Search

From Mousehold to Colney via Trowse - a look at some Norwich City pre-season work over the years

City players hard at work at the old Trowse training ground Picture: Archant

City players hard at work at the old Trowse training ground Picture: Archant

Archant

It's that time of the year, when memories of summer in Dubai, or Vegas or Mykonos fade away ... and the dreaded return to the training fields becomes a reality.

Duncan Forbes training on Mousehold Heath Picture: ArchantDuncan Forbes training on Mousehold Heath Picture: Archant

Norwich City players have returned to Colney this week, the first job being the tests which determine what sort of physical nick they are in – and whether they have spent their few weeks off guzzling Retsina or taking care of themselves.

It is a path well-trodden by players over the years. City fans – and players – of a certain vintage will never forget the Ron Saunders era where the disciplinarian put his players through their paces by running them up and down Mousehold Heath.

“Pre-season, the amount of work was amazing,” said Dave Stringer in volume two of Mick Dennis’ Tales from the City. “For example we would probably do 100 exercises on our legs only, going around the outside of the pitch. We would jump over sticks while carrying weights, that sort of thing.”

It may be different in 2018 – but it will still be tough.

Phil Mulryne and Adrian Forbes lead the way Picture: ArchantPhil Mulryne and Adrian Forbes lead the way Picture: Archant

Bryan Hamilton addresses the troops Picture: ArchantBryan Hamilton addresses the troops Picture: Archant

On the run at Colney Picture: ArchantOn the run at Colney Picture: Archant

Robert Green on the stretch in 2003 Picture: ArchantRobert Green on the stretch in 2003 Picture: Archant

Colney training in 2002, with Clint Easton, third left, clearly not opting for the shaven look of some of his team-mates Picture: ArchantColney training in 2002, with Clint Easton, third left, clearly not opting for the shaven look of some of his team-mates Picture: Archant

Jon Otsemobor playing catch in 2007 Picture: ArchantJon Otsemobor playing catch in 2007 Picture: Archant

Bryan Gunn's squad for the start of the 2009-10 campaign Picture: ArchantBryan Gunn's squad for the start of the 2009-10 campaign Picture: Archant

Gary Holt shares a joke with Paul Lambert Picture: Antony KellyGary Holt shares a joke with Paul Lambert Picture: Antony Kelly

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists