An FA Cup and UEFA Cup winner at Tottenham Hotspur, defender Graham Roberts didn’t quite reach the same heights in his time at Broadhall Way. But, of course he didn’t. At that time, we were only two months into our first campaign in the Conference; Roberts arriving at Boro’ in October 1994. In a spell that stretched (just about) into the New Year, he made 11 appearances for us – starting with his debut against Dagenham and Redbridge.
But the defender was on his way in January 1995, moving back towards his original neck of the woods as manager of Yeovil Town. For whatever reason, he had some beef with us when we took on Newcastle United in the 1997-8 FA Cup. In a bizarre incident involving a fax machine (pipe down Oxford), the Glovers suspended Roberts for two weeks and then let him go by “mutual consent”.
Graham Roberts: Before Boro’
Apart from his time at Spurs during the early 1980s, Roberts also turned out for Rangers and West Brom among others. It all started for the defender down at Dorchester Town in 1978, before moving on to neighbours Weymouth. You can also count Chelsea in the list of his former clubs, but it was a spell at Slough Town that came right before his time with us. He won six England caps too.
Graham Roberts: After Boro’… and Yeovil
Upon leaving Huish Park, Roberts wound up at Chesham United as player-manager. His managerial career soon kicked into gear too. Hertford, Boreham Wood, Carshalton and Braintree all fell under his leadership, before a move back north of the border landed him in the Clyde hotseat. Naturally, the next step from Scottish League Division One after he left the Bully Wee in 2006 (under a cloud) was to take charge of Pakistan four years later. He also led Nepal for a brief time, before stepping down after a 3-0 loss to Turkmenistan.