Dale Roberts (footballer, born 1956)

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Dale Roberts
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-10-08)8 October 1956
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Date of death 5 February 2003(2003-02-05) (aged 46)
Place of death Ipswich, England
Position(s) Centre-half
Youth career
197?–1974 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1980 Ipswich Town 18 (0)
1979Atlanta Chiefs (loan)[1] 14 (0)
1980–1986 Hull City 182 (?)
1986–1987 North Ferriby United ? (?)
1987–1988 Bridlington Town ? (?)
Managerial career
1989–1993 Hull City (youth team coach)
1993–1996 Ayr United (assistant manager)
1994 Colchester United (assistant manager)
1994–1995 Colchester United (caretaker)
1995–2003 Ipswich Town (assistant manager)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Dale Roberts (8 October 1956 – 5 February 2003), was a British football player, a centre-half who started his playing career at Ipswich Town

Roberts was born in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Playing career[edit]

He was on the Ipswich team at the same time as other centre-half players such as Kevin Beattie, Allan Hunter, Russell Osman and Terry Butcher. He played 24 games[2] before he moved on to Hull City making 182 appearances as the club moved up from fourth to the second division, before retiring through injury. He later had spells with non league North Ferriby United and Bridlington Town.

Coaching career[edit]

He started his coaching career at Hull City where he was reunited with manager Colin Appleton who made him a youth team coach.[3] In 1993, he joined up with long-time friend George Burley at Ayr United as an assistant manager before the pair moved to Colchester United where he became caretaker manager in 1994 after Burley left abruptly to join Ipswich. In 1995, he returned to Ipswich as George Burley's assistant manager.[2] Many Ipswich supporters share the memory of Roberts and Burley dancing on the Wembley pitch just after Martijn Reuser had scored the fourth goal in the play-off final. Roberts went on to lead the reserves to the FA Premier Reserve League (South) Championship title in the 2001–02 season.


He died on 5 February 2003, at home in Ipswich, aged 46, after a two-year battle against cancer.[2]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Won %!
Colchester United (Caretaker) England 24 November 1994 12 January 1995 5 1 1 3 20




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  2. ^ a b c "Ipswich Town assistant manager dies". BBC Sport. 5 February 2003. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
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  4. ^ Pearce, Steve (12 April 2013). "Talbot, Brazil and Stockwell added to roll of honour at Town". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.