Player #440

Appearances:

39

Starts:

39

Goals:

3

Seasons:

5

Ken O Roberts
Ken O Roberts

Source: Football card of Ken O Roberts issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1950s Footballers series.

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Ken O Roberts
Ken O Roberts

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Ken O Roberts

Position

Winger

From

1953-54

To

1957-58

IMAGE CREDIT

Ken O Roberts

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

17
18
19
20
21

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

39
16
8
4
9
2

Starts

39
16
8
4
9
2

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

3
2
0
0
1
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Kenneth Owen Roberts

Birth Date

Friday, 27 March 1936

Birth Place

Cefn Mawr, Wrexham

Birth Country

Wales

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Wrexham

From

For

Free

On

May 1953

Previous Clubs

Maelor Youth Club |
1951-53 Wrexham |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Retired

For

Released

On

May 1958

Subsequent Clubs

Retired |

Ken O Roberts
Ken O Roberts

Source: Football card of Ken O Roberts issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1950s Footballers series.

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Ken O Roberts
Ken O Roberts

Source: Football card of Ken O Roberts issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the 1950s Footballers series.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1954-55 Aston Villa, Free, 39 | 3 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Eric Houghton |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 23 January 1954

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 23 January 1954

Blackpool (a), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 6 February 1954

Final Appearance

Saturday, 16 November 1957

Tottenham Hotspur (h), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 16 November 1957

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

6 February 2021, Aged 84

Ken O Roberts

Player #440 for Aston Villa, Kenneth Owen Roberts, known as Ken Roberts, and nicknamed KO, played as a winger for the club in the outside right position.

Ken played for Villa between 1953-54 and 1957-58 making 39 appearances and scoring 4 goals.

Ken was born in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham, Wales, on 27 March 1936 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 23 January 1954 aged just 17.

Villa had signed Ken from Wrexham in May 1953 and he made 16 appearances, scoring twice, in his debut season, despite his tender years.

Indeed Ken’s debut came aged 15 years and 158 days old - the same age as the League’s youngest ever player Albert Geldard.

For comparison Villa’s youngest player in all competitions was Jimmy Brown who was aged 15 years and 349 days when he made his debut on 17 September 1969 in a League Division Two game at Bolton Wanderers.

Ken’s early promise however was to prove a cruel false dawn as he wouldn’t again manage double figures in a league season for Villa and a knee injury caused his premature retirement at the age of just 21 after 4 years with the club.

Ken made his final appearance for Villa on Saturday, 16 November 1957 and although during his time with Villa they won the 1957 FA Cup Ken, having not been able to feature in the campaign, did not receive the honour of an FA Cup Winners medal.

Ken had played under Villa manager Eric Houghton. Ken passed away on 6 February 2021 aged 84.