Norwich City fans wish the Big Man some Ruddy good luck
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There is little doubt John Ruddy has left quite an impression on Norwich City fans.
From his expertise inside the 18-yard box to his conduct as a City player, the reaction to his imminent departure has been positive proof of his standing amongst the faithful.
Each will have their own memory of the Big Man – which was evident in the reactions which followed the news that he would be leaving Carrow Road this summer.
'Being the first man to knock Didier Drogba clean out, legend!' said Luke Bales, referring to a Premier League match at Chelsea in August, 2011, when Ruddy collided with the Chelsea man, who came out much worse off and was unconscious for half an hour.
Jonathon Woods recalls Ruddy 'running from one end of the pitch to the other to celebrate goals against Reading at home, Millwall at home and Derby at home in the 2010/2011 season.' Ruddy missed only one game that season as City returned to the Premier League.
That was also the season when Simeon Jackson's hat-trick secured a vital 3-2 home win over Derby, prompting wild celebrations among fans ... and players, with Matt Juler recalling Ruddy 'arriving at the Snake Pit the moment that chap fell from the crowd to celebrate Jacksons 90+ minute winner against Derby.'
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'Saving a penalty from Swansea 0-0. 82 minutes we ended up winning 2-0,' recalled Samuel Walden. 'The performance against Liverpool under Lambert when we drew 1-1 he was superb. That save from Suarez. Penalty save from Walters in a 1-1 draw v Stoke. The list is endless.'
Ruddy v Suarez wasn't always an event contest though as Alex Ware cheekily pointed out: 'John, I'll always remember the times we shared with Luis Suarez.'
Ruddy was clearly highly respected among supporters, not all of whom are convinced he should be moving on.
Surrey Canary: 'I expect him to go to Man Utd, seriously. That is my tribute. This is a mistake driven by money not football. He is the victim of poor defending. He has saved far more games than he has lost.'
Jon Hare added: 'I am sad to see big John go, I was right behind his goal at one of his first ever games for us in a pre-season friendly at Dagenham & Redbridge. Always liked the man and think he has had more good games than bad this season. Hope we don't lose too many players that represent the heart and soul of our club in this shake-up.'
And Mr B added: 'There won't be many, if any, goalkeepers better than John Ruddy at Championship level. Agree with Surrey C that he has saved us more points than he has lost. Perhaps we could offer him a brand new contract on a lower pay scale.'
Dom 109 said: 'Sad to see him go. There have been one or two rough patches but on the whole, this man has saved Norwich a hell of a lot of points over the time he has been here. Will never forget his top corner save away at Leeds two seasons ago. Saves like that remind you how good he can be. Would love him to take a pay cut and stay but unrealistic!'
RuddyLovin's verdict was: 'I love you, John. A moment from John Ruddy's lucrative Norwich career is his magnificent save versus Newcastle United at home in the 2015-16 season. Before this save, the game was slowly ebbing away from Norwich's grasp. As the game drew towards conclusion, Papiss Cisse connected with flicked header which was met with the England's International glove. A fine save but a club legend.'
According to City M: 'Much of the problem with players like Ruddy is down to the recent poor manager and his coaching staff. Players like Ruddy were good at other clubs until they moved to city then slowly went down hill.'
But perhaps Mark Rogers summed it up better than most: 'Loyal to the end. Thanks for the memories.'