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FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS: BRISTOL CITY

6 March 2017

Connections between City and Tuesday's hosts

BRISTOL City boast a number of former Canaries among their ranks, with Korey Smith, Aaron Wilbraham and Gary O'Neil part of the Robins' current squad.

25-year-old Smith graduated from City's Academy system, helping the Club earn historic back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League 2009 and 2011.

He featured 73 times for the Club in all competitions in total, taking in a number of loan stints before signing permanently for Oldham in 2013.

After just one season with the Latics, Smith transferred to Bristol City where he has since become a regular - playing a key role alongside Wilbraham in their promotion to the Championship two seasons ago.


Wilbraham made 28 appearances for Norwich during an 18-month stay between 2011 and 2012, while O'Neil was at Carrow Road as recently as last season.

John Ruddy is only player from the Canaries' current crop to have played for the Robins, making one appearance after signing on an emergency loan deal from Everton for a week in 2007.

One player to have made a significant contribution for both teams is Rob Newman, who spent ten years in the south west clocking nearly 400 league appearances before moving to the Canaries.


Joe Royle, Louie Donowa, Ade Akinbiyi and Robert Fleck also pulled on both teams' colours, while in more recent years the likes of Jim Brennan and Leroy Lita played for City after starting their careers in Bristol.

Two years ago, Elliott Bennett - who made 78 appearances for Norwich between 2011 and 2016 - had a loan spell at Ashton Gate, making 15 appearances.

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