Neil Roberts (Australian footballer)

Neil E. Roberts (born 15 June 1933) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Neil Roberts
Life-size bronze statue of Neil Roberts
Personal information
Date of birth (1933-06-15) 15 June 1933
Original team(s) Melbourne High School
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 84.5 kg (186 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1952–1962 St Kilda 169 (40)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1962.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,
For the former North American soccer player from South Africa, see Neill Roberts.

Roberts played with St Kilda on the forward line initially but later excelled as a centre half back, winning the Brownlow Medal in 1958. He captained the side from 1959 to 1962 before retiring at 29 years of age and commencing a career in sports journalism. He was inducted to the Saints inaugural Hall of Fame in 2003.

His son, Michael Roberts, also played for the Saints and is now a sports broadcaster.

Neil Roberts was the officer in charge of Mawson base, Antarctica, 1971–1973. He has now retired to farming.


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