Gary Roberts, who is the Lilywhites longest serving manager having held the post since 2003, is a true 'Cambridge City' person. Can you think of another manager who would be out forking the pitch on the afternoon of a re-arranged cup time to help make certain that that evening's match went on.
Gary Roberts, who was born in Rhyl, Wales on April 5th, 1960, own playing career had seen him scored 78 goals in 215 Football League matches for Brentford. His career at Brentford was later ended through injury.
In October joined Brentford and was part of their team that played Liverpool in the Milk Cup as the League Cup was know at the time. The first leg was played at Brentford and Gary scored a special goal for them.
1st team matches: v Tring Town at home in Herts Charity Cup on August 13th, 1988. Scored v Bognor Regis Townaway in the Isthman Premier League on August 20th, 1988 v Grays Athletic away in the Isthman Premier League on August 30th, 1988. v Epsom and Ewell at home in isthman League Cupon September 13th, 1988. Scored. v Dagenham away in Isthman Premier League on September 19th, 1988. Scored. Total appearances: 5. Goals scored 3,
Stevenage Borough (1st spell)
Joined in 1988 before joining Baldock Town.
Baldock Town (1st spell)
1st team debut: v Berkhamstead at home in the Herts Charity Cup on August 10th, 1991. Scored.
Stevenage Borough (2nd spell)
Rejoined Stevenage Borough in December 1991 and saw out the 1991/92 season with them. In two spells with Stevenage made 26 appearances in the first team (plus 3 as a sub). he scored 14 goals.
Baldock Town (2nd spell)
1st match: v Tring Town away in the Herts Charity Cup on August 9th, 1994. Last match; v Clevedon Town away in the Southern League Division South on October 1st, 1994
During this spell he played up front briefly with Kevin Phillips. Phillips, who began his career as a full back before being converted into a forward by Baldcock and went on to play for England.
Cambridge City 22.10.1994 Alderstone Away Southern League Premier Scored 29.10.1994 Gravesend & Northfleet Away Southern League Premier Scored 2.9.1994 Histon Home Cambs Invitation Cup - 5.11.1994 Cheltenham Town Home Southern League Premier - 8.11.1994 Sudbury Town Home Southern League Cup - 19.11.1994 Worcester City Away Southern League Premier Scored 22.11.1994 Hertford Town Home East Anglia Cup - 26.11.1994 Gravesend & Northfleet Home Southern League Premier - 3.12.1994 Halesowen Town Away Southern League Premier Sub 6.12.1994 Gresley Rovers Away Southern League Premier - 10.12.1994 Hednesford Town Home Southern League Premier Sub 26.12.1994 Rushden & Diamonds Home Southern League Premier Scored 31.12.1994 Crawley Town Home Southern League Premier - 7.1.1995 Dorchester Town Away Southern League Premier - 14.1.1995 Halesowen Town Home Southern League Premier - 17.1.1995 Sudbury Town Away Southern League Premier - 28.1.1995 Solihull Borough Home Southern League Premier -
Having made his last appearance for City as an emergency centre half, Gary joined Braintree Town.
Braintree Town 1st Team Debut: v Fareham Town at home in the Southern League Division South on Feb 4th, 1995
Bishops Stortford 1st Team Debut: v Aveley Town at Aveley in the Eastern Flootlit Cup on February 13th, 1996 Last 1st team appearance: v Yeading at Yeading in the ICIS League Premeir Division on May 4th, 1996. 18 First team appearances
At the start of the 2001-02 season, Gary was appointed joint manager of St Albans with Steve Cook. He left St Albans in mid December 2002 with them 3rd in the Isthman Premier League and in following January was appointed manager of Cambridge City.
I must specially thank both Bishops Stortford and St Albans Football Clubs for providing me with the details of the matches Gary played for them.