Norwich City legend Adam Drury lands Celtic testimonial at Carrow Road
Norwich City Hall of Famer Adam Drury will celebrate his 11 years of service to the club with a high profile end-of-season testimonial game against Scottish giants Celtic.
The former European champions will head to Carrow Road on Tuesday, May 22 for a fitting tribute to City's left-back (kick off 7.45pm). Celtic's presence is sure to attract a big turnout with the Bhoys potentially travelling south just three days after adding the Scottish FA Cup to the Premier League title they look set to clinch this coming weekend. Drury admits he will relish the special occasion against such prestigious opposition to mark a distinguished City career dating back to March 2001 when he moved from first club Peterborough.
'It's a massive honour and a great privilege for me to have been awarded this testimonial game,' he said. 'I have to say a big thank you to everyone involved at Norwich City for granting me this game and another huge thank you to everyone at Celtic for agreeing to come down and play. I am very grateful to the managers, Paul Lambert and Neil Lennon, for allowing both sets of players to take part. I hope it will be a special night and occasion for everyone to remember after both clubs have enjoyed a successful season.
'A lot of people have said to me they don't know when this might happen again or if it will happen again because the way the game is now and how often people move about (between clubs) - whether there'll be things like testimonials. Hopefully it will be a celebration and a chance for me to say thank you.'
Drury has made 11 league and cup appearances for the Canaries this season to take his total Norwich appearance record to 356 - which spans three promotion successes under five different full-time managers. City chief and Celtic legend Lambert believes Drury deserves to be honoured for his loyalty.
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'He's been absolutely terrific for the club and he's been here for 11 years, which is rare nowadays, it doesn't really happen in the modern day game anymore,' he said. 'What's happened to him has been great, he's seen a lot of highs and a lot of lows at the club, but the last few years have hopefully been very exciting for him.
'I think it will be a great occasion especially with Celtic coming down with the fans that they've got it should be a great game and atmosphere. It looks like they are going to win the league and this game may even give some of the English-based Celtic supporters a chance to see their team, and I'm sure they'll come in their thousands to celebrate the title.'
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Hoops' boss Lennon is delighted Celtic can play a role in Drury's celebration night.
'He is someone who has given Norwich City tremendous service and it is right that such commitment is being recognised in this way,' said Lennon. 'Adam has been a stalwart for the club and has been a part of some phenomenal achievements for Norwich in recent seasons with Paul Lambert. Clearly, everyone at Celtic is delighted to see Paul enjoying such success. He has had a huge impact and we are sure there will be many Celtic supporters wishing to travel to the match to pay tribute to Adam and of course to recognise the achievements of Paul, someone who did so much for Celtic.'
Drury is the only surviving playing member from the club's previous Premier League campaign in 2005. The 33-year-old's unbroken service since moving from London Road was officially recognised recently when he was inducted into Norwich City's hall of fame alongside Lambert and team mates Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt.