Neville Roberts

Neville P. "Rocky" Roberts (born 6 March 1955) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Victorian Football League (VFL). He played with West Torrens, Richmond and Norwood. His interstate career consisted of games for both South Australia (five games) and Victoria (one game). He was South Australian state captain in 1984 and 1985.[1]

Neville Roberts
Personal information
Full name Neville P. Roberts
Nickname(s) Rocky
Date of birth (1955-03-06) 6 March 1955
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Position(s) Half-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1973–74, 1978–81 West Torrens 095 (198)
1975–77 Richmond 048 0(81)
1982–87 Norwood 108 (413)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2000–2001 Norwood 43 (22–21–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1987.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

West Torrens (1973–1974)

Roberts, a half-forward, played two seasons in his first stint at West Torrens, in 1973 and 1974.[2]

Richmond (1975–1977)

He was signed by Richmond in March 1975, for a fee of $40,000 and made 17 appearances for the VFL club in his debut season, which included three finals.[3][4] In 1976, his second season, Roberts played 13 games.[4] He appeared in a further 18 fixtures in 1977, from which he kicked 31 goals, his highest goal tally at Richmond.[4]

West Torrens (1978–1981)

In 1978 he returned to West Torrens and would play four more seasons with the club. He was captain of West Torrens in 1980 and 1981.[1]

Norwood (1982–1987)

Roberts made his way to Norwood in 1982, and moving to full forward he would prove to be a prolific goal-kicker. He topped the Redlegs goal-kicking every year from 1982 to 1985. His 111 goals in 1983 was the first time a Norwood player had kicked over 100 goals in a league season and remains a club record, though as Sturt champion Rick Davies kicked a league record 151 goals in the same year Roberts didn't win the Ken Farmer Medal. Roberts was a member of Norwood's 1982 and 1984 premiership teams, contributing six goals in the 1984 Grand Final. He captained Norwood in 1985 and 1986.[5]


In 2000, Roberts was appointed senior coach of Norwood, a job he held for two seasons, in which they finished fourth and fifth respectively.


He is a forward pocket in Norwood's official Team of the Century and in 2006 was inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame.[6]


  1. "Neville Roberts". Australian Football.
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
  3. The Age, "$40,000 Tiger cub", 13 March 1975, p. 16
  4. AFL Tables: Neville Roberts
  5. "History - Honour Roll". Norwood Football Club.
  6. "SA Football Hall of Fame - Neville Roberts". SANFL.
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