Profile: Norwich City legend Ian Culverhouse brings plenty of top-flight experience to King’s Lynn Town

Ian Culverhouse issues instructions to Simon Lappin during his time as Norwich City assistant. Pictu

Ian Culverhouse issues instructions to Simon Lappin during his time as Norwich City assistant. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Top-level experience remains a valued commodity in non-league football, and new King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse has that in abundance.

The former Norwich City defender is still 13th in the Canaries' all-time appearances list and is a member of the club's Hall of Fame.

He played 369 times for City between 1985 and 1994, helping the club to win the Second Division title in 1986, reach FA Cup semi-finals in 1989 and 1992, and to finish third in the top flight in 1993.

The Hertfordshire-born right-back only scored two goals for the Canaries but won the club's player of the season award in 1991 and was a key part of the Uefa Cup team of 1993/94.

Having come through the ranks at Tottenham, Culverhouse went on to play for Swindon, Kingstonian and Brighton before retiring as a player in 2000.

Ian Culverhouse pictured in 1993 during his Norwich City playing days. Picture: Archant library

Ian Culverhouse pictured in 1993 during his Norwich City playing days. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant


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He began his coaching career with Brighton's academy and went on to similar roles at Barnet, Leyton Orient and Wycombe Wanderers, where he crossed paths with Paul Lambert for the first time in 2006.

The Scot resigned following Wycombe's defeat in the League Two play-off semi-finals in 2008 and subsequently took Culverhouse to Colchester United as his assistant.

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The duo, along with head of football operations Gary Karsa, then infamously switched to Norwich after inflicting an acrimonious 7-1 defeat on the Canaries on the opening day of the 2009/10 season.

The League One title and automatic promotion from the Championship followed in their first two seasons of success at Carrow Road.

Norwich City's squad after winning the Division Two title in 1986, with Ian Culverhouse back row, se

Norwich City's squad after winning the Division Two title in 1986, with Ian Culverhouse back row, second from right, following a 4-0 win over Leeds at Carrow Road. Pic taken at Carrow Road. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Finishing 12th in the Premier League in 2011/12 led to the trio switching to Aston Villa in pursuit of the next stage of their careers – but it did not go to plan.

After narrowly staying clear of relegation in their first campaign, Culverhouse and Karsa were sacked in May 2014 after an internal disciplinary investigation was completed.

Culverhouse returned to the game as John Still's assistant at Dagenham in January 2016 but wasn't able to prevent League Two relegation last season, however leaves with the club second in the National League and chasing promotion.

Ian Culverhouse pictured in September 2012, during his time as assistant manager at Aston Villa. Pic

Ian Culverhouse pictured in September 2012, during his time as assistant manager at Aston Villa. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Ian Culverhouse, dated 4/5/91. Photo: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 4/5/91. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 03/08/93. Photo: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 03/08/93. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 30/01/94. Photo: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 30/01/94. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 13/02/94. Photo: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 13/02/94. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 09/03/91. Photo: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 09/03/91. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 21st December 1992. Photo: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse, dated 21st December 1992. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Ian Culverhouse
. Photo: Jerry Daws

Ian Culverhouse . Photo: Jerry Daws - Credit: �Archant Photographic 2010

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