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On This Day – March 8: City sign Rodney Marsh

On March 8 in City history…

1972: Manchester City sign Queens Park Rangers midfielder Rodney Marsh for a fee in the region of £200,000. City manager Malcolm Allison had hoped the signing would propel the Blues towards the title, but despite Rodney being one of the best talents of that era, his signing hindered the side and upset the balance Allison had created. As a result City missed out on the chance to win their third First Division trophy, ending the season in fourth place.

2008: City are comfortably beaten 2-0 by Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Goals from Shane Long and Dave Kitson earned the Royals a big win over Sven-Göran Eriksson’s side. It was a season that started so well, but ended in disarray, with the former England manager losing his job and being replaced by Mark Hughes in the unforgettable summer that was to follow.

Happy Birthday: Kit Symons (45), Luke Brattan (26), Róbert Mak (25)

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