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DENNIS ROFE
Leicester City

 

 

 

    

 

 

FACTFILE - DENNIS ROFE

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DATE OF BIRTH

1 June 1950

BIRTHPLACE

Epping, England

POSITION

Defender

NATION

England

FULL CAPS / GOALS

-

PREVIOUS CLUB

Leyton Orient

SIGNED

August 1972

TRANSFER FEE

112 000

CLUB CAREER

MAJOR CLUB CAREER

YEAR

CLUB

LEAGUE APPEARANCES / GOALS

1968 - 1972

Leyton Orient

172 / 6

1972 - 1980

Leicester City

290 / 5

1980 - 1982

Chelsea

59 / 0

1982 - 1984

Southampton

20 / 0

CLUB CAREER

LINKS

Wikipedia / Pinterest / You Tube /

CLUB CAREER

ABOUT

Lined up to rejoin his former manager Jimmy Bloomfield at Leicestaer on the very day David Nish left. Dennis cost about half the 250 000 fee City received. Comparisons between left-backs, if invidious, were ineviteable, but sound judgement saw that wat City had lost in sheer eleganase, they'd gained in cheery enthusiasm and whole hearted vigour.

Dennis justifiably became a fixture in City's No 3 shirt, qucik into the tackle and quick to augment the attack, and ws unlucky to win only one England U.23 cap. The dressing room joker among City's Cockney colony of the mid 70's, he faced his on field responsibillities, with dermined seriousness and took the team captaincy when Frank McLintock arrived.

The majority of his small tally of goals remain utterly memorable, a last minute solo waltz from the halfway line to clinch a 4-3 away win over Birmingham, a flukey free kick from his own half that floated over QPR's Phil Parkes, and a pair of hot shots at Swansea that hi, and almost broke, the same stanchion.

Later, Dennis unfortunately misjudged the relative promotion potentials of City and Chelsea when leaving for Stamford Bridge, but retunred to the top flight at The Dell, where he remianed as coach until May 1991. Then joining Bristol Rovers in a similar capacity. He found himself quickly elevated (for a 14th month stint) to the manager's role.

Dennis also later coached at Stoke City, and in July 1995 returned to Southampton. Way back at the start of his career, he had been converted from inside forward to the full-back slot by Orient boss and fromer wartime City goalkeeper Dick Graham, his Orient debut was as a scoring substitute at Eastville in April 1968.

After his days on the coaching staff at Southampton, Dennis has been in a number of postions working in Bahamas, for England youth and also a period on the coaching staff at Bournemouth, where he also was in temporary charge as manager back in 2012.
 

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