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Rodney Fern (Leicester, Luton, Chesterfield, Rotherham)


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Rodney has passed away this week aged 69.In his league career he made 448 appearance's scoring 125 goals.

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FERN, Rodney Alan

born 13th December 1948, Measham, Leicestershire
died Tuesday 16th January 2018, aged 69

Measham Social Welfare
Dec 1966–1972 Leicester City 133+16 league apps, 31 goals
June 1972–1975 Luton Town 34+5/5
June 1975–1979 Chesterfield 150+2/54
June 1979–1983 Rotherham United 98+7/34

Leicester Mercury

Rodney Fern, who made nearly 200 appearances for the club, has passed away after battle with dementia

Former Leicester City striker Rodney Fern has died aged 69 after a battle with dementia.

The skilful, unorthodox forward played 187 games in all competitions for the club from 1968-72, scoring 40 goals, and formed a crucial part of the team that reached the final of the 1969 F.A. Cup.

Fern was born in Burton on Trent and joined City from Measham in 1966, making his debut two years later, before going on to play for Luton, Chesterfield and Rotherham.

Always a popular figure among the City fans, with his long hair and bushy sideburns, Fern took little time in making his mark on the side, scoring in only his third game as Leicester came from 2-0 down to beat Manchester City 4-3 in the 1968 F.A. Cup fourth round replay.

His finest moment would come in the same competition the following season, as Fern bagged the winner in City’s quarter final victory against Mansfield. Fern would also start the final against Manchester City, which Leicester lost 1-0 at Wembley.

That season, he also scored the winner as Leicester beat Manchester United at Filbert Street.

Fern was City’s top scorer the following campaign, with 18 goals in all competitions, and got his tally off the mark in spectacular fashion with a stunning overhead kick in the opening fixture against Birmingham.

Fern joined Luton for £45,000 in 1972, and helped the club to promotion from the Second Division in 1974.

Fern also enjoyed success at Chesterfield, then at Rotherham, where he first helped the club beat Leicester in the 1979-80 League Cup first round, scoring twice in the second leg, as well as helping them take the Third Division crown in 1981.

After retiring, Fern ran a pub in Lount before later becoming a coal merchant in Measham.

Fern passed away on January 16 having suffered from dementia for the last few years, raising yet more questions about the connection between the impact of heading a football and the onset of cognitive diseases later in life.

He leaves behind his wife, Linda; his daughter, Amanda, and three grandsons and a granddaughter.

Rotherham Advertiser

Millers legend Rodney Fern dies

One of the stars of the Millers' 1980-81 championship season, Rodney Fern, has died.

Rod, who was 69, came to Millmoor in 1979 and immediately became a fans favourite with his balding hairstyle, on-field drive and eye for goal.

He was brought in as a replacement for Trevor Phillips and while he didn't hit the net so often in his first season, the former Leicester City and Chesterfield striker played a major role the following year as Rotherham swept to the Division Three crown - scoring the vital goal that gave the Millers a title clinching 2-1 win over Plymouth on a famous final day of the season at Millmoor.

Born in Burton in 1948, Rod spent four seasons at Rotherham, moving on in 1983 after making 105 appearances and scoring 35 times.

There will be a full tribute in this Friday's Advertiser.

Yorkshire Post

Rotherham United legend Rodney Fern, 69, passes away

Former Rotherham United striker Rodney Fern, a leading light in the feted Millers line up who won the Division Three championship in 1980-81, has passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with dementia.

The Burton on Trent born forward joined the Millers from near neighbours Chesterfield in 1979 and soon became a fans favourite at Millmoor.

Fern famously scored the goal which secured the third division title for the Millers in the 1-0 home win over Plymouth Argyle in May 1981.

The previous month, Fern netted the winner at Carlisle United which earned promotion back to the second tier for the club after an absence of 13 years.

The former Leicester City and Luton marksman spent four years at Rotherham, scoring 35 times in 105 appearances, including a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Chelsea at Millmoor in October 1981.

Fern made his name at Leicester, where he played in the 1969 F.A. Cup final against Manchester City, having scored the winner for the Foxes in their quarter-final triumph over Mansfield Town.


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