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FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS: BLACKBURN

9 March 2017

Connections between City and Saturday's visitors

NUMEROUS players have represented both Norwich City and Blackburn in recent times, with former Canaries Chris Brown, Elliott Bennett, Elliott Ward and Simeon Jackson among Rovers' roster last term. 

Of those, Ward and Bennett are still at Blackburn; the latter having made the switch to Ewood Park in January 2016 following four-and-a-half years with City. 

Martin Olsson began his career at Blackburn and lined up for City against both Ward and Bennett on the opening day of this season before signing for Swansea City this January. 

Arguably one of the most notable crossovers is Chris Sutton, who graduated from City's Academy in the early 1990s to star in the famous 1993 UEFA Cup run. 


In July 1994 the forward became the most expensive player in British football when Rovers secured his services for £5million, immediately striking up a formidable partnership with Alan Shearer. 

The duo combined forces secured the Premier League title at the end of Sutton's maiden season in Lancashire - their first top-tier title since 1914. 

He netted a joint-divisional high of 18 goals during the 1997-98 season, and went on to feature for Chelsea, Celtic, Birmingham City, and Aston Villa before retiring from professional football in 2007.

Another player to come through the ranks at Carrow Road before later representing Blackburn is Craig Bellamy, while fellow striker Ashley Ward also spent time with both clubs.

Finally, current City first team coach Alan Irvine brought his playing career to an end at Rovers in the early 1990s before progressing into a coaching role at Academy level.

He returned to Blackburn as assistant manager in 2015 under former Canaries boss Paul Lambert, departing before the start of the current season to join the Norwich setup.



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