roberts was placed on the transfer list by Crewe.[1][5] Cardiff City were rumoured to be interested in signing Roberts[6] but a transfer never materialised.

Yeovil Town

Roberts joined Yeovil Town on loan, initially for four-months on 22 August, 2008.[7] After impressing during his loan spell at Huish Park, Roberts completed a permanent transfer to Yeovil on 31 October, 2008, for a nominal fee.[8]

On 5 August, 2009, Roberts was suspended by Yeovil Town for a breach of club discipline and was released by mutual consent.[9]

Rotherham United

Following Roberts' departure from Yeovil, he visited the Sporting Chance Clinic, admitting suffering from drink and gambling addictions. After his rehabilitation, he was offered a trial with League Two side Rotherham United, where he masterminded a reserves victory over Huddersfield Town. On 12th November, Roberts was offered a contract with the millers, manager Ronnie Moore commenting; "He's only 22 but has real talent and would be a great asset. His attitude is first class and he deserves a second chance."[10] On the 18th of November 2009 Roberts signed a 1 month contract with a view to extend it until the end of the season.He then played the next match in a derby match against bradford scoring a outsanding 50 yard free kick [11]

On 8th December the option to extend Gary's Rotherham deal until the end of the 2009-10 season.[12]

In Roberts' fifth appearance for the Millers, he scored his first goal for the club in spectacular fashion, in the 4-2 win over Yorkshire rivals Bradford City, scoring a free kick from 50 yards out, following up with his trademark "Swan" celebration.[13]

International career

Roberts has played for England at various levels including under-17 and under-18[14] as well as the England under-19 team.[1] On 20 May 2006, Roberts scored the winning goal as the England U-19's beat Northern Ireland U-19's 2–1 in a UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite qualification game.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Roberts pens new deal with Crewe". BBC Sport. 2006-09-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/crewe_alexandra/5367666.stm. Retrieved 2006-12-13.  
  2. ^ May, John (2004-05-17). "Young Crewe sail on". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/3519802.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  3. ^ "Gary Roberts Appearance Data 2005–2006". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=41174. Retrieved 2009-10-23.  
  4. ^ "Bristol City 2-1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 2007-10-14. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/5415554.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  5. ^ "Willing To Listen To Offers For Woodards And Roberts". Crewe Alexandra F.C.. 2008-06-10. http://www.crewealex.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10414~1325553,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  6. ^ "Cardiff play down link to Roberts". BBC Sport. 2008-07-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/crewe_alexandra/7493596.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-23.  
  7. ^ "Yeovil snap up midfielder Roberts". BBC Sport. 2008-08-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/y/yeovil/7577389.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-24.  
  8. ^ "Glovers tie up Roberts deal". SkySports. 2008-10-31. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11719_4435390,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-23.  
  9. ^ "Yeovil suspend midfielder Roberts". BBC Sport. 2009-08-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/y/yeovil/8185717.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-23.  
  10. ^ "Midfielder offered Millers chance". BBC Sport. 2009-11-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rotherham_utd/8356841.stm?.  
  11. ^ "Millers seal Roberts deal". 2009-11-18. http://www.themillers.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10360~1879085,00.html.  
  12. ^ "Midfielder Gary Roberts pens new Rotherham United deal". BBC Sport. 2009-12-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rotherham_utd/8401940.stm.  
  13. ^ "Bradford 2-4 Rotherham". BBC Sport. 2009-12-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_3/8398162.stm.  
  14. ^ "Player Profliles - Gary Roberts". Crewe Alexandra F.C.. http://www.crewealex.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10414~29573,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  15. ^ Mawhinney, Stuart (2006-05-20). "U19s back on track". The Football Association. http://www.thefa.com/England/U19s/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2006/05/England_northern_ireland.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  

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