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Bryan Gunn backs goalkeeper John Ruddy to prove his Norwich City doubters wrong

06:30 03 December 2014

Bryan Gunn during his time as manager of Norwich City. Picture: Steve Adams

Bryan Gunn during his time as manager of Norwich City. Picture: Steve Adams

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John Ruddy has been backed to prove his doubters wrong by Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn.

The former Canaries number one is confident the man currently in possession of the shirt will rediscover his top form, after Ruddy was jeered by some sections of the Carrow Road crowd during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Reading.

After a shaky performance the tall shot-stopper took to Twitter to defend himself, with the 28-year-old saying he was ‘disappointed’ with the reactions of some supporters.

“I think it was fair enough to say what he said, that’s his opinion and he’s more than able to offer that about what he saw and heard after the game,” said Gunn.

“It’s what happens unfortunately, people do have grumbles at players and now with the modern media if they put something out there and it allows people to come back at them and they can get involved in a bit of a tit-for-tat argument with them.

“I would imagine the majority of Norwich fans would have different thoughts, with how John Ruddy has performed in the last four seasons at Carrow Road.

“He has performed at such a high standard, to drop below that, it can’t happen, but it’s one of those scenarios where any player can sometimes dip below their usual standards.

“I’m sure John will be working hard in training with (goalkeeper coach) Tony Parks to put it right.”

Graphic: Relegation has turned world upside down for Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy

Ruddy, with 155 appearances so far for City, is still a long way short of the 477 racked up by Gunn as a player for the club but demonstrated his loyalty to the club this summer when dismissing rumours of a transfer back to the Premier League.

“He is a quality keeper, hopefully this is only a small blip,” added Gunn.

“He’s proved that he’s loyal to the club, he has been one of the top players that got relegated and he’s not made any noises looking to leave.

“Now whatever has been done and been said, John needs to refocus on the game in hand at Wigan on Saturday and try to get a clean sheet and help Norwich City get three points that they will be extremely grateful for.”

The former Scotland international can also relate to what it’s like for a goalkeeper to deal with criticism from fans while on the pitch.

“You try and block it out but you are so close to the stands that it is inevitable that you are going to hear somebody moan and groan,” Gunn continued.

“If those multiply then it makes it more difficult but I remember once myself I let in a bad goal at Southend, at Roots Hall, and I made a save after that and got all the ironic jeers and saying ‘how come you couldn’t do it last time?’, it’s part of the job.

“That’s why you train every day, like with young keepers, they are going to make mistakes but they have got to learn from them, that is what makes a top keeper.

“John will look and assess with Tony (Parks) what he could have done better and it will be a different game on Saturday, so he has to focus on that.”

Do you think Ruddy’s place in the City starting XI is under threat? Or has criticism of his performances this season been unfair? Leave your comments below.

Graphic: Relegation has turned world upside down for Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy

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50 comments

  • Ruddy could organise his defence. I did.

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    A fine city

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Is Declan watching from the bench while Ruddy has his 'blip' though? Yes he made an error of judgement for the 2nd goal against Reading (but Turner also lost his man for both goals and not one person has spoke of dropping him). Prior to the Reading game Ruddy has been nowhere near as poor as some make out. We've just been woeful defending as a team and Ruddy has been blamed for not being lev yashin. Least that who it appears he'd have to be to please some fans. Teams are doing to us, exactly what we did to others with Lambert in charge. Hitting us on the counter attack and we struggle to deal with it. We can have the ball for 75% of the game but it means nothing if we are not tactically & technically good enough to stop teams hurting us like that. In my opinion (and thats all it is, an opinion) sticking Rudd in right now (of all times) would destroy the youngster. Pressue is on more than ever currently and NCFC fans (likely the ones calling for him in) would be the first to turn on him should he let a few in. I certainly cant imagine Rudd making the superb save Ruddy did low down to his left Saturday. Further more from experience I certainly cant see lightweight Rudd dealing with those Reading corners any better than Ruddy did saturday. Not trying to knock Rudd and I also realise there is no ideal time to blood a youngster, but just dont think things are quite as simple as some fans make out. Im not back by the way MB, just found it a bit hard biting my tongue lately....or sitting on my hands so to speak.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • I feel the way JR situation is being handled by NA speaks volumes of on the inherent problems with the management team, which were not there at the start of the season. JR has taken his eye off the ball, pardon the pun, and as such needs help to get back on track. If you look at how Man City handled problems with Hart last season, by dropping him but working on the problems resulted in him regaining his form. Good keepers do not become bad keepers overnight and if a dip appears they need help to overcome it. Resting JR and playing Rudd, if done in the correct manner will benefit everyone and could possibly also cause a step change in our management team. At the start of the season NA would make changes that were positive but now he seems to be tinkering and it is not helping. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Declan has served his apprenticeship and should not have to watch another keeper from the bench go through his "Blip" of poor performances.

