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

b. 5 Aug. 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 (q.v.) 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 (q.v.) , replacing Trainer in the English cup ties — the club had not one goal scored against it in those ties. He d. 27 Nov. 1935 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • press cuttings;
  • information from his nephew Mr. E. B. H. Mills-Roberts , of Bulawayo.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959