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CONNECTIONS: Norwich City

8 January 2021

There have been a number of players who have represented both Coventry City and Norwich City over the years.

Having looked at three earlier in the season, we take a three more of these players ahead of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup tie between the two sides...

 

James Maddison

‘Madders’ began his career with the Sky Blues, before moving on to Norwich excelling with the Canaries side. His form at Carrow Road, led to a move to the Premier League and making his international debut.

The local boy rose through the ranks at the Sky Blues Academy going on to join the first team and make his debut at the age of 17 versus Cardiff City in the League Cup in August 2014. His impressive performances for City earned him a move to Premier League Norwich in August, leaving the Sky Blues having made 42 appearances for City.

He spent his first season with Norwich on loan at Aberdeen getting much needed playing time before returning to Norwich and becoming an integral player for the Canaries.

The 2017-18 season proved successful for Maddison himself, his performances earning him places in both the EFL and Championship team of the season alongside being named the club’s Player of the Season.

His 14 goals in 44 games saw teams vying for his signature with Leicester City winning the race. He has since gone on to make his international debut with England and play in Europe for the Foxes.

Dion Dublin

With a career amassing over 600 league appearances the ex Sky Blues and Canaries striker, who could also play in defence, had a stellar career.

Dublin originally started out as a central defender, climbing through the youth ranks at Norwich before leaving for Cambridge United. It was at the U’s that his career changed and really started to set off after his change of positions. A transfer to Manchester United would follow where he went on to win the Premier League before departing to join the Sky Blues for £2million (a club record fee at the time).

During his time at Highfield Road Dion established himself as one of the league’s best forwards and finished joint top goal scorer in the 1997-98 season, earning England recognition too while with the Sky Blues. He also went on to strike up an excellent partnership with Darren Huckerby, causing problems for whomever they came across. Dublin made 145 City league appearances scoring 61 goals, leaving Highfield Road in 1998.

Transfers to Aston Villa, Leicester and Celtic preceded his return to Norwich in 2006. He would again prove a hit with the fans named Norwich’s Player of the Year in his second season after finishing second in the first. He would make 70 appearances for the Canaries scoring 12 goals before his retirement, going on to enjoy a successful career in the media.

Sammy Clingan

The Northern Irishman came through the ranks at Wolverhampton Wanderers before leaving without making an appearance and spent time at Nottingham Forest, gaining promotion to the Championship before signing with Norwich City in 2008.

At Norwich he became a regular starter in the Canaries side and was an efficient penalty taker for the side, scoring all the penalties that he took. He was made the club’s vice-captain however he chose to transfer to Coventry following Norwich’s relegation to League One. He spent one season with the Canaries making 40 appearances.

Central midfielder Clingan signed for the Sky Blues in the summer of 2009 however after a bright start to life in the Midlands injury would pause that progress. The second season followed a similar pattern to the first as injury again struck once fit, he went on to be named as City captain following a host of departures in the summer of 2011. Sammy went on to make 100 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues, scoring 7 times, before being released in 2012. He would go on to sign for Doncaster Rovers.  

Clingan was also an international regular for the Northern Irish national team, earning 39 caps across his career.


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