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Rodney Fern

Full name: Rodney Alan Fern
Birthdate: 13.12.1948
Birthplace: Burton-on-Trent
Position: Striker
Joined from: Local
Nationality: England
First game: Leeds United, 03.02.1968
Last game: Coventry City, 22.04.1972
Games: 188 (168 starts + 20 subs)
Goals: 40
Unofficial Games: 2 (0 starts + 2 subs) Unofficial Goals: 0
Player Profile

The Burton-on-Trent hitman impressed as an amateur at City, winning the FA County Youth Cup with Leicestershire and also the Senior Cup with Measham Social Welfare.

He signed professional terms with City, finally, in December 1966, and played as an unorthodox forward, despite excelling mainly as a winger in his amateur days.

He was promoted to first team affairs in 1968 when City themselves were promoted to the First Division. Bert Johnson, covering for the ill Matt Gillies, was the man to give him a chance and he made his debut in a home game against Leeds United. In just his third game he made a big impression on City fans, scoring the goal that started City's superb fightback in a 4-3 FA Cup victory over Manchester City.

Fern was City's top-scorer in the 1969-70 season and he secured his status as fans' favourite before moving on to Luton Town and helping the Hatters to promotion in 1974, despite not being as involved as he was with the Foxes.

He scored 125 goals in his career, with 32 league goals coming during his time at Filbert Street, and he went on to play for Rotherham United, where he helped the Millers knock City out of the League Cup in the 1979-80 season before guiding them to promotion the year after in the Third Division.

