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Marsh set for All-Stars celebrations

Rodney Marsh, the former Manchester City and England striker, will be the guest of honour for the Over-40s Veteran All-Stars match between Somerset and St George's celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Marsh, who scored 36 goals in 118 appearances for City and earned nine caps for England in the 1970s, will present the trophy to this year's winner and also attend social gatherings being held to commemorate the event's 25th anniversary.

“I think it's a great honour for us to have someone like Rodney to come here,” Larry Hunt, the Over-40s Veteran All-Stars chairman, said. “It's our 25th year and we wanted to try and add some flavour to the event and hopefully he will put on his boots.”

Marsh also had stints at Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, where he earned a League Cup winner's medal and netted 106 goals in 211 appearances, before joining City for a then club record fee of £200,000.

He also played in the United States for the indoor side Tampa Bay Rowdies, whom he also coached in the 1980s.

During his career, Marsh played with and against Bermuda legend Clyde Best, the former West Ham striker, who played a significant role in getting him involved in this year's Over-40s Veteran All-Stars match.

“My first game I played with Rodney Marsh was in a testimonial for Johnny Haynes [former Fulham and England forward] when I first went to England,” Best recalled.

“Then when he went to Tampa we played together there but I played against him when he was at Manchester City and I always admired the way he played the game. He was a fantastic, skilful player.

“The game was easy for him and then to go and play with him, it was that much easier. He was brilliant and we have been friends since we played together for Tampa Bay.”

Marsh will also be involved in a golf tournament being held in honour of late St George's and Somerset winger Arthur Tucker during his visit.

“We have been trying to get it [golf tournament] off the ground for a few years,” Hunt added.

“It's going to be Somerset against St George's and we've asked both clubs to get four players each and Rodney will also be a part of that tournament.”

The Over-40s Veteran All-Stars match will be held at Somerset Cricket Club on April 20, with the golf tournament taking place the previous day at Turtle Hill Golf Club.

Guest of honour: Former England international Rodney Marsh

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Published March 30, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated March 30, 2019 at 1:04 am)

Marsh set for All-Stars celebrations

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