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Dudley Roberts

Personal information
Full nameDudley Edward Roberts
Place of birthDerby, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Dudley Edward Roberts (born 16 October 1945 in Derby) is a retired English footballer who played in The Football League for four different clubs in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a tall centre-forward who is probably best remembered from his six-year spell at Mansfield Town.

Roberts, the son of former Coventry City striker Ted Roberts, began his career at his father's old club, signing a professional contract in November 1963. However, despite a good goalscoring record, he only played a handful of games for the Sky Blues, and moved to Mansfield Town in March 1968, making his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Roberts' greatest moment of fame came on 26 February 1969, when Roberts scored the first goal in Mansfield's shock 3 0 win against West Ham United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The following year, he had a goal disallowed when Mansfield lost 2 0 against Leeds United, also in the fifth round of the FA Cup. He also had a goal disallowed in the goalless draw against Liverpool the same year in the League Cup, denying Mansfield a famous victory.

In league competition, Roberts was Mansfield's top scorer in 1969 70 and 1970 71. He scored four goals in Mansfield's 6 2 win against Tranmere Rovers on 27 February 1971, and also scored a hat-trick on two other occasions.

Roberts left Mansfield in the February 1974, having scored 73 goals in 230 games for the club. He subsequently joined Scunthorpe United. He also had a short loan spell at Doncaster Rovers in early 1973. He retired from the game in 1976 due to injury, and settled in the Mansfield area.

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