John Roberts, Welsh footballer, Died at 69

John Griffith Roberts was born on September 11, 1946, in Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taff and died on January 4, 2016.

He was a Welsh footballer.

He made nearly 400 appearances in the Football League and won 22 caps for Wales.

John played football for local club Abercynon Athletic while working as a railway fireman.

Then, he joined Swansea City as an apprentice in 1963, turning professional in 1964.

Roberts Initially was a striker, he then later switched to centre-half, he moved to Northampton Town in 1967 and then Arsenal in 1969.

John has played for Arsenal for three seasons, including 18 appearances in the 1970-71 season, when Arsenal won the First Division title, thus earning him a championship medal.

Roberts however did not play in the FA Cup Final the same year, which Arsenal also won to complete the Double.

Roberts left Arsenal in 1972, having played a total of 81 matches, scoring five goals.

John Roberts went on to have spells at Birmingham City, Wrexham and Hull City before trying his hand as player-manager of Oswestry Town.

John Roberts won 22 caps with Wales.

Mr. Roberts went on to work as a stationery salesman and as a driving instructor.

John Roberts passed away at 69 yrs old on 4 January 2016.