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4 May 2016

Significant moments from May 4

TWO of Norwich City's most popular players of recent years made their final appearances for the Club on May 4, 2008 when the Canaries visited Sheffield Wednesday.

Darren Huckerby and Dion Dublin both bowed out of action, with the latter retiring at the age of 39 having recently become the oldest player to ever lift the Barry Butler Trophy awarded to City's Player of the Season.

Huckerby put the away side ahead early on with a strike from distance, only for four goals without reply from Wednesday to secure a comfortable win for the Owls at Hillsborough.

It marked the final of his 203 appearances for the Yellows in all competitions, with the two-time Player of the Season netting 43 times prior to continuing his career in the MLS with San Jose Earthquakes.

After retiring, Huckerby moved into coaching and now works as Under-16s manager within City's Academy setup at Colney Training Centre.

During his playing career in Norfolk, the winger notably inspired his side to the 2003-04 Division One title; an honour which was coincidentally bestowed upon them on May 4, 2004.

A header from future Canary Carl Robinson consigned Norwich to a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland on the night, but top spot was guaranteed thanks to Stoke City beating nearest challengers West Bromwich Albion 4-1. 

In total, City have won three, drawn one and lost ten of their 14 matches played on May 4 throughout history.

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