Chris Marsden

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Chris Marsden is an English midfielder who was born in Sheffield on 3rd January 1969. He began his career with hometown club Sheffield United, making his debut in 1987. Marsden made 16 appearances for the Blades in 1987/88, before moving north to Huddersfield the following season. He established himself as a regular for the Terriers in 1989-90, enjoying two very successful years at Leeds Road. Marsden's last few years with Huddersfield were hampered by injuries however.

After making two appearances for Huddersfield at the start of the 1993/94 season, Marsden made the surprise loan move to Premiership outfit Coventry. He made 7 appearances for the Sky Blues, before joining Wolves in January 1994. Marsden struggled to make any real impact at Molineux however, and was shipped off to Notts County in November 1994. His stay in Nottingham was another disappointment, with just 10 appearances in 16 months.

In 1996 Marsden joined Dave Jones's Stockport County. He played a key role in helping the unfashionable Cheshire based side secure an unlikely promotion to Division One in 1996/97. That same season he was also part of the team that reached the Coca Cola Cup semi-finals, with County seeing off Premiership opposition in Blackburn, West Ham and Southampton. Early into the 1997/98 season Marsden signed for Birmingham. He adapted much better to Division One football than he had done previously, helping Blues challenge for a play-off spot.

On February 1st 1999 Marsden signed for Southampton, linking up with his old Stockport gaffer Dave Jones. The former Stockport man had performed extremely well for Birmingham during the first half of the 1998/99 season, scoring 5 goals. Despite that, Marsden's arrival at the Dell was greeted with little fanfare or excitement. Some supporters questioned why Jones was bringing in a 30 year old who had spent the vast majority of his career in the lower leagues. Marsden went some way to answering the critics by helping Saints secure survival in the Premiership in his first year. He scored vital goals in a 3-3 draw against Blackburn and a 2-1 win over Leicester towards the end of the campaign.

Marsden was ruled out with an injury early into the 1999/2000, but returned as a regular under new Saints boss Glenn Hoddle. The midfielder initially divided opinion among fans at the Dell, but quickly won people over with his quality passing. Marsden was one of Southampton's better performers in 2000/01, although his disciplinary record could have been better. The following campaign he was sent off against Arsenal.

Marsden improved considerably following the arrival of Gordon Strachan, who took charge at St Marys in October 2011. Strachan got the absolute best out of Marsden, converting him to a left sided midfielder. He scored in a famous 4-2 win at Chelsea on 1st January 2002. He also netted an incredible individual goal at Ipswich on 2nd March 2002, dribbling round a couple of players before rounding the keeper and tapping the ball into an empty net. Marsden achieved great success in 2002/03, helping Saints to an 8th place Premier League finish, and appearing as captain in the FA Cup final against Arsenal. He played a crucial role in the run to the Millennium Stadium, scoring an unorthodox overhead kick against Wolves in the quarter-finals, and providing the cross for Brett Ormerod in the 2-1 win over Watford in the semi-final. Getting to the final was a particularly sweet moment for Marsden. After Saints lost to Rotherham in the 3rd round the previous year, he went to see Strachan and told him he was disappointed that the result didn't seem to hurt him. When Strachan explained that his main priority was the league, Marsden hit back and said: "It's ok for you because you have won the cups. I have not won anything. It's the same with many other players. We were busting a gut out there, but you made it seem as if you were dismissing that."

Marsden's performances were inconsistent during the first half of the 2003/04 campaign. He was clearly approaching the twilight of his career, although he did still show the odd flash of genius occasionally. Marsden put in the cross for James Beattie to score against local rivals Portsmouth on December 2nd. He made what turned out to be his final appearance for the club on 26th December 2003 against Fulham.

After leaving St Marys Marsden made the surprise move to South Korea, joining Busan I'Cons. His spell in Asia was short live however, and he returned to his hometown in June 2004, this time to join Sheffield Wednesday. Marsden made a decent start at Hillsborough, but was forced to retired after picking up a hamstring injury that had ruled him out of action since October 2004.