a man with a mission
As a lad in Stepney Rodney just loved the game. He would play two matches on Saturday and two on Sunday. His professional career took off with Fulham F.C. Luck was not his fortey at Fulham. A few days after his league debut against Aston Villa in March 1963 (having scored the only goal of the game) during training, he stubbed his toe, chipped the bone and was out for the rest of the season.
The following season in only his fourth game, Rodney sustained a severe injuries that proved threatening to an already promising career. As he was heading the ball into the Leicester City net for the winning goal, his head hit a defender and a goal post resulting in a broken jaw and loss of hearing in his left ear.
After a great deal of effort and committment to regain full fitness, Rodney had good success with Fulham the following year (1964 - 65) with 18 goals in 41 matches. A difference of opinion with the coach, Vic Buckingham eventually led to him being transferred to QPR for £15 000 in March 1996.
Rodney had a good relationship with Alec Stock and with the right kind of encouragement, racked up 44 goals in one season (1966 / 67). This was followed by majestic success in the final of the League Cup on the 4th March 1967 against West Brom when QPR won 3 - 2. The rest as they say is history!!
My biggest regret was that the England management did not take Rodney to the World Cup Finals in Mexico in 1970 ......