Former Norwich academy product Chris Martin believes his permanent Derby move can provide a new lease of life to his football career.

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Martin spent 14 years with the Canaries working his way through the ranks to the first team, but limited Premier League exposure and a series of loan moves have stunted his early progress.

The 24-year-old Beccles-bred striker was the first of Chris Hughton’s senior released players to secure his future after completing a Pride Park switch following an impressive initial loan move for the Rams towards the end of last season.

Martin and his young family will now look to put down roots in the East Midlands after a nomadic existence that also included spells at Luton, Swindon and Crystal Palace.

“The last couple of years have not been ideal for me. I have had to move my young family around and that is never ideal to be in and out of hotels or apartments that you are never going to see again,” he said. “Hopefully I can put those loan spells behind me now and kick on and really make a go of it. My girlfriend is pregnant with our second child and we already have a little two-year-old so I want to find a good base for them. Somewhere we are going to have a base that we can enjoy for the next couple of years.

“Of course I would have much preferred over these past two seasons to be contracted and playing regularly at Norwich. I lived 20 minutes down the road, but that was not the case. It didn’t work out like that and I had to go out on loan to prove myself and I am thankful that all of that has led me to Derby.”

Martin, speaking to Derby’s official site, admits his formative years at Norwich will always hold special memories.

“It is a new start and a new beginning for me here but I made a lot of friends and there are a lot of good people who helped me in my career,” he said. “It’s also a good set of lads. There is a tinge of disappointment leaving Norwich behind but I am very excited to be joining another massive club in Derby with a big fan base and the facilities are second to none. They are probably Premier League in that respect and I think I have been very lucky in that the two permanent clubs I have joined are like this.

“Coming here has reminded me of the sort of atmosphere and togetherness we had on the promotion runs.”

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  • Brew - I think they are two sides of a coin. Guardian readers are self loathing ,guilt ridden elitists whereas the Mail readers love themselves but loath everyone else.They are all obsessed with middle class values such as public schools for their children and property values in those leafy suburbs. Guardian readers whilst pretending to love every immigrant who has ever come to these shores will make sure they live nowhere near such people. Anyway Brew we do share the values of good beer and conversation. Getting back to Chris Martin. I suppose we will know when he has matured when he does not want to thump the first person he meets in a public house.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • Ooh, dunno, Lee Camp maybe?

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    Admiral F

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • I suppose Mail & Guardian readers in the same category is a bit odd, chirpy - "flipside?". But I think Steely has a point when it comes to a shared middle-class ambition to appear a cut above the masses. I`ve often been advised of the joys of mixing with people of a "like mind" but I don`t often find folk with a mind like mine! Steely may be one of the few! Back to footy, agree totally with alan clark`s assessment of C. Martin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • Like most youngsters of our generation I was led to believe that Watneys, Double Diamond and M&B were the nirvana of the beer world. My first awakening came in 1973 with a visit to Kings Lynn speedway on a sublime July evening. We arrived early and ventured out to find a pub. We came across the Star in Wiggenhall St. Germans ,I think. They had Abbott on draught. Four pints later we staggered into Saddlebow for the speedway. We were converted and never looked back.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • Pubmandave, interested to hear about big Dunc. Is he well generally? He can`t be much over 70? He was a splendid sight to see; sleeves rolled up tight in the coldest of weather. Opponents returning to Terra Firma after a Big Dunc tackle covered in icicles. "Six foot two - eyes of blue - Duncan Forbes is after you, la la la la etc". We had a Senior Manager in the QC dept @ Watneys called John Duncan; he was quickly dubbed "Forbes"! OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Mad Brewer. No, Im afraid he's a clientpatient. My guess is he's suffered a stroke at sometime, and having lost my own father that way, i find it so sad, though saying that, people do survive strokes nowadays, whereas only 10 yrs ago they died. I wont see him again till friday, but I will tell him you and others have sent their best wishes

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Chris was given many chances but I think his attitude was bad.When selected he always appeared lethargic and although he could kick a ball, more than that is required for Premiership football. Good luck to him at Derby, must try harder.

