Canaries legend Jerry Goss took a trip down memory lane as he was welcomed back to Colney Training Centre to meet the squad and watch a training session.
Goss made 238 appearances for Norwich between May 1984 and April 1996, and scored one of the most famous goals in the Club’s history in the 1993 UEFA Cup game against Bayern Munich.
And as part of a presentation to mark Timm Klose’s 100th appearance for the Club, Goss was invited back for a tour of the training facilities with Sporting Director Stuart Webber and Chief Operating Officer Ben Kensell.
He said: “To be invited back to Colney, a centre where many years ago I spent so much time, is a wonderful gesture. I have so many special memories and moments from my time here and it’s a pleasure and honour to be back.
“I’ve not been involved in the Football Club for many years, so it’s a real pleasure to be remembered. For me to come back to a place that means so much to me and was so special to me and still is so special to me is a very surreal feeling.
“It’s a massive change and one I expected because it has been so long, and I can see there has been a lot of growth and development in the right areas and Colney Training Centre is the place to train. You’ve got to make the players feel as comfortable as they possibly can while they deliver the very best, so I expected changes and am hugely impressed with what has been going on here.”
Goss rose from Norwich’s youth ranks and was an FA Youth Cup winner with the Club in 1983. He also picked up nine caps for Wales.
He said: “I have some really good memories of games, but I remember the training aspect most, possibly more than the games themselves. While we were at Colney we were relaxed and having fun, all the teammates were together, and the camaraderie and the banter was at its highest and at its best.
“The Football Club remains in my heart and always will do. It’s quite an emotional day really because the memories are flooding back.”
Earlier this year marked 25 years since City’s away win at Bayern Munich on October 19, and Goss said it was a real reminder of what he achieved throughout his football career.
“It was scary to think it was 25 years ago,” he said. “You forget and go off in your own little world and you’ve got different responsibilities in life when you are out of football. Stuart Webber spoke very well in his introduction of me to the team [during Timm Klose’s presentation] and I thank him for that because he has reminded me of what I did achieve. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to speak in front of the current players and the manager, which was an honour.
“I’m very much still mentally involved with the Club if not physically involved and I see nothing but good things. I admire the way they play, I admire the way they approach every single game and they give their heart and soul for the Football Club. That should be an inspiration to us all and that’s the reason why – on top of them being gifted footballers – that they are top of the league. I really wish that they can continue this through now to the end of the season and be in their rightful place - a place where the fans deserve to be, and the Club deserves to be and that’s the Premier League.”
After retiring from football, Goss continued to work at the Club supporting the Academy before moving on to help promote a local charity.
He said: “When I retired from football I was invited back as an Academy coach which I loved. I coached the Under-16s and the Under-18s. I then moved on to work behind the scenes at the Club, raising money and awareness for the Academy for the youngsters coming through and that was something special for me.
“I now represent the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, raising money and awareness for visually impaired and blind adults and children who live in our county and I’m very proud of that.
“Today has given me a real incentive to get back to Carrow Road, a place that I dearly love, and to get back to cheer on the boys as much as I possibly can. Because I am, like many thousands of people, a big fan of this Football Club. It just goes a little bit deeper for me because I’ve been a former player and I’m so proud to have represented the Club.”
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