Mark Roberts Player Profile
Debut: Wrexham (H, 1-2), 29/11/2008
One of the most significant signings made by Stevenage in recent seasons, the impact that Mark Roberts had on the fortunes of the club was both rapid and profound. His place at the heart of our defence from the word go helped to steady a ship; one that was rocking after a poor run of form in November 2008.
Roberts’ arrival coincided with the start of a run of results that led Boro’ into the 2008-9 Blue Square Premier playoffs and the FA Trophy Final. Made captain after Steve Morison left, the affectionately named ‘Shirley’ (after the Eastenders character) became one of Boro’s all-time greats.
Chipping in with goals against former club Northwich Victoria and former arch-rivals Altrincham illustrated his all-round capabilities; expectations were, therefore, high for the player’s first full-season at Broadhall Way.
Robbo went on to become the first captain to lead Stevenage into the Football League, before leading the side into npower League One too. The Non-League Double may have eluded him, but he added himself to an illustrious rollcall of Boro’ greats; his no compromise attitude and immense presence at the back much loved by the fans.
Stats do not include expunged Chester City fixtures in 2009-10.