Saturday, 27 February 2010

TEL CURRIE'S RODNEY MARSH COLUMN


Hi All, Before we start with the continuation of the Rodney Story, there are two subjects I would like to engage in.
First, if anyone has any questions for me about Rodney or QPR please Email Ian Morris, the creator of this awesome web site at: mozzer1963@tiscali.co.uk - And make the subject 'FAO TEL CURRIE', please tell me where you are mailing from, if you have seen Rodney live and where.
The second subject, I would like to address is 'fans/supporters' in general. I never decided or chose to become a QPR fan, I was born one. REAL fans will know what I mean, 'Plastic Fans' won't have a clue or claim the former. I never considered another team, even as a kid when things were going bad... And we have had a lot of low moments.... Haven't we R's?
BUT, that's exactly when your Club need you, ANYONE can be a 'Wedding Fan' but it's the Funeral's when support is needed! I was born and bred near Loftus Road, and along I went for 30 years!
Three years ago, we had to move 100 miles from my manor. But, as my mate,
the shop manager at QPR, Francis will tell you, I still do the 200 mile round trip, even when it's bone shakingly cold & wet and usually skint, and often depressed if you have been hammered .... Again!

That doesn't make me special, hundreds of TRUE FANS would turn up... (I sincerely mean it when I say- I LOVE YOU BOY'S and GIRLS!!) THAT, is just being a normal Club loving fan. There is nothing like hearing
the 'RANGERS ROAR!!!!!' when your miles away from home!

NOW, WHAT IS NOT A SUPPORTER.... Is buying a shirt (Usually today a MAN UTD shirt, with ROONEY on the back) but you still ask them which team they support, and I'm sorry, but they are usually Chav's and as thick as a Whale omelette !!!!
Wearing a shirt, getting in a mountain of beer and pizza, while shouting at Sky Sports... IS NOT A FU**ING FAN!!!!!!
You just know they have NEVER been anywhere near 'Their' Stadium, and wouldn't know if to turn left or right at the end of their own street to get there!!!!!!


One example was a guy from London, who would stagger into the pub, in a over stretched MAN UTD top to watch 'His' team playing AT HOME on the big screen!!
Then he would shout and scream in a West London accent all the way through the match and literally cry at the end "We were robbed!"
I once said, "who's 'WE' mate?" "United of course, can't you see the shirt?" - "Yeah, I can also hear an accent like mine and see an idiot that's NEVER been anywhere near MAN UTD, I have been there loads of times. Do you really
think Alex Ferguson is wondering where you are, and that upset their rhythm? That will be a Chelsea shirt next season and they will be 'US'!!!"

I'm only picking on UTD, because they are attracting 'Captain Caveman' at the moment, it used to be Liverpool.
But these idiots, don't even know their own legends - which was proved when they ranked Cantona above Georgie Best!!!
Even I cried when we lost that gift from God.. He transcended all clubs! But seeing the 'MAN UTD yeti' ambling toward you, I have just have to ask "When did you go last mate?" "Ermm- about a month ago." "So, that's NEVER really isn't it numpty??!"

People shout at me, "How can you support QPR, there rubbish??"
They may well be, but there's nothing like supporting a where a lot of the players, you grew up with!

Then one of them, 200 miles from Manchester, started singing "We are U-N-I-T-E-D!!"
I explained to him in my softly spoken, passive manner... "That he was a complete WAN*** and promptly punched him in the face!!!!"
But they are everywhere, what were they doing before Sky? Because reading is obviously a bridge to far... Broadmoor perhaps?

But you know what, (If they can read.) they will read this and say " Good on ya'... I ate dem to!"
I once broke up a fight, while working on the door between Arsenal and Man UTD 'Fans'...... IN BIRMINGHAM!
Because of Rodney, I like the Tampa Bay Rowdies - "Like", I can't be a supporter, is that NOT obvious?
I have not been to QPR for three weeks and I'm starting to feel like a traitor, but I have been working with the Club. Forget all those bitter idiots, Rodney Marsh is a 100% QPR supporter and in America it's Tampa Bay- The Greatest player both teams of ever had!!

