A bijou quizette, Canary folk. Can you name the Norwich City alumni who’ve captained these proximate international teams?
1. Initials ‘MP’ – A classy midfielder and graduate of West Ham’s famous academy in the 1960s, he scored for England in the 1966 World Cup final. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, and Sheffield United.
(NCFC record: Player 1975-80, 232 apps, 50 goals)
2. ‘MC’ – FA Cup winner with Southampton in 1976. Famous for his windmill-armed goal celebrations. After football he became a successful horse trainer.
(NCFC record: Player 1982-85, 112 apps, 25 goals)
3. ‘SP’ – As a child, starred in a 1994 World Cup TV advert for McDonalds. As an adult, played more than 400 games in the Premier League. Present manager of Fulham FC.
(NCFC record: Player 2000, 6 apps, 1 goal)
4. ‘HK’ – Current England international and captain. 32 international goals in 45 appearances. At Arsenal as a nine-year-old he was released by academy boss Liam Brady for being a ‘bit chubby and not very athletic’. (Clue: It’s not Dean Coney.)
(NCFC record: Player 2012-13, 5 apps, 0 goals)
5. ‘AH’ – His deflected shot won the Milk Cup for City in 1985. Selected for Scotland’s World Cup squads in both 1978 and 1982.
(NCFC record: Player 1984-85, 40 apps, 5 goals)
6. ‘SN’ – Ex-Rangers and Everton striker. Currently plays for Heart of Midlothian. Has over 50 Scotland caps.
(NCFC record: Player 2015-18, 48 apps, 8 goals)
7. ‘BR’ – Prolific midfielder for Aston Villa and Derby County in the early 1970s. His first signing as Arsenal manager in 1995 was Dennis Bergkamp for £7.5m, trebling Arsenal’s previous highest transfer amount.
(NCFC record: Manager 1998-00, 93 matches)
8. ‘PL’ – Champions League-winning player with Borussia Dortmund in 1997. Currently manager of League One side Ipswich Town.
(NCFC record: Manager 2009-12, 142 matches)
9. ‘CB’ – Hugely likeable and successful goal-scoring whippet with slight gobby tendency. Played for seven different Premier League clubs; Coventry City, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Ham United, Manchester City, and Cardiff City. 78 Wales caps, 19 goals.
(NCFC record: Player 1994-00, 91 apps, 34 goals)
10. ‘SD’ – Tricky one this. George Graham bought this midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur for £700,000 from Peterborough United in 1999 in a joint deal with Matthew Etherington. He played over 350 games in the Premier League with Spurs, Everton, and Fulham. He captained Wales duing their 2010 World Cup qualification campaign. His Wales record is 6 goals in 58 apps.
(NCFC record: Player for City’s youth team in the mid-1990s)
11. ‘RE’ – This Zambian-born Welshman plundered goals wherever he went, usually followed by a trademark standing forward-tumble back onto his feet. He’s the only player to have scored a hat-trick in all four English divisions, the FA Cup, League Cup, and an international match. Effervescently prolific.
(NCFC record: Player 2006-07, 45 apps, 27 goals)
Northern Ireland –
12. ‘MON’ – Prominent member of Brian Clough’s golden era at Nottingham Forest and played in their European Cup final win against Hamburg in 1980. Captained the Republic of Ireland at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Managed City, Leicester, Celtic, and Villa, amongst others.
(NCFC record: Player 1981-83, 75 apps, 13 goals; Manager 1995, 26 matches)
Republic of Ireland –
13. ‘AT’ – Unlucky for some. Combative yet stylish midfielder who played for City, Southampton, City, Chelsea, Villa, etc. He captained the Rupublic in the 1994 USA World Cup. After retiring from the game he enjoyed a long career on ITV Sport as a pundit.
(NCFC record: Player 1988-90, 88 apps, 10 goals)
14. ‘RB’ – Left-sided player City bought from Hull for £7m and sold 18 months later to Burnley for £13m. Scored a memorable goal to defeat Italy in the 2016 European Championships earning the Republic of Ireland a place in the knock-out stages.
(NCFC record: Player 2015-17, 62 apps, 7 goals)
(PAR SCORE = 9 / 14)
Hope you enjoyed that. If you got anywhere near getting them all, very well done indeed. There was the odd tricky one. In case you need them, the answers are below…
1. Martin Peters
2. Mick Channon
3. Scott Parker
4. Harry Kane
5. Asa Hartford
6. Steven Naismith
7. Bruce Rioch
8. Paul Lambert
9. Craig Bellamy
10. Simon Davies
11. Robert Earnshaw
12. Martin O’Neill
Republic of Ireland
13. Andy Townsend
14. Robbie Brady
NB. Data sourced from across the internet (including Wikipedia and Steve Whitlam’s excellent site ex-canaries.co.uk