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29 December 2016

Connections between City and their weekend opponents

NORWICH City Academy graduate Michael Spillane moved directly to Brentford from Carrow Road in 2010, having formed part of the Canaries side which won the 2009-10 League One title.

He made his Norwich debut in May 2006 during an FA Cup tie with West Ham United, becoming the youngster player to represent the Club in the competition in the process.

Making a total of 26 league appearances for City, the versatile Spillane went on to spend two seasons with the Bees before moving on to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Later representing, Southend United, Cambridge United, Sutton United and Lowestoft Town, the now 27-year-old signed for Chelmsford City earlier this month but is yet to make his debut.

Another player to come through the youth ranks at Colney to play a part in securing promotion to the Championship was Tom Adeyemi, who made his first team bow as a substitute on the opening day of the 2009-10 campaign.

Named League One Apprentice of the Year in March 2010, Adeyemi spent the 2012-13 season on loan at Brentford and played in their League One play-off final defeat to Yeovil Town.

Signing permanently for Birmingham City in 2013 after accumulating 17 appearances for Norwich, the central midfielder is currently on loan to Rotherham United from Cardiff City.

Going further back in time, Chris Hughton ended his playing career after featuring 32 times for Brentford during the 1992-93 season.

Previously playing for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, the former defender was in City's dugout as manager between 2012 and 2014.

Joining Hughton in the Bees' defence while he was at Griffin Park was Simon Ratcliffe, who made over 200 appearances for the Club from 1989 to 1995 following a short stint at Norwich.

At the other end of the pitch, among the strikers to have represented both clubs are Carl Cort and Lewis Grabban, the former moving to Brentford in 2009 after six months with the Canaries.

Grabban had two loan spells at Brentford from Millwall before signing permanently in 2011, then joined Norwich from Bournemouth via Rotherham three years later.

Scoring 12 times in 36 appearances as City secured promotion to the Premier League courtesy of winning the 2014-15 Championship play-offs, Grabban rejoined Bournemouth in January of this year.

City's current squad boasts three players with Brentford links; Alex Pritchard and Sergi Canos having spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons on loan there respectively from Tottenham and Liverpool.

Meanwhile, defender Michael Turner made his breakthrough at the Greater London outfit having initially come through Charlton Athletic's Academy system.

Featuing 94 times for the Bees across all competitions, Turner signed for Hull in 2006 before switching to Sunderland in 2009 and then Norwich in 2012.

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