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    A fine city

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Great to hear the opinion from the chap who sent us down to League One.

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    A fine city

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Winning 1:0 would do for most of us actually .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Must agree with you Mattias, abuse and booing isn't going to help the situation and if anything makes it worse, it beggars belief why some "supporters " bother to come to CR if all they want is for the team to win 10-0 every time, anyone with any sense must realise that is not possible. I've been a supporter for 60 years and been there for a lot of ups and downs, the downs have been tempered with the good times and that is the life of a football supporter, the sooner the gripers realise it the better, complaining never helps but supporting does, they are my team for better or worse and I would never boo nor bad mouth the players or management. I support them but don't necessarily agree with their decisions but to rant and rave as some people do is not on. We have a good honest club which is surprisingly the envy of most clubs in Britain and we should appreciate and support it .Brew shame about the Hewett, guess it started to go wrong once we amalgamated with Lakenham.

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    Gibbo

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Blimey; it`s as if Mattias has had a near-lethal dose of cascara, and somebody has been courageous enough to remove the stopper... Méthode Champenoise in reverse. Welcome back, young fella! How`s your bestest buddy, Bluster Budvessel? Do you still rendezvous at Buckthorn Services? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Adelaide; I`d love to join you in Oz, I really would. Fate has decreed that I am destined to feed the worms here in my native Norfolk. I could avoid that by opting for cremation. A few seconds of warmth at least! ;-) I am the God of Hellfire, and I bring you... I`ll have an `alf a` Brown...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • JimBob, I think you missed my drift. It was only a lampoon. That`s all. As a MOG, I feel duty bound to provide some levity and joy for the... others.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • goldie, I totally respect your right to a good moan, I also constantly moan about players being used out of position, especially in the back four. However, I see little point in entering into twitter arguments with our own payers as we all want the same thing. I wonder how many of those doing so actually support a club in Blue.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Cant agree with that goldie. If anything Adams listens too much to others. Im not supporting him here either. Hear me out. Us fans moan regarding Whittaker, Johnson etc being his favourites and then he drops them and we do no better. He comes out in interviews when questioned about his job and future etc and is quite honest when other managers would dodge the question, storm out and say anything but the truth. Like I said im not standing up for Adams as im as unhappy as the next guy. If anything Adams is too 'nice' and not being his own man. As much as I personally moan about Whittaker (and others), I'd much prefer it if Adams stuck to his own opinion and picked 'his' team who he feels is his 1st choice xi. At the moment a lot of choices seem to be based on who gets moaned about following the latest disappointment. The constant changing of the back line as a prime example. Yes it would give some fans more to moan about as there least favourite player is selected yet again but atleast Adams would be his own man if he picked 'his' side if you get me. Just seems like changes for changes sake at the moment to keep fans happy (which isn't working) instead of changes with tactical purpose.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Couldnt disagree more really goldie. If anything Adams listens too much to others. Im not supporting him here either. Hear me out. Us fans moan and groan regarding Whittaker, Johnson etc.... being his favourites and then he drops them and we do no better. He comes out in interviews when questioned about his job and future etc and is quite honest when other managers would dodge the question, storm out and downright lie. Like I said im not standing up for Adams as im as unhappy as the next guy. If anything Adams is guilty of being too 'nice' and not being his own man. As much as I personally moan and groan about Whittaker (and others), I'd much prefer it if Adams stuck to his guns and picked 'his' team who he feels is his 1st choice xi. At the moment a lot of choices seem to be based on who gets moaned about following the latest disappointment. The constant chopping and changing of the back line as a prime example. Yes it would give some fans more to moan about as there least favourite player is selected yet again but atleast Adams would be his own man if he picked 'his' side if you get me. Just seems like changes for changes sake at the moment to keep fans happy (which isn't working) instead of changes with tactical purpose.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • TK you are a good supporter of City but we are customers and allowed to complain when we are not happy with what we are given and when nothing appears to be done to resolve issues have only one way of showing our displeasure.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • I feel that Adams has a flaw in his character that stops him from taking advice and occasionally admitting he is wrong. This causes him to send away or ignore anyone that disagrees with him.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Yes Ruddy has given good service to City even with the poor defence we seem to have had for ages but I think he should be rested for a while and give Rudd a go after all he did well on his loan out last season and surely if he is good enough to be on the bench he should be good enough to play.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • If we don't make it back to the Prem this time round you can bet a lot of our current squad will be gone. Derision from their own fans isn't helping one bit.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Seeing how more than a few of my fellow Lower Barclay ST holders treated Ruddy on saturday, made me utterly ashamed to be an NCFC fan. Yes hes not been at the top of his game but I wouldnt say he's been as bad as some people make out and he certainly hasnt be protected well! I heard a caller on Canary Call 1 month ago complaining that he wasnt saving shots in the far corner. Technically that is the area of the goal a decent striker will aim at to beat any goalkeeper, let alone Ruddy. He isn't Superman, just a more than decent goalkeeper playing for NCFC that we are VERY lucky to have. It wasnt even like he was making mistakes or letting in 3+ goals a game at the time that people started getting on his back.The way people have got on his back isn't going to aid his performances at all. If he was the superhero many seem to expect then he certainly wouldn't be playing for NCFC. That isn't a knock on us but just the facts. He'd be at Barcelona or someone of that sort if he was as good as some NCFC fans expect. What really wound me up saturday was at 1-0 city, Ruddy made a superb save low down to his left and what did the moron standing to my right do? He literally had an orgasm and went "he saved one, he saved one!!! wooo hoooooo" and started sarcastically clapping at Ruddy. Whether you agree or not, players like Ruddy & Redmond are our better players. Plain & Simple. Abusing them isn't going to aid them staying here with us, although some fans seem so keen to off load them asif we have some magical players already at their level (and as loyal!) ready to step in. We all want NCFC to do well, and I think we can all agree we should be doing better, and yessssss we all (well most of us) pay an awful lot to watch this side....but the level of abuse and over the top comments some players are suffering is past a joke now and just as much the problem as any other excuse ive seen.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • John Ruddy is a great goalkeeper sadly suffering a dip in form at the moment. Our frustrations as fans should be aimed at the manager for not resting him and taking the opportunity to give Declan some games. I don't think Adams has the bottle to drop the so-called bigger players nor the personality to motivate them.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Mellow you say brains ,what brains ? Some 'fans' are all too quick to jump on any negative band waggon. JR must brick himself every time an attack is launched from the opposition wondering how the back line is going to protect him. All 'keepers have a dip in form, most commit some howlers at times.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • In all reality it is Ruddy's job to control and organise the players at set pieces. Are they not listening or, has the coach given differing instructions which results in confusion. Results in a lack of confidence from goalkeeper and defenceerhaps. I do think however that Ruddy is professional enough to acknowledge that he hasn't been on top of his game and would benefit from a break.

