Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Ian Roberts

Known as
Ian Roberts

3 April 1957 (age 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 88d
Last game: 34y 60d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 17, 5

Ian Roberts

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,099th player to appear, 1,164th most games played, 2,776th most goals kickedSydney: 1,072nd player to appear, 60th most games played, 230th most goals kicked

Ian Roberts commenced his senior football career with Frankston and the 1978 VFA second division grand final saw him lining up on a half forward flank as the Dolphins held off a determined Camberwell combination by 14 points.

The 1979 season saw Roberts commencing his VFL career with South Melbourne, the club he had supported as a boy. He proved a very loyal servant of the Swans in 151 games over thirteen seasons. Unlike some of his team mates he had no qualms about relocating to Sydney in 1983[1] and proceeded to produce some of the best football of his career. A wingman early in his time with the Swans he later impressed and might be said to have made his name as a permanent back pocket. His games tally would have been considerably higher had he not succumbed to injury so often, a by-product of his predilection for repeatedly hurling his lightweight (180cm, 73kg) frame 'where angels fear to tread'.

Author - John Devaney


1. The Swans began playing home matches in Sydney in 1982 but the players still lived, worked and trained in Melbourne. From 1983, however, players were expected to relocate to Sydney.


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.