Scott Marshall (footballer)

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Scott Marshall
Personal information
Full name Scott Roderick Marshall[1]
Date of birth (1973-05-01) 1 May 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Reading (academy coach)
Youth career
Tynecastle Boys Club
1989–1991 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1998 Arsenal 23 (1)
1993–1994 Rotherham United (loan) 10 (1)
1994 Oxford United (loan) 0 (0)
1994 Sheffield United (loan) 17 (0)
1998–1999 Southampton 2 (0)
1999 Celtic (loan) 1 (0)
1999–2003 Brentford 75 (3)
2003–2004 Wycombe Wanderers 8 (0)
Total 133 (5)
National team
Scotland U16
Scotland U18
1994–1996 Scotland U21 5 (1)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Norwich City (under-21s)
2015 Aston Villa (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Scott Roderick Marshall (born 1 May 1973) is a Scottish former professional footballer and coach. Marshall played as a full back for several clubs, including Arsenal, Southampton and Celtic. He is also currently the manager of Reading's U23 side.[2][1]


Marshall is the son of former Hearts and England under-23 goalkeeper Gordon Marshall and the brother of Gordon Jnr. who played in goal for Celtic and Scotland.[3]

Playing career[edit]

He started his playing career at Arsenal and broke into their first team at the age of 19, winning five Scotland under-21 caps.[4] He scored his only goal for the Gunners in their 2–0 victory over Newcastle United in March 1996[5] and at the end of that season was voted as Arsenal's Young Player of the Year by the supporters.[6]

In seven seasons with Arsenal he only made 25 appearances, spending spells on loan at Rotherham United, Oxford United and Sheffield United.[7] He made three league appearances as Arsenal won the 1997-98 Premier League, however this was not enough to qualify for a winners' medal.[8]

In August 1998, Dave Jones signed him for Southampton on a free transfer. Saints thought they had made a transfer coup, but Marshall soon showed why Arsenal let him go, scoring an own goal in his debut against Leeds United in a 3–0 defeat on 8 September 1998, repeating this four days later in a 4–0 defeat at Newcastle United.[9]

He never appeared again for Saints and went out on loan to Celtic, where his only appearance was in an Old Firm derby with Rangers in May 1999.[3] Marshall ended up on the wrong end of a 3–0 scoreline, a game which saw Celtic's bitter rivals win the league at Celtic Park.[3][10] This meant that Marshall had featured in just three league games in the 1998–99 season (two for Southampton and one for Celtic), had lost all three and had conceded 10 goals.[11]

Marshall then joined Brentford in October 1999 for a fee of £250,000. Unfortunately, after scoring yet another own goal in his third appearance for the Bees, he then suffered back problems which caused him to miss most of the 2001–02 season.[12] After battling his way back to fitness, he at last gained regular first team football making a total of 94 appearances for the Bees, scoring seven goals.[13][14] Marshall was released at the end of the 2002–03 season.[15]

In November 2003, he became Tony Adams' first signing as Wycombe Wanderers manager.[16] At the end of the 2003–04 season, he was re-signed on a non-contract basis, but on 27 August 2004 he announced his retirement from the professional game.[17]

Coaching career[edit]

Marshall took up a youth coaching role at Brentford in September 2007.[18] He spent time living and working in Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman, running the Arsenal Soccer School.[19] He worked alongside Paul Lambert at Wycombe Wanderers[20] before accepting the position as U-21 Development Squad Head Coach at Premier League side Norwich City in the summer of 2012.[21] He was appointed coach at Aston Villa in June 2013, following Lambert's appointment as Villa manager.[20] After Lambert was sacked on 11 February 2015, Scott Marshall and his namesake Andy Marshall were appointed as caretaker managers.[22] They took charge of one game, a 2–1 win against Leicester City in the 2014–15 FA Cup.[22] Marshall left Aston Villa on 17 February 2015, following the managerial appointment of Tim Sherwood.[22] On 1 September 2017 Marshall joined Reading as manager of the U23s team.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Marshall attended Craigmount High School.[24] His sister Lesley represented Scotland at basketball.[24] As of 2002, he lived in Dorking.[24]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 15 February 2015[25]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Aston Villa (caretaker)[22] 11 February 2015 15 February 2015 1 1 0 0 100.00


  • Arsenal FC Young Player of the Year: 1996.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Scott Marshall". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Scott Marshall". Reading 
  3. ^ a b c "Interview: Fraser Forster, Celtic FC goalkeeper". The Scotsman. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2017. SCOTT MARSHALL: The Southampton reserve, whose brother and father (both called Gordon) had also played for the Hoops, made his debut for the club on 2 May 1999, the day after his 26th birthday. However, there were to be no happy returns for the centre-half, who produced a plodding performance and was culpable at the final goal as Rangers won 3–0. It's the only time they have clinched the title at Parkhead and Marshall never featured for Celtic again, finishing his career with Brentford and Wycombe. 
  4. ^ "Scotland U21 Player Scott Marshall Details". 
  5. ^ Moore, Glenn (23 March 1996). "Doubts beset Newcastle". London: The Independent. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Scott Marshall". 
  7. ^ "Arsenal FC player archive: Scott Marshall". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Games played by Scott Marshall in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 545. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  10. ^ "Rangers make history out of chaos". BBC. 3 May 1999. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Games played by Scott Marshall in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | MARSHALL RETURNS". 30 October 2002. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  13. ^ "Remember Scott Marshall". Fans 
  14. ^ "Scott Marshall:Stats". 
  15. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | MARSHALL RELEASED". 1 July 2003. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  16. ^ "Wycombe complete Marshall deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 November 2003. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Wycombe Wanderers | News | Latest News | Latest News | DEFENDER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT". 27 August 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  18. ^ "Marshall joins Brentford as coach". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Scott Marshall profile". Coaching staff. Arsenal Soccer School, Oman. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Aston Villa: Scott Marshall joins Paul Lambert's backroom team". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Scott Marshall: Biography". 
  22. ^ a b c d "Aston Villa: Scott Marshall leaves first-team coaching role". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "Reading FC Scott Marshall named as new U23s Manager". 
  24. ^ a b c MacInnes, Keith. "Brentford Football Club". Archived from the original on 11 August 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  25. ^ "Scott Marshall managerial statistics". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 

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