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FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS: QPR

17 November 2016

Connections between City and their weekend opponents

PETER Crouch made his breakthrough into English professional football with QPR during the 2000-01 season, having joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur.

He struck ten league goals in that campaign, but couldn't prevent Rangers' relegation to the Second Division which subsequently led to him joining Portsmouth.

After starring on the south coast, he made a £5million switch to Aston Villa in March 2002 but with first team opportunities limited, Crouch moved to Carrow Road on loan early in the 2003-04 season.

Striking four times in 15 appearances, Crouch's impact played its part in the Canaries clinching the Division One title and earned him a move to Southampton in the process.

Success followed, with the 6ft7 forward going on to represent Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and current side Stoke City - as well as the England national team on 42 occasions, scoring 22 times.

Among Crouch's teammates as City earned promotion to the Premier League in 2004 was Robert Green, who graduated from Norwich's youth system to make his senior debut in 1999.

Eventually firmly establishing himself as number one goalkeeper following the departure of Andy Marshall, Green remained with City until 2006 when he transferred to West Ham United.

Six years later he crossed London to join QPR, spending four seasons at Loftus Road before leaving in the summer and penning a deal at Leeds United.


The first of those four seasons began with former City left-back Mark Bowen working as assistant manager to Mark Hughes, with Hughes leaving the club in November 2012.

Bowen, who formed part of the Norwich side which defeated Bayern Munich in 1993, briefly took over as caretaker manager following Hughes' departure before once again linking up with him at Stoke in the summer of 2013.

The early 1990s coincidentally marked the emergence of Jamie Cureton at Norwich, with the striker breaking through into the first team to become a fans' favourite.

Cureton spent time with Bristol Rovers, Reading and South Korean outfit Busan l'Cons before moving to QPR in 2004, where he remained for a single season.

He returned to Carrow Road from Colchester United in 2007, spending three years back in Norfolk ahead of two spells at Exeter City either side of a stint with Leyton Orient.

Now aged 41, Cureton signed for National League side Eastleigh in September of this year and has so far scored once in five appearances.

A pair of central midfielders have also represented both clubs in recent times, namely Leroy Fer and Gary O'Neil.

Dutch international Fer join City from FC Twente in 2013, spending a year with the Canaries before joining QPR.


He stayed there up until this summer, at which point he completed a permanent switch to Swansea City following a successful loan spell.

Meanwhile, O'Neil helped QPR earn promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs during the 2013-14 campaign - alongside the aforementioned Green - before moving to Norfolk to achieve the exact same feat the following season.

Making 55 appearances for City in total, the 33-year-old joined fellow Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City during the summer.

Finally, Jacob Murphy and Josh Murphy were with QPR before joining City's Academy setup in 2006; the pair since going on to form part of Alex Neil's current first team squad.



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