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Grant Holt reveals his one Norwich City regret ahead of Carrow Road homecoming

08:26 10 December 2014

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Norwich City's former triple player-of-the-year Grant Holt makes his first Carrow Road on Saturday with loan club Huddersfield. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Grant Holt’s big regret from his time at Norwich City was missing a chance to say goodbye – but the Canaries’ triple player-of-the-year aims to put that right this weekend.

The on-loan Huddersfield striker makes his first playing return to Carrow Road since calling time on a four-year spell that secured him legendary status with the Norwich supporters.

Holt plundered 78 goals in 168 appearances during a period where he led the Canaries from League One to the Premier League, and the Cumbrian admits he is looking forward to a landmark occasion after his Wigan exit in the summer of 2013.

“It will be nice to go back and maybe put that one straight a bit because it wasn’t how I wanted to leave,” he said. “It would have been nice to say goodbye to the fans and the people at the club, but, listen, that is football and we all understand that. I’m probably looking forward to getting the welcome out of the way before the game, then getting down to business and hopefully getting a good send off at the end before I leave the pitch.

“I’ll speak to a few of the lads this week I’m sure. You know what its like, I have a lot of friends at the football club and I speak to them quite a bit to find out how things are going so I’m sure there’ll be a few friendly words.”

Holt is the only man to win three consecutive player-of-the-year awards at Norwich, but the 33-year-old will put sentiment to one side for 90 minutes this weekend.

“You hope you will get the reception you think and maybe feel you deserve and it will be a special game for me personally,” he said. “Everyone knows what we achieved in my time at the club but the nature of football is I am a Huddersfield player this weekend and I will be going down there to do my best for Huddersfield and try to win a game of football.

“If I score I don’t think I could do any celebration because I would probably get lynched. I am coming down to win a game and if I do score then it is what it is. I just want three points, see some old friends, then get up the road and move onto the next one.”

• In Saturday’s Pinkun, Holt reflects on the best time of his career and delivers a message to Norwich City’s fans

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37 comments

  • Swiss, that really is virtually a literal equivalent of diving in the box, figuratively speaking! WaH seems to expect an easy ride. He should find an easier one on a donkey somewhere... I saw nothing at all discourteous in Jim`s comment. It was quite ecumenical, in a footy sense. I think BPbp`s vision of Saturday will prove to be almost spot-on. Though I think Del!a prefers P!not Gr!gio these days, and Stephen has already used up his snogging ration on QI. I`ve forgotten which bloke it was... Didn`t Stratton Strawless once play for Norwich? Or was he a thesp!an doing Hamlet at the Theatre Royal? Mendham`s only just outside Norfolk... Also, a suburb of Yarmouth is to be renamed `Strihavka`. Honest injun. Goodbye, Gorleston ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Can't wait for Saturday. They'll be Delia on the pitch, sherry bottle in one hand, mince pie in the other, snogging Stephen, and chorusing 'WFLGH'. Mcnally leading the rest of the board with their version of 'Always sh*t on the old blue and white'

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Old-fashioned big Centreforward , Grant Holt , I'll never forget him shouldering some hapless midfielder away onto the turf as he tried to tackle him , football as it ought to be played . If we'd had him when I were a lad , instead of Peter ( Victor ) Sylvester , hey ? He will definitely have something to prove on Saturday and might prove quite a handful . ( Grant Holt , not Peter Sylvester , I mean ) On the other hand it could all be a rather sad disappointment for all . Whimper rather than Bang , sort of thing . As for the fans , I wouldn't hold your hopes out for a lot of welcoming cheers , Jeers of " reject " are the usual moronic norm for returning former players . I hope he has a good day , but I hope NCFC have a much better one .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Actually Brew you are right! But while Hughton managed to get Holt a renewed contract he then made it very difficult for him to play his natural game, which probably hastened his departure and what I was really alluding to. However, all this aside, I also hope and expect Holt to get a big welcome on Saturday. Just feel sorry I can't be there to add my appreciation. However I will be tuned in to the Derby game down here which is live on Sky. Enjoy the game on Saturday. Hope we get the three points and Holt scores!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Chris Sutton?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • The only Norwich player to have a town in Norfolk named after him.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • What a laugh, Town fans making provocative posts and complaining about any slight criticism in reply. That is the virtual equivalent of diving in the box.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Jim@ Good to see your true character and lack of manners in your comments regarding what I thought was a gracious comment from MIketyreson. I guess to reflect your unseasonal sentiment and lack of goodwill I can only say that I agree with you in that Murphy is unlike Holt because Murphy is not overweight, Murphy does not cheat and Murphy does not dive half as much. Perhaps that was the Norwich style that so many on here seem think to exist. Happy Christmas.

