Traditionally, it would be fair to say 35 is a good age for an experienced footballer to start in management.
Chris Roberts certainly bucks the trend. Now 35, he has been a manager for 10 years and has plenty of successes on his CV.
Indeed, however long some managers will carry on for, they would struggle to match the achievements of the current Llangefni Town boss.
Born on May 4, 1985, Chris began his playing career at Llangefni under John Buckland, progressing straight through to under-17 level.
Having represented Ynys Môn from the age of nine onwards, he signed up for Cefni Town Reserves, then managed by Rob Hughes, aged 16.
At 17 he was the Llangefni Town young player of the year and got called up for the first team. He was then selected for trials for North Wales Coast Under-18s and represented them against Scotland at Airdrie.
Chris won promotion with Llangefni Town’s second string, who were not allowed to go up due to the gap between the first team and reserves not being two leagues.
That meant many of the players got frustrated and decided to leave.
Chris had stints playing at Bodedern and Gaerwen before taking his first stab at management with Sunday league side The Market Pub, Llangefni.
In 2010-11, a 25-year-old Roberts applied with Kev O’Neill to take over as managers of Glantraeth, then in the Gwynedd League and rebuilding after a topsy-turvy few seasons.
Success was immediate for the pair as Glan lifted the Gwynedd Shield, Bob Owen Shield, Gwynedd League Cup and North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup for a stunning quadruple – and were Gwynedd League runners-up to gain promotion in that debut campaign.
In the second season, Traeth won the Welsh Alliance Division Two title and the Welsh Alliance Division Two Cup double and were also North Wales Coast Challenge Cup finalists where they lost to mighty Bangor City.
Two seasons – six trophies……not a bad start!
Glantraeth consolidated for two seasons in Welsh Alliance Division One before Roberts took on the job of reviving hometown club Llangefni Town at the start of 2014-15.
At the beginning of 2013/14, Cefni hit their lowest point in more than 25 years when they decided to pull the first team out of the Welsh Alliance and start again with one side in the Anglesey League.
Roberts was hurt to see this happen and decided the time was right – having given Glantraeth plenty of notice – that he would take over at Lon Talwrn in 2014-15.
There was instant success again for Chris with Llangefni, restored to the Welsh Alliance, as they came runners-up to St Asaph City in Division Two, only missing out on the title on goal difference, but securing promotion to the top division.
Cefni then ended up third, third and second in their first three seasons back in Division One before the club landed were crowned champions of the tier 3 league for a record fifth time in 2018-19. They conceded a remarkably miserly 16 goals in 28 matches.
Chris managed at the highest level of his career last season – the tier 2 Cymru North – and despite a struggle the team managed to maintain their place in the league.
Chris Roberts – management career
2010-11: Glantraeth – winners of Gwynedd Shield, Bob Owen Shield, Gwynedd League Cup, North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup (quadruple). Gwynedd League runners-up
2011-12: Glantraeth – winners Welsh Alliance Division Two title and Welsh Alliance Division Two Cup. North Wales Coast Challenge Cup finalists
2012-13: Glantraeth – 9th Welsh Alliance Division One
2013-14: Glantraeth – 5th Welsh Alliance Division One
2014-15: Llangefni Town – Runners-up Welsh Alliance Division Two (promoted)
2015-16: Llangefni Town – 3rd Welsh Alliance Division One
2016-17: Llangefni Town – 3rd Welsh Alliance Division One
2017-18: Llangefni Town – Runners-up Welsh Alliance Division One
2018-19: Llangefni Town – 1st Welsh Alliance Division One; winners Cookson Cup
2019-20: Llangefni Town – 13th of 16 Cymru North
Trophies won as manager/joint manager: 8
Chris Roberts managerial league record
Glantraeth: P 96 W 57 D 8 L 31 GF 278 GA 175
Llangefni Town: P 170 W 104 D 28 L 38 GF 404 GA 203
Total record: P 266 W 161 D 36 L 69 GF 682 GA 378
(statistics for league matches only)