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Key Facts

Full name
Neville P. Roberts

Known as
Neville Roberts


6 March 1955

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 30d
Last game: 22y 188d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
West Torrens, Richmond, Norwood

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 15, 2

Recruited from
West Torrens (1975); Richmond (1978); West Torrens (1982)

Hall of fame
South Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2006)

Neville Roberts

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West TorrensSANFL1973-1974, 1978-1981981982.02

AFL: 8,714th player to appear, 3,999th most games played, 1,197th most goals kickedRichmond: 768th player to appear, 301st most games played, 89th most goals kicked


Neville Roberts, who began his league career with West Torrens in 1973, was a quick, highly skilled half forward or forward who marked and kicked extremely well. After two seasons with the Eagles he joined VFL side Richmond, where he played 48 games and kicked 81 goals over the next three years. A second stint at West Torrens followed, with Roberts showing the benefits of his spell in the VFL by developing into one of the most eye-catching players in South Australia. He topped Torrens' goal kicking list in 1980 with 47 goals and all told kicked precisely 200 goals in 96 games for the club before crossing to Norwood in 1982. 

In his debut season with the Redlegs he played in a premiership team, while in the grand final of two years later, against arch-rival Port Adelaide, he booted 6 goals from a forward pocket to be one of the best afield as Norwood edged home by 9 points. By this stage of his career, Roberts was playing most of his football on the full forward line, and he topped his club's goal kicking list in 1982 with 85 goals, 1983 (117), 1984 (106) and 1985 (71). 

He retired at the end of the 1987 season after playing 108 games and kicking 413 goals for the Redlegs. He also represented South Australia 5 times (twice as captain) and Victoria once. He captained the Eagles in 1980 and 1981, and the Redlegs in 1985 and 1986. 

After his playing days were over, Roberts became a respected media commentator, before returning to Norwood as senior coach in 2000. In two seasons at the helm he oversaw fifth and fourth place finishes.

Arguably Neville Roberts' best football came during his six season stint at the Parade, a fact that was endorsed with his selection in a forward pocket in Norwood's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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