December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The Norwich City Hall of Fame is set to grow further with the news that a special dinner will be held at Carrow Road in March, at which eight names will be added to the roll of honour.
Three new inductees have been pre-selected by the club’s Historical Trust in defender Adam Drury, director Michael Foulger and the late Alf Kirchen, pre-war England winger and unlikely movie star – in the 1939 film The Arsenal Stadium Mystery – while fans will be asked to nominate the remaining five names, with the proviso that each voter can choose a maximum of three people from the current City set-up.
The new intake will take the Hall of Fame up to 128 members, which perhaps seems a trifle long for a select group – though the original 100 names tied in neatly with the club’s centenary when the project was launched in 2002.
Ten years on, the list will be updated for the third time, and given what has happened in the past 2½ years it would be a major surprise if the five extra names did not include some of the most influential figures in lifting the club from the lower reaches of League One to the top half of the Premier League.
In its own announcement, the club tactfully avoided mentioning the current management team – Ian Culverhouse is already a member – and players, but I will be amazed if Paul Lambert and Grant Holt do not feature in the voters’ top five, and there may be others from the present day.
It leaves, at best, three more vacancies and here, for what it’s worth, are my nominees . . .
• Terry Anderson: Anderson was a winger at Arsenal when he appeared in the very first game televised by BBC Match of the Day in August 1964, at Liverpool. Later the same season, he joined the Canaries for £15,000, but apart from the odd FA Cup upset, such as the shock win at Old Trafford in 1967, a return to the big time proved elusive.
That was until the 1971-72 promotion campaign, when he played heroically in the centre of defence alongside Dave Stringer, during skipper Duncan Forbes’ four-month absence with injury.
Anderson then scored in City’s first Division One victory, a 2-1 success at Ipswich, and played all seven League Cup ties as the Canaries reached Wembley for the first time. He played 279 times for City and scored 19 goals, wearing nine different shirt numbers.
In 1979, as a trainee journalist, I interviewed him for a college assignment, when he talked about his career with City and his time playing in the USA. Just a few weeks later, when his death was announced at the age of 35, it was a huge shock to all who played with him or saw him in City colours.
• Ronnie Brooks: The Canaries’ former chief scout is best remembered for bringing the Fashanu brothers, Justin and John, to Carrow Road, but he played a part in helping recruit a whole string of young players in the 1970s and 80s.
Mark Barham, Paul Haylock, Peter Mendham, Dale Gordon and Louie Donowa all arrived in his time working with the youth team, during the managerial reigns of John Bond and Ken Brown, and his scouting missions helped bring Dave Watson and Steve Bruce, two of the best English central defenders of their era, to Norwich.
There were many strings to the late Ronnie’s bow in the political and sporting world, as a former councillor, Sheriff of Norwich and manager of Norwich Lads’ Club, but he loved Norwich City and when he lost his role as scout in 1986, he was devastated.
• Greg Downs: He made an inauspicious start to his City career, joking recently that he was given his one game per season in the early days. Downs began life as a striker but it was coach Mel Machin who spotted his potential as an attacking full-back and he played most of his 206 games for the club in that role, though he never lost his eye for goal.
After a spell on the sidelines in the 1981-82 season, when City brought in Willie Donachie, Downs returned to the side to such good effect in an amazing promotion campaign that he was voted player of the season.
He missed out on the Milk Cup final in 1985, but joined Coventry and earned his trip to Wembley as an FA Cup winner in 1987.