Age no barrier in battle of the veterans
Four strikers with a combined age of 140 could be on view when the Canaries travel to Hull this weekend. City are likely to field Jamie Cureton, a mere whipper-snapper at the age of 31 - 32 next week - while Dion Dublin, at 38, is expected to be on the bench.
Four strikers with a combined age of 140 could be on view when the Canaries travel to Hull this weekend.
City are likely to field Jamie Cureton, a mere whipper-snapper at the age of 31 - 32 next week - while Dion Dublin, at 38, is expected to be on the bench.
While Cureton and Dublin are the oldest players in the City squad, they still lag behind Hull's Nick Barmby and Dean Windass, who rack up a grand total of 71 years between them.
Age is clearly not a barrier: Golden Boot holder Cureton has four goals in two matches for City, while Windass - three weeks older than Dublin at 38 - and Barmby are already off the mark, and gunning for more.
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Barmby, 33, was on target for his first goal of the season in a 1-1 draw at Coventry last weekend, playing alongside Windass in a new-look 4-4-2 formation.
But despite their ageing years, the former England international is backing his partnership with Windass to reap rewards in the coming weeks.
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“People automatically presume that down the middle, you need to have pace,” Barmby said. “But if you have pace down the wings, the two centre-halves are always going to be on their toes anyway.
“Deano holds the ball up very well and lays it off and all you have to do is put the wingers in.
“Sometimes, you can let the ball do all the work for rather than running around yourself and we've got energy from the likes of Dean Marney as well.
“Then there's Stephen McPhee who showed what he can do when he came on and on top of that, it wouldn't surprise me if another striker came in as well.
“The ages of myself and Deano is not really something to worry about because we have shown at times this season that as a team, it bodes well for the future.”