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Foot in Both Camps: Norwich City

A look at some of the common connections between The Bees and The Canaries

22 December 2017

A look through the current Norwich City squad shows just one player who has links to the Brentford squad, Alex Pritchard.

The attacking midfielder enjoyed a fruitful season-long loan at Griffin Park in 2014/15, scoring 12 goals in 45 appearances as Mark Warburton’s side reached the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs. After a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion the following season, Pritchard joined The Canaries last summer. His debut season saw him net six times in 19 starts before an ankle injury delayed his participation this campaign. His seasonal debut came last month against Preston North End and he has since appeared a further three times. 

Coming up against Alex tonight in The Bees ranks will be Sergi Canos. The Spaniard endured a difficult six-month spell at Carrrow Road last season, where he made just six competitive appearances under then boss Alex Neil before returning to Griffin Park on Deadline Day in January.

Looking further back in time two members of our 1991/92 Division Three promotion winning side have strong links to tonight’s opponents. Midfielder Simon Ratcliffe, who will be alongside Simon Ratcliffe on iFollow Brentford this evening, spent two years with The Canaries in the top flight between 1987 and 1989 before moving to Griffin Park. With The Bees, Simon racked up 268 appearances and 16 goals over six years, winning promotion in 1992 and making the Play-Offs again in 1995.

Another of that promotion winning team to have spent time at Carrow Road is Chris Hughton. The left-back took over the position at the end of the promotion run-in in 1992 and went on to make 41 appearances in just under a year with The Bees. He retired into coaching with Tottenham Hotspur before taking over as City manager in 2012. He led The Canaries to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League during his first season but was sacked less than a year later with Norwich battling relegation again.

Others to have worn the colours of both teams include Tom Adeyemi, Carl Cort, Efan Ekoku, Lewis Grabban, Stuart Nelson, Gerry Peyton, and Robert Taylor. 

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