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    rament

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • As I've already said previously, those so-called supporters who chose to berate and abuse Ruddy via twitter are spineless cowards. This guy stuck with us when we were relegated when he could have instead made it clear to any willing premiership suitor that he was available. He makes very few mistakes and has been absolutely massive for our club over the past 4 or 5 years. Thankfully its only a small minority of morons who fail to engage their brains sometimes.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Another January deserter is what that sounds like to me, please form and ordlery cue behind messers Redomnd and Hooper, no bad thing though stick that Rudd bloke in instead, to think this guy made the england squad, reminds me of an A. Marshall and R. Wright

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • JimBob, maybe you should be the one who should be thinking about it. My point was that he was able to pick himself up and turn his bad form around. Irrespective of where he plays and at what level, he is still in a very competitive environment, playing against ex PL players who have decided to try and improve the game here! Norwegian Canary, if you cant make it there then maybe you're not up to it here either.

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    rament

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • That should read, not helped by his defence on the day, a dreadful attempt at a back pass by the right back, Ostemobor that ended up nearer the attacker certainly did not help for the first goal.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • JimBob, having coached and managed down under, I can assure you that their football is not too far behind ours these days. Yes Theo had a nightmare in goal for us but was helped by his defence on the day, a bit like with Ruddy at present. All keepers need a settled and solid back four, we have neither right now so big John is over exposed. I would actually have rested him for the Reading game after a couple of soft goals against Brighton but maybe Adams lacks experience on that front or is afraid to drop BIG players. I am all for giving youngsters a run out and am disappointed that Murphy is not getting more game time. I never expected an instant return to the premiership but we are looking more like a relegation team right now and the team needs the fans behind them to break this cycle.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • G'day MB good to see you back on line, I thought maybe you were heading this way to live, with all of the sorrow that is going on at Carrow Road. This is a good place and warm..

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    Adelaide Canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • G'day MB good to see you back on line, I thought maybe you were heading this way to live, with of the sorrow that is going on at Carrow Road. This is a good place and warm..

