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MILLS-ROBERTS, ROBERT HERBERT (1862 - 1935), surgeon, and association football player

Name: Robert Herbert Mills-Roberts
Date of birth: 1862
Date of death: 1935
Parent: Robert Roberts
Gender: Male
Occupation: surgeon, and association football player
Area of activity: Medicine; Sports and Leisure Pursuits
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born 5 August 1862 at Ffestiniog, son of Robert Roberts, Plas-meini, manager of the Oakeley quarries. From the University College at Aberystwyth, he went up to S. Thomas's Hospital and qualified in 1887, becoming F.R.C.S. (Edin.) in 1893. When the South African War broke out, Mills-Roberts, then surgeon to the Llanberis quarry hospital, joined A. W. Hughes at the Welsh Hospital in South Africa, was mentioned in dispatches, and became C.M.G. He also served in the 1914-19 war. It is, however, possible that he will be more widely remembered as a player of association football. He played for his hospital and for the Corinthians, and also for Wales. He kept goal for Preston North End in 1888-89, like his compatriot, James Trainer, replacing Trainer in the English cup ties — the club had not one goal scored against it in those ties. He died 27 November 1935.


Published date: 1959

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