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Key Facts

Full name
Frank George Roberts

Known as
Frank Roberts


27 February 1912

26 June 1989 (aged 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 68d
Last game: 29y 142d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 34, 28
Melbourne: 19

Recruited from
Sandhurst (1933); St. Kilda (1936)

Family links
Cyril Gambetta (Cousin)

Frank Roberts

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1933-193427441.6341%10.001.000
V/AFL1933-1934, 1936-1941113490.4364%13.753.0020
Total1933-1934, 1936-1941113490.4364%13.753.0020

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,031st player to appear, 2,008th most games played, 2,028th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 682nd player to appear, 496th most games played, 149th most goals kickedMelbourne: 548th player to appear, 189th most games played, 564th most goals kicked

A product of the Sandhurst Football Club Frank Roberts was a useful performer for St Kilda in 27 VFL games in 1933-4. Playing mainly as a forward, he kicked tallies of 24 and 20 goals across the two seasons.

After spending the 1935 season back at Sandhurst Roberts returned to the VFL with Melbourne. This time playing chiefly in defence he proved himself a top quality performer, helping the Demons to consecutive grand final wins in 1939-40 as well as twice representing Victoria. In the former grand final, playing on a half back flank, he was a widespread choice as the best player afield in a 53 point thrashing of Collingwood. The Melbourne phase of his career, which spanned the years 1936 to 1941, saw him add 86 games and 5 goals to his respective tallies.

Author - John Devaney


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.