Rodney Marsh’s Overhead Goal

On this day (28th September 1974) Rodney Marsh scored a spectacular overhead goal for Manchester City against QPR at Maine Road.

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On this day in 1972

On this day (13 September 1972) Manchester City drew 2-2 at home to Valencia in City’s first UEFA Cup tie.  The City scorers were Ian Mellor and Rodney Marsh. You can read more about that game here:

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MAL’S MISSION – VILLA PARK 1972

On this day (August 5) in 1972 Manchester City faced Third Division Champions Aston Villa in the Blues’ first Charity Shield match played at Villa Park. Here’s a feature on it and a match report from the game.

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GOLDEN GOALS: 1974 Rodney Marsh Overhead Goal V QPR

Many goals over the years are described as the greatest ever.  Sometimes these become a talking point for a few days, sometimes for a few years but unless they happen to occur in a major trophy winning game goals tend to lose their significance as time moves on.  This is especially true for games prior to the 1990s when television coverage was limited to, at best, a handful of top flight games.

So, I’m starting a new feature serialising ‘GOLDEN GOALS’. The idea is to remember a significant or spectacular Manchester City goal from yesteryear.  My hope is that supporters who were not around back then will learn more about these goals while those who were here will hopefully be reminded of them.  If you would like to nominate a goal for possible use in a future feature then please comment at the end of this piece or email me with details of game, goal scorer and date.

The first one being featured is Rodney Marsh’s overhead kick from the Manchester City-QPR Division One game of September 1974.

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On This Day – Denis Law and Rodney Marsh

On this day (12th January) in 1974 – Denis Law and Rodney Marsh provided the goals as Manchester City defeated Leicester City 2-0 in a thrilling game at Maine Road.  

City were in blistering form for this game and absolutely tore in to Leicester. Only the brilliance of England ‘keeper Peter Shilton kept the score down as the report shows.

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MCFC 20TH CENTURY CHRONICLE SEASON 1971-72

The Matches

Despite a 1-0 defeat by Leeds in the opening League fixture, 1971-72 was a season of excitement with the Blues managing to mount a serious title challenge.  There were several thrilling victories in the first two months, most notably the 4-0 victories over Crystal Palace and Tottenham in August.  Part of the credit for this went to City’s groundsman Stan Gibson who, under the direction of Malcolm Allison, had widened the pitch by 2 yards.  This made it the largest playing surface in England, and gave City’s team of entertainers plenty of freedom.

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Season ends With MCFC top but…

On April 22 1972 title challenging Manchester City’s final game of the season ended in a 2-0 victory over Derby County. Goals from Francis Lee and Rodney Marsh. Attendance 55,023. The Blues finished their season top of the League BUT…

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The 1974 League Cup Final – Wolves v Manchester City

The City players lined up to applaud Wolves and congratulated them on their success.  Dave Wagstaffe believed this was well received by his team mates:  “That was great.  Wonderful.  If you looked at our team none of us had ever won anything.  Even Derek Dougan!  I think City were saying ‘Well done’.  We really appreciated that.  It meant a lot and said something about City.  That night we celebrated at a club after the formal dinner and Franny Lee walked in with bottles of champagne.  He gave them to us and said well done.  It was a great gesture and said a lot about him and City at that time.”

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1974 Rodney Marsh Overhead Goal V QPR

Many goals over the years are described as the greatest ever by a City player.  Sometimes these become a talking point for a few days, sometimes for a few years but unless they happen to occur in a major trophy winning game goals tend to lose their significance as time moves on.  This is especially true for games prior to the 1990s when television coverage was limited to, at best, a handful of top flight games.

The idea of this piece today is to highlight a spectacular goal from the 1970s that has slipped from the minds of many.  

The goal featured here is Rodney Marsh’s overhead kick from the City-QPR Division One game of September 1974.  

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