Tomorrow, back to the Rodney Story.

God Bless ALL REAL fans of ANY Club.

Tel Currie

The aftermath of a 'REAL' fan?

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Oscar Fabbiani

A recent photo of Oscar Fabbiani.

Rowdies Press Photos - Petar Baralic

Petar Baralic in action against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, with Arsene Auguste in the background. During the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Signed Cards - 1993 Rowdies David Vaudreuil

Today, I received a reply back from David Vaudreuil, who kindly signed my Rowdies card.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Rowdies Video - 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto Metros-Croatia (PO) 8/24/1976 Part 1

Rowdies Press Photos - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh plays the ball past Cosmos' Franz Beckenbauer at Giants Stadium in 1977.

Rowdies Press Photos - Oscar Fabbiani

Oscar Fabbiani for President in 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1979 Wowdies

Wowdie Nora Lucas is head over heals in 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - Steve Wegerle

Steve Wegerle crosses the ball as Cosmos' Eskandarian tries to block, at Giants Stadium in 1979.
Many thanks to Jan Reinertsen.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Dave Taber

Dave Taber 2010.
Many thanks to Dave for this photo.

Rowdies Snap Shots - 1976 Wowdies

Four of the 1976 Wowdies, on Fannies Day at Tampa Stadium.
Many thanks to Dan Perez.

Rowdies Press Photos - Hot Legs Advertisement

The "Hot Legs" advertisement, showing Gregg Thompson, Roy Wegerle, Steve Wegerle and Wowdie Pam Seals in 1984.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Osvaldo Ardiles 1983 FKS Publishers Card

Osvaldo Ardiles' 1983 FKS Publishers card, whilst he was at Tottenham Hotspur.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Rowdies Video - 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto Metros-Croatia (PO) 8/24/1976 Part 3

Rowdies Press Photos - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh in action, 1979.

Rowdies Press Photos - Oscar Fabbiani

Oscar Fabbiani signs for the fans in 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - 1979 Wowdies

Wowdies Faye Farmer and Mary Ann Odenbrett hand out t-shirts on Adidas Night in 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Derek Smethurst

A recent photo of Derek Smethurst.
Many thanks to Derek for this photo.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell heads the ball away from a Dallas Tornado attack at Tampa Stadium in 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Video - 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto Metros-Croatia (PO) 8/24/1976 Part 2

TEL CURRIE'S RODNEY MARSH COLUMN

RODNEY MARSH, THE SWINGING SIXTIES! - By Tel Currie

What a time 1967 was for Rodney Marsh. Whether he realized it or not, this was all life had to give. England were the Champions of the World, with Geoff Hurst scoring what is still, the only Hat- Trick in a World Cup Final.
QPR, from the third division had just beaten first division West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup Final, the first to be played at Wembley Stadium and Rodney had scored one of the greatest goals and one of the most replayed
on TV ever to be witnessed by this historic Stadium. " I would love, just once for fans to feel what that is like. It is the ultimate euphoria and I'm sure a much bigger high than any drug. It was like an out of body
experience, but at the same time, I knew I was going to score... I just knew, I had gone into the zone!"

It was in fact, the most important goal Rodney would ever score, and arguably the most important goal in the history of QPR! In my opinion, Rodney has scored better, more skillful goals, but this is
the one that put the little, hardly known team from West London on the football map and drew flocks of people to Loftus Road. Needles to say, that night was spent in a night club with plenty of Champagne, and suddenly, everyone wanted to be seen with Rodney Marsh!

