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Chelsea FC Profile: Bob McRoberts

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Full Name: Robert McRoberts

Born: Monday, 29th June 1874
Place of birth: Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: Friday, 27th February 1959 (aged 84)
Place of death: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
Burial: Cremated - Landican Cemetery and Crematorium, Birkenhead, Wirral and commemorated in their book of remembrance

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1905 to 1909

Playing Career:

Albion Rovers
Gainsborough Trinity
Small Heath
Chelsea (Aug 1905 to Dec 1909) - cost: £100

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 2nd September 1905, Stockport County 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 31 years 2 months 4 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 24th October 1908, Blackburn Rovers 2 - 0 Chelsea

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 23rd January 1909, Chelsea 1 - 1 Sheffield United


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 34100035
1906 / 07 35000035
1907 / 08 20100021
1908 / 09 15000015


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 900009
1906 / 07 100001

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Bob McRoberts made 106 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League2nd Sep 1905Stockport County10Chelsea7,000 match lost
League9th Sep 1905Blackpool01Chelsea4,000 match won
League11th Sep 1905Chelsea51Hull City6,000 match won
League16th Sep 1905Bradford City11Chelsea17,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League23rd Sep 1905Chelsea10West Bromwich Albion10,123 match won scored 1 goal
League30th Sep 1905Leicester Fosse01Chelsea7,000 match won
League14th Oct 1905Lincoln City14Chelsea3,000 match won scored 1 goal
League21st Oct 1905Chelsea01Chesterfield Town10,000 match lost
F.A. Cup28th Oct 1905Southern United01Chelsea7,000 match won Captain
League30th Oct 1905Burslem Port Vale32Chelsea5,000 match lost
League4th Nov 1905Chelsea60Barnsley8,000 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League11th Nov 1905Clapton Orient03Chelsea8,000 match won
League18th Nov 1905Chelsea10Burnley8,000 match won scored 1 goal
League25th Nov 1905Leeds City00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League2nd Dec 1905Chelsea30Burton United7,000 match won
League9th Dec 1905Chelsea20Grimsby Town7,000 match won
League16th Dec 1905Gainsborough Trinity02Chelsea8,000 match won
League23rd Dec 1905Chelsea00Bristol City25,000 match drawn
League25th Dec 1905Manchester United00Chelsea35,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1905Glossop24Chelsea6,000 match won scored 1 goal
League30th Dec 1905Chelsea42Stockport County12,000 match won
League6th Jan 1906Chelsea60Blackpool6,000 match won
League20th Jan 1906Chelsea42Bradford City14,000 match won
League27th Jan 1906West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League5th Feb 1906Chelsea33Leicester Fosse6,000 match drawn
League10th Feb 1906Hull City43Chelsea7,000 match lost
League17th Feb 1906Chelsea42Lincoln City3,000 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League24th Feb 1906Chesterfield Town02Chelsea7,000 match won
League3rd Mar 1906Chelsea70Burslem Port Vale10,000 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League31st Mar 1906Chelsea40Leeds City9,000 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League7th Apr 1906Burton United24Chelsea10,000 match won
League13th Apr 1906Chelsea11Manchester United67,000 match drawn
League14th Apr 1906Grimsby Town11Chelsea6,000 match drawn
League21st Apr 1906Chelsea13Gainsborough Trinity10,000 match lost
League28th Apr 1906Bristol City21Chelsea14,000 match lost
League1st Sep 1906Chelsea92Glossop12,000 match won
League8th Sep 1906Blackpool00Chelsea6,000 match drawn
League15th Sep 1906Chelsea51Bradford City10,000 match won
League22nd Sep 1906West Bromwich Albion12Chelsea25,562 match won
League29th Sep 1906Chelsea10Leicester Fosse20,000 match won
League6th Oct 1906Nottingham Forest31Chelsea24,000 match lost Captain
League13th Oct 1906Chelsea20Lincoln City10,000 match won Captain
League20th Oct 1906Burton United21Chelsea4,000 match lost Captainscored 1 goal
