After emerging through the apprenticeship and reserve ranks at Boothferry Park, Brian Marwood developed into one of the finest players ever to have worn the Tigers’ colours during the modern era.
His speed and trickery on the right wing were components in the success enjoyed by the club during the early 1980s. He made his debut at the age of 19 in a 3-1 victory over Mansfield Town at Boothferry Park in January 1980 and, during his eight-year spell in the Tigers’ first team ranks, went on make 191 appearances in all competitions, finding the back of the net on 53 occasions.
The last of those 53 goals came in the final game of the 1983/84 campaign – a 2-0 victory over Burnley. Marwood scored both goals but it was not enough as he and his team-mates needed to win by a three-goal margin in order to secure a second successive promotion.
At Wednesday, he became known as one of the First Division’s most consistent and productive wingers, thanks to his pace and close ball control. The newly promoted Owls had a strong return to the top-flight, finishing eighth and fifth in Marwood’s first two seasons at the club, although Wednesday were unable to compete in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup due to the ban on English clubs in European competitions as a result of the Heysel disaster in 1985.
Despite Wednesday’s form tailing off after that, Marwood still shone in the side and he was signed by Arsenal for £800,000 in March 1988, with whom he won the League Championship in 1988/89. It was also with the Gunners that he won his one and only international cap, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute in England’s 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia in November 1988.