The next day's papers were filled with headlines like 'GLORY, GLORY,
RANGERS!' 'THAT MENACE MARSH CRACKS WONDER GOAL!" and " MARSH TAKES HIS PLACE IN WEMBLEY'S GALLERY OF GREATEST EVER GOALS!"
Every paper covered the story, and nowadays tickets and original programmes are collectors items.
The world was entering the 'Summer Of Love'. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper album was out. It seemed everything old and grey had been pushed aside by something more daring, and more exciting and that included football.
Tight, defensive units now gave way to skills, tricks and entertainers. At the top of heap, was a skinny lad from Belfast, Ireland called George Best!
George had everything (Or so it seemed!) girls wanted him, and boys wanted to be him, he had a Beatles haircut and he blurred the lines between rock stars and footballers. Girls screamed and tried to touch him, but his almost
Supernatural skill on the pitch was now leading the way, the way Rodney and all the 'Mavericks' thought it should be played all along. Those guys had always listened politely to the grand old men of football and their tired
theories on how to play the game, which was basically when you have the ball run forward, when you lose the ball run back..... But ALWAYS RUN!
Rodney, would be off in a dream world by then, knowing if he was just given freedom and the ball, the opposition would not get the ball back anyway!
Football, Music, Acting, fashion - everything, was like someone had just found the light switch!
And like Marlon Brando had completely changed acting, with James Dean and Monty Clift close behind, George Best had done the same with football, and Rodney very close behind.

In 1968, George and Man United had lifted the European Cup, with Best rounding the keeper. What a couple of years it had been for English football. Nobody wanted to look like Bobby Charlton, footballers were now cool, they went to clubs and drank with Mick Jagger and The Beatles- all rebels together!
Rodney, now found himself as in demand and as famous as the rockers, boy's now had Rodney Marsh posters up alongside those of The WHO!
But unlike now, the naughty boys in the 60's and 70's seemed to party with far more class than today. They got wilder, but seemed to keep their dignity and seemed to smile more then and get injured less!

When I spoke to Rodney, when I first got to know him, I asked him what his favourite game was for QPR. I thought, it would be either the League Cup Final or the game against Birmingham in 1970 when he scored what was dubbed
and is still known as 'THE PERFECT HAT-TRICK' (More about that next time.)
So I was surprised to hear him say " It was a game just after the League Cup, against Bournemouth." I asked him to explain " I can't Tel, I just couldn't do anything wrong in that game, and in that game, I was performing
magic, things that George and Pele would have not been able to do. Nutmegs, drag backs, one defender came to close me down, I shot the ball that went like a bullet straight through his legs, inch perfect with my right foot and
it screamed against the far post and shot back to me, I killed it with my left foot and just carried on. The famous 'ROD-NEEE!' ROD-NEEE!' chant went up and didn't let up. I scored two goals of my own and made a couple in that
Game, and what a game for me. It's the fans who saw that game, that you need to ask how good was Rodney Marsh?"
QPR finished that season by scoring 103 goals, winning the Championship and the League Cup.
I have read ex- QPR Players in interviews saying that certain other players "Were better than Rodney, because they were winners and Rodney wasn't."

A very strange thing to say when those players won NOTHING and Rodney was one of a very elite bunch of players that did!!!???
Definitely an IQ should of come with the kit, for some of those later players!

So, Rodney Marsh was playing the positive, free flowing, attacking football he always wanted to play. The word 'Genius' was starting to be used as TV cameras made more trips to Loftus Road, to see Rodney. Like George, imagine
the things we didn't see, that weren't filmed.
Our good friend (And yet another QPR legend with no credit.) Mark Lazarus, told me "Rodney who is still a good mate, used to warm up by juggling oranges around the pitch and read news papers, leaning against the post on
corners, he started all that. He even used to drink beer when can's were thrown on the pitch, while going round defenders at the the same time!!"
All that was copied later. Rodney was a genius alright, don't worry about that, that's why the one's who were desperate to be but weren't are so bitter about him still. He was the only REAL Genius we ever had, and on his
day as good as George Best, but he was a team player and linked well with me, Les Allen and Mike Keen. But the proof is there to be seen, all these big mouths that slag him off- Won NOTHING!
We did and in style as well!"
TEL CURRIE

Rowdies Press Photos - 1979 Wowdies

Wowdie Lorrie Bass helps out on Adidas Night in 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - Winston DuBose

Winston DuBose grabs the ball, with Mike Connell watching.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh accepting his Most Popular Player Award in 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Eddie Firmani

Coach Eddie Firmani, arriving back at Tampa International Airport on the evening of 26th August, 1975, after winning Soccer Bowl '75.
Many thanks to Dan Perez.

