Born: 22 July 1980
Where: Llanelli
Joined Wycombe: October 2001 - 102,500 from Swansea City
Wycombe Debut: Colchester 2 Wycombe 2 - 23 Oct 2001 - Div Two
First Wycombe goal: Northampton 0 Wycombe 5 - 4 Jan 2003 - Div Two
Final Wycombe game: Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 2 - 24 Jan 2004 - Div Two
Left Wycombe: February 2004 - to Swansea City - free transfer.
Stuart Roberts
Career summary at Wycombe
83 appearances - 4 goals.
Career Details
Date Club League
Aug88-Oct2001 Swansea City 60(34) 14 13(5) -
2001/2002 Wycombe Wanderers 18(8) 0 2(2) 0
2002/2003 Wycombe Wanderers 14(14) 4 2(1) 0
2003/2004 Wycombe Wanderers 5(11) 0 4(2) 0
Background: Roberts made his senior debut as an 18 year old when he came on as substitute in a League Cup tie with Norwich City in August 1998. It was the start of a long run in the First Team that culminated in disappointment at the end of the season when he was on losing side in a play-off semi-final with Scunthorpe United. The following season was injury affected. An ankle injury and suspected virus saw just 11 league apps during The Swans promotion campaign. However, the 2000/2001 season saw the youngster establish himself in the side again and begin to get on the scoresheet. The season ended in more disappointment when The Swans were relegated but a fine run of form in the current campaign brought his name to the top of the wanted list and Lawrie Sanchez subsequently gave him the chance to shine at Adams Park.
Postscript: Sadly his time with Wycombe was disappointing. It wasn't until 14 months after his move to Buckinghamshire that he got on the score sheet, although that was in style with an unforgetable hat-trick at Northampton. An alledged fallout with Lawrie Sanchez was cited as a reason for his lack of form but even the arrival of Tony Adams failed to inspire a change in fortune and he eventually returned to Swansea on a free in February 2004. Roberts launched an amazing verbal attack on Lawrie Sanchez shortly after his return to his home land. He told the Llanelli Star "Lawrie Sanchez destroyed me as a player and a person. It's been hell for my family. They can't get over how I lasted two-and-a-half years at Wycombe." He stuck by his comments when questioned by the Bucks Free Press, saying "When I was there I didn't want to kick up a fuss but when I wasn't there I got people asking me all the time why it didn't work out. Everyone was asking me what went wrong and I had to answer them." And he added of Sanchez: "He made me feel a bad player. It's difficult to take when you're told you're a waste of space. It was a real kick in the teeth. At half time he used to grill players and slaughter them. I kept trying in training but putting a smile on my face was hard. I wasn't the same person at Wycombe. I've gone backwards as a player since I left Swansea."
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