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22nd September @ Clubrooms



Neville Roberts 1950-2019

Neville has a long and proud history at the Upper Gully Football Club since arriving to play in 1972. As well as being remembered as an outstanding footballer he was also a talented cricketer with the Upper Gully Cricket Club and is well remembered by everyone in the area.

Neville started his footballing journey in the western suburbs where he grew up playing for Sunshine YCW where he was Full Back and named in the best players in the 1968 U18 Premiership side. In 1969 he kicked a club senior record 14 goals against North Fawkner YCW and then went on to play in the clubs senior “B” Grade Premiership side at Centre Half Back. Neville also had a run at Footscray in 1967 with the U19’s and reserves before ankle problems forced him back to YCW and played with Sunshine in the VFA in 1970 picking up a best first year player award.

In 1971 his Mum and Dad moved to Ferntree Gully so Neville headed out to the foothills of the Dandenong’s to play his football, only problem was he got off a stop early and ended up playing for Ferntree Gully. The next season 1972 saw Neville, who stood 6 foot tall and weighed 13 and half stone, begin his long association with Upper Gully and win his first club B&F award helping the team make the Preliminary Final after having been relegated to Division 3 at the end of 1971. Neville also showed his goal scoring prowess twice kicking 8 goals against Yarra Glen and Olinda.

Upper Gully appointed the then 22yo as senior coach for 1973 and Neville repaid the faith taking the club to the Grand Final against South Croydon which resulted in a Draw, with Upper losing the replay the following week. The season ended with Neville winning his 2nd Club B&F.

During the 1973 season a very rare occurrence happened when Neville was joined by older brother Geoff and younger brothers Brian, Max and Alan in the same senior side. 1974 saw Neville again win the club B&F as well as leading the senior side to be Premiers and Champions after going through the season undefeated. 1975 saw Neville win his 4th Club B&F in 4 years at the club as well as winning the EDFL Division 2 B&F while in 1976 after stepping down as coach he again won the club B&F award.

Neville again took over as coach of Upper in 1977 and was this time runner-up in the Club B&F to new recruit Wayne McIntyre before departing the club in 1978 to play for Upwey. This proved another successful year for Neville as Upwey won the flag with Neville winning the Club B&F award as well as winning the YVMDFL Goal kicking award.

1979 saw Neville return to play for Upper under Wayne McIntyre and was instrumental in helping the club win both the senior and reserves flags that year. In the first game against Sandown he kicked 10 goals and went on to again win the Club B&F, his 6th, as well as being Runner-up in the EDFL B&F for the 5th time.

Wayne McIntyre recollecting on the 79 Premiership side 30 years later said the following about Neville “Best player I have ever played with or against. All the talent and ability in the world. Playing below his level, too good”

Neville continued his interest in developing the junior players at the club by taking on the U17’s coaching job in 1979, then the U18’s in 1980 and 1988.

After being Runner-up in the 1983 B&F Neville again left the club in 1985 when he joined North Kew, but returned again to Upper in 1986 and finally finished his career in 1989 after playing 220 games.

On field Neville is remembered for his strong marking and prodigious kicking, being acknowledged as one of the best and most talented footballers to play in the EDFL let alone at Upper Gully. While off field Neville has been a great leader and provided tremendous support and encouragement to the many people who have passed through the club since 1972.

During the 80’s he also took on the senior coaching job again in 1984 as well as performing the role of Treasurer in 1989 and performing the senior runners role. Neville was also rewarded with Life Membership of Upper Gully for the many years of service to the club on and off the field.

In 2001 Neville was one of the main instigators in forming the then Royals Club which was renamed the Terry Hopkins Foundation in 2005 and remained an integral part as the Foundation’s Patron providing valuable support for junior players to transition to the senior club.

Neville was involved in the club’s Legends Game in 2004 pulling on the boots and coaching Nev’s Nifty’s against Bags’ Boy’s being described for the game as “A doyen at Upper. Can mark, kick a country mile, total athlete. Demands pin point delivery”.

Between the end of his playing career and 2001 when he helped establish the THF, Neville continued to follow the Red and Blue as well as raising twin sons, Dean and Justin who both played for the club. Both playing in the 2002 and 2003 Reserves Premierships. This year Dean’s son Ashley is playing with Upper Gully’s U13’s while daughter Harlie is playing in the U10’s girls’ team, continuing the Roberts family legacy at Upper Gully.


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