Grant Holt poised to join three of Norwich City’s goal greats

Norwich City skipper Grant Holt goes into Sunday's Premier League game against Wigan Athletic just one goal short of equalling three of the club's greatest scorers.

Holt's goal in the last home match against Manchester United took him to 65 for the Canaries, only one behind Hall of Fame trio of Jimmy Hill, Ron Davies and Ted MacDougall.

With 11 Premier League matches to go this season, the double player of the year winner is a good bet to overhaul the famous threesome, who are currently joint ninth in the club's all-time scoring list.

Sunday's televised game against bottom club Wigan at Carrow Road (4pm) offers Holt the next opportunity to add to his 12 goals in all competitions this season.

Former Evening News and EDP football writer Keith Skipper, who first watched Hill in the 1959 FA Cup run, saw Davies in his prime in the 1960s and reported on MacDougall's exploits in the 1970s, has been impressed with how City's current top scorer has worked his way to the top.


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'Holt has surprised a lot of pundits with his success in the Premier League this season,' he said.

'He is surprisingly lithe, very good at holding the ball up and turning people and a very good finisher, with better than a goal every two games.

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'He is one of those players who has made the most of his ability.'

Holt bagged 30 goals in his first season with the Canaries after signing from Shrewsbury in 2009, and added a further 23 last term, being voted player of the year both times. He is to be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame later this month.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United have all been on the receiving end this season, prompting calls in some quarters for an England international call-up.

But if and when Holt joins the distinguished trio on 66 goals, it still takes him only halfway to the total achieved by 1950s winger Johnny Gavin, who scored 132 times for City – a club record that will take some beating in the modern era.

Leslie Eyre (69), John Deehan (70) and Ralph Hunt (72) are more realistic targets for Holt to overtake in the all-time list at some stage.

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