Plenty of reasons for Norwich City fans to fear the imminent return of Grant Holt
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With Grant Holt set for a return to Carrow Road, sports reporter David Freezer looks back on some other painful reunions for Norwich City supporters.
Norwich City supporters are nervously preparing for the former king of Carrow Road to return to his old hunting ground, knowing all too well that football can be a cruel game.
Grant Holt is set to return to his former home with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, where he is enjoying a loan spell away from parent club Wigan Athletic.
At 33 years old, Holt is not having the same impact on games which saw him score 78 goals in four seasons to drive the Canaries out of League One, straight through the Championship and up to the Premier League.
The big centre-forward bullied centre-backs, dragged City back into many matches with his never-say-die attitude and led from the front in the way a good captain should.
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But previous manager Chris Hughton decided he didn't need Holt around and sold him in the summer of 2013. A year later City were relegated back to the Championship, having scored their lowest ever total of goals for one season.
Norwich fans, and Holt, will never know if that would have been different had he stayed but now they are set to welcome their hero back to where he will always be considered a club legend.
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Holt did play against City during a loan spell with Paul Lambert's Aston Villa last season but didn't score, as the Canaries lost 4-1 at Villa Park.
Will he be on the scoresheet at Carrow Road though? If he is, he won't be the first to have returned to haunt City.....
October 1, 1994
Norwich City 2 Blackburn Rovers 1
Sutton returned to Carrow Road just months after completing a British record transfer worth £5million to Rovers in the summer of 1994, having scored 28 goals in the 1993/94 season for City. Goals from Mark Bowen and Jon Newsome ensured the Canaries still won the game but Sutton would have the last laugh, going on to win the Premiership title that season and forming the famous SAS partnership with Alan Shearer.
October 30, 1994
Wimbledon 1 Norwich City 0
Just a fortnight after leaving Carrow Road, Ekoku scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against the Canaries for Wimbledon, who he joined for a fee worth around £1million. The Nigeria international had scored 14 goals for City in the 1993/94 season, including four in a 5-1 win against Everton and the club's first ever European goal in the 3-0 win at Vitesse Arnhem in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Ekoku also scored in a 2-1 for the Dons at Carrow Road later that season.
August 25, 2004
Newcastle United 2 Norwich City 2
Bellamy faced City for the first time since he had joined Coventry in a deal worth £6.5m in August 2000. After a disappointing first season ended with the Sky Blues being relegated from the Premiership, Bellamy joined Newcastle for £6m and went on to play Champions League football. His goal against City at St James' Park was added to by Aaron Hughes in the 50th minute, before David Bentley and Gary Doherty rescued a point for the Canaries, in a result which led to Newcastle sacking manager Bobby Robson.
December 28, 2008
Norwich City 2 Nottingham Forest 3
Earnshaw scored a on his return to Carrow Road, having scored 27 goals in 47 appearances for City after joining for £3.5m from West Brom in January 2006. The Welshman left for Derby for the same amount in the summer of 2008 but an unsuccessful spell saw the pacy striker sold to Forest. Earnshaw put the visitors 3-1 ahead in the dying embers of the game, only for a spectacular Joe Garner own goal to pull a goal back for the Canaries in injury-time, but it was too little, too late.
March 5, 2011
Norwich City 1 Preston NE 1
The tall striker had largely been considered to be a flop at Carrow Road, having been signed from Sunderland for £325,000 by Peter Grant in January 2007, scoring just once in 24 appearances before being sold to Preston in January 2008. Brown took some revenge by scoring shortly after being brought on as a substitute against the Canaries, before Grant Holt equalised and Wes Hoolahan wasted the chance to win the game by making a mess of a penalty.
February 1, 2014
Cardiff City 2 Norwich City 1
Bellamy returned to haunt City last season when he scored the equaliser in what would prove to be a costly defeat for Chris Hughton's team against their Premier League relegation rivals, having missed several opportunities to increase their lead in the first half. It was the only goal the Welshman managed for his boyhood club in the final season of a career which saw him start out with the Canaries before going on to play for the likes of Newcastle, Liverpool and Celtic.