Where now for the class of '98?

CHRIS LAKEY The last time Norwich were beaten at Portman Road was back in February, 1998 - but what a beating it was. The Tractor Boys were 3-0 up at half-time, all their goals coming from with Alex Mathie, with Dutchman Bobby Petta adding a brace in the second half.


The last time Norwich were beaten at Portman Road was back in February, 1998 - but what a beating it was. The Tractor Boys were 3-0 up at half-time, all their goals coming from with Alex Mathie, with Dutchman Bobby Petta adding a brace in the second half. Most of the 27 players who featured that day are still involved in football in some form or another.

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t Richard Wright: Went to Arsenal for £6m, and then Everton for £3.5m - and in five years has started 69 league games. Almost off the radar.

t Micky Stockwell: After more than 500 league and cup appearances went to Colchester where he retired from the pro game in 2003. In May the following year he was appointed manager of Ridgeons Premier League side Woodbridge Town - a position he still holds.

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t Jamie Clapham: Went to Birmingham, where he spent three and a half years before joining Wolves on a free this summer.

t Kieron Dyer: In between front-page headlines he's played 150-odd games for Newcastle - but that's over a seven-year period. Would have been more but for frequent injuries. Played in the 2002 World Cup .

t Tony Mowbray: Retired as a player in the summer of 2001, went on to join the coaching staff - was caretaker boss between George Burley and Joe Royle - before taking manager's job at Hibs. Took the helm at West Brom last month.

t Jason Cundy: Spent his last season at Portsmouth after almost three years at Portman Road before retiring in 2000 because of injury. Now seen occasionally on Chelsea TV or heard on talksport radio.

t Gus Uhlenbeek: Had more red and yellow cards than most. Trawled around the lower division after leaving Town for Fulham in 1998. Last seen playing for Halifax.

t Matt Holland: A £750,000 signing for Charlton in 2003. Hasn't always been flavour of the month at The Valley and has been in and out this season.

t David Johnson: A £3m signing for Nottingham Forest in 2001, his star faded after a good start at the City ground. Forced to retire in the summer because of a persistent back injury

t Alex Mathie: Moved to Dundee United eight months after his hat-trick against City but never lived up to expectations. Went to York before quitting in 2003. Early in 2004-05 season was named manager of Pickering Town - and is still there.

t Bobby Petta: Left Suffolk for Celtic but never cracked it. Played for Bradford last season after a spell at Darlington. Currently playing for Adelaide United in the A-League Down Under.


t Danny Sonner (for Stockwell 68): Been around since leaving Town in 1998 and is currently at Port Vale - played against Norwich in the League Cup tie last month but suffered an early injury.

t James Scowcroft (for Mathie 68): Went to Leicester for £3m, had a loan spell at Ipswich, joined Coventry for free and is now at Crystal Palace.

t Adam Tanner: His career basically ended when he left Ipswich. Served a three-month ban for failing a drugs test and also escaped a prison sentence for a driving offence. Had spells at Peterborough, Colchester and Canvey Island.

t Manager - George Burley: It was October, 2002, when Burley's reign ended after almost eight years, paying a heavy price for his failure to capitalise on Town's UEFA Cup run. Ipswich's budget had been stretched to breaking point - and the consequences are still being felt. Burley wasn't out of work long - five months later he reappeared at Derby. Went on to Hearts and then Southampton, where he still runs the show.


t Andy Marshall: Oh dear. Joined Ipswich on a free in the summer of 2001, upsetting hordes of City fans in the process. Had a couple of years at Millwall before joining Coventry in the summer.

t Daryl Sutch: Last kick for City was a missed penalty in the 2002 play-off final defeat. Tried his hand at Southend and Boston before moving into non-league with King's Lynn, Wroxham and Diss, although he never made an appearance for the Tangerines. Works at kit suppliers Sportlink in Drayton.

t Victor Segura: returned to Spain in June 1999, joined Second Division Getafe.

t Peter Grant: Turned full circle - having left City for Reading, he started his coaching career at Bournemouth, joined Alan Pardew at West Ham and then, last month, returned to Carrow Road as manager. Four wins in his opening six league games.

t Craig Fleming: Still at Carrow Road, where he is spending more time on the subs' bench. Won't be fit for this derby match because of a hamstring injury.

t Matt Jackson: Fell out with Nigel Worthington and moved to Wigan in November, 2001. Helped them get into the Premiership and last weekend scored the winner against Charlton.

t Adrian Forbes: Went on to Luton, Swansea and, this summer, to Blackpool

t Robert Fleck: This was his second spell at City and the Portman Road massacre came just a month after he had been told his contract wouldn't be renewed in the summer. Still gave his all before joining Reading in early 1998. A year later forced to retire with a back injury. Played for and then managed Gorleston before moving to Diss. Sacked last month.

t Adrian Coote: Never really cracked the first team and, after 61 games, moved to Colchester in December, 2001. Played non-league for Wivenhoe, Dereham, Wroxham and now turns out for Acle Rangers on a Sunday.

t Shaun Carey: Left City in August 2000, and played for Rushden, Chester - who he helped into the Football League two years ago - Hornchurch, Weymouth and Droylsden before joining King's Lynn on Boxing Day last year. Broke his leg in September, had a benefit match against Norwich in October and was named joint caretaker boss this month.

t Darren Eadie: Legendary Canary who went to Leicester for £3m at the end of 1999 but sadly took his injury problems with him. Started just 31 league games for the Foxes before being forced to call it quits. Now retired and living locally.


t Darren Kenton (for Segura 63): Went on a free to Southampton and another free to Leicester, where he has played 14 games this season.

t Chris Llewellyn (for Forbes 32): Is in his second spell at Wrexham, who signed him on a free from City in the summer of 2003. Scored and then sent off in his last match last month.

t Danny Mills (for Fleck 79): Currently on loan at Hull from Manchester City where he has fallen out with manager Stuart Pearce. Left City for Charlton for £250,000 less than a month after the Ipswich game. Joined Leeds for £4m in 1999, before a free to Manchester City.

t Manager - Mike Walker: Left City for the second time in April 98 and hasn't managed in England since. He was by his own admission bitterly disappointed at his departure, which came with Norwich 16th in the table, although relegation fears brought on by 14 games without a win had been tempered by consecutive 5-0 home victories. Managed Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia but was sacked in September 2001. Keen to get back into management in this country.