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Tony Roberts

Norwich Career: Trial (July 1998)
Current Club: Arsenal (Goalkeeping Coach)
Date of Birth: 04/08/1969 (Holyhead)
Nationality: Welsh

Biography

Welsh goalkeeper Tony Roberts came to Carrow Road on trial in July 1998. He played for the Reserves in a 5-2 victory over Sudbury Wanderers and in a 0-0 draw with Heybridge Swifts. Tony was attracted to Carrow Road as he had worked with manager Bruce Rioch when Rioch was at Queen's Park Rangers (Tony's only other club). Tony made over 100 appearances for QPR and gained full international honours with Wales making his debut in a 1993 clash with the Republic of Ireland.
Tony opted to stay in London and join Millwall in early August 1998 with the Lions paying no fee for him under the conditions of the Bosman agreement.

Tony announced his retirement at the end of February 1999 when a surgeon informed him that if he continued playing and injured his hand again, he might lose a finger.

Sport First revealed on 20th June 1999 that Tony had joined St Albans City of the Rymans League. After a successful season in Hertfordshire, Tony moved to Rymans League champions Dagenham & Redbridge as they prepared for the 2000/01 season in the Football Conference. His form won him a call-up and a cap for the Welsh semi-professional squad in February 2001. This was repeated in May 2002 with a call up for the Four Nations tournament, mere days after Dagenham narrowly lost out on promotion to the Football League to Boston. He was called up again for the 2005 tournament.

Tony also coached QPR's goalkeepers but was suspended from this position in February 2007. He since moved to Arsenal where he coached their youth team.

On 27th May 2009, Roberts signed a further one year contract with Dagenham which includes the option an additional year should the Daggers wish to extend it. He has played over 400 games for the Daggers and was in goal when they won their League Two play-off final with Rotherham at the end of May 2010, securing the Daggers a place in League One.

Tony retired in May 2011, having made 423 appearances for the Daggers. He stepped up to become goalkeeping coach with Arsenal's first team.


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