England Under 21 goalkeeper Andy Marshall was the first choice
keeper at Carrow Road having displaced Bryan Gunn. A youth team product, Andy came to prominence
in the 1994/95 season when Gunn was injured for half the season.
Loan spells at Gillingham and Bournemouth during the 1996/97 season
gave him more first team experience and he managed to displace
Gunn as first choice custodian of the City goal.
In July 2000, Andy was named as a potential successor to Ipswich
keeper Richard Wright who had been transfer-listed as he had not
agreed a new contract with the Premiership newboys. However it
was highly unlikely that Norwich would sell to their arch-rivals.
In October 2000, Andy was linked with Aston Villa and Celtic who
were hoping to exploit Andy's disillusionment with Norwich's investment
in catering facilities rather than the first team squad. In February
2001,Andy was linked with a move to Filbert Street where he would
join up with Darren Eadie and Ade
Akinbiyi as Leicester players with a Norwich background.
Andy was voted Norwich City Player of the Year for 2000/01, edging
out Iwan Roberts by a mere 30votes. Andy was linked, along with
Darel Russell with a move to Ipswich
on May 3rd as George Burley was allegedly scouting the 2 Canaries
in order to strengthen his successful Tractor Boys. Whether Andy
Marshall would be happy deputising his good friend Richard Wright
is another matter. Derby have also been linked, possibly in conjunction
with rumours that their Estonian keeper Mart Poom was headed for
Old Trafford. Despite reports linking him with Wolves, by 25th
May Bolton appeared clear favourites to sign Marshall especially
if they gained promotion into Division One. He would be equivalent
in ability to Bolton's current on-loan keeper Matt Clarke for
whom Bradford would require a fee if the move became permanent.
Jussi Jaskelainen would be Marshall's
deputy with third choice keeper Steve
Banks possibly heading to Norwich. Marshall confirmed that
Bolton were one of four clubs that he was in regular contact with
but Bolton and Marshall failed to come to agreement.
Andy joined local rivals Ipswich on July 2nd 2001 on a Bosman
free transfer. He was the first player to make this journey since
John Deehan in the mid 80s. Andy replaced
Richard Wright who made a £6million move to Arsenal. Andy stated
that the chance of competing in the Premiership and in Europe
was what led him to Ipswich whilst George Burley the Ipswich manager
had been impressed with Marshall in action and when training with
In December 2002, the Sunday People reported that Arsenal
had been watching Marshall and his young Ipswich teammate Darren
Ambrose. With Arsenal needing a keeper following injuries to Stuart
Taylor and Rami Shaaban, and Ipswich seriously in debt, it would
suggest that there may be a grain of truth in this report. However
Marshall's form for Ipswich had not been great and he had lost
his place to loan signing Paul Gerrard. An injury to Gerrard enabled
Marshall to regain the Number One shirt and his form helped Ipswich
climb the table and finish just outside the play-offs at the end
of 2002/03. His form allegedly gained the attention of Division
One champions Portsmouth who were going to bid to bring him to
Fratton Park, according to the media.
In a shock development in mid May 2003, Joe
Royle announced that Marshall was available on a free transfer.
Royle wanted to bring in an experienced keeper who was more reliable
than Marshall who later admitted his form had been inconsistent
as he found it hard to settle in Suffolk. Another benefit for
Ipswich would be cutting Marshall's wages from the wage bill as
he is one of their highest earners. If Marshall does not find
himself a new club, he would return to Ipswich for pre-season
training in July as he still has another year on his contract.
Clubs rumoured to be interested in him included Portsmouth and
Stoke City whose manager Tony Pulis knows Andy from his loan period
at Gillingham. On 23rd July 2003, the media linked Marshall with
a move to Reading but the Berkshire side dismissed this. After
Premiership newboys Wolves conceded 5 at Blackburn and 4 at home
to Charlton in their first two games of the 2003/04 season, it
was speculated that Wolves manager David Jones would bring Marshall
to Wolves although Jones has also brought former Newcastle keeper
Pavel Srnicek in on trial. There were then rumours that Marshall
would be brought to Bramall Lane to replace the injured Paddy
Kenny but Sheffield United instead switched their attention to
Everton's Paul Gerrard.
Later in September 2003, Plymouth made enquiries to take Andy
on loan but he rebuffed these stating that he wanted to stay in
Division One or the Premiership. Luton also made an approach which
he was willing to consider as they are a local side. On 11th November
jumped the gun in reporting that Andy had joined Wimbledon on
a month's loan following injuries to Paul Heald and Steve Banks,
and Lee Worgan's suspension after his sending off. However the
BBC reported that Wolves had
also made a bid for Andy's services. Wolves were successful in
their bid and Andy joined them on a month's loan commencing 17th
He returned to Portman Road in January 2004 only to depart on
loan to Millwall on 27th January 2004, ironically as cover for
Tony Warner who had been linked with a move to Wolves. This loan
was made permanent on 25th March 2004 (Transfer Deadline Day).
Andy's season finished on FA Cup Final Day when he kept goal for
Millwall at the Millenium Stadium against Manchester United. Although
Millwall lost 3-0, Andy had a good game producing some good saves
and hopes that this will lead to a new contract.
The new season saw Millwall use loan signing Graham Stack of
Arsenal as first-choice keeper and on October 22nd 2004, Andy
announced that he would be seeking a transfer if he did not get
first team football. He instead stayed with the club until the
end of the 2005/6 season but following their relegation to League
One, the Lions announced that they would be allowing Marshall
to leave. Indeed he did leave, joining Coventry City on a free
transfer at the end of June 2006.
In March 2009, Coventry boss Chris Coleman announced that Marshall
would be leaving Coventry in the summer. To help him prepare for
the future, Marshall has begun his UEFA "B" coaching
After a successful trial with QPR during July 2009, the London
side offered Marshall a one year deal at the beginning of August
2009 to act as cover for Radek Cerny Instead he signed for Martin
O'Neill's Aston Villa on 12th August 2009 on a one year deal.
Marshall is expected to join Brad Guzan in providing cover for
current number one Brad Friedel.
In November 2009, it was rumoured that Marshall would rejoin
QPR, initially on loan ahead of a permanent transfer in January
2010. Andy was released by Villa in June 2010 - he had not played
a first team game for them.
In July 2010, Andy trained with Colchester playing 45 minutes
for the Us in their 3-0 victory over Maldon & Tiptree in a
pre-season friendly on Saturday 17th July. After training with
Charlton, Andy re-signed for Villa on 3rd September 2010. He became
their second choice keeper following Brad Guzan's loan to Hull.
Marshall signed a new one year contract with Villa on 28th March
He also helps run the Sells Goalkeeping Academy which has seven
centres across Britain providing elite goalkeeping coaching for
youngsters aged eight to eighteen.