Chris Marsden

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Chris Marsden
Personal information
Full name Christopher Marsden[1]
Date of birth (1969-01-03) 3 January 1969 (age 50)[1]
Place of birth Sheffield,[1] England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Sheffield United 16 (1)
1988–1994 Huddersfield Town 121 (9)
1993Coventry City (loan) 7 (0)
1994 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 (0)
1994–1996 Notts County 10 (0)
1996–1997 Stockport County 66 (3)
1997–1999 Birmingham City 52 (3)
1999–2004 Southampton 129 (6)
2004 Busan I'Park 2 (1)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 15 (0)
Total 426 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christopher Marsden (born 3 January 1969) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League and Premier League for Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Coventry City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Notts County, Stockport County, Birmingham City, Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday,[3] and in the Korean K-League for Busan I'Park.[4] He led Southampton to the 2003 FA Cup Final, which they lost 1–0 to Arsenal.

Playing career[edit]

Marsden was born in Sheffield and started his career with Sheffield United, going on to play for Huddersfield Town, Coventry City, Wolves, Notts County, Stockport County, Birmingham City, Southampton and Busan I'Park in South Korea.

Chris ended his career playing for Football League One club Sheffield Wednesday, of whom he is a lifelong fan.

He made 424 appearances in the Football League and scored 22 goals as a left footed midfield player and occasional defender. He first made an impression with Huddersfield Town in the early 1990s before successful spells at Stockport County and Birmingham City.


Marsden played 7 games in the Premiership for Coventry City in 1993 but did not play in the top flight again for a further 6 years (by which time he was 30) when he was brought to Southampton by then manager Dave Jones.

Marsden will always be remembered for his Maradona-esque goal at Portman Road, when he rounded four defenders and the goalkeeper to slot home in a 3-1 romp by the Saints. That goal, combined with a string of outstanding performances for his club, prompted a brief campaign for his inclusion in the England squad for the 2002 World Cup. Despite being widely viewed as a serious candidate for the troublesome left midfield position his prospects were dismissed by Alan Mullery on the You're on Sky Sports television show, who stated that he "didn't have a cat in hell's chance" of selection.[citation needed]

The pinnacle of his career was when he captained Southampton in the 2003 FA Cup Final, which was lost 1-0 to Arsenal.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

After a short and unsuccessful spell at Busan I'Park, Marsden was snapped up on a free by Chris Turner for Sheffield Wednesday, the team he had supported since boyhood. Chris acted as an inspirational captain for the side through eighteen games. However, his dream of playing for Sheffield Wednesday was cut short by a hamstring injury that forced him to retire.




  • Jeremy Wilson (2006). Southampton's Cult Heroes. Know The Score Books. ISBN 1-905449-01-1.
  1. ^ a b c "Chris Marsden". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda, ed. (1998). Playfair Football Annual 1998–99. Headline. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-7472-5917-6.
  3. ^ "Chris Marsden". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Player: Christopher Marsden". K-League. Retrieved 6 August 2017.

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