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    What a Hoot

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • That was it, Matt! Chris Wood. Getting him mixed up with Chris Brown. I, too was banging on about him, and Murray also. You see, we agree on most things! Thanks for being my memory. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Hard to break thro` the ether today. Can`t see anything remotely wrong with my first attempt to talk to TK.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Trevor, Holt had been top-scorer and PotS at Forest. Then his manager decided he was really a right-winger. That failed so he then sold GH, for a loss, to Shrewsbury. They, in turn, made a small profit selling him on to us. I think he was top scorer and PotS for the Shrews, too... The rest is history. That Forest manager... let me think... Eureka!! It was some bloke called Calderwood. Funny old world.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • TK, Holty had been top-scorer and PotS at Forest. Then his manager decided he was really a right-winger, then sold him for a loss to Shrewsbury, who then made a small profit selling him on to us. I think he was top scorer and PotS for the Shrews, too... The rest is history. That incompetent Forest manager... let me think... Eureka!! It was some bloke called Colin Calderwood. Funny ol` world.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • LEGEND.....simples

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    A fine city

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • As former room mates on the road, Martin & Holt might get a little bit naughty and need to be separated. Who could not like Grant Holt and he always rises to the occasion. He may be slowing down but his reactions are sharp. What a good job we don't gift the opposition lots of chances in the box......

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • If we are 3-0 up at the end of 90mins, im sure we can let Holty have a consolation injury time goal for old times sake. OTBC

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    Henry

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Guessing you mean Chris Wood Brew? Leicester striker who was at WBA previously. I was banging the drum praising him as well for the last few seasons. Really like him! Played the other day for leicester though sadly and should have scored. Hopefully they'll go out and sign another striker and he may be allowed to leave.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Grant Holt only ever really worked well for NCFC, before that he was an average championship player but something clicked with us and probably Lambert, who seemed to be able to get the best out of many players. Grant rightly became a legend at Carrow Road and will without doubt get the applause he deserves, NA just needs to make sure his team does not take any points from the game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Blooming flipping blimey, Matt - Murray was under my nose all the time! I realised Palace had loaned him out somewhere. I must pay more attention. There is also a tall young New Zealand guy about - Brown?? - but I`ve lost track of where he is now. I thought he had the look of a Holty in the making. Though I do think they probably broke the mould when they made GH. OK, Watton Warrior! Enough!! Big Cam & Hoops are gonna mince Huddersfield`s defence. A Kryptonite-assisted Cafu will reduce Holty to a Grey shadow of his normal self. I wonder if Holt took his portrait with him when he left? Time will tell...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Mattias- I agree with you 100% re Hooper..my only concern is that he dosnt look happy and he's in the shop window ready for a bit from a struggling prem side in January. He's by far the most natural finisher we have in our squad..and his run in the side was long overdue

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Think Holty had the opportunity to play nearer home and thought quit while ahead especially as under Hughton he would probably have tarnished the hero we thought he was.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Thanks MB ;) and as for Glenn Murray's where abouts....its was Carrow Road last saturday when Reading FC played us! On loan from Palace and spent 90mins somehow avoiding a 2nd yellow card despite 3 further fouls and 2 massive rants at the ref. I wouldnt of minded him on loan but can understand why others didnt. We are slowly starting to see why Hooper was held in such high regard at Celtic though. Need to work on getting the best out of him for 90 minutes though and not just first 25 mins where he then fades out and fails to see the ball.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • The only cheering Holt needs is if he scores an own goal. We need to big up our own strikers, not the opposition!