Fern worked on the coal board while an amateur at City and after his career as a footballer came to an end he returned to work as a coal merchant in Measham.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1967-68Division One (old)14451------195
1967_581_
1968-69Division One (old)3568221----459
1968_581_
1969-70Division Two (old)40175-51----5018
1969_581_
1970-71Division Two (old)2725241----365
1970_581_
1971-72Division One (old)363--1---1-383
1971_581_
Total15232235123--1-188 40
_581_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 03.02.1968 2 - 2 Leeds United (H) Division One (old)
2 17.02.1968 0 - 0 Manchester City (A) FA Cup 4
3 19.02.1968 4 - 3 Manchester City (H) FA Cup 4 rep 1
4 24.02.1968 1 - 3 Liverpool (A) Division One (old) 1
5 02.03.1968 3 - 1 Sheffield United (H) Division One (old) 1
6 09.03.1968 1 - 1 Rotherham United (A) FA Cup 5
7 13.03.1968 2 - 0 Rotherham United (H) FA Cup 5 rep
8 16.03.1968 1 - 4 Chelsea (A) Division One (old)
9 19.03.1968 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One (old)
10 23.03.1968 2 - 3 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
11 30.03.1968 1 - 3 Everton (H) FA Cup 6
12 03.04.1968 0 - 0 Newcastle United (A) Division One (old)
13 09.04.1968 1 - 2 Everton (A) Division One (old)
14 15.04.1968 1 - 1 Burnley (A) Division One (old)
15 16.04.1968 0 - 2 Burnley (H) Division One (old)
16 20.04.1968 4 - 1 Southampton (H) Division One (old)
17 27.04.1968 1 - 0 Coventry City (A) Division One (old)
18 04.05.1968 4 - 2 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old) 2
19 11.05.1968 0 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division One (old)
20 13.08.1968 0 - 3 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
21 21.08.1968 3 - 0 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
22 24.08.1968 0 - 1 Stoke City (A) Division One (old)
23 21.09.1968 0 - 4 Liverpool (A) Division One (old)
24 24.09.1968 3 - 0 Carlisle United (A) League Cup 3 1
25 28.09.1968 1 - 1 Coventry City (H) Division One (old) 1
26 05.10.1968 2 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old)
27 09.10.1968 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old) 1
28 12.10.1968 0 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
29 16.10.1968 0 - 4 Burnley (A) League Cup 4
30 19.10.1968 0 - 3 Chelsea (A) Division One (old)
31 26.10.1968 0 - 2 Burnley (H) Division One (old)
32 02.11.1968 0 - 0 Newcastle United (A) Division One (old)
33 09.11.1968 2 - 2 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old)
34 16.11.1968 0 - 4 West Ham United (A) Division One (old)
35 23.11.1968 1 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division One (old)
36 30.11.1968 1 - 7 Everton (A) Division One (old) 1
37 07.12.1968 2 - 1 Manchester United (H) Division One (old) 1
38 14.12.1968 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old)
39 21.12.1968 1 - 4 Chelsea (H) Division One (old)
40 04.01.1969 1 - 1 Barnsley (A) FA Cup 3
41 08.01.1969 2 - 1 Barnsley (H) FA Cup 3 rep 1
42 11.01.1969 2 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old) 1
43 18.01.1969 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One (old)
44 25.01.1969 1 - 0 Millwall (A) FA Cup 4
45 01.02.1969 1 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division One (old)
46 01.03.1969 0 - 0 Liverpool (H) FA Cup 5
47 03.03.1969 1 - 0 Liverpool (A) FA Cup 5 rep
48 08.03.1969 1 - 0 Mansfield Town (A) FA Cup 6 1
49 12.03.1969 2 - 0 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division One (old)
50 15.03.1969 0 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division One (old)
51 22.03.1969 0 - 1 Southampton (A) Division One (old)
52 29.03.1969 1 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (N) FA Cup sf
53 01.04.1969 0 - 1 Coventry City (A) Division One (old)
54 04.04.1969 0 - 2 Manchester City (A) Division One (old)
55 08.04.1969 0 - 0 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
56 12.04.1969 1 - 2 Liverpool (H) Division One (old)
57 14.04.1969 3 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division One (old)
58 19.04.1969 0 - 2 Leeds United (A) Division One (old)
59 26.04.1969 0 - 1 Manchester City (N) FA Cup f
60 29.04.1969 1 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division One (old)
61 03.05.1969 1 - 2 Ipswich Town (A) Division One (old)
62 05.05.1969 2 - 1 Sunderland (H) Division One (old)
63 14.05.1969 1 - 1 Everton (H) Division One (old)
64 17.05.1969 2 - 3 Manchester United (A) Division One (old) 1
65 09.08.1969 3 - 1 Birmingham City (H) Division Two (old) 1
66 16.08.1969 1 - 2 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old)
67 20.08.1969 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old)
68 23.08.1969 3 - 0 Norwich City (H) Division Two (old)
69 27.08.1969 1 - 0 Aston Villa (A) Division Two (old)
70 30.08.1969 1 - 0 Millwall (A) Division Two (old)
71 02.09.1969 0 - 0 Bristol City (A) League Cup 2
72 06.09.1969 2 - 1 Portsmouth (H) Division Two (old)
73 10.09.1969 0 - 0 Bristol City (H) League Cup 2 rep
74 13.09.1969 1 - 1 Cardiff City (A) Division Two (old)
75 15.09.1969 3 - 1 Bristol City (H) League Cup 2 rep 2
76 17.09.1969 1 - 2 Carlisle United (H) Division Two (old)
77 20.09.1969 1 - 1 Huddersfield Town (H) Division Two (old)
78 24.09.1969 2 - 0 Bournemouth (A) League Cup 3 1
79 27.09.1969 1 - 1 Swindon Town (A) Division Two (old)
80 04.10.1969 3 - 1 Watford (H) Division Two (old)
81 08.10.1969 2 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Division Two (old)
82 18.10.1969 2 - 0 Bristol City (H) Division Two (old) 1
83 25.10.1969 1 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old) 1
84 29.10.1969 0 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (H) League Cup 5
85 01.11.1969 2 - 1 Oxford United (H) Division Two (old)
86 08.11.1969 1 - 1 Blackpool (A) Division Two (old)
87 12.11.1969 3 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old) 3
88 15.11.1969 2 - 2 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old) 1
89 22.11.1969 1 - 1 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division Two (old)
90 06.12.1969 0 - 1 Sheffield United (A) Division Two (old)
91 13.12.1969 1 - 2 Cardiff City (H) Division Two (old) 1
