Player profile

John Roberts

John Roberts

Birthdate: 15 March 1910
Birthplace: Blundellsands, Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Marine, Orrell, Northern Nomads, Blundellsands, Southport (1931-33), Wigan Athletic (1934-35), Port Vale (1935-40); Wrexham (wartime guest)
Bought from: Southport
Signed for LFC: May 1933
Liverpool debut: 04.09.1933
Last appearance: 04.09.1933
Contract expiry: June 1934
Win ratio: 0% W:0 D:1 L:0
LFC league games/goals: 1 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 1 / 0

Player profile

"Nipper" Roberts, as he was commonly called, played just once for the club, when he was selected to replace Sam English for the visit to Stoke City on 4 September 1933. A 1-1 draw meant that Liverpool's miserable start to the 1933/34 season continued. Roberts was quite successful with Wigan Athletic in the Cheshire league, scoring 54 goals in 57 matches in an 18-month period. He joined second division side Port Vale in December 1935. By the end of his first season Port Vale had been relegated. "Nipper" was very prolific with the Valiants, scoring 56 goals in 95 League games until World War II finished his League career. He was an all-round sportsman and even featured in England's baseball team. He served with the Irish Guards during the war and was captured in Tunisia. He attracted widespread attention when he escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy and walked 400 miles to freedom despite a broken neck.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 0 0 0 1
1933-1934 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
1 Stoke City
Total Competition
1 League

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 04.09.1933 Stoke City Victoria Ground League
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