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7 September 2016

Connections between City and their weekend opponents

CARDIFF City's boss Paul Trollope has links to the Canaries, having served on the Club's coaching staff between 2012 and 2014.

After leaving Carrow Road, Trollope was appointed as the Bluebirds' head coach in February 2015 and five months later took on a coaching role with the Welsh national team alongside his domestic duties.

Playing a prominent role in Wales' qualification for Euro 2016, the former midfielder was awarded the main job with Cardiff at the end of the 2015-16 season, replacing Russell Slade.

Doug Livermore also spent several years in a coaching role with City under a number of different managers, having previously had a distinguised playing career in Norfolk during the 1970s ahead of a two-year stint in Wales.

Of Cardiff's current roster of players, winger Anthony Pilkington spent three years with City before joining the Welsh side in 2014.

Midfielder Tom Adeyemi came through Norwich's Academy system and has been at the Cardiff City Stadium since 2014, but is currently on loan to Rotherham United.

Goalkeeper David Marshall recently joined Hull, bringing an end to a seven-year association with the Bluebirds having joined them from City in 2009.

One of Marshall's teammates in Norfolk was Robert Earnshaw, who struck 27 goals in 45 league appearances from January 2006 to the summer of 2007, having originally started his career with Cardiff. 

Conversely, Cardiff-born Craig Bellamy began life as a professional footballer at Norwich, eventually going on to represent his hometown from 2012 to 2014 before retiring from the game.

Finally, current City striker Cameron Jerome made his breakthrough with this weekend's opponents during the 2004-05 campaign; his form there eventually earning a move to Birmingham City.

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