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2 March 2017

Connections between City and this weekend's hosts

THERE are a number of connections between Norwich City and this weekend's opponents Sheffield Wednesday.

Current First Team Coach Alan Irvine (main picture) had a spell in the managerial hotseat at Hillsborough between 2010 and 2011.

Irvine replaced Brian Laws and spent just over a year in charge of the Owls before leaving in February 2011. He has been on Alex Neil's coaching staff since July last year.

Gary Megson played for and managed both the Canaries and Wednesday. He made close to 250 appearances for the Yorkshire side over two spells, joining them as manager in 2011.

Ex-City boss Nigel Worthington spent the majority of his playing career with Saturday's hosts, enjoying a decade there between 1984 and 1994.

Notable players to have pulled on both teams' colours include Jon Newsome, who progressed through Wednesday's youth set-up, starting and finishing his career at Hillsborough.

Goalkeeper Chris Woods made over a century of league appearances for the Owls, while Efan Ekoku and Mark Robins also had shorter stints with Wednesday.

More recently, Canaries icon Grant Holt spent a year with Sheffield Wednesday earlier in his career, five seasons prior to joining City.

Examining both teams current squads, Gary Hooper and Jake Kean form part of Wednesday's ranks though Hooper hasn't played since November and Kean is currently on loan at Mansfield Town.

Michael Turner, meanwhile, spent last year on loan to Carlos Carvalhal's side, playing 12 times.

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