Adam Drury’s 11-year stint in a Norwich City shirt today earned its due reward with news that Scottish Premier League champions elect Celtic will provide the opposition for his Testimonial Match.
The 33-year-old left-back will play host to the Bhoys at Carrow Road on Tuesday, May 22nd, (kick-off 7.45pm) in what is all set to be a fitting occasion for the popular Canary star.
The Celtic fixture also re-unites Canary chief Paul Lambert with his old employers and, equally, sees the Scot catch up with one of his bigger pals in football – Bhoys boss Neil Lennon.
All-in-all, something of a plum tie and a great night for Drury, still performing with distinction on the left-hand side of that City defence as and when the call comes.
“It’s a massive honour and a great privilege for me to have been awarded this Testimonial game,” the player said, as his Testimonial Committee officially launched the details of his game today.
Given the number of Bhoys fans who follow the Glasgow giants to the four corners of the globe, it is likely to be quite a night. They gathered in their thousands for Tim Sheppard’s Testimonial Match – swathing the old South Stand in a sea of green and white.
Little wonder that Drury had a few thanks to say.
“I have to say a big thank you to everyone involved at Norwich City Football Club for granting me this game and another huge thank you to everyone at Celtic Football Club for agreeing to come down and play,” said Drury, whose 11-year career at Carrow Road has included all manner of highs and lows.
Two promotions into the Premier League probably provide the highs – that and holding the old Football League Championship trophy aloft on the balcony of City Hall – while the lows might feature two relegations and a chance to sample life in the third tier of English football.
But in that period he has proved to be one of the most reliable defender in the business and has paid that initial, £500,000 transfer fee many times over.
“I just hope it will be a special night and occasion for everyone to remember after both clubs have enjoyed a successful season.”
City chief Lambert was more than happy to play his part having won four Scottish Premier League titles in his lengthy spell at Celtic Park. The Bhoys are well on course to win their 43rd title under Lennon’s charge this season.
The Lambert connection can only have helped Drury’s cause.
“I think it will be a great occasion especially with Celtic coming down with the fans that they’ve got it should be a great game and atmosphere,” said Lambert.
“It looks like they are going to win the league and this game may even give some of the English-based Celtic supporters a chance to see their team, and I’m sure they’ll come in their thousands to celebrate the title.
“And it’s something Adam more than deserves. He’s been absolutely terrific for the club.”
Lambert’s former Celtic team-mate and current Bhoys’ manager Lennon
added: “We are delighted to be taking part in this Testimonial match in
honour of Adam. He is someone who has given Norwich City tremendous service and it is right that such commitment to the club is being recognised in this way.”
He also added a special word of praise for Lambert.
“Clearly, everyone at Celtic is delighted to see Paul enjoying such success. He has had a huge impact on the Club and we are sure there will be many Celtic supporters wishing to travel to the match to pay tribute to Adam and of course to recognise the achievements of Paul, someone who did so much for Celtic.”
Tickets went go on sale to City season ticket holders and members from 9am this morning, priced at £15 for adults and £5 for under-16s.
Supporters can book on 0844 826 1902, or go online via www.canaries.co.uk or visit the ticket office at Carrow Road or the Canary Store in The Mall.
You can keep up to date with Adam Drury’s testimonial at www.adamdrurytestimonial.co.uk