End of an era for City legend Goss

David Cuffley For a few weeks in the autumn of 1993, Jeremy Goss went from being a name on the back of the match programme to a face on the back page of nearly every national newspaper - and even a star of BBC trailers.

David Cuffley

For a few weeks in the autumn of 1993, Jeremy Goss went from being a name on the back of the match programme to a face on the back page of nearly every national newspaper - and even a star of BBC trailers.

The previously unheralded midfielder's exploits for Norwich City in the UEFA Cup made him the man of the moment after he scored on the club's European debut against Vitesse Arnhem and followed up with memorable goals in both legs of their famous victory over Bayern Munich.

More stunning goals marked a season that was the undoubted highlight of his 12 years in the Canaries' first team squad, including a spectacular Goal of the Month winner at Leeds and the last goal scored in front of the old Kop terrace at Anfield, another thunderbolt.

But, after spending 24 of the past 27 years at Carrow Road as player and staff member, Goss parted company with the club this week.

The role of community ambassador he inherited from Bryan Gunn three years ago is no more, and Goss, who has also acted as Gunn Club host on match days, revealed he had turned down the offer of an alternative job within the club's Football in the Community department.

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"When I took over the ambassador role I thought it was a brilliant role for me," he said.

"But I can understand their point of view because the club is on hard times at the moment. I'm not bringing in actual cash and I'm not gaining money direct by a business contract, so perhaps it is seen as a bit of a luxury role.

"They offered me something else but I felt it was the wrong job at the wrong time for me and I turned it down.

"But I have no bad feelings at all about the club and the staff. We've left on good terms. I wish the club, the staff, the players and the manager all the very best."

Goss, a member of City's FA Youth Cup and South East Counties League winning team in 1982-83, went on to make 238 senior appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals. Being born in Cyprus but with a British passport also meant he was eligible for all four home countries and he won nine international caps for Wales.

He said: "I came here in 1982 as a 17-year-old boy, left in 1996 for Hearts, then came back in 1999 as academy coach under Dave Stringer and Sammy Morgan. In 2000 I was academy sponsorship manager, in 2001 a sales executive working within the sales and marketing department, and then in 2007 community ambassador.

"Being associated with the club for so many years has been an absolute pleasure. It has given me so many life experiences and brought out every emotion possible, from the highest to the lowest. It has been an incredible journey.

"I'd love to still play a part in some way. It's still very close to my heart, naturally. I'm not just going to walk away and leave it and never come back."

Goss, who has a UEFA B coaching licence, has not ruled pursuing a different career in sport as he looks at job options.

He said: "I'm in a position now that I've never been in. I've spent nearly all my life working at Carrow Road and now I've got to see what's out there. I've got a family to support, a lovely wife and twin boys and a mortgage to pay like everyone else.

"But I am excited by what I can offer a future employer - sport is in my blood and fitness is in my blood and it may be in one of those areas."

Goss admitted that after relegation from the Championship last May, the club was "at the lowest point I've ever seen it".

But he believes City will achieve promotion under Paul Lambert.

He said: "The feelgood factor at the club is much, much better. There is light at the end of the tunnel. You can see that success on the pitch is now filtering through the club, irrespective of whatever financial problems we have. This manager and this group of players have to remain together.

"I think they're playing very, very well. However, it's in the wrong division against the wrong opposition. This is a Premier League club in my eyes."

The Canaries are still discussing how to fulfil the ambassadorial role in the community.

Meanwhile, Joe Ferrari, City's head of media, said: "The club would like to sincerely thank Jeremy Goss for his massive contribution to the Canary cause over the years, both as a key player in arguably one of the best Norwich City sides ever assembled and in later years with all his hard work behind the scenes.

"Jerry has been a great ambassador for the club throughout and most recently did sterling work to champion City's vital involvement with the local community.

"He is and always will be a true Norwich City legend and we wish him every success in his future career."