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27 October 2016

Connections between City and their weekend opponents

WINGER Elliott Bennett is a popular figure with both Brighton and Canaries fans after spells at both clubs.

Bennett moved to the Seagulls in August 2009 from Wolves, with his form in their 2010-11 League One title-winning season catching the eye of then City boss Paul Lambert.

He signed for Norwich that summer and went on to make 79 appearances across four-and-a-half seasons before signing for current club Blackburn Rovers in January.

During the 2014-15 campaign, Bennett returned to Brighton for a two-month loan spell.

A teammate of Bennett's at both City and Albion was Andrew Crofts, who spent a season on the south coast before moving to Norfolk in 2010.

Crofts was a key component of Lambert's Championship promotion-winning team in 2011, playing 70 times for the Canaries in total before returning to Brighton in August 2012.

Injury prevented the combative midfielder from reaching his previous levels, however, and he is currently plying his trade in the third tier with Charlton Athletic.

Former City Player of the Season Bradley Johnson was with Saturday's opponents for a short loan spell during the 2008-09 campaign, just prior to Crofts and Bennett joining.

Leroy Lita and Jason Jarrett are two ex-Canaries who went on to play for Brighton; Jarrett, at City between 2005 and 2006, played 14 times for Albion in 2009 while Lita scored once in a loan stint there in 2013.


Strikers Ade Akinbiyi and Justin Fashanu both spent time on the south coast, while youth team graduate Mark Barham - part of City's Milk Cup winning side of 1985 - played for Brighton between 1989 and 1992.

Barham featured 73 times for the Seagulls before concluding his playing days at Shrewsbury Town. Former England goalkeeper Joe Corrigan was a teammate of Barham's at Carrow Road - on loan from Brighton in 1984.

Current City captain Russell Martin has never played for Albion, but was born and raised in the city and appeared for their Under-18s team before kickstarting his professional career at Wycombe Wanderers.

In the dugout, present Brighton manager Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood held the same roles at City between 2012 and 2014, while first team coach Paul Nevin was recently the Academy's Head of Coaching at Colney.


Jeff Wood - City's goakeeping coach between 2011 and 2012 - held the manager's post at Albion for a short while in 1999.

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