John Ruddy set to join Norwich City’s 100 club

John Ruddy's 100th outing at the KC Stadium on Saturday will see him become the 10th post-war City g

John Ruddy's 100th outing at the KC Stadium on Saturday will see him become the 10th post-war City goalkeeper to reach the century landmark. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday will be a landmark occasion for John Ruddy, with the England goalkeeper set to rack up a century of Norwich City appearances at Hull.

The 26-year-old glovesman, who joined the Canaries from Everton in the summer of 2010, made it 99 outings in yellow and green on the opening weekend of the Premier League season – coincidentally against his former club.

Indeed, but for undergoing thigh surgery after a nasty injury sustained at Goodison Park in November, Ruddy would have joined City's century club much sooner.

However, given notable interest from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in signing the Norwich number one during the close season, there can also be a sense of enjoyment in Ruddy still being part of the Carrow Road furniture.

Barring any hiccups, Ruddy's 100th outing at the KC Stadium on Saturday will see him become the 10th post-war City goalkeeper to reach the century landmark – notable given his first seven seasons as a professional saw him make 137 appearances across 11 clubs.


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A full season of action would see Ruddy up into City's goalkeeping top 10 appearance makers, to join his Championship promotion and England cap. However, the man from St Ives will still have some way to go should he want to challenge some of City's longest serving stalwarts.

Keeper Kevin Keelan appears untouchable at the top of the pile with 673 appearances that spanned 17 years at the club – also making him City's leading appearance maker regardless of position.

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City appearances

Kevin Keelan (1963-80) 673

Bryan Gunn (1986-98) 477

Ken Nethercott (1947-59) 416

Chris Woods (1981-86) 267

Sandy Kennon (1959-64) 255

Robert Green (1999-2006) 241

Andy Marshall (1994-2001) 217

Charles Dennington (1922-29) 209

Ken Oxford (1953-57) 136

Harry Dukes (1934-46) 124

Robert Beale (1908-12) 111

Clarence Wharton (1931-35) 109

David Marshall (2006-09) 105

John Ruddy (2010-present) 100*

*assuming Ruddy plays at Hull on Saturday

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