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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
    Season 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

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

    Club Fee Date
    IN Local Youth December 1966
    OUT  Luton Town £45,000 June 1972
Player 309 of 1144 ordered a-z

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