Darran Rowbotham

Darran Rowbotham

STRIKER

1989/90 APPEARANCES: 32

GOALS: 20

Just how many goals Darran Rowbotham could have got in the title winning season and how high he could have played up the English football pyramid remains unanswered thanks to an horrendous knee injury he suffered in the final few months of the 1989/90 campaign.

The top scorer, who had 20 goals to his name at the time of his injury, collided with Peterborough United keeper Tony Godden and, after being stretchered off, would miss the final 14 games of the season as a result.

In what was a one of the most incredible and enjoyable seasons to be a City fan, this incident remains the only moment of real disappointment as Darran, at the age of 24, had been turned from a midfielder struggling to make an impact in the game to a goalscoring sensation.

Such were his displays in the 1989/90 season that he was attracting the attentions of some higher league clubs, Chelsea included, and it seems so cruel that injury cut short his season and his chance of a big money move away.

Darran would not return to football for almost a year and while he did manage to take his goals for Exeter City to 58 in 142 games he never quite hit the goalscoring exploits he managed in 1989/90.

After leaving for Torquay and then Birmingham, Darran went onto play for Crewe Alexandra and Shrewsbury Town before re-joining the Grecians for a four-year spell between 1996 and 2000. In that time, he netted 37 goals in 118 appearances.