Profiles: Glittering cast of stars ready to roll back the years as Norwich Legends face Inter Forever
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 May 2018
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Nostalgic fun and vital fund-raising will be the order of the day at Carrow Road tomorrow. Here we introduce you to the NCFC Legends and Inter players who will be providing the entertainment in aid of charity.
It’s time to dig out the old shirts and roll back the years for a bit of fun at Carrow Road – and it’s all in the name of a worthy Norfolk cause.
Norwich City Legends will take on Inter Forever tomorrow (2pm) to raise funds for the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) and mark the approaching 25-year anniversary of the Canaries’ Uefa Cup run.
The famous ‘egg and cress’ shirts will be worn and legendary manager Mike Walker has flown in from Cyprus to return to the home dugout at Carrow Road for the game.
It’s all in aid of The Nest, CSF’s new community hub on the former Anglian Windows Sports & Social Club site near Norwich Airport, which will allow the charity to work with an additional 12,000 people a year.
Funds raised will go towards the £2.5million target of the Build The Nest campaign, which is needed to complete the £10.9m project and return a dilapidated site to community use.
City legends spanning the generations, from Bryan Gunn and Mark Bowen, through to Darren Huckerby and Grant Holt, will be providing the entertainment.
They will face former Inter stars including Jurgen Klinsman, and Javier Zanetti in an 80-minute exhibition – sponsored by Aviva – which will be followed by a penalty shoot-out if required.
• See below for profiles of all the players taking part
• Tickets are £9.93 for adults and £1.93 for U18s and are available at tickets.canaries.co.uk, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.
• For more about the Build The Nest campaign see thenest.org.uk
• If you would like to support CSF, donations can be made at communitysportsfoundation.org.uk
NORWICH CITY LEGENDS
• Bryan Gunn
City apps/goals: 477/0
Former player, former manager, forever a legend in these parts. Spent 12 years at City, winning player of the season twice. Was at his peak during the Uefa Cup run. Became Sheriff of Norwich in 2002.
• Darren Huckerby
City apps/goals: 203/48
Flying winger who had fans on their feet as soon as he touched the ball. Cult hero – he came (from Manchester City), he stayed, he conquered – and he is now a huge Norwich City fan.
• Adam Drury
City apps/goals: 361/4
One of the finest left-backs to have worn the green and yellow. Promotion-winning captain in 2004. Spent 11 years at the club, player of the season in 2003 and now works with the Community Sports Foundation.
• Ade Akinbiyi
City apps/goals: 51/3
Made his debut as a sub in the second game against Bayern Munich. Couldn’t hold down a first team place and left in 1996, going on to play for the likes of Gillingham, Wolves, Leicester City, Stoke City and Burnley.
• Spencer Prior
City apps/goals: 89/10
Central defender from 1993-96, Prior was named player of the season in 1996. Went on to play for Leicester, Derby and Manchester City, among others. Now head coach of Thailand’s women’s team, Prior played the full match at the San Siro against Inter.
• Gary Holt
City apps/goals: 182/3
Nicknamed Three Lungs – he never stopped running – the Scottish midfielder spent four years at City, leaving in 2005 for Nottingham Forest. Returned to work in the academy, left again, then came back in 2014 as first team coach.
• Darren Eadie
City apps/goals: 204/38
Speed machine down the left wing, Eadie came through the ranks and made his debut, against Vitesse Arnhem, in the Uefa Cup run. Sold to Leicester for almost £3m in 1999, but injury cut short his career at the age of 28.
• Lee Power
City apps/goals: 39/10
Came through the youth system, featured in both games against Inter as a second-half substitute. Left City in 94 for Bradford City. Currently chairman of Swindon Town.
• Iwan Roberts
City apps/goals: 306/96
Seven seasons at City, leaving in 2004. A Hall of Famer, player of the season and all-round good guy who also made 15 appearances for Wales. A Pink Un columnist, the big man is another of those who left - but came back to live in Norwich.
• Grant Holt
City apps/goals: 168/78
Joined City when they dropped to League One in 2009 and was a major factor in their swift rise to the top flight. Revered in these parts, Holt is now at Barrow, having had a brief stint playing for King’s Lynn Town.
• Mark Bowen
City apps/goals: 399/27
One of those great left-backs who have worn the colours of Norwich City, Bowen had nine years here, leaving in 1996 after more than 300 appearances. Has more than 40 Wales caps to his name – currently assistant manager to Mark Hughes at Southampton.
• Rob Newman
City apps/goals: 249/17
Spent seven years at City after joining from Bristol City in 1991. Had the honour of captaining City against Milan at the San Siro, because of Ian Butterworth’s suspension. At one time said to have the hardest shot in the league. Currently head of Manchester City’s Spanish scouting team.
• Daryl Sutch
City apps/goals: 352/9
Lowestoft lad made good. Sutch came through the ranks at City, spending 13 years at the club. His final kick was the missed penalty in the 2002 play-off final defeat to Birmingham. Never gave less than 100pc – a manager’s dream in that respect.
• Youssef Safri
City apps/goals: 92/4
The Moroccan midfielder was hugely popular during his three years at City, having joined from Coventry in 2004. Who can forget his 40-yard goal against Newcastle in 2005? Currently assistant manager at his boyhood club, Raja Casablanca.
• Paul McVeigh
City apps/goals: 246/40
Northern Irishman had two spells at Carrow Road – the first from 2000-2007 after leaving Spurs and the second when he was signed by Bryan Gunn in 2009, although he made just nine appearances on his return. Now an author and keynote speaker.
