Geography is a curious beast and usually best left well alone. But, sometimes it’s worth poking with a stick – especially if that stick is yellow and green. So, can you name these former Norwich City players with a place name for a surname?
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Good luck to all!
Where were we? Oh, yes… The answers we’re looking for are ex-NCFC players with placenames as their surnames…
1. Defender and assistant manager to Martin O’Neill (1981-92 & 1995)
(Hint: Albert Square, fictional London soap location, currently ranked 9,535,425,287th cheeriest place in the world)
2. Goalkeeper (1987-91), long-term understudy to Bryan Gunn
(Hint: Yorkshire; Steel City; The Full Monty)
3. Striker and central defender (1988 & 2006-08), latterly a BBC presenter and summariser
(Hint: Republic of Ireland capital city; birthplace of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and… Chris de Burgh)
4. Midfielder (1978-87) and winner of the Milk Cup in 1985 and FA Vase with Diss Town in 1994
(Hint: A village in Norfolk South (aka Suffolk) and birthplace of famous horse painter and fan of the colour brown, Sir Alfred Munnings)
5. Midfielder (1989-92) and Premier League winner with Blackburn
(Hint: Robin Hood’s pleasant leafy hide-out. Although the Sheriff of Nottingham can’t have been too pleased about the fly-tipping)
6. Defender (2010-13) and EFL Championship runner-up in 2010/11
(Hint: Famous club chairman/manager combo Stan Flashman and Barry Fry made an entertaining team of this outer north London borough in the 1980s and 1990s. Also rhyming slang for haircut. Note: Although an extra ’t’ has been added to the answer, there will be no additional charge)
7. Midfielder (1986-89) – (I’m sorry about this, but…) Ipswich Town player of the year 1983/84
(Hint: Another London borough; this time on the river and the home of the famous bridge where the annual University Boat Race starts. Too tricky? OK, rhymes with ‘Buttney’)
8. Striker (2009-13) – Prolific charismat; battering ram of a forward who scored 30 goals in the 2009/10 season
(Hint: North Norfolk market town; home to Bakers & Larners, Gresham’s school, and 497 coffee shops)
9. Goalkeeper (1970-76) – Understudy to Kevin Keelan
(Hint: Village near Reepham where Lord Sir Stephen Fry ENT (Exceptional National Treasure) went to school; and the location of the last fatal duel in Norfolk)
10. Winger (1976-79) – Much missed. Also played for Spurs and West Ham
(Hint: Located anywhere and everywhere – especially next-door…)
Of course, it’s not all about where you came from, it’s more often about where you’re going to. And the answer to that is quite clear… the Premier League!
Quiz answers below…
1. STEVE WALFORD
2. JON SHEFFIELD
3. DION DUBLIN
4. PETER MENDHAM
5. TIM SHERWOOD
6. LEON BARNETT
7. TREVOR PUTNEY
8. GRANT HOLT
9. MERVYN CAWSTON
10. JIMMY NEIGHBOUR
How did you do?
Did you get more than half?