Saturday, 25 December 2010

TEL CURRIE'S RODNEY MARSH COLUMN

A MERRY XMAS FROM THE MAN HIMSELF- AND ‘ GENIUS.. A FUNNY OLD NAME’.

Hi folks,
The Genius we know as Rodney Marsh wishes all of you a very Happy Xmas & positive New Year!!!
And if you have read ‘I was born a Loose Cannon’ you will understand that Rod wouldn’t bother if he wasn’t sincere.
And that leads me to why I think this book is spellbinding. I mentioned before that Rod simply wouldn’t even know how to dilute his opinions, like 90% of watered down reader friendly autobiographies, that sometimes lets us peep at a few cracks but is mainly a gloss finished ‘product’. ‘Loose Cannon’ is more like a testament of a man, still jumping on moving trains!

The book co- written (NOT ghost written) with Brian Woolnough, is not drenched in rose coloured reflections of glory day’s with a sugary, palatable coating. This is ‘ THE MAN’, and if you think you will be offended by this book (because ONLY the truth can do that!!) then you probably will!
So, along you pop to the Harry Potter section.

But the real reason this book is so unique, is because it’s the story of a GENUINE Genius. And there is one thing a genius does not have, whether it be – Van Gogh, Syd Barrett, John Lennon or George Best... And that’s consistency & well laid out plans. Everything is off the cuff or a creative binge ... Then nothing. Tomorrow is a long time for a Genius who lives on instinct & reacts to how they feel THAT VERY SECOND- to hell with tomorrow, it may never come!

In football, Geoff Hurst & Bobby Charlton were great, solid, planned out and consistent players and very reliable... But the ‘Genius’ was George Best who overshadowed all!
WHY? Because a genius doesn’t give a damn about the future like a calculated person does. They set their sails & the wind does the rest, leave the direction to other forces ‘ I can’t think about tomorrow, I haven’t got through today yet!’
This gut instinct, blended with a desire to be true to oneself and say & do what they believe to be right, even if it offends the compromising type.. Is how they can look themselves in the mirror everyday. Rodney Marsh is a perfect example of that. That means his story takes unexpected twists & turns and when he pulls the sails in, sometimes is left saying ‘ How did I get here??’
A Genius also can have a knack of sometimes turning a surefire success into a complete disaster. Books like these then, are full of surprises. Geoff & Bobby’s books reflect their personality.... So does Rodney’s.... And the difference is huge.

Some people like Van Gogh HAD to paint, Spike Milligan HAD to write, Rodney Marsh HAD to play football!!
These day’s, a lot of players are along for the ride and ‘bling’ that comes with it, but you get the feeling both Rodney & George would of slept on a cardboard box to get a first team game... THEY HAD TO PLAY!!!!
And Rodney still does. He lives for ‘NOW’ not Wembley 1967 (Although all these places in Rod’s memory are thoroughly re-lived). But a Genius IS NOT predictable, so how can the book be??
Maybe, if not for his family, Rod not be with us anymore. There is a self destruct button in a Genius, that is often very hard not to press!

Van Gogh, George Best & others did press it, Rodney’s hand has hovered over it time again- ‘ A Loose Cannon’
Rodney is from a poor London background. We tend to speak our mind, rather than ‘ smile to the face- slag off behind the back’ method of the ‘normal’ world.... Well, some of us.
Those kind of ‘people’ are on an obvious collision course with people like us. Rodney does not go out of his way to insult, but if you are a ‘snake’ it’s obvious you are going to get caught in the net!
And I think, there lays the misunderstood element of Rodney Marsh!

Rod, does not enjoy insulting people, but I , like Rodney can’t figure out why people choose to be ‘ fake’ in the first place, there’s no need!
Are if you do find yourself caught in the net, it will be explained exactly why!
I for one, ALWAYS prefer to know exactly where I stand with people, but it’s getting rarer to do that, but Rodney does it & I can take it & respect it... Some take it as a direct insult. Nobody ever said the truth must come gift wrapped!
There are actually more genuine compliments given out by Rodney, but these don’t grab the attention.
This is no bitter man looking back at what ‘might’ have been, but what did, why, and forward we move.... Straight into another unplanned adventure!!!

RODNEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Merry Xmas
Tel Currie

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

I've just got a spare moment to wish everyone "Happy Holidays!!"
- And a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has been a big help over this last year, with photos, info and other odds and ends, I couldn't do this without you. Have a great time!!
Many thanks to the Smethursts for the photo of Derek.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Joey Fink, Mike Connell, Derek Smethurst and Rodney Marsh

Joey Fink, Mike Connell, Derek Smethurst and Rodney Marsh at a recent get together.
Many thanks to Isabella Liz Giglio Campisi for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at Tampa Stadium, against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 13th, 1979. The Rowdies won this game 3-2, after a shootout.
Many thanks to George Rocheleau.

Rowdies Video - New York Cosmos at Rowdies 6/6/1976


Highlights of a NASL match on June 6th, 1976, that saw the Rowdies defeat their rivals, the New York Cosmos, 5-1 behind a hat trick by Derek Smethurst. One thing you'll notice is the empty end zones, because they were still being constructed in June of 1976 in preparation for the debut of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers later that summer.
Many thanks to Kenn Tomasch.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Peter Ward 1981 Panini Card

Peter Ward's 1981 Panini card, whilst he was at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Rowdies Press Photos - Luis Fernando

Luis Fernando in action against the Jacksonville Tea Men, in 1981.

Rowdies Press Photos - Tatu

Tatu is tackled by Chicago Sting's Paul Hahn, during a game in 1982 at Tampa Stadium.

Rowdies Press Photos - Art Kramer

Art Kramer's mugshot whilst with the Canton Invaders, in the '80's.

Rowdies Video - Indoor Soccer: Rowdies vs. Zenit of Leningrad 3/9/1977

"The Russians are Coming....The Russians are Coming...."
For weeks prior to their indoor exhibition against Zenit of Leningrad, the Tampa Bay Rowdies pushed the game as an extension of the cold war. The Russians beat the Rowdies 8-7 at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg on March 9, 1977. The announcer was Tom Keene, with help from Gordon Hil. That's some homer-iffic fanboy nonsense right there.
Many thanks to Kenn Tomasch.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell attempts to get the ball away from Tulsa Roughnecks' Bob Bolitho, during the 1980-81 indoor season.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Stewart Scullion Soccer America Magazine

Stewart Scullion in action against the Washington Diplomats, on the front cover of the July 29th, 1975 edition of 'Soccer America'.
Many thanks to Jan Reinertsen.

Rowdies Press Photos - Peter Roe

Peter Roe during a 1988 Rowdies training session.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Bumper Sticker

A Rowdies bumper sticker, circa 1980's.

Rowdies Press Photos - Derek Smethurst

Derek Smethurst in action for South African side Durban City, in 1966.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at Tampa Stadium, against the Toronto Blizzard on April 14th, 1979. The Rowdies won this game 7-1.
Many thanks to George Rocheleau.

Rowdies Press Photos - Perry Van Der Beck

Tulsa Roughnecks' goalkeeper Winston DuBose, hangs onto the ball, after being challenged by Perry Van Der Beck in 1984.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Peter Ward 1989-90 MISL Trading Card

Peter Ward's  1989-90 MISL card, produced by Pacific Trading Cards, whilst he was at the Wichita Wings.

Rowdies Press Photos - Stewart Scullion, John Bluem and Alex Pringle

Stewart Scullion, John Bluem and Alex Pringle go to New York Cosmos' Pele, for an after-game handshake. Alex and Pele exchanged jerseys after the game in 1976.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Paul Hammond

Portland Timbers' Peter Withe causes goalkeeper Paul Hammond problems, with Alex Pringle covering, during Soccer Bowl '75.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Ringo Cantillo

Ringo Cantillo watches as New York Cosmos' Giorgio Chinaglia controls the ball, during the game played at Yankee Stadium in 1976.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Don Tobin MISL All-Star Poster

A poster showing Don Tobin, a 1983 All-Star. Don appeared for the Rowdies during the 1988 and 1989 ASL seasons.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1991 Rowdies KICKIN' Magazine


For the final game of 1991, saw Pery Van Der Beck as the cover star. The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers were the adversary on this day, 24th August.
Rowdies 2 (Hill, Backman) vs. Strikers 1 - (aet), Att: ?
Iam missing two Kickin's for this year, 6/1/1991 Maryland Bays and the 8/11/1991 Salt Lake Sting. Please email me if you can help. Thanks!!

