Norwich City old boy Jamie Cureton prepares to come of age

Norwich City old boy Jamie Cureton is preparing to embark on his 21st season as a professional. Picture: Anthony Kelly Norwich City old boy Jamie Cureton is preparing to embark on his 21st season as a professional. Picture: Anthony Kelly

Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:30 AM

Ex-Norwich City stalwart Jamie Cureton aims to prove he can still cut it ahead of his landmark campaign at new club Dageham and Redbridge.

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The 38-year-old is poised to embark on his 21st season in the professional ranks after signing a one-year deal with the ambitious League Two Daggers.

Cureton made his Norwich debut in November 1994 and notched the 250th league goal of his career for Cheltenham Town against his new employers last year at Victoria Road.

“I’ve played at Dagenham twice and scored twice so you could say it has been a good ground for me,” he said. “Wherever I go people expect me to score goals but I put more pressure on myself to be honest. As soon as I get going I will be looking to get on the scoresheet and I feel confident I can still do it. I had a few non league offers but I still felt fit and the way last season finished for me I believed I could still do a job in the league. I’m really pleased to stay at this level and prove to people I can do the business. I started 21 games last season so to score 11 goals wasn’t too bad, but I am still pushing myself to achieve more. Hopefully I’ll get more this season.”

Cureton admitted moving to Essex to be nearer his family was a major attraction.

“It was important that I tried to find somewhere closer to the family. My wife is from just up the road and I made a promise I would try and get as closer to her and Dagenham is probably the best I could have found,” he said. “I wouldn’t have just signed for that, the club would have to be right and it has worked out perfectly. I’ve also enjoyed pre-season with the lads and that was a big factor when I was offered a contract.”

The Bristolian knows his vast experience will be invaluable as Wayne Burnett’s squad look to improve on a top 10 finish.

“I expect a bit of banter throughout the year no doubt for my age, but the manager has spoken to me and said he will try and get me involved with passing on my experience to the younger lads so I see that as part and parcel of my role,” Cureton told Dagenham’s official site. “Hopefully they listen, I wasn’t the best of listeners when I was their age. You have to look after yourself now a bit more than I did when I was a youngster. Every day really you have to prepare yourself to get ready for training so this new season will be no. The manager has brought in some really good players, he is looking to add and I know after a really good season last year there is a belief they can kick on again.”

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12 comments

  • Thanks, lankyboy. ;-) I did remember, eventually, but could not get my post through the ever thickening ether! I seem to recall Dion Dublin heading the ball on and Havstrika scoring with a header. He did celebrate a bit.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Archie isnt letting me comment on anything these days. Think ill give up :'( (Hurrah I hear you all say)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Brew, if my memory serves me right, Strihavka scored against Crystal Palace at the Carra.

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    lankyboy

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • He went back to Czech Rep and scored 1 goal there, against Spurs for Slavia Prague in the Uefa Cup. I remember mocking our Spurs friends at the time. Ulf Ottosson is a name I always remember for scoring 1 goal and never signing permanent. I think Jamie Cureton was always a good League 12 striker.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • David Strihavka. He scored one goal for us at Carra Rud. I saw it but cannot remember who it was against. He cost (reportedly) £1m, but his contract was soon terminated and he went back to the Czech Republic. Dave Havstrika!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Never really made it at NCFC. As a youngster I think he had an attitude problem. Mike was reported as saying that he reported back for pre season training a stone or two over weight and he was sold a couple of months later for only £200k. Bristol Rovers I think. In his second spell he had a fine start against Barnet but was then stupidly slapped down by Grant for chasing a hat trick. Then Strihavka was brought in. My last memory of him was an evening game against Stoke when he blasted wide from about a yard out in the final minute. Roeder wasn't amused. He obviously has had a good career elsewhere.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Btw Matt, I don`t think we`ve seen the feisty side of RvW - if there is one. `Feisty` is `feisty` in Dutch, too! My OED informs me the word is of Western Germanic origin, so fair enough.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • He`s only little, Mattias, but... wait for it... he`s feisty ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Another striker who got bashed by the idiots at NCFC for not fitting into a role that demanded a 6ft3 giant like they've done with RVW. Always been a predator, fox in the box type but like last season under Hughton, we didnt play the football that suited him in his 2nd spell with us. Top chap.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Fine fellow, no doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Good luck Jamie, what a great example of a level headed Pro!

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    kevin

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • All the best for the coming season Jamie, an example to all those young guns who fritter away their glittering career by the time they're 25 .......... proves that looking after yourself you reap the rewards .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

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