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14 December 2016

Connections between City and their upcoming opponents

HUDDERSFIELD Town's backroom team contains two former Canaries, in the form of Andy Hughes and Leigh Bromby.

The versatile Hughes was with City from 2005 to 2007, amassing 72 league appearances before switching to Leeds United and currently works as The Terriers' first team coach.

Bromby, meanwhile, spent the closing stages of the 2002-03 campaign on loan at Carrow Road from Sheffield Wednesday.

He retired from playing in 2013 following a four-year stint at Leeds, subsequently taking up a coaching position within the Elland Road outfit's Academy setup.

Switching to Huddersfield a year later, the former defender holds the position of Professional Development Coach at the club.

Among others to have coaching roles with Town are John Deehan and Paul Crichton, while Lee Clark, Mark Robins and Steve Bruce have all served as their manager.

Deehan spent a highly successful five years with City from 1981 to 1986, forming part of the side which won the 1985 Milk Cup and following his former teammate Bruce to Huddersfield when he took the reigns in May 1999.

Mark Barham also played a crucial role in that Milk Cup success, as well as the 1986 Second Division championship triumph, before switching clubs to join the Terriers in 1987.

Goalkeeper Crichton made a handful of Norwich appearances between 2001 and 2004, later returning to Norfolk in a coaching capacity before a two-year stint at Huddersfield from 2012-2014.

Of the remaining people with City ties to have managed Town, Clark did so from 2008 to 2012 after a coaching role with the Canaries, notably overseeing a run of 43 league games unbeaten.

Replaced initially by Simon Grayson, Robins was at the helm for 16 months from February 2013, having plied his trade as a striker at Carrow Road during the early 1990s.

A number of strikers have links to both clubs, with Iwan Roberts in West Yorkshire between 1990 to 1993 before enjoying an immensely seven-year successful spell at Norwich from 1997, netting 96 times.

Meanwhile, fellow forwards Grant Holt and James Vaughan both taking in a stint at Huddersfield once their days at Carrow Road were over.

Three-time City player of the year Holt moved on loan to the John Smith's Stadium from Wigan in 2014, while Vaughan signed permanently for Town from the Canaries in 2013.

Two team-mates of Holt and Vaughan during their time with City were Anthony Pilkington and Jacob Butterfield, with the former moving directly to Norfolk from the Terriers in 2011.

Conversely, Butterfield penned terms with Huddersfield after spending a season with Middlesbrough following a year of limited first team opportunities at Norwich.

Another representative of the midfield department from further back in time to also represent both clubs is David Phillips, who was at City from 1989 to 1993 and with Huddersfield from 1997 to 1999.

In terms of Alex Neil's current squad, only Cameron Jerome has notable ties to Huddersfield having started his youth career with them.

Simon Charlton was also in their Academy ranks, albeit in the late 1980s before going on to make in excess of 100 senior appearances for the club.

He joined Norwich for two seasons from the summer of 2004 after spells at Southampton and Bolton, later moving on to Oldham Athletic.

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