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Ian Marshall

Marshy is an English former professional footballer, He notably played in the Premier League with Oldham Athletic, Ipswich Town, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers, as well as playing in the Football League for Everton and Blackpool.

Marshall made his name playing as a defender and striker for Oldham Athletic but started his career as an apprentice with hometown club Everton. After four years he signed for Oldham for £200,000 and scored nearly 50 goals in almost 200 appearances before joining Ipswich Town in
1993 for £750,000.

At Portman Road he scored 38 times in just over 90 appearances, including five times in his first five games, a feat that has not been repeated since in the Premier League, before being sold to Leicester City for £800,000 in 1996. He played for the Foxes for four seasons, notching up 26 goals in 61 games. He left on a free transfer to Bolton.
While at Leicester, Marshall was cup-tied for their victory in the 1997 Football League Cup Final, but was part of the 2000 League Cup winning team, coming on as a substitute in the final. In April 1999 he also scored a memorable last minute winner against boyhood club Liverpool at Anfield.

After helping the Wanderers to the Premier League he went on loan to Blackpool before making the move to Bloomfield Road permanent in January 2002. He scored once for Blackpool, in a 2–1 defeat to Huddersfield Town in February 2002. He captained the side for their victory in the final of the LDV Vans Trophy at the Millennium Stadium on 12 March 2002. “I was carrying an injury and wasn’t 100% fit, but I had decided to call it a day and I wanted to finish on a high, which I did. It was a great day, and night come to think of it, and it will be one I will never forget.”

“Being involved in the professional game meant that i had the luxury of the best physio treatment available as well as remaining to be paid while injured, The Portás Group gives players the confidence of financial security in the event of an injury and funding towards rehab and physiotherapy costs, surely its a no brainer for any non league player.”

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