Rowdies Press Photos - Oscar Fabbiani

Oscar Fabbiani says thanks for being voted the Most Valuable Player for 1979.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Derek Smethurst BACKPASS Article

I just wanted to let you know about a wonderful publication called "BACKPASS" which covers retro football/soccer, in this particular edition is an excellent interview with Derek "The Stork" Smethurst.

Issue 10, is the latest edition, you can find out how to buy this and back issues at: http://www.backpassmagazine.co.uk/index.html
Many thanks to Derek Smethurst for this information.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Rowdies Press Photos - Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson is left stranded by Chicago Sting's Arno Steffenhagen at Tampa Stadium in 1978.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Memorabilia - 1977 Tampa Tribune Advertisement

A 1977 advertisement for the Tampa Tribune showing Adrian Alston against the Cosmos, Alston and Derek Smethurst against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Joey Fink and Kevin Eagan.
Many thanks to Andy Northern.

Rowdies Press Photos - Tom Maurer

Tommy Maurer looks for a way out, as two Strikers close him down, during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Video - 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto Metros-Croatia (PO) 8/24/1976 Part 6

Rowdies Snap Shots - Jimmy McGeough

A recent photo of Jimmy and Terra McGeough. Jimmy played for the Rowdies in 1992 and 1993.
Many thanks to both Jimmy and Terra for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell, indoor 1980-81.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Memorabilia - Rodney Marsh Drawing

An artist drawing of Rodney Marsh from August 2nd, 1977.

Rowdies Press Photos - Perry Van Der Beck

Perry Van Der Beck crosses the ball, with Cosmos' keeper Hubert Birkenmeier awaiting for the cross, in 1979.
Many thanks to Jan Reinertsen.

Rowdies Press Photos - Arsene Auguste

Arsene Auguste goes into a 50-50 tackle with Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' David Irving during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Marcelino Oliveira

Marcelino Oliveira makes a tackle on Montreal Manic's Fran O'Brien in 1982.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Chris Charles

Chris Charles 1992.
Many thanks to Chris for this photo.

Rowdies Video - 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto Metros-Croatia (PO) 8/24/1976 Part 4

Rowdies Press Photos - Arsene Auguste and Petar Baralic

Arsene Auguste is about to receive the ball from Petar Baralic during the 1980 indoor season against the Strikers' Colin Fowles. In front of the Rowdies' bench with trainer Ken Schields, Jan Van Der Veen, Keith Peacock, Tom Maurer, Coach Gordon Jago and Doug Wark watching on.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Steve Wegerle

Steve Wegerle 1980.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Wes McLeod

Wes McLeod 1977.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Jim Fleeting

Jim Fleeting and Winston DuBose feel the hurt after New York Cosmos' Dennis Tueart scores during Soccer Bowl '78.

Rowdies Snap Shots - Tony Frankovich

A recent photo of Tony Frankovich enjoying the outdoor life. Tony played for the Rowdies during the 1986-87 AISA season.
Many thanks to Tony for this photo.

Rowdies Press Photos - Mike Connell

Mike Connell tussels with Drillers' Johnny Anton in 1979.
Many thanks to Johnny Anton.

Rowdies Press Photos - Zeljko Bilecki

Edmonton Drillers' Johnny Anton shoots towards the Rowdies' goal, with Mike Connell and Zeljko Bilecki standing in his way during the 1979 season.
Many thanks to Johnny Anton for this photo.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Rowdies Snap Shots - Gordon Jago


Coach Gordon Jago chats to the fans, upon his return from the 1978 Soccer Bowl defeat, at Tampa International Airport.

Many thanks to Dan Perez.

Rowdies Press Photos - John Gorman

John Gorman in action against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers during the 1980 indoor season.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.

Rowdies Press Photos - Steve Wegerle

Steve Wegerle takes on a Minnesota Kicks' player in 1977.
Many thanks to Dave Morrison.