Rowdies Press Photos - Tatu

Tatu takes on the Ipswich Town defense, during the 1982 Sunshine International Series Exhibition Game, at Tampa Stadium. In which the Rowdies lost 1-3. As Luis Fernando watches on.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the game played at Lockhart Stadium, against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on April 28th, 1979. The Rowdies won this game 2-1, with both goals scored by Rodney Marsh.
Many thanks to George Rocheleau for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Steve Wegerle

Steve Wegerle shields the ball from former Rowdie and LA Aztecs' Franz St. Lot in 1980.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Oscar Fabbiani Estadio Magazine

Oscar Fabbiani on the front cover of the July 26th, 1978 edition of Chilean soccer magazine 'Estadio".

Rowdies Snap Shots - Don McAllister

A recent photo of Don McAllister, enjoying the Australian sunshine. Don only appeared in 1 game for the Rowdies, during the 1984 season.
Many thanks to Don for this photo.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Nicky Johns and Peter Anderson


Nicky Johns and Peter Anderson, upon their return from the 1978 Soccer Bowl defeat, at Tampa International Airport.

Many thanks to Dan Perez.

Rowdies Press Photos - Rodney Marsh

Coach Rodney Marsh talks tatics with one of his Rowdies' players, during a training session in 1988.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Stewart Scullion and Clyde Best

Stewart Scullion and Clyde Best celebrate a goal during the 1976 NASL Indoor Championships, against the Dallas Tornado.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Goalkeeper Winston DuBose, pictured before the kick-off of the Exhibition Game, played against the US World Cup Team in 1985.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the Exhibition Game played at Clearwater High School, against the Minnesota Kicks, March 10th, 1979. The Rowdies lost the game 0-1.
Many thanks to George Rocheleau for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Joey Fink

Joey Fink battles with former Rowdie and Washington Diplomats' Randy Garber, during a game in 1977.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Flemming Lund

A recent photo of Flemming Lund.
Many thanks to the Lund Family for this photo.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies KICK Magazine

April 14th, 1979. Today's opponents were the Toronto Blizzard, an attendance of 23,675 saw the Rowdies win 7-1, with the goals scored by Mike Connell, Wes McLeod (2), Petar Baralic (2), Jan Van Der Veen and Dave MacWilliams.
The team this day was: Bilecki, Crudo, Connell, Auguste, Gorman, Van Der Veen, Wegerle, McLeod, Van Der Beck, Baralic, Mirandinha.
Substitutes: MacWilliams, Quraishi.
Many thanks to George Rocheleau for this photo.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Clyde Best

John Sissons watches, as Clyde Best win a header, during Soccer Bowl '75.

Rowdies Press Photos - Perry Van Der Beck

Perry Van Der Beck shields the ball from Vancouver Whitecaps' Frans Thijssen, in 1984.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1979 Wowdies

Nora Lucas did more than just dance with the Wowdies, here she is helping out with a Rowdies' promotion, in 1979.
Many thanks to George Rocheleau for this photo.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Then and Now

Then - Rodney Marsh, Liz Giglio and Joey Fink, 1976.

Now - Joey Fink, Liz Giglio and Rodney Marsh, 2010.
Many thanks to Isabella Liz Giglio Campisi for these photos.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1991 Rowdies KICKIN' Magazine


The visit of the Colorado Foxes saw Marcelo Carrera on the cover this day, August 2nd.
Rowdies 1 (Perlee) vs. Foxes 2, Att: 3,228

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - 1976 Rowdies NASL Indoor Champions

Coach Eddie Firmani, is carried around the Bayfront Center, with the 1976 NASL Indoor Championship Trophy. With his squad of players, as Eddie Austin is shown the MVP Award by winner Clyde Best, then Doug Wark, Arnie Mausser, Stewart Scullion (hidden), Joey Fink, Randy Garber (hidden), Mark Lindsay, Derek Smethurst, Arsene Auguste (hidden), Malcolm Linton and Alex Pringle, join in with the celebration.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1979 Rowdies Ticket Stub

A ticket stub from the Exhibition Game played at Dunedin High School, against Kalmar of Sweden, March 24th, 1979. The Rowdies won the game 2-0, with Mirandinha scoring both goals.

