Vital Football

Latest Swindon Town News

Roberts: It's Been Tough

Roberts: It's Been Tough

Striker Christian Roberts has admitted that he has had a tough time coming back from various personal problems this season.

'It was nice to get a goal the other day but to be honest, coming back has been a bit difficult for me, ' the fan favourite said.

'But this is just something I have to get on with now - there is a month or so left in the season and I have to play in as many games as I can.'

'It's difficult to judge how close to being ready for first-team football you are from reserve games.'

'The only way you can judge that is from playing in first-team games, and the obviously that's a decision for the gaffer (Iffy Onuora) to make.'

Roberts joined Swindon last season from local rivals Bristol City and started his Swindon career in the best possible way. He scored goals against Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City last season to make him an instant hit with the fans. The goals shortly dried up and this season was virtually non-existant on the pitch. It soon came out that Christian Roberts had problems with alcohol and was admitted into the Sporting Chance alcohol clinic.

'Football-wise, all I can do is work hard, get through training and do as much as I can before the end of the season.

'The problems I have had to overcome this season have not been normal football problems, and sometimes it seems as though I've been coming up against one hurdle after another.'

Last month just after Roberts had left the sporting chance clinic he was burgled at home while he and his family were asleep. 'Getting burgled puts extra pressure on you. Obviously the main thing is that nobody got hurt, but there is a lot of hassle to sort out insurance-wise.

'It's been a hard year and I just to want to draw a line under it and then get over it.

'Maybe I need to look at the long-term picture, but there is also an immediate picture, and that is the relegation fight Swindon are in.

'It's a difficult time for the club as well as myself.'

Roberts is still receiving help and guidance from the counsellors and support staff at the Sporting Chance Clinic as he battles to fight his problems with alcohol.

'Things have changed drastically for me since I've been out, ' Roberts said.

'There have been a lot of things I've had to deal with, which maybe I didn't take into consideration - things to do with what will happen to myself, mentally and physically.

'I've had difficulty sleeping, that sort of thing, but I think I have gone through the worst of it now and I've just got to adjust my body.

'I still speak to everybody at the clinic and they have been fantastic to me.

'I've got good people around me.'


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Moonraker1969
Date:Thursday April 6 2006
Time: 9:53PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Staged or Real?

Recent Swindon Town Articles

Sky's 10 In 10 - Who Features?

Sky Sports being their festive 10 in 10 this week, so who features in the football screening overload for 2016/17?

500,000+ Season Tickets Sold In 2016/17

More than 500,000 Season Tickets were sold in the Football League pyramid for the 2016/17 season.

How Do Swindon Fare In The BBC's 2016 Survey?

The BBC's Price Of Football survey for 2016 was released a week last Wednesday evening and as ever they looked at everything from the price of tickets through to the price of pies...

Smith In Team Of The Week (28/11/16)

Swindon Town are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital Swindon Articles

Vital Swindon articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Swindon
Write For Vital Swindon
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where do you think Swindon Town will finish in 2016/17?
Suggested By:
Champions5%
Playoffs28%
Mid Table36%
Relegated31%
Don't Know0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Scunthorpe 20 13 5 2 44 24
2 Bolton 20 12 4 4 40 12
3 Sheff Utd 20 11 5 4 38 12
4 Bradford 20 9 8 3 35 9
5 Rochdale 20 9 3 8 30 2
6 Peterborough 19 8 5 6 29 7
7 Wimbledon 20 7 8 5 29 6
8 Fleetwood 20 8 5 7 29 5
9 Millwall 19 8 4 7 28 1
10 Southend 20 7 7 6 28 -1
11 Charlton 19 6 9 4 27 7
12 Port Vale 20 7 6 7 27 -5
13 Bristol Rovers 20 7 6 7 27 -6
14 Oxford 20 7 5 8 26 0
15 Gillingham 20 7 5 8 26 -3
16 Walsall 20 6 8 6 26 -5
17 Northampton 20 6 6 8 24 0
18 Swindon 20 6 5 9 23 -7
19 MK Dons 20 5 6 9 21 -5
20 Bury 20 6 2 12 20 -10
21 Coventry 20 4 7 9 19 -8
22 Chesterfield 20 5 3 12 18 -10
23 Oldham 19 3 8 8 17 -10
24 Shrewsbury 20 3 6 11 15 -15
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Swindon Town Results (view all)

Swindon Town Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Sheffield United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Fleetwood Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Dec 30 2016 7:45PM : Milton Keynes Dons (a)
Sky Bet League One
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Southend United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Jan 7 2017 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Write for Vital Football