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    goldie

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Just `Wikied`. Big Dunc was born 19th June 1941, so he`ll soon be 72. I remember him more as a `trad` centre-half. I think his Red Card count in modern football would be untenable! But he always helped the player he`d hurt back to his feet and smiled apologetically at the Ref. Marvellous character.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Pubman - yes many of us remember him. He was a tall tough wing half and played many games from the late 60's through the 70's. He was engaged by City to work at Carrow Road on match days up until fairly recent years and looked fairly resplendent with his white hair and smart navy blue Canary jacket. Pubman ,you can join me and the Brewer in our beer memories anytime you want.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • If they ever get around to having a beer crimes tribunal will you be called to give evidence Brew ? Or were you just following orders?

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • adnams latest offering of Fat Spratt went down well at the weekend on the Costa del Colne. Good luck to Coldplay at Derby.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Lobbo, lets hope not. I dont know if you ever see Valancia play but both Sergio Canales and Andros Guardado are short and light players (probably 5 foot 7 ish and very much in th Wes Holahan mould). With all due respect to Wes we cannot accomodate many players of that stature in the side. Canales is not even a regular first team player really and has only started 5 or 6 games each season in the last 3 years.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Hi, Steely. Yes, that`s a good event and Norwich is a great place to find a wide range of microbrewery beers. Sadly, many of them do not live up to the hype and, if assessed impartially, some are truly dire. "Real Ale" has had a demographic makeover; once the drink of yer "average man" it has become aligned with the gastronome obsession currently rampant in this country. And inflated prices to go with it. I remember an old Brewers` Society campaign, late 50s(?) which depicted fizzy bottled beer as being for the bowler-hatted "toffs" and cask beer for the flat-hatted "plebs". No longer the case. The sector is rife with beer "sommelliers" and matching beer with (expensive) food. It`s the "Emperor`s Clothes Syndrome".

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • As we are talking about entering public houses ,has anyone been on the City of Ale thing ? I went last Thursday and whilst enjoying some good refreshing local brews found some of them rather over priced eg. £3.40 for a low strength (3.7%) beer. The best I had was the Strummer from the Shortts Farm brewery at the revamped Earlham Arms. If Frank Fryup is reading I can recommend this place for a visit.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Brewer - not so much the EDP more the Daily Mail or Guardian types. In their middle class (slightly upper) circles you cannot just be a husband these days. You have to be a 'beloved' husband or hubby. As if you love your wife more than somebody would from a lower class - despite the fact that you are entertaining your 19 year old secretary on the side. Another World to ours Brew.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • It is good to see him placed at the right level. He has been bubbling under the surface for the last few years, not quite able to make it for whatever reason. I hope that the ban for misbehaviour in the pub is now well behind him.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • I don`t think it`s particularly lefty luvvies, Steely. Just modern-day Mrs Bucketts and similarly fickle fashion following fools with more money than sense. You refer to that pair of luvvies who review(ed) gastropubs for the EDP? "My husband enjoyed an excellent pint of Gourmand`s Gold and he was so full, I had to finish his pudding off for him". Risqué! That sort of thing.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Chris Martin should do well at Derby. He is a id to lower Championship or League 1 player. His main problem is that he thought he was better than he really was and his talent didnt match his ego.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Mad Brewer. He's physically well, but it would'nt be right for the volunteer gardener to say any more, only that he's still sharp enough to talk footy all day, and can spot a "pretty filly" at 100yds ! Obviously I've now googled him, and now quite proud of my No.1 assistant. My overall impression is one of a man who keeps himself smart, infact quite dapper with his 'whistle' and polished shoes. Today I asked him "who was the toughest opposite number you faced" - "Ron Harris" was his answer. "Shame on Norwich City" was my comment yesterday, and maybe that sounded harsh, but when players are earning 20k a week, it's just a shame "yesterdays" hero's are left to shuffle around a care centre garden !

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Just following orders, Steely. Though I was one of a bunch of rebels who told the massively academically qualified Group Chief Chemist, (ex of Lyon`s Cakes), who seemed to be in charge, that we thought the beer was dire. "Just because it matches what the marketing men think it should be does not get away from the fact that it tastes like cr@p!". They nearly shot the messengers. Career-wise, they did! History shows that even the "gullible" public found RED to be revolting, not revolutionary. I rest the case for the defence while I book my escape ticket to South America.;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • I think I concur completely with your flipside\coin comment, Steely. I`ll never forget "playing" tennis for the Greene King team back in the 70s (OMG, they were short of players!). We were invited back, after the match, to an opponents house for "drinks". She was a real Hyacinth Bucket. "What would you like, squash or coffee?". Help!! She even had a jam jar with a slot in the lid for contributions! Fur coat and no kn1cker$! It is a pleasure to exchange cynicisms with you Steely!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • May all your rumours be true my son (if they're like that one, anyway!)

