Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has been Mr Reliable all season, but who is the Canaries’ greatest No.1 of all time?
His commanding presence added to the organisation of those in front has seen the Canaries go more than five and a half hours without conceding a Premier League goal.
A prolonged stay both at Carrow Road and at the top of the game could propel Ruddy alongside the likes of City keeping greats Sandy Kennon, Chris Woods and Robert Green who all had more than 240 City outings to their name.
Other contenders for the title of Norwich City’s greatest ever goalkeeper include:
• Ken Nethercott
City career: 1947-1959
International caps: 1 (England B)
A fearless goalkeeper, who deserved to win more international honours than the solitary England B cap he gained. Played last 30 minutes of FA Cup sixth round tie against Sheffield United with a dislocated shoulder – it was his last appearance for City.
• Sandy Kennon
City career: 1958-1965
International caps: 0
A member of the Norwich team that got to the FA Cup semi-finals in 1959 as a third division team. Also played a major role in winning promotion to the Second Division the following season after taking over from Ken Nethercott.
• Kevin Keelan
City career: 1963-1980
International caps: 0
Dubbed by Ron Ashman as “the bargain of the century”, Keelan twice won the club’s player of the year award. Helped Norwich to the First Division twice, played in two League Cup finals and was a League ever-present in five seasons.
• Chris Woods
City career: 1981-1986
International caps: 43 (England)
Signed by City for £225,000 from QPR and went on to become firm Carrow Road favourite. Part of the Canaries side that won the Milk Cup against Sunderland in 1985. Went on to join Rangers and went 1,196 minutes without conceding a goal – a record at the time.
• Bryan Gunn
City career: 1986-1998
International caps: 6 (Scotland)
The £100,000 paid to Aberdeen to secure his services turned out to be a snip after the 12 years of service he gave to the Canaries as a player. An excellent shot-stopper with sharp reflexes.
• Robert Green
City career: 1999-2006
International caps: 12 (England)
Took over as Norwich’s first choice keeper in 2001 and never looked back. Played key role in City’s run to the play-offs in 2002 and in the club’s championship winning season in 2004.