Many thanks to George Rocheleau for this photo.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Manny Andruszewski

Manny Andruszewski tries to get the ball away from the Chicago Sting's Jorgen Kristensen, in 1979.

Rowdies Press Photos - Clyde Best

Clyde Best takes a tumble against Chicago Sting's Bobby Ranogajec, at Tampa Stadium in 1976.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Signed Cards - 1990 Rowdies Steve Freeman

I recently received a Steve Freeman signed Rowdies card. Steve appeared in some Exhibition Games in 1990.
Many thanks to Ray Knisley for obtaining this on my behalf.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh enjoys the sun and a pickle in 1976.
Many thanks to Isabella Liz Giglio Campisi for this photo.

TEL CURRIE'S RODNEY MARSH COLUMN

RODNEY IS BACK!!

Yes folks, Rodney is BACK in a big way!
His new, no hold barred collaboration with Brian Woolnough, ' I was born a Loose Cannon has exploded onto the market, leaving everyone intrigued.
'Priceless' was good.... BUT ' .... Loose cannon' is stunning!
The Marsh honesty, openly genuine, straight talking, no bull manner that Rod is known for .. If you like it or not, laces this account of his life, giving it a reflective honesty which you don't usually find in an autobiography. It's like Rod is saying, 'if this offends anyone - deal with it, because (unlike most!) THIS is the TRUTH!'

A lot has happened since 'Priceless' was published. The losing of his great pal George Best, the truth about the staff of ' Talk Sport' and 'Soccer Saturday' (Some who have written their own after the fact distortions of the truth.
The good and bad times and good and bad people he has encountered in an action packed life are all in here!
This is not the young and green Rodney of ' Shooting to the top' or the story so far, rather mild Rodney of 'Priceless' but a man looking back without bitterness and looking forward with much still to do. In short, it's REAL!
I think you will agree, most autobiographies are a let down, because they usually consist of an author re-writing their own history, wanting to tell the truth but wanting to please everyone at the same time and not wanting to offend even those they can't tolerate in reality... That approach NEVER works, and you leave the book with more questions than answers about who the person you just read about REALLY IS!
But that has become the accepted formula for these books. That's why the books written about people by others who are in the know are usually better, as people rarely expose the warts in their own diluted versions of their life.
This book has completely broken that formula and restores trust back to autobiographies!
Rodney Marsh, was brought up in one of London's poorest and roughest areas, and he simply doesn't know how to make things 'fluffy' or palatable for everyone in the world. This is a true story... Like it or not!
After all, everyone knows Rodney as an 'entertainer' and what is a book if not entertainment?
So, he's not someone with a personality by-pass TRYING to entertain like so many (I am so tempted to name names!!!), he is known as an entertainer, maverick, character and genius, on the football pitch and in his life, so that should tell you this book is going to be anything but boring and a distortion of the truth!
And if the great George Best was a Beatle, then Rodney Marsh is certainly a Rolling Stone!!
All the signings Rodney has done so far, have been total chaos, with hundreds trying to get to this ' living legend' (I know, I have seen it!)
From childhood, to Fulham, QPR, Manchester City, England and of course the 'Rowdies' and his personal life and views ...... IT'S ALL HERE!
There are also many Rodney T-shirts, playing shirts, photo signings, fantastic signed Rodney montages, posters, even mugs and keyrings everywhere, they won't take long to find anymore.
And in this world of being able too play football on a play station while munching pizza and never going near a real football, I think we should start to appreciate what greats like Rodney and George Best showed us..... Because I don't think we will ever see their kind again!
Even now, football is more like chess, and more about tactics of canceling each other out.. The players who took on four players and beat them are gone!
FINALLY, the World appears to have woken up to the 100% genuine genius of Rodney Marsh!!!!
The cream ALWAYS eventually rises to the top, and now it's finally happening!!!
Tel Currie.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Joey Fink, Derek Smethurst, Stewart Jump and Ringo Cantillo

Joey Fink, Liz Giglio, Derek Smethurst, Stewart Jump and Ringo Cantillo, outside the Hairport shop in 1976.
Many thanks to Isabella Liz Giglio Campisi for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Clyde Best

Clyde Best celebrates the win over the Dallas Tornado during the 1976 NASL Indoor Championships, held at the Bayfront Center.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.