Liam Rosenior (144 appearances – 1 goal, 15 assists)
Tom Griffin / @TomGriff87
Liam Rosenior earned plaudits for his industrious and tireless displays in a City shirt. He joined, then, Nigel Pearson’s City side in 2010 when the club faced serious financial trouble and were threatened with the order of administration. This could have seen Rosenior’s time at the club cut abruptly, however, the Allam family were the saving grace when they bought the club in December 2010.
Rosenior quickly grew into the right back position with some gritty displays, epitomising the aura around the club during this transitional period. He remained a regular fixture in a defence that amassed an impressive 17 clean sheets throughout his debut campaign. Admired for his old-fashioned style of defending and consistent performances, he quickly rose to prominence among the City faithful. Chants could be heard from East Stand that were directed at Rosenior, the hallowed words; ‘Liam Rosenior, his nanna’s from ‘Ull’ swiftly awarded him with cult hero status.
Although the 2010/11 season wasn’t memorable in terms of achievement, the emergence of a new era under the Allam family and a respectable 11th placed finish provided the platform for City and Rosenior to push on in the years that preceded.
In the 2011/12 season, Rosenior made the switch from his original number 30 to the number 2 shirt, this change would be the starting point for his success in a Tiger’s jersey.
City’s promotion campaign in the 2012/13 season saw Rosenior feature 32 times in the Championship and this earned him a stab at Premier League football again after featuring previously for Fulham and Reading in the top flight.
Rosenior remained a regular fixture in the squad and he enjoyed the clubs most successful season to date; an FA Cup final appearance and a 16th place finish in the Premier League awarded the full back the recognition he deserved with supporters and pundits alike.
He scored his first goal for the Tigers after he pounced on a Ben Foster penalty save to nod home against West Brom in March 2014.
After remarkably helping City achieve their first Cup final appearance, Rosenior featured twice in their brief stint in Europe.
He became a rotational player in the 2014/15 season, only featuring 13 times under Steve Bruce and opted to leave the club at the end of the season to join Brighton & Hove Albion.
Rosenior went onto retire in 2018 to become a coach of Brighton’s under 23 side, which he combined with appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports.
In July 2019, Rosenior joined up with Phillip Cocu at Derby County as a specialist first team coach.