In the 2010/11 season, Paul Lambert’s side achieved a remarkable back-to-back promotion, finishing 2nd in the Championship. But where are those Canary heroes now?
The only player from this promotion winning side to currently be playing Premier League football is Andrew Surman. The midfielder signed for Norwich at the start of the 2010/11 season from Wolves and impressed, despite struggling with a knee injury. The midfielder is a now regular for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side.
The majority of this Norwich side are currently playing for Championship sides. Henri Lansbury made 23 appearances during his loan spell from Arsenal, scoring 4 goals, but joined West Ham on loan the season after.
Lansbury has spent the last four seasons at Nottingham Forest. Target man Chris Martin joined Derby in the summer of 2013 and is now on loan at Fulham. Elliot Ward was a key presence at the heart of Paul Lambert’s defence but an injury in pre-season of 2011 put an abrupt halt to his Norwich career.
Ward reunited with Lambert at Blackburn Rovers last season – where he still plays his football.
Aaron Wilbraham won promotion from all three divisions of the Football League, after joining Paul Lambert’s side in January of 2011. Wilbraham is now at Bristol City and plays alongside fellow 2010/11 teammate, Korey Smith. The central-midfielder left Norwich permanently in 2013 and has since become an integral part of Bristol City’s rise.
Midfielder Andrew Crofts and goalkeeper Declan Rudd are part of Russell Slade’s League One Charlton Athletic squad. Crofts spent the last few years at Brighton and made the switch to The Valley in the summer.
Rudd remains on the Norwich books and even started some games ahead of a struggling John Ruddy during Norwich’s relegation 2015/16 relegation battle. The stopper is on loan at Charlton to gain more first-team experience. Fellow academy-graduate keeper, Jed Steer, remains at Roberto Di Matteo’s Aston Villa.
Canadian forward, Simone Jackson, scored the goal that sent Paul Lambert’s side into the Premier League. After netting 17 goals for the club, he moved abroad to German side Eintracht Braunschweig. The striker has had spells at Millwall, Coventry City, Barnsley, Blackburn and now plays for League One side Walsall.
Leon Barnett spent the first of half of the 2010/11 season on loan from West Brom; providing cover for Norwich’s defensive crisis. The central defender impressed and earnt a permanent move in January of 2011. Barnett now plays in League One for Bury. Norwich youngster, George Francomb, only played two games for the club but has since made a career for himself at AFC Wimbledon. Francomb has clocked up over 100 appearances for last season’s League Two play-off winners
David Fox played an important role in Paul Lamberts promotion winning side and continued to impress when the club stepped up to the Premier League. Fox was relegated with Crewe Alexandra last season and has since moved to League Two side Plymouth Argyle.
Not of all this Norwich side have stayed in English football. Top goalscorer and captain for the 2010/11 season, Grant Holt, plays for Scottish Championship side, Hibernian. The club hero has had stints at Wigan Athletic, Aston Vila, Huddersfield Town, Wolverhampton Wanders and Rochdale. Daniel Pacheco joined on an emergency loan from Liverpool and made an instant impression on the Carrow Road faithful. Most memorably, he scored in the 5-1 away rout of rivals Ipswich Town. The Spaniard joined Pepe Mel’s Real Betis in 2014 and is currently on loan at Getafe.
Aggressive defender Jens Berthel Askou made 27 appearances for the Canaries and has since returned to Danish football. Last season he was a player-assistant manager at Danish 1st Division side, Skive IK.
Some of the 2010/11 side have since hung up their boots. Club legend Adam Drury, called an end to his 18-year career in 2014, after making 326 appearances for the Canaries. Scottish midfielder Stephen Hughes ended his career on loan at East Fife; while Matthew Gill played his final game for Tranmere Rovers in 2014. Fullback Marc Tierney had to call a premature end to his career after a persistent ankle injury. Anthony McNamee retired from the game after a spell at Non-League side Woking.
American defender, Zak Whitbread, and Scottish midfielder, Simon Lappin, both find themselves without clubs after being released by Shrewsbury Town and St Johnstone, respectively.
Three members of the 2010/11 still remain at Norwich. John Ruddy, Russell Martin and Wes Hoolahan are all members of Alex Neil’s Championship side. Norwich fans can look back with pride and great memories of this side’s incredible achievements. There are still plenty of reminders of Paul Lambert’s side littered across football.
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