Julian Marshall

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Player Information

06 July 1957

Born: Swansea
Signed from: Hereford United, 1980
Position: Centre back
Seasons played: 1980-82
Appearances: 36
Goals: 0

After catching the eye with Merthyr Tydfil, Julian’s Football League career began at Hereford United in 1975 where he played under former City assistant manager John Sillett and with two ex-Ashton Gate strikers, John Galley, by then playing as a centre-half, and Peter Spiring, in the Second Division.

A tall, slim central defender, who enjoyed attacking the ball in the air, Julian arrived at Ashton Gate on a free transfer in August 1980, signed by Alan Dicks to provide cover at the back for Geoff Merrick and David Rodgers.

In the absence of both those players, he made his debut against Blackburn Rovers at Ashton Gate the following November, partnering Clive Whitehead, who by then was operating as a defender as well as on the wing, in the middle of the back-four.

City kept a clean sheet that day, winning 2-0 with goals from Ashton Gate Eight players Chris Garland and Trevor Tainton. Julian went on to start all but one of the remaining 26 Division Two games of the season, numbering Whitehead, Merrick, Rodgers, Sweeney and Alan Nicholls among his central defensive partners.

One of his best performances came against hometown club Swansea City at Vetch Field in March 1981 where he helped his team secure a creditable goalless draw against a promotion-chasing side then managed by former Liverpool striker John Toshack.

He also began the following campaign in the first team and made 29 League appearances for City in all before having his hopes of a future at the club dashed. Julian had spells with Blackburn and Walsall after leaving Ashton Gate, as well as representing non-League outfits Worcester City and Stourbridge.