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    Adelaide Canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Rament & MB - that's the equivalent of me winning the award for the best keeper in the local U6's league. Not exactly an accolade to be proud of. Have a think.

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Fair comment, morgan. I agree that we had been fed unrealistic expectations at the start of the season by the Board and some aspects of the media, based on nothing more than having retained most of the (failed) squad from last season's Prem demise. I am all for bringing in some of our aspiring youngsters at least short term. They would give us what we are not getting at present: good, honest, full on commitment and enthusiasm. Also they may not be tainted with the losing mentality that permeates those who surrendered so meekly week in and week out last season. In turn that would get the fans back on side and vocal. Very important because now we have a very febrile atmosphere and who can blame the fans after so many no-shows both home and away in the past 2 months?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Sherbert beat me to that comment and rament beat me to its caveat. A pattern is emerging; the best way for a player to improve his prospects is to leave. Carrow Road:- Graveyard of Ambition. As for Gunny; get back to the golf course & restaurant circuit. A career awaits as an impartial food critic... "The starter was so poor that there was no way it could`ve been (celebrity chef)`s fault, but it was, and no way could anything be worse, except the main course which in itself was only marginally better than the dessert, which was even worserer. An unforgettable dining experience. Verdict: Recommended. 9\10. 5-Stars". Ker...ching. (First published in The Bibendum Guide).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • rament: Now you made me thinking of moving ti Australia to become a professional footballer! If Theo Dropalot can win the league there, I recon I'm in a good chance of some decent time on the pitch there...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • A new goalkeeping coach may have an impact, but all players experience a dip in form from time to time that's no fault of anybody, it just happens. He'll be fine. Be interested to see how loyal he remains to the club next time a big offer comes in after this though. Thought the fans treated him abominably after what he has done for the club and how he has stuck with the club when he needn't have.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Waclor - I wrote yesterday that we should all just fk off this season as a failed experiment, strip back the dead wood and crack on with the starlets that are up and coming. The sooner we're all prepared to accept we're not getting instant promotion and the boards skewed ideology the better. We all got our hopes up 'cos we were fed a bunch of tosh from the top. I dare say a season in the abyss would teach us some very harsh lessons given we're languishing with some of the old guard that helped our relegation last season... Turner et al...

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Thanks for that Bryan. Any major thoughts on the quality of the manager ?

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    graham garrod

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Remember Portman Road Bryan? Talk us through that one please.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • “He has performed at such a high standard, to drop below that, it can’t happen, but it’s one of those scenarios where any player can sometimes dip below their usual standards." So Bryan you're actually saying it can't happen but it can happen. This is not terribly helpful really is it?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Perhaps the dip in form from JR has two parts to it ,like having to worry about the defenders in front of him for one, as aucklandcanary suggests, the other could be the departure of DW but, bear in mind that TP was missing for some of the time leaving Dec Rudd and JR to warm up on the pitch by themselves. He may well be to blame for some of the goals but can anyone name a 'keeper who does not suffer a dip in form?

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • I thought you always played your 'in form' players and rested those players that are struggling. Competition for places, keeping people sharp and all that jazz.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Perhaps that is the way forward. Write off this season, have a sale in January before the poor performances of some of the "Stars" reduce their value even more and let the young players take over. Jacob and Harry aren't doing too badly for their teams are they?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Sorry "Try and sell mobile phones". I think that "a" must have slipped through my fingers.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Derek, I was literally about to quote you again about the comment you made yesterday about letting the youth come through - give Rudd a go.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Fully agree Davyboy and Derek. Why has Gunn reappeared and who cares what he thinks? I thought he'd gone off to tray and sell mobile phones.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • No doubting Ruddy's ability, but he has made a couple of bloomers lately, and I think Rudd should be given a chance, and let Ruddy fight for his place

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • I just live in hope that the next press release I read on this site is a statement from the Board..or even better, reporting on the fact that the Board have taken action. All we're getting now is just smokes and mirrors.

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • As I have said before on another board I wonder if Ruddys loss of form is to due to losing GK coach Dave Watson to Southampton timing is about right ?

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    Davyboy

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • I would suggest that Ruddy has saved more for City than he has let in. It would probably be more productive to look at the shambles in front of him particularly on the counter attack. We bought three centre backs who don't get to play while we use one cart horse and the other out of position. Sort this out and we might have a chance.

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    aucklandcanary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • The Aussie shot non stopper you refer to went on to resurrect his career helping Brisbane Roar to consecutive titles in the Aussie A League and was voted best keeper in the season after he left Norwich. Good luck to Ruddy in finding his form again.

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    rament

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • So says the man that signed the Aussie shot non stopper.

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    Sherbert

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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