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    Watton Warrior

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • I blooming well agree with young Matt! Welcome back Matt. The nearest thing to a Holty clone in English football is Glenn Murray. Another big Cumbrian who has served his time in the lower leagues. I think he and Holty have a some commonality in the clubs they`ve played for, too. Rochdale springs to mind. Murray is from Maryport; Cumbria`s answer to Great Yarmouth... Not sure where Murray`s plying his trade at the moment. I think he is about the same age as Holty, too (That`s far too old isn`t it, Hyacinth?). Malaga, in fairness to Hughton, (even you`ve contracted `Houghton Syndrome!`), it could be argued that he was instumental in keeping Holty here. Hyacinth had decreed that Grant was "too old" to be granted a longer contract. Hughton appeared to sort that out, but I think Holty had decided by then to head back home. Even under the twin yoke of Chrissie & Bewilderwood, Holt was still our top scorer with 8 (compare with 17, league & cup, the last Lambo season). I `blooming` LGH! He deserves a Welcome Matt. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • I hope Holty gets a huge cheer from Canary fans, then doesn`t rub it in too much when he scores Huddersfield`s winner. The "old man" can then take the #!$$ out of that ageing\aged ageist, Hyacinth, in private... Then again, I hope our `Rock` at CB survives this potential tsunami and we get 3 luvverly, juicy points. OTBC. IFLGH.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Holt might still be a Norwich player had it not been for the arrival of Houghton. Holt is right in that the style of play which arrived with Heighten was never ever going to give a front men goals. Unfortunately that remains the case because we are still not supporting the front men and getting balls up to them quickly and with the right quality. Players like Holt need to have the ball played in front of them so they can run onto them. And that in general applies to most forwards at all levels. Somehow we have lost this ability.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Knew this day was coming ever since he left us. I blooming loved Holty. Was he past his 'prime' when he left us? Likely. Did he still have a role to play? In my opinion, too blooming right!!! As Holty said on his way out the door though, there was clear reasons why no striker at club could score on a regular basis at NCFC with Hughton in charge. I really hope the big guy gets the send off he deserves at FULL TIME......after NCFC have got the 3pts in the bag. What worries me is certain people around me in the Lower Barclay may spend 90mins cheering and singing about him instead of focusing on whats truly important, a NCFC win!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • If anyone ever deserved a big send-off it was Holty. The bloke's an absolute legend. They should have rented that open-topped bus and given him a proper send-off. It's not as if we need the thing for anything else at the moment.

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    ncfcyellowman

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • He'll get a fantastic reception

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    Colin

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Real CR legend who gave it all every game. Miss him.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Whilst there may be a vague similarity in that they are targetmen please do not kid yourself that Murphy is anywhere near the same quality as Holt is (or certainly was) or that we got promoted playing the kind of ugly, attritional (although admittedly at the moment effective) football that your lot play.

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    Jim

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • I hope he gets a really big reception, he deserves, and if he scores I hope he will be applauded and not booed, hopefully if he does score, hopefully City will be 3 or 4 up!!!!!. As ex players go next weeks visit to Derby and Chris Martin, now I am sure he would love to and probably will score

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Absolute legend who was treated disgracefully. The only comfort he can take from that is that his reputation remained intact..unlike all our other strikers who had the misfortune to continue to have to try and perform under last year's management

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Top bloke, be good to see him back, sure he will get a fantastic reception

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Begrudgingly liked Grant Holt and not unlike our own Daryl Murphy in most aspects.The press have labeled us 'hoofball' at the Town,but our playing style reflects that of the back to back promotions of Norwich with Holt spearheading the attack.Both Fulham and Wigan have done what countless teams before them have done when they have been relegated and i'm not sure if one or both will slip into the division 1.Norwich are a bit better off at nearly the half-way stage,just off the pace,but with important changes in hand.Any chance of an early christmas present against Derby ? ;-)

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    miketyreson

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • He was treated disgracefully at the end of his time here, almost as bad as Hucks was. Be great to give him a welcome and send off that he deserves.

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • I'd echo those sentiments el dingo, spot on. Holty simply our talisman. Oh, for somebody with half his passion at the moment ............

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Thanks Grant! Best character since Flecky imo.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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