William Roberts (footballer born 1863)
|Full name||William Roberts|
|Date of birth||1863|
|Place of birth||Rhyl, Wales|
|Date of death||Not known|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. |
† Appearances (Goals).
Roberts was born in Rhyl in north-east Wales and started his football career at his local club. At Rhyl, he was a "good dribbler and very tricky" who "combined well with his colleagues". He was an opportunistic player who excelled at "individual runs". As team captain, he helped Rhyl reach the final of the Northern Welsh F.A. in 1883.
His solitary international appearance came at the Kennington Oval against England on 3 February 1883 when he was a late replacement for , thus becoming the first international player from Rhyl. His international appearance was not a success as the match finished 5–0 in favour of the home country with three goals from Clement Mitchell. Roberts' performance was criticised for his lack of experience: "He may play fairly well for his own club but cannot be said to have been a success against England".
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