Brian Roberts

Date of Birth: 28/04/1946
Height: 199 cm ( 6-6 1/2 )
Weight: 113 kg ( 17-11 )
Guernsey: 15
Debut: 03/04/1971, Round 1, Fitzroy
Last Game: 10/05/1975, Round 6, Collingwood

Seasons: 1971-74
Total Games: 75
Total Goals: 34

Honours: Premiership 1973-74, Victorian Representative Team1973 Games 1 Goals 0.

Seasons: 1971-75
Total Games: 23
Total Goals: 11


Brian was a ruckman. He is one of the tallest and heaviest players to play for Richmond. Due to his size, he gained the nickname, “The Whale”. He originally started his career with Millicent, in South Australia. From there, he was recruited by South Adelaide where he played between 1965 and 1967 and then crossed to East Fremantle where he played between 1968 and 1970. Brian then transferred to Richmond in 1971. He was a good footballer and one of the few senior players to represent three different states in interstate football; South Australia twice; West Australia three times; and Victoria once. He was a fine palmer of the ball and used his bulk to full advantage in rucking and shepherding contests. He was a member of Richmond’s 1973 and 1974 Premiership sides and a reserve for the 1972 Grand Final team.
In 1975, he was involved in a swap to South Melbourne, along with Francis Jackson and Graham Teasdale, as part of the John Pitura deal. Brian only played 20 games, but he finished second to Gary Dempsey in the “Brownlow Medal”. He retired after the 1975 season. Brian later took over as licensee of the Cricketers Club Hotel, in Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, which became a very popular watering hole with many past and present sporting identities. He then moved to the centre of Melbourne, working at Young and Jacksons Hotel and is currently the licensee of the Duke of Wellington in Flinders Street, Melbourne.

Millicent 1961-64 ; South Adelaide 1965-67, Games 57, Goals 33 ( Honours - South Australian Representative Team Games 2 Goals 0 ; East Fremantle 1968-70, Games 57, Goals 46 ( Honours - West Australian Representative Team Games 3 Goals 3 ).

South Melbourne 1975, Games 20, Goals 2.

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