Former England striker Rodney Marsh started his football education in the youth team at West Ham United but was released by the Hammers to accommodate Geoff Hurst. In 1960 he was signed by Fulham and he made his professional debut in 1963, he went onto score 22 goals in 63 First Division appearances before moving to Loftus Road for £15,000 in 1966. At QPR, Rodney Marsh was capped by England and enjoyed back to back promotions taking the Hoops from the Third Division to the First Division as well as winning the League Cup in 1967.
Scoring 106 goals in 211 appearances for QPR attracted the attentions of Malcolm Allison at Manchester City and he moved to Maine Road for a then club record transfer fee of £200,000. He was back at Wembley in 1974 for the League Cup Final but this time Rodney was on the losing side as City lost to Wolves. During his four years in Manchester he notched 36 goals in 118 games before heading stateside to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Whilst in Florida, Wiz scored 48 goals in 94 matches. He returned to Fulham in the mid 70’s for a brief loan spell where he famously teamed up with George Best and Bobby Moore. At international level, Marsh scored one goal in nine appearances for the Three Lions.
90 seconds, 11 Q&A with Rodney Marsh:-
1) Childhood team growing up? Arsenal.
2) First pair of football boots owned? Arthur Rowe Slimline.
3) Did you have a nickname in the dressing room and how did you get it? Wiz – given to me during my time at Manchester City.
4) Favourite teammate? Willie Donachie, Manchester City.
5) Toughest opponent? Der Kaiser, Franz Beckenbauer.
6) Which player do you wish you’d had the chance to play with? Lionel Messi.
7) Favourite football shirt you’ve played in? The England 1972 shirt
8) Best stadium for atmosphere? Hampden Park and Anfield.
9) Biggest influence on your career? England and Fulham forward, Johnny ‘The Maestro’ Haynes.
10) Most prized possessions from your playing days? The 1967 League Cup Tankard won with QPR
11) What keeps you busy these days? My Live radio show Grumpy Pundits on Sirius XM in the USA.
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