1974 WORLD CUP ROD­NEY MARSH

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - WORLD CUP HERO CARS -

Marsh was drafted in to help Eng­land get to the ‘74 World Cup but sadly they didn’t qual­ify. Rod­ney had plenty of fun with cars in­stead!

It isn’t sur­pris­ing that Rod­ney joined Ge­orge Best in Europa own­er­ship given that they were such close friends. The car pic­tured here is a Se­ries 2, which had an up­graded glass­fi­bre body that was no longer bonded to the chas­sis; the two were now sim­ply bolted to­gether.

In­side, the car had elec­tric win­dows and ad­justable seats. Me­chan­i­cally, how­ever, all was as be­fore. But the new up­grades would make it much more ap­peal­ing to the Manch­ester City and Eng­land hero.

Take note of Rod­ney’s per­son­alised reg­is­tra­tion num­ber ‘EGO’, which should tell you much about his char­ac­ter and gave him the un­for­tu­nate rep­u­ta­tion of not be­ing a team player. It was be­lieved that Marsh fa­tally un­bal­anced the Manch­ester City team when he ar­rived as a con­fi­dent Lon­doner in 1972.

FUN FOOT­BALL FACT Alf Ram­sey didn’t have quite the same opin­ion of Marsh as he had of Moore and was quoted: ‘If you don’t work harder I’ll pull you off at half time.’ Marsh replied, ‘Crikey, Alf, at Manch­ester City all we get is an orange and a cup of...

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