Powerful defender David Frazer Roberts joined Hull City in February 1975 for a £70,000 fee. In his prime years, Roberts slotted straight into John Kaye’s first team and was a regular pick for 14 months. Roberts was not selected for much of 1976/77 season as Kaye preferred Stuart Croft and Paul Haigh as his centre back pairing. After a loan spell in the USA Roberts returned to first team action in April 1977 and was chosen regularly during 1977/78 by a merry-go-round of managers – John Kaye, Bobby Collins and Ken Houghton. His presence was not sufficient for City to avoid relegation to the Third Division and he left the Tigers in the 1978 close season.
Roberts was born in Southampton to Welsh parents but started his career at Fulham, signing professional terms in September 1967. He spent three and a half years at Craven Cottage and made 22 league appearances. In February 1971 he joined Oxford United for a £5,000 fee. He missed only a dozen league games over the next four years as Oxford scuffed around the lower half of the Second Division, making his name as an elegant and hard tackling defensive force. This form attracted the attention of Hull City, who were Oxford’s opponents a few weeks before his transfer.
In August 1978 Roberts joined Cardiff City, returning to the Division Two mid-table obscurity that had served him well throughout the 1970s. He made 28 starts in his first season with the Bluebirds but dropped out of the first team in September 1979 and was only able to return 13 months later. He played few games in 1980/81 and left Cardiff in the 1981 close season. After two seasons at Tsuen Wan in the Hong Kong league, Roberts drew a close to his playing career in 1983. After football he returned to South Wales and sold newspaper advertising space.
Roberts was selected for the Wales under-23 side twice, in November 1972 against England and against Scotland in March 1973. He made his senior debut two weeks later against Poland and over the next five years won 17 international caps, 11 of which were while playing for Hull City.
Date/Place of Birth: 26 January 1949, Southampton
Hull City First Game: 15 February 1975, Manchester United A (Division Two), 26 years, 20 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 April 1978, Bristol Rovers H (Division Two), 29 years, 93 days old
Fulham (1967-1971), Oxford United (1971-1975), Hull City (1975-1978), Chicago Sting (1977, loan), Cardiff City (1978-1981), Tsuen Wan (1981-1983)
Hull City Record
Career: 98 apps, 4 goalsDave Roberts
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