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Former Canaries captains join Legends match

16 February 2018

Three members of City’s 1993-94 squad have joined the Norwich City Legends team for the match against Inter Forever in May.

Mark Bowen, Rob Newman, and John Polston each wore the captain’s armband during their Canary careers and played vital roles during the Club’s run to the third round of the UEFA Cup in 1993.

The match, proudly supported by club Community Partner Aviva, takes place on Sunday May 20, 2018, and will mark 25 years since Mike Walker’s Canaries made their mark in Europe with a run that included victory over German giants Bayern Munich.

The latest additions to the Norwich City squad join their former teammates Bryan Gunn and Chris Sutton, and more recent legends Iwan Roberts, Grant Holt, Adam Drury, and Darren Huckerby for the match, which will raise funds for the Community Sports Foundation’s new hub, ‘The Nest’.

Bowen famously scored a header in the 2-1 win against Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in the 1993 UEFA Cup run. With 399 appearances, he is the ninth most capped Canary of all-time.

Newman was a hugely respected utility player who made 249 appearances for the Canaries and captained the Norwich City side that played in the San Siro against Inter Milan.

Like teammate Bowen, central defender Polston was signed from Tottenham Hotspur.

Polston played 263 times for the Canaries and was an important member of the team that finished third in the top flight in the 1992-93 season and was captain in the club’s first-ever UEFA Cup tie, in 1993, scoring one of the goals in a 3-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem.

Already confirmed to appear for Inter Forever are legendary ‘keeper Francesco Toldo, Javier Zanetti, World Cup-winner Marco Materazzi, and 1993 squad member Nicola Berti.

Previously confirmed Norwich City Legends players

Bryan Gunn The City stopper made a total of 478 appearances for Norwich City, was an integral part of the teams which finished 5th, 4th and then 3rd in the top flight and also played in the 1989 FA Cup semi-final. He was part of the 1993 UEFA Cup side and was player of the season twice, in 1988 and 1993.

Darren Huckerby The two-time player of the season played a pivotal role for the Canaries as they won the Championship title in 2003-04, and was named in the Norwich City Greatest Ever XI following a fan vote in 2008.

Adam Drury The former Club Captain made over 300 appearances in 11 years with Norwich City and won player of the season in 2003. He is one of a very distinguished group of Club Captains to receive silverware on behalf of Norwich City during its 115-year history.

Chris Sutton Sutton was part of the 1993 UEFA Cup run and scored 25 Premier League goals in the 1993-94 season, before becoming the most expensive player in English football when he signed for Blackburn Rovers, with whom he would win the Premier League title. He won the Barry Butler trophy in 1994.

Iwan Roberts The big Welshman was a hero to the Canary fans for seven years and picked up the Barry Butler trophy in 1999 and 2000. He sits third in Norwich City’s all-time top goal scorers list behind Jonny Gavin and Terry Allcock, having struck 96 times for the Canaries.

Grant Holt A three-time winner of the Barry Butler trophy, Holt led the Canaries to the League One title and a promotion-winning campaign to the Premier League, in successive seasons. He was inducted into the Club’s Hall of Fame in 2012 after making a big impression in the Premier League, including a famous goal against Liverpool at the Kop End.

Previously confirmed Inter Forever players

Francesco Toldo The Italy international was named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2000 before winning 11 major honours with Inter Milan including 4 Serie A titles. He kept three clean sheets in the UEFA European Championship finals of 2000 as Italy finished runners-up.

Javier Zanetti With 143 caps for Argentina, defender/midfielder Zanetti captained Inter in their 2010 UEFA Champions League Final victory over Bayern Munich – adding another medal to a glittering array of Italian and European honours. He has been voted in the FIFA World’s Best XI three times in a career spanning more than two decades at the very top of the sport.

Nicola Berti Berti was part of the Inter side that went on to win the 1993-94 UEFA Cup - his second winners’ medal in that competition. He was also part of the Italy side that finished third in the World Cup on home soil in 1990 and runners-up in 1994.

Marco Materazzi Won the Champions League during his ten seasons with Inter Milan and scored Italy’s goal en route to victory in the 2006 World Cup final. The centre-back was also part of Inter’s incredible run of five Serie A titles in a row from 2006 to 2010.

Raising funds for The Nest

The proceeds from the match will go towards the development of the Community Sports Foundation’s new facility, which will be known as ‘The Nest’, after the Canaries’ former home.

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Ticket information

Norwich City Legends v Inter Forever - Sunday May 20, 2018. Kick-off 2pm.

Standard tickets are priced at £9.93 for adults and £1.93 for U18s.

Hospitality packages are also available.

Tickets are available online:, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.

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