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19 January 2017

Connections between City and their weekend opponents

THERE are a number of footballing connections between City and Wolves, with the two sides meeting at Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm).

Two current City players, Matt Jarvis and Sebastien Bassong, have had stints at this weekend's opposition.

Jarvis joined Wolves in 2007 from his first club Gillingham and it was during his time at Molineux that he earned full international recognition with England.

The left winger played there for five years, clocking 175 appearances before earning a big money move to West Ham United in 2012.

Bassong, the Canaries' 2013 Player of the Season, had a short loan stint in the West Midlands the year previously, playing nine matches.

There will be two ex-City faces in the away dugout on Saturday, most notably former boss Paul Lambert who returns for the fourth time as an opposition manager.

Since being appointed to replace Walter Zenga in November, Lambert, assisted by one-time Canary loanee Rob Edwards, has won five matches, drawn three and lost three.

Iwan Roberts
sits third in Norwich City's list of all-time top-scorers, netting 96 times in all competitions during a seven-year spell having signed from Wolves in 1997.

Despite spending just a single season at Molineux prior to that transfer, the former Wales international is fondly remembered for netting a hat-trick in a Black Country derby victory away to West Bromwich Albion.

Upon moving to Norwich, Roberts began to hit top form during his second season with the club, going on to earn iconic status as he regularly plundered important goals for the Canaries across a number of years.

Among the teammates of Roberts during that successful title chase was Marc Edworthy, who made 71 league appearances for the club between 2003 and 2005 having joined from Wolves.

Jason Shackell played over 120 times for City before joining Wolves in September 2008, and returned to Norfolk for a loan spell in the latter stages of the same season.

Moving in the other direction, Andrew Surman signed for City from Wolves ahead of the 2010-11 season, and made 22 Championship appearances as Lambert's side earned promotion via a second-place finish.

Towards the end of that campaign striker Sam Vokes arrived at Carrow Road on loan from Wolves, most notably scoring in a 2-2 draw at Watford to help the Canaries get across the line.

Following promotion, Lambert recruited Elliott Bennett from Brighton and Hove Albion, with the winger having originally graduated from Wolves' Academy system.

Bennett went on to make 79 appearances for Norwich in all competitions, prior to joining Blackburn Rovers in January last year.

Finally, Norwich CEO Jez Moxey has significant ties to Wolves, having previously performed the same role with the midlands outfit for 16 years from 2000 until last summer.

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