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    el dingo

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Where has Lee deCamped to? Is Townman perchance from that obscure town in Suffolk? He cannot be from our Fine City, surely?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • It's okay Townman, let it all out, I know it hurts....

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    Admiral F

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Memories are short guys! Watching videos again,and he HAS all the attributes except a drive and perhaps a footballing brain...watch holt give him ear advice when playing matches...Think he may end up doing very well if finally maturity or a special coach gets him to realise footy is also played without the ball...( ie taking a man wide,blind side runs) And add to this knowing when to fallback,we may see him finally realise that potential.

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • PS. Green Jack, Woodforde`s & Wolf are the pick of East Anglia in my `umble opinion. The much-maligned JD Wetherspoon is the venue for good beer at a reasonable (for now) price. Apologies in advance for going off-topic. I do what it says on my label. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Chris Martin had it all on a plate. Lambo as his manager, Holty & Wessi as his mentors, and a modicum of talent. He had more chances than a game of Monopoly. Good luck to him anyway - from the Beccles & District LVA! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • O yeah lee camp and where is he now another poor bit of business from a poor management team

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    Townman

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Nothing to do with Chris Martin but no where else to post this from NORWICHCITYRUMOURS site, "Norwich set to take advantage of Valencia's financial trouble (like we did fir RVW) and sign Sergio Canales and Andros Guardado for a combined price of 11mil". Don't believe it for one moment but something to talk about. Hope CM does well at derby.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • I think his biggest problem was his attitude especially when entering public houses. Maybe he is starting to grow up at last.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • I saw Martin at Peterborough pre-season and he was average and leathargic. His progress wasn't stunted by lack of Premier League games or loan moves, as this article says, but because didn't have the talent and or application. He only scored twice in 13 games at Derby. I wish him all the best but if he had been that good he would have got more games and wouldn't have been loaned out!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Oops! Finished with an unintentional rhyming couplet. Must be Lobbo`s influence!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Grouping Daily Mail and Guardian readers together Steely? They won't like that!

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    chirpy

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • No apologies needed Brew - beer is much more interesting than Chris Martin. I know where you are coming from with the hi-jacking of ale by the left wing luvvie brigade. Fortunately I haven't come across any except for those boring restaurant reviews where the 'beloved hubby' has a real ale with his meal. How dangerous ! (I thought he was in the DHSS not the SAS).

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • You are right, pubmandave. In the late 50`s early 60`s you`d see players on pushbikes, living among `ordinary` people in `ordinary` houses (including pretty basic Club houses). Local heroes. They`d be seen now and then in the chip shop and doing `ordinary` Summer jobs to keep the income trickling in. Is Dunc a resident or was he just visiting as a volunteer himself? He seemed pretty fit not long ago and, as you say, he`s dapper. I bet "Chopper" Harris gave all due respect to Forbsie!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Indeed, Steely - he played with Hyacinth in the mixed doubles. Probably the only way he got to play with her. They were a bunch of pretentious and shallow middle-class posers. All belonged to a "proper" tennis club. Probably bought faux Mariners` garb when they hired a boat on the Broads. Ref Abbot Ale, I was involved in brewing the one that came first in its class at the GBBF - about 1975, I think. When I worked for Watney`s in Mortlake, late 60s, early 70s, we all bunked off to the nearest Youngs, Fullers or Courage outlet for our beer. Young`s Special, London Pride or Courage Directors` - nectar! We were all sadly involved in the development of the Revolutionary "RED". Unspeakable muck. Brentford had a decent team....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • Good luck Chris. He did score some vital goals. Always thought he would have been better in midfield. (cf Norman Whiteside) Beccles will miss you !

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    Pondlife

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Lets face it who in there right mind wouldn't want away from your small poor supported little club with no ambition lol

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    Townman

    Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Brew was that Hyacinth type lady in possession of a 'beloved hubby' ?

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • This week I was asked to tidy up a OAP's day centre garden.....Long story.. One of the residents was an ex Norwich player called Duncan Forbes, very chatty and enjoyed hearing his views of footy circa 2013 - Does anyone remember him ? Sad to see him in such a position - Shame on you Norwich City when you can pay Chris Martin thousands, yet players from the past 'vegitate' in day centres

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    pubmandave

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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