Get to know a bit more about Town's former player and our new first-team coach
The Club website takes a look at the highlights of Gary Roberts’ career, after it was confirmed that the former Blues midfielder would be joining Paul Cook as part of the coaching setup at Portman Road.
Paul has taken the vacant manager role at the Club, with Gary joining as a first-team coach.
Gary was born in Liverpool in 1984 and began his career at Liverpool academy. Having been released in 2001, he signed for Welsh club Denbigh Town and also played youth team football for Bala Town. He then went on to play first-team football for three Welsh clubs, signing for Rhyl in 2003 where he played three times before moving on to Welsh Premier League side Bangor City where he played 22 times. A stint at Welshpool Town also featured during his time in Welsh football.
The attacking midfielder joined Accrington Stanley, then members of the National League, halfway through the 2004/05 season and would then move to Blues on loan. Having made 14 appearances for Town, his loan move was made permanent in the January transfer window of that season.
Gary’s first goal for Town came against Derby County in November 2006, and in total he would make 40 league appearances for the Club, scoring four goals.
A four-year spell with Huddersfield was up next, as Gary became a fans’ favourite at The John Smith’s Stadium. He turned out 162 times for The Terriers in the league and would leave the club in 2012 after his contract expired.
Since then he has played for Swindon, Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan, as well as short spells with Bala Town and Accrington this season.
Gary featured for Wigan against Town earlier this term, with Blues beating The Latics 2-0 at Portman Road thanks to goals from Teddy Bishop and Gwion Edwards.
He most recently featured for Accrington - who he leaves to join Town - on 19 January 2021 away to Hull City.