Norwich City A-Z: A hair-raising tale of some of City's top mops
PUBLISHED: 15:48 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 25 June 2018
Our Canaries A-Z has reached M for Mohican and other hairstyles. Head of sport Chris Lakey takes a look at some who carried it off, and some who, er, didn't...
Footballers and hair-dos... they go hand in hand. These chaps are style icons.
But club directors? Not quite as common... thankfully.
Jamie Cureton is famed for his appearance for an East Anglian derby sporting green hair... but Michael Foulger? Where did that come from?
The long-time director at Carrow Road has done it – we have the pictorial evidence as you can see – but why?
Well, in March, 2001, three friends of Michael’s had their heads shaved in aid of charity – raising £1,000 for Comic Relief... triggering an agreement that saw the Canaries man dye his hair, thereby matching their £1,000.
“It was a good job there wasn’t a Norwich game on Saturday or I would have been wearing a hat,” said Michael.
So just in case you forgot it/hadn’t seen it/never knew it existed... here you go.
Not quite as famous as Curo’s moment, though. It was back in April, 1996 when Curo went green, scored a goal but ended up on the losing side.
“When I did it (dying hair) I didn’t think it was a huge thing at all,” he said. “I was young, naive and cocky I guess. It ended up being a really big deal that people still talk about now.”
Cureton got dog’s abuse from the Portman Road fans – not the first or last with a smart hair-do to suffer that fate.
Darren Huckerby attracted it at plenty of away grounds – particularly the home of city’s nearest and dearest.
Hair is a recurring theme for players. This from Hucks’ autobiography on Lee Croft: “He was absolutely great to have around the place even if, for the first three months, he used my stuff all the time.
He brought nothing with him. No wash bag, no spare kit, nothing. In the end, Lyndsey and I took him shopping like he was a little kid and dragged him round John Lewis to get a wash-bag, deodorant, aftershave, and hair-gel.”
Priorities and all that.
Or what about this, from Josh Lamonaca an ‘industry educator’ who, when he started out was heavily inspired by football players such as David Beckham and Darren Huckerby. “They had really cool hairstyles, and it influenced me to grow a particular hairstyle but I was never able to quite get it right,” he said. And more. But that’s enough.
Back in the day the shiny curls of Disco Dale Gordon were a sight to behold as he strutted his stuff down the flank, many years later young pretender Robert Eagle had long blond locks – and when you have those, you really do have to live up to them.
That’s the thing with your hair – the more ‘extravagant’ the more you have to match them.
You simply cannot walk on to the pitch with a three-foot high Mohican and perform like a Sunday League player.
The late Trevor Hockey had a shock of hair and a beard to match – it said “do not argue with me”. And they didn’t.
Some get away with it: Bradley Johnson was a decent player who never allowed that strange little pony tail thing affect his play. Much.
Ivo Pinto’s hair appears as good after 90 minutes as when he steps out on to the pitch; Mario Vrancic is slick, shiny and a bit film star; James Maddison’s was a work of art that suggested he stayed behind after to brush up on it; a few years back Spandau Ballet wannabe Alan Gow spent most of the game keeping his in order
Movember was also a thing and Grant Holt was well into it: not one to spend a lot of time on the hair on top of his head, Holty carried off the hairy top lip pretty well: in November, 2010 he was the height of fashion as he scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road in a 4-1 win over Ipswich... doesn’t get much better than that.