Ken Roberts (footballer, born 1936)

Kenneth Owen Roberts (27 March 1936 – 6 February 2021) was a Welsh professional footballer who played as a winger with Wrexham and Aston Villa.[1] He later achieved managerial success with Chester.

Ken Roberts
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Owen Roberts
Date of birth (1936-03-27)27 March 1936
Place of birth Cefn Mawr, Wrexham, Wales
Date of death 6 February 2021(2021-02-06) (aged 84)
Position(s) Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1953 Wrexham 1 (0)
1953–58 Aston Villa 38 (3)
Total 39 (3)
Teams managed
1968–1976 Chester
1983–1984 Oswestry Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Roberts made his Football League debut for Wrexham in 1951, when aged just 15 years and 158 days old, equalling the 1929 record of Bradford Park Avenue's Albert Geldard for the youngest League player. This record stood until beaten by Reuben Noble-Lazarus of Barnsley in 2008.[2]

He later joined Aston Villa and added 38 league outings and three goals to his tally.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

Roberts became manager of Chester in March 1968, and remained in charge until September 1976 when he became general manager.[3] The highlight of this reign came in 1974–75, when Chester reached the Football League Cup semi-finals and won promotion from Division Four.

He later returned to the dugout as manager of Oswestry Town in 1983, spending a year in the role.[4] He also coached at Wrexham and Roberts would later rejoin Chester as chief scout.

Roberts died on 6 February 2021 aged 84.[5]


  1. ^ a b Football League Stats - Aston Villa players
  2. ^ "Barnsley schoolboy makes history". BBC. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Roberts' Football League managerial career at Soccerbase
  4. ^ Oswestry Town managers
  5. ^ "Ken Roberts: Wrexham's record youngest player dies aged 84". BBC Sport. 6 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.