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Ben Roberts (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameBen James Roberts
Date of birth22 June 1975(age 41)
Place of birthBishop Auckland, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper (semi-retired)
Club information
Current clubCharlton Athletic (Player/Goalkeeper Coach)

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Ben James Roberts (born 22 June 1975 in Bishop Auckland) is a former English footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently goalkeeper coach at Charlton Athletic.

Roberts began his career with Middlesbrough, making 16 league appearances in seven seasons, including the 1997 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, where they lost 2 0 to Chelsea and the League Cup Final Replay against Leicester at Hillsborough. Whilst at Boro he had loan spells with Hartlepool United, Wycombe Wanderers, Bradford City and Millwall before transferring to Charlton Athletic. Whilst with Charlton he had further loan spells at Reading, Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion before a permanent move to Brighton in 2003.

After helping Brighton to promotion in the 2004 League One Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium, a recurrent back injury forced him to retire in 2005 at the age of 29. He then graduated from Roehampton University with a First Class Honors Degree in Sports Science and Coaching and won the Adidas 'Pursuit of Excellence' award for his dissertation entitled ‘A Biomechanical Analysis of a Football Goalkeepers Jumping Technique’.

In June 2009 he was appointed as goalkeeper coach and chief scout at Yeovil Town. He made his Yeovil Town debut in the 3 - 3 draw with Swindon on 30 October 2010, replacing Stephen Henderson at half time who suffered a head injury.

On 29 December, he left Yeovil Town for League One rivals Charlton Athletic.

He was also capped for England at under-21 level.

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