92 17.12.1969 2 - 2 Hull City (H) Division Two (old) 1
93 20.12.1969 3 - 2 Portsmouth (A) Division Two (old) 2
94 26.12.1969 0 - 3 Norwich City (A) Division Two (old)
95 27.12.1969 1 - 1 Millwall (H) Division Two (old)
96 03.01.1970 1 - 0 Sunderland (H) FA Cup 3
97 17.01.1970 0 - 2 Swindon Town (H) Division Two (old)
98 24.01.1970 1 - 1 Southampton (A) FA Cup 4
99 28.01.1970 4 - 2 Southampton (H) FA Cup 4 rep
100 07.02.1970 0 - 0 Liverpool (A) FA Cup 5
101 11.02.1970 0 - 2 Liverpool (H) FA Cup 5 rep
102 14.02.1970 1 - 0 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
103 25.02.1970 3 - 0 Preston North End (H) Division Two (old)
104 28.02.1970 0 - 0 Bristol City (A) Division Two (old)
105 10.03.1970 1 - 1 Huddersfield Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
106 14.03.1970 1 - 4 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
107 17.03.1970 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old) 1
108 21.03.1970 2 - 1 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old) 1
109 27.03.1970 1 - 0 Oxford United (A) Division Two (old)
110 28.03.1970 5 - 0 Charlton Athletic (A) Division Two (old) 2
111 31.03.1970 0 - 0 Blackpool (H) Division Two (old)
112 04.04.1970 1 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Division Two (old)
113 14.04.1970 2 - 2 Carlisle United (A) Division Two (old) 1
114 18.04.1970 2 - 1 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division Two (old)
115 15.08.1970 0 - 1 Cardiff City (H) Division Two (old)
116 22.08.1970 3 - 1 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division Two (old)
117 29.08.1970 2 - 2 Carlisle United (H) Division Two (old)
118 02.09.1970 4 - 0 Bristol City (H) Division Two (old)
119 09.09.1970 3 - 2 Southampton (H) League Cup 2 1
120 12.09.1970 1 - 0 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old)
121 07.10.1970 1 - 1 Bolton Wanderers (A) League Cup 3
122 12.10.1970 1 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (H) League Cup 3 rep
123 17.10.1970 2 - 2 Cardiff City (A) Division Two (old)
124 03.11.1970 1 - 2 Bristol City (A) League Cup 4 rep
125 21.11.1970 2 - 2 Norwich City (A) Division Two (old)
126 05.12.1970 0 - 3 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
127 12.12.1970 2 - 1 Millwall (H) Division Two (old) 1
128 16.01.1971 1 - 4 Birmingham City (H) Division Two (old)
129 25.01.1971 3 - 0 Torquay United (H) FA Cup 4
130 06.02.1971 0 - 0 Hull City (H) Division Two (old)
131 13.02.1971 1 - 1 Oxford United (H) FA Cup 5
132 17.02.1971 3 - 1 Oxford United (A) FA Cup 5 rep 2
133 20.02.1971 2 - 1 Norwich City (H) Division Two (old) 1
134 27.02.1971 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
135 01.03.1971 0 - 0 Millwall (A) Division Two (old)
136 06.03.1971 0 - 0 Arsenal (H) FA Cup 6
137 10.03.1971 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old)
138 13.03.1971 1 - 0 Swindon Town (A) Division Two (old)
139 15.03.1971 0 - 1 Arsenal (A) FA Cup 6 rep
140 20.03.1971 1 - 1 Watford (H) Division Two (old)
141 27.03.1971 0 - 0 Oxford United (H) Division Two (old)
142 29.03.1971 1 - 0 Leyton Orient (A) Division Two (old)
143 03.04.1971 1 - 0 Carlisle United (A) Division Two (old)
144 10.04.1971 0 - 0 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old)
145 12.04.1971 3 - 1 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old)
146 13.04.1971 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
147 17.04.1971 0 - 0 Sunderland (A) Division Two (old)
148 24.04.1971 1 - 0 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
149 27.04.1971 1 - 0 Bristol City (A) Division Two (old)
150 01.05.1971 2 - 1 Portsmouth (A) Division Two (old)
151 07.08.1971 1 - 0 Liverpool (H) Charity Shield
152 14.08.1971 2 - 2 Huddersfield Town (A) Division One (old)
153 18.08.1971 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old)
154 21.08.1971 0 - 2 Derby County (H) Division One (old)
155 25.08.1971 1 - 3 Stoke City (A) Division One (old)
156 28.08.1971 2 - 3 Liverpool (A) Division One (old) 1
157 01.09.1971 0 - 1 Southampton (H) Division One (old)
158 07.09.1971 1 - 3 Charlton Athletic (A) League Cup 2
159 11.09.1971 2 - 1 Ipswich Town (A) Division One (old)
160 18.09.1971 0 - 1 Sheffield United (H) Division One (old)
161 25.09.1971 0 - 3 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
162 02.10.1971 0 - 0 Crystal Palace (H) Division One (old)
163 09.10.1971 1 - 1 West Ham United (A) Division One (old)
164 16.10.1971 2 - 0 Huddersfield Town (H) Division One (old)
165 23.10.1971 1 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old)
166 30.10.1971 1 - 1 Chelsea (H) Division One (old)
167 06.11.1971 1 - 2 Leeds United (A) Division One (old)
168 13.11.1971 3 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old) 1
169 20.11.1971 2 - 3 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
170 27.11.1971 0 - 0 Everton (H) Division One (old)
171 04.12.1971 1 - 1 Coventry City (A) Division One (old)
172 11.12.1971 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division One (old)
173 18.12.1971 1 - 1 Manchester City (A) Division One (old)
174 27.12.1971 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
175 01.01.1972 1 - 1 Sheffield United (A) Division One (old)
176 22.01.1972 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One (old)
177 29.01.1972 2 - 1 Stoke City (H) Division One (old)
178 12.02.1972 0 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
179 04.03.1972 0 - 2 Newcastle United (A) Division One (old)
180 11.03.1972 2 - 0 West Ham United (H) Division One (old)
181 18.03.1972 0 - 3 Derby County (A) Division One (old)
182 01.04.1972 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
183 03.04.1972 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (A) Division One (old) 1
184 04.04.1972 0 - 0 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
185 08.04.1972 2 - 0 Manchester United (H) Division One (old)
186 11.04.1972 0 - 1 Southampton (A) Division One (old)
187 15.04.1972 0 - 0 Everton (A) Division One (old)
188 22.04.1972 1 - 0 Coventry City (H) Division One (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN Local Youth December 1966
OUT  Luton Town £45,000 June 1972
Player 309 of 1145 ordered a-z

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