Former Norwich City defender Reg Foulkes dies, aged 91

Former Norwich City defender Reg Foulkes, who helped the Canaries to one of their most famous wins, has died at the age of 91.

An accomplished centre half, Foulkes was a member of the side that stunned then champions Arsenal at Highbury in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 30, 1954. Two goals from Tom Johnston earned the visitors a superb 2-1 victory on a freezing day, but Foulkes' heroics at the back were also a key factor in the shock success for a side then playing in Division Three South.

The Shrewsbury-born player was manager Norman Low's first signing when he joined the Canaries from Walsall in May, 1950.

He went on to spend six years at Carrow Road, during which time he made 238 appearances and scored eight goals. During his spell City were generally challenging near the top of the table, but a second placed finish in his first season – which was not enough for promotion in those days – was as good as it got in the league.

Foulkes left City at the age of 33 and had a spell as player-manager of Wisbech Town before moving on to King's Lynn a year later. He also coached Norwich CEYMS and away from football became an accountant. His good service for the Canaries later earned him a place in the club's Hall of Fame


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Before joining City Foulkes made 175 appearances for Walsall between 1945 and 1950, scoring six goals.

He was living in a nursing home in Shrewsbury when he passed away.

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