League27th Oct 1906Chelsea20Grimsby Town18,000 match won Captain
League3rd Nov 1906Burslem Port Vale20Chelsea5,000 match lost Captain
League10th Nov 1906Chelsea20Burnley10,000 match won Captain
League17th Nov 1906Leeds City01Chelsea8,000 match won Captain
League24th Nov 1906Chelsea21Barnsley14,000 match won Captain
League1st Dec 1906Chesterfield Town00Chelsea6,000 match drawn Captain
League8th Dec 1906Wolverhampton Wanderers12Chelsea8,000 match won Captain
League15th Dec 1906Chelsea21Clapton Orient15,000 match won Captain
League22nd Dec 1906Gainsborough Trinity11Chelsea3,000 match drawn Captain
League25th Dec 1906Hull City01Chelsea16,000 match won Captain
League29th Dec 1906Glossop01Chelsea4,000 match won Captain
League1st Jan 1907Stockport County12Chelsea7,000 match won Captain
League5th Jan 1907Chelsea30Blackpool15,000 match won Captain
League26th Jan 1907Chelsea20West Bromwich Albion41,168 match won Captain
League2nd Feb 1907Leicester Fosse11Chelsea17,000 match drawn Captain
League9th Feb 1907Chelsea02Nottingham Forest15,000 match lost Captain
League16th Feb 1907Lincoln City05Chelsea3,000 match won Captain
League23rd Feb 1907Chelsea10Burton United11,000 match won Captain
League2nd Mar 1907Grimsby Town21Chelsea6,000 match lost Captain
League4th Mar 1907Chelsea20Stockport County8,000 match won Captain
League9th Mar 1907Chelsea21Burslem Port Vale8,000 match won Captain
League16th Mar 1907Burnley11Chelsea7,000 match drawn Captain
League19th Mar 1907Bradford City63Chelsea6,000 match lost Captain
League23rd Mar 1907Chelsea20Leeds City25,000 match won Captain
League29th Mar 1907Chelsea30Hull City48,000 match won Captain
League30th Mar 1907Barnsley31Chelsea5,000 match lost Captain
League6th Apr 1907Chelsea71Chesterfield Town12,000 match won Captain
League7th Sep 1907Chelsea24Sheffield United25,000 match lost Captain
League14th Sep 1907Newcastle United10Chelsea35,000 match lost Captain
League21st Sep 1907Nottingham Forest60Chelsea20,000 match lost Captain
League23rd Sep 1907Chelsea20Newcastle United20,000 match won Captain
League28th Sep 1907Chelsea14Manchester United30,000 match lost Captain
League1st Jan 1908Middlesbrough31Chelsea30,000 match lost Captain
League25th Jan 1908Manchester United10Chelsea30,000 match lost Captain
F.A. Cup1st Feb 1908Manchester United10Chelsea25,184 match lost Captain
League8th Feb 1908Bolton Wanderers12Chelsea18,000 match won Captain
League15th Feb 1908Chelsea22Birmingham30,000 match drawn Captain
League29th Feb 1908Chelsea21Sunderland32,000 match won Captain
League7th Mar 1908Woolwich Arsenal00Chelsea30,000 match drawn Captain
League14th Mar 1908Chelsea31The Wednesday30,000 match won Captain
League21st Mar 1908Bristol City00Chelsea15,000 match drawn Captain
League1st Apr 1908Everton03Chelsea10,000 match won Captain
League4th Apr 1908Manchester City03Chelsea40,000 match won Captain
League11th Apr 1908Chelsea00Preston North End40,000 match drawn Captain
League18th Apr 1908Bury11Chelsea11,000 match drawn Captain
League20th Apr 1908Chelsea02Liverpool40,000 match lost Captain
League25th Apr 1908Chelsea13Aston Villa30,000 match lost Captain
League29th Apr 1908Chelsea12Notts County10,000 match lost Captain
League1st Sep 1908Chelsea00Preston North End25,000 match drawn Captain
League5th Sep 1908Liverpool21Chelsea25,000 match lost Captain
League7th Sep 1908Preston North End60Chelsea6,000 match lost Captain
League12th Sep 1908Chelsea41Bury50,000 match won Captain
League19th Sep 1908Sheffield United13Chelsea15,000 match won Captain
League21st Sep 1908Chelsea21Nottingham Forest20,000 match won Captain
League26th Sep 1908Chelsea02Aston Villa40,000 match lost Captain
League3rd Oct 1908Nottingham Forest21Chelsea18,000 match lost Captain
League24th Oct 1908Blackburn Rovers20Chelsea15,000 match lost Captain
League31st Oct 1908Chelsea11Bradford City30,000 match drawn Captain
League7th Nov 1908Manchester United01Chelsea20,000 match won Captain
League28th Nov 1908Chelsea12Woolwich Arsenal55,000 match lost Captain
League5th Dec 1908Notts County30Chelsea12,000 match lost Captain
League12th Dec 1908Chelsea12Newcastle United25,000 match lost Captain
League23rd Jan 1909Chelsea11Sheffield United25,000 match drawn Captain

