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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Forty Years Ago, Fulham's Rodney Marsh Joined QPR! (And 34 Years Ago, Marsh Joined Manchester City)


Forty Years ago this week: March 1966, one of the most significant days in QPR History: Alex Stock/Jim Gregory signed Fulham's Rodney Marsh for £15,000.

March 19, 1966: Marsh made his debut away to Peterborough. Drew 1-1 and didn't score.
The team for Marsh's debut: Peter Springett -Langley, Hunt Sibley Watson - Lazarus, Keen, Roger Morgan, Allen, Collins Marsh.
(The following week, Marsh made his home debut and scored twice in a 6-1 win over Millwall. Other scorers: Collins, Les Allen, Mark Lazaru & Roger Morgan)

March 1972, just a few months after Marsh played for England...:One of the blackest days in QPR History (we thought at the time!)...Marsh joined Manchester City for £200,000.
(Gordon Jago's QPR went undefeated for the rest of the season - 12 games - and the following season, signed Stan Bowles who, many would say, became even greater than Marsh.)
Marsh's last game for QPR: March 4, 1972 away to Bristol City. QPR lost 0-2
Parkes - Clement Hazell Mancini Gillard - Francis Busby Hunt - Marsh O'Rourke Mcculloch
Sub Leach (Note 7 "home growns" in the 12 - and Clement, Hazell, Hunt and Leach along with Watson were playing for QPR when Marsh joined)
In all, Marsh scored 106 goals in 211 League Games for QPR. In the 1966/67 season, Marsh was the country's top goalscorer with 44 goals (30 League goals. 11 Legue cup goals. 3 FA cup goals.)
Marsh's QPR Record

1965-66 -16 league games -8 goals
1966-67 - 41 league games - 30 goals
1967-68 - 25 league games - 14 goals
1968-69 - 22 league games - 4 goals
1969-70 - 38 league games- 12 goals
1970-71 - 39 league games - 21 goals
1971-72 -30 league games- 17 goals
Marsh was of course a lot, lot more than just scoring goals. Making goals. Dribbling. Excitement and relationship with fans...
It would be nice if the club would have some special commemoration on Saturday before the game at Brighton at Loftus Road to mark those 40 Years.




Also Marsh Q& A http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/sports_talk/forum/2248914.stm

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