Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Adam Drury admitted his big night was all a bit surreal as Norwich City and Celtic came out to thank the left-back for 11 years of Canaries service.
The 33-year-old’s long awaited testimonial was decided by goals from James Vaughan and special guest Henri Lansbury on Tuesday as City and a few familiar faces from their recent past out-played the Scottish Premier League champions on an entertaining and enjoyable night.
But the occasion was about more than 90 minutes of football, as fans from both sides took the chance to sing Drury’s name – and that of City boss Paul Lambert.
Drury enjoyed more than the odd foray forward, while his every touch was cheered by the home fans and his exit on 63 minutes gave all four stands the chance to applaud a true City stalwart.
It was a night to live long in the memory – and one Drury found hard to get his head around.
“It’s a bit surreal, just standing in the centre circle with everyone chanting your name,” said Drury. “That will stay with me for a long, long time and that will be one of the stand-out moments of the night.
“But to take it all in, it’s unreal. I’m in a bit of a daze obviously, trying to make understanding of what’s going on. But I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and I tried to take it in as much as I could.
“It’s a bit of a whirlwind when you are out there and people are saying ‘enjoy it, enjoy it’, and you are trying – but at the same time you don’t really know what’s going on.”
Drury was keen to thank all in attendance – although he admitted Lambert made things difficult when the microphone was passed to him after the final whistle.
“It is hard to say all you want to – especially when you’re following the gaffer, who has them all eating out of the palm of his hand,” smiled Drury. “It was fantastic and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for turning out.
“The Celtic fans from start to finish were unreal. They’ve been in the city all day and I think they took it over. And then the Norwich fans – I’ve been here for 11 years so I know they turn out in numbers, and I thought they all gelled together brilliantly and created a good atmosphere for what ended up being a good game as well.”
The question on most lips now will be whether Drury’s appearance on Tuesday night will be his last in a City shirt. The left-back is out of contract this summer and what the future holds is yet to be announced.
“That’s the thing, it might be the last time I’m here; I don’t know, we will have to wait and see,” said Drury.
“That’s just one of those things, but I’m just going to enjoy tonight for what it was, and it was absolutely brilliant.”
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