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1905 / 06 4
1907 / 08 3
1908 / 09 1

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals

1905 / 06 2

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Bob McRoberts made 8 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly19th Aug 1905Chelsea10Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly4th Sep 1905Chelsea40Liverpool6,000 match won scored 2 goals
Friendly6th Nov 1905Chelsea03Everton3,000 match lost
Friendly20th Nov 1905Southampton52Chelsea3,000 match lost
Friendly20th Aug 1907Chelsea22Chelseaunknown match drawn
Friendly31st Aug 1907Chelsea14Chelseaunknown match won
Friendly3rd May 1908Everton40Chelsea4,000 match lost
London Prof. Charity Fund7th Dec 1908Chelsea01Woolwich Arsenal6,000 match lost

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1905 / 06 4
1906 / 07 3
1907 / 08 3
1909 / 10 1

Non-First-Team Goals

1905 / 06 2

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Bob McRoberts made 11 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League7th Oct 1905Brighton And Hove Albion11Chelseaunknown match drawn
Reserve League11th Jan 1906Chelsea40Watfordunknown match won
Reserve League13th Jan 1906Chelsea51Barnet Alston Worksunknown match won scored 2 goals
Friendly17th Apr 1906Chelsea02Sparta Rotterdam2,000 match lost
Reserve League3rd Sep 1906Fulham00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
Reserve League1st Oct 1906Bristol Rovers11Chelsea8,000 match drawn
Reserve League26th Dec 1906Chelsea21Fulham16,000 match won
Reserve League7th Dec 1907Clapton Orient30Chelsea2,000 match lost
Friendly14th Dec 1907Chelsea21Dumfriesunknown match won
Reserve League21st Dec 1907Woolwich Arsenal10Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly25th Apr 1910Chelsea43Arthur Thomas Memorial Cup Competition XIunknown match won

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Chelsea FC Player Bob McRoberts

Games Won: 54
Win Percentage: 50.94%
Starts as Captain: 67
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 106 appearances, Bob McRoberts played alongside the following 46 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Ted Birnie (52)
Billy Brawn (27)
Ron Brebner (1)
Billy Bridgeman (38)
Robert Bush (4)
Michael Byrne (3)
Jack Cameron (31)
Bill Cartwright (7)
David Copeland (24)
Charles Donaghy (1)
Angus Douglas (4)
Norrie Fairgray (25)
William Foulke (31)
James Frost (22)
Johnny Goodwin (1)
Charles Harris (1)
George Henderson (40)
George Hilsdon (60)
Percy Humphreys (19)
George Kennedy (2)
George Key (41)
Jack Kirwan (65)
Frank Lyon (6)
Bob Mackie (39)
David McCartney (1)
Tommy McDermott (30)
Bob McEwan (18)
Jimmy Miller (1)
Tommy Miller (78)
Martin Moran (49)
Francis O'Hara (1)
Frank Pearson (26)
Willie Porter (3)
Peter Proudfoot (9)
Jacky Robertson (32)
James Robertson (28)
Arthur Robinson (2)
Fred Rouse (16)
Jimmy Stark (14)
Joseph Walton (33)
Ben Warren (15)
James Watson (13)
Ben Whitehouse (2)
Bob Whiting (37)
Jack Whitley (31)
Jimmy Windridge (77)