• Robert Ullathorne
City apps/goals: 115/8
Youth team product, the defender served City from 1990-96 when he left for Osasuna in Spain. Also had spells with Leicester and Sheffield United. Played at the San Siro.
• John Polston
City apps/goals: 263/12
One of many players who joined City from Spurs, in Polston’s case it was in 1990: the defender spent eight years here. Was captain for City’s first ever European tie - against Vitesse Arnhem. Currently a personal trainer.
• Phil Mulryne
City apps/goals: 178/20
Northern Irish midfielder with a sublime touch who joined from Manchester United in 1999 and stayed for six years. Has swapped the penalty area for the priesthood – a most amazing transformation for a footballer.
• Andy Marshall
City apps/goals: 219/0
Goalkeeper who knows he will be the villain of the piece – Marshall came through the ranks at City but seven years after his debut in 1994, let his contract run out – and then joined Ipswich on a free, for which he has never been forgiven.
• Darren Kenton
City apps/goals: 175/9
Very stylish defender/midfielder, Kenton came through the ranks, made his debut in 1996 but left for Southampton in 2003. Career was hampered by injuries – a shame because he could have achieved a lot had luck been on his side. Is now coaching City’s under-13s.
• Scott Howie
City apps/goals: 2/0
Goalkeeper who appeared in the 1993-94 season – because Bryan Gunn was unavailable. Was an unused sub for all of City’s Uefa Cup ties. Majority of the Scot’s appearances came for Motherwell, but also played non league for King’s Lynn and Wroxham.
• Mark Walton
City apps/goals: 28/0
Goalkeeper who served City from 1989-93 as understudy to Bryan Gunn – played in the ‘92 FA Cup semi-final against Sunderland when Gunn was injured.
• Mike Walker (manager)
Manager: 92-94 and 96-98
Took City to their highest ever league finish – third in the top flight – which earned them the Uefa Cup place. Left in 1994 and had an ill-fated spell at Everton before returning to replace Gary Megson.
• Jurgen Klinsmann
Inter apps/goals: 95/34
Legendary striker, part of the West Germany squad that won the 1990 World Cup and the unified Germany side that won Euro 96. Well known to English fans from his two spells with Spurs when he won the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
• Javier Zanetti
Inter apps/goals: 860/21
Versatile defender/midfielder captained Inter, under Jose Mourinho, to 2010 Champions League win and is regarded as a true legend by the Inter faithful. He is Inter’s highest appearance maker with 860 and also won 143 caps for Argentina.
• Nicola Berti
Inter apps/goals: 229/29
A goalscoring midfielder, Berti was part of the Inter side that won the Scudetto in 1989 with a record points total. Helped Italy to third place at the World Cup in 1990 and runners-up in 1994. His club career also took in a season in the Premier League with Tottenham in the 1998/99 season.
• Marco Materazzi
Inter apps/goals: 219/19
The big defender on the receiving end of ‘that’ headbutt from Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup final. An impressive career saw him win four titles with Inter as well as the Champions League.
• Giorgos Karagounis
Inter apps/goals: 21/0
Made 21 appearances for Inter over two seasons, mainly in European and Coppa Italia Cup. Caught the eye at international level, helping Greece to Euro 2004 glory.
• Francesco Colonnese
Inter apps/goals: 56/2
Helped Inter to Uefa Cup success in 1998, starting at right-back in a 3-0 win over Lazio. Spent two seasons in Milan, making 56 appearances before moving to Lazio in 2000.
• Massimo Paganin
Inter apps/goals: 70/1
Spent four years at Inter from 1993 to 1997, alongside his brother, Antonio. Made a late substitute appearance in the Uefa Cup final second leg in 1994, which saw Inter win the competition 2-0 on aggregate against Salzburg.
• Giuseppe Baresi
Inter apps/goals: 392/10
Spent 16 seasons with the Milan giants, winning two Serie A titles, two Italian Cups, a Uefa Cup and a Supercoppa Italia. Italian international like legendary younger brother, Franco.
• Alessandro Bianchi
Inter apps/goals: 178/9
During eight years at Inter the Italian international midfielder won the Uefa Cup twice, in 1991 and 1994. Made 178 appearances for the Milan giants before returning to Cesena, where he began his career.
• Francesco Toldo
Inter apps/goals: 148/0
Serie A goalkeeper of the year in 2000 before winning 11 major honours with Inter, including four Serie A titles. Kept three clean sheets in the Euro finals in 2000 as Italy finished runners-up.
• Mikael Silvestre
Inter apps/goals: 31/1
Champions League and four-time Premier League winner with Manchester United, spending 11 years in England. Made 31 appearances for Inter before joining United.
• David Suazo
Inter apps/goals: 27/8
Prolific Honduran striker netted over 100 goals in Italy. Was Serie A Foreign Player of the Year in 2006 whilst at Cagliari before moving to Inter where during four years he won the Champions League and two Serie A titles.
• Ousmane Dabo
Inter apps/goals: 13/0
Won the Coppa Italia twice with Lazio after a brief spell at Inter. Played in the Premier League with Manchester City from 2006-08 – had a training ground confrontation with team-mate Joey Barton.
• Sebastien Frey
Inter apps/goals: 35/0
Former France international, bought by Parma from Inter when he fell behind Francesco Toldo in the pecking order. At Parma he replaced Gianluigi Buffon when he left for Juventus.
• Houssine Kharja
Inter apps/goals: 15/1
Capped 78 times for Morocco.
Made 18 appearances for Inter during 2011 Coppa Italia winning season.
• Riccardo Ferri (coach)
Inter apps/goals: 290/6
Former Italian international defender Ferri played over 200 times for Inter in the 80s and the early 90s.