Claims that Uwe's Grandad bombed Old Trafford may well be wide of the mark, but Uwe rarely was - as his 64 goals for the Blues testifies. In his first three full seasons at Maine road he was top scorer. However, it was his committed attitude which won the hearts of the Maine Road faithful, and Uwe milked the adulation!
The former East German international was initially signed on loan from Dynamo Dresden when apparently not fully recovered from a knee injury obtained whilst on loan at Nuremberg, and subsequently signed for a bargain £500,000 i 1994. Uwe's arrival was summed up excellently by Richard Donlan in the King of the Kippax fanzine, "..brought in on loan on a Monday, grabbed two goals against Burnley reserves in midweek, and was thrust right into the first team at QPR on the Saturday".
Uwe was strong and good in the air. He scored 5 goals in 12 games in his first season with the blues, and by that ensured City's survival in the Premiership. The following seasons he established himself as the leading goalscorer with 22 (94/95) and 13 goals (95/96). After numerous outbursts in the media, it was clear that Uwe and former manager Alan Ball did not cooperate well. His future at Maine Road looked dubious, and it was a tired and unhappy striker that started the 1996/97 season, scoring only a handful of goals in his first 20 games. After Frank Clark took over, he once again blossomed, and with 7 goals in 6 games he looked ready to claim the title as top-scorer once again.
Following successful early spells at Madeburg, Nürnburg and Dynamo Dresden, the East German international has maintained his pedigree since returning to his natural home. A hat-trick in the Champions' League for Kaiserlautern, was followed by a move to TeBe Berlin in the Bundesliga Two. Immediately installed as "Klubkapitan," Uwe was now in the twilight of his career and chose to return to the Premiership with Southampton. After one season in the south of England he moved further north to Norwegian club Lillestrøm.
One thing Uwe can always be sure of, as he received as a spectator at Wembley in 1999, is a warm reception from City fans everywhere.
21/4 2003: Former City centre forward, Uwe Rösler, has been diagnosed with chest cancer. Fortunately, the tumour has been discovered in it's early stages and Rosler is optimistic about a full recovery. "When they discovered the tumour in my chest region, I was told that it was found at an early stage. Therefore, the chances of a full recovery are very good," he said. "The news of my illness came as a big shock to me and my family but I have always been a fighter, so I am convinced that I will win this struggle - the hardest one in my life." Rösler had an x-ray after coughing fits became progressively worse over the course of a few weeks. He will miss the rest of the season at Norwegian club Lillestrom while he undergoes treatment.