Full Name: Dale James Roberts

Dob: 08-10-1956

Pob: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, GB

Position: Centre Half

Era: Professional

Club Appearance Record

SeasonTot AppsTot Goals
1972-73 0 0
1973-74 0 0
1974-75 1 0
1975-76 1 0
1976-77 15(1) 0
1977-78 4(1) 0
1978-79 1 0
1979-80 0 0
TOTALS 22(2) 0

Career Appearance Record

ClubDate SignedDate LeftFee
Ipswich Town November 1972 February 1980 Youth Team
Atlanta Chiefs 1979 1979 On Loan
Hull City February 1980 July 1986 £50,000
North Ferriby United July 1986 July 1987 -
Bridlington Town July 1987 July 1988 -

(7) Comments

  • Represented England at Youth/U-16 level at least once during the 1974-75 season. If you have details of these caps we would like to hear from you.

  • After having to retire from the Pro game at Hull City after a pelvic injury, Dale played non league for North Ferriby United and Bridlington Town whilst learning to be a driving instructor. He gave that up when offered the youth coach job back at Hull City. He then followed George Burley to Ayr United, Colchester then Ipswich

  • I was at school mate of Dales, at Chantry School in Morpeth, and was greatly saddened to learn of his death. I will always remember his tremendous excitement at being signed up by Bobby Robson, and Ipswich Town. So much so that he wouldn`t stay on at school to take his "O" levels and left early in the school year to start his football career at the earliest opportunity. Seeing him playing for Ipswich at Newcastle a few years later, I thought then that he had made it, but unfortunately for him that Ipswich side was spoilt for choice in quality defenders and he didn`t get the chance to play many first team appearances. As his cousin states in the comments section, even as a teenager he was a fair and decent individual and there aren`t many boys in their early teens you could say that about them.

  • Lance Jackson Sunday 07-09-2003

    Dale is my cousin. He always made his family proud and not just because he was a footballer. He was one of the most decent human beings it has ever been my priviledge to meet. Dale was patient and polite to everyone. He was often surrounded by people who wanted his autograph and he always made time for them. He was a tremendous ambassador for the game and more importantly for those in his family who loved him.He is and will remain sadly missed.

  • Jim Grant mentions above that Dale may have played for the Atlanta Chiefs in the NASL. Have just been looking through some match programmes and there is article in the one for Town v Birmingham game (17/4/79) that mentions that two Town players would be playing in the NASL during the summer. Roger Osborne for the Detroit Express and Dale Roberts for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Hope that helps!

  • Initially signed school boy forms in November 1972, became an apprentice in January 1973 and turned pro in September 1974, making his first debut three months later against Birmingham at St Andrews. Won two Youth Cup winners medals in 1973 and 1975. A regular reserve side player that due to the embarrasment of riches that Robson's Town had in defence in the late 1970's and early 1980's never had the chance to shine on a regular basis in the first team.

  • Very Sad to hear of Dale's death. Didn't he play for Atlanta Chiefs 1979/1981 in the NAFL?

Contract Info

  • Dale Roberts joined Ipswich Town in November 1972 + Signed Schoolboy Forms

    He became an Ipswich Town Apprentice in January 1973.

    He signed a Professional Contract with Ipswich Town in September 1974 - The Professional Contract Period Is Unknown.

    He was on a loan with Atlanta Chiefs from Ipswich Town - Some Time During In 1979.

    He joined Hull City from Ipswich Town in February 1980 - For A Fee Of £50,000 + The Contract, Period Is Unknown.

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