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2010’s promotion squad – where are they now?

17 April 2020

Today marks one decade since Norwich City won promotion back to the Championship by beating Charlton Athletic in League One, but what are the players who achieved that feat up to now?

We’ve done some digging. Our list looks at the full first-team squad who finished the 2009-10 campaign at the Club and is ranked by shirt number from lowest to highest.

Adam Drury – Assistant Manager, Wroxham

Following spells at Leeds United and Bradford City (on loan), Drury hung up his boots in 2014 but has stayed in the game on the side-lines.

His coaching career began in May of 2018 when he became the assistant manager of Norfolk-based non-league club Wroxham; a role he still occupies today.

Adam can also still be seen at Carrow Road as a club Ambassador on match days hosting the Legends Lounge at the stadium, alongside his role as Head Coach for Norwich City Community Sports Foundation’s Shadow Squads.

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Matt Gill – First Team Coach, Ipswich Town

Gill and Paul Lambert both worked together during the 2009-10 promotion winning season, and the pair are still co-operating today, albeit at Ipswich Town!

Lambert assigned Gill as the club’s first-team coach in October of 2018 after the latter had gained coaching experience at Tranmere Rovers and Norwich City following his playing career.

Michael Nelson – Player-Manager, Blyth Spartans

What do you do when you’re not quite ready to retire from playing the game but have the tactical nous to be the gaffer? Both, of course!

Nelson has played for a plethora of clubs in the nine years since his Norwich City departure, National League North outfit Blyth Spartans his latest destination whom he joined in February this year, initially only as a player.

However, he assumed the role of player-manager after the departure of former manager Lee Clark. Unfortunately, he was only able to see over one game before the National Leagues were suspended.

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Russell Martin – Manager, Milton Keynes Dons

City legend Martin retired from the beautiful game at MK Dons in 2019 and left a good enough impression that the League One side wanted to have him back following the departure of Paul Tisdale.

He currently has the club five points above the relegation zone, with the fate of the 2019-20 football calendar remaining undecided at the time of writing.

Owain Tudur Jones – Assistant Manager, Wales C

A Welshman who made ten appearance for the national team across youth and senior football, Jones is now building his coaching experience at Wales C.

Wales C represents Wales at non-league level but uses players from the Cymru Premier, the highest level of Welsh football. He also has broadcasting experience, presenting for Welsh football show Sgorio.

Stephen Hughes – Retired while at Dundee

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Grant Holt – Academy Coach, Norwich City

Having won City’s Player of the Year award for three consecutive seasons, Holt was always going to have plenty of expertise to teach younger players with, and that’s what he continues to do as an academy coach with the Canaries!

He still plays football too, taking time away from his Norwich club Ambassador duties to play for Wroxham.

Holt is also Director of Football at Langley School in Norfolk and does punditry work for various broadcasters.

Jamie Cureton – Striker, Hornchurch

He might be 44 years of age, but he hasn’t packed his playing career in just yet! Here’s a great piece of trivia for you – when Cureton scored for Enfield in 2019, he became the first player to score in each of the top nine levels of English football!

Cureton also became an assistant coach at Arsenal’s academy in September 2017.

Stephen Elliott – Retired while at Morpeth Town

Gary Doherty – Retired while at Wycombe Wanderers

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Declan Rudd – Goalkeeper, Preston North End

Declan was only a teenager when he was part of our 2010 League One winning squad, so it’s no surprise he’s further from the end of his career than most of his counterparts in this list!

Rudd has made 160 appearances for the club across his two loan spells in 2013 and 2014 and permanent switch in 2017.

Wes Hoolahan – Midfielder, Newcastle Jets

The Irish Messi currently resides in Australia, where Newcastle Jets sit ninth in the Hyundai A-League!

Hoolahan has made five appearances since his debut for the club in February earlier this year.

Michael Spillane – Defender/Midfielder, Chelmsford City

Competing in the National League South, Spillane has spent the last four years of his playing career at Chelmsford City.

He also became the club’s assistant to interim manager Robbie Simpson during January 2020, when Rod Stringer was sacked as manager.

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Chris Martin – Striker, Derby County

Martin has had plenty of loan moves throughout his career, but it was the one at Derby County that paid off the most when the Rams wanted to sign him permanently in 2013.

Alongside subsequent loan spells at Fulham, Reading and Hull City, Martin has still managed to cram in 178 appearances in all competitions for Derby since his transfer as well as 63 goals!

Tom Adeyemi – Free Agent

Adeyemi most recently represented Ipswich Town between 2017 and 2019 but could be looking for a new club ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Paul McVeigh – Keynote Speaker

While McVeigh might not frequently find himself on the football field anymore, he is using the lessons he’s learned to help people in other industries through his keynote speeches.

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They include topics such as embracing bad news and other lessons that can be applied to various businesses. He has also presented for Sky Sports, BT Sport and TalkSPORT.

Simon Lappin – Defender/Winger, Wroxham

Much like Drury, Lappin currently plies his trade for non-league Wroxham, where he’s been as a player-coach since the start of the 2018-19 season.

He’s made 22 appearances for Wroxham in all competitions, scoring five goals.

Darel Russell – Retired while at Tampa Bay Rowdies

Fraser Forster – Goalkeeper, Celtic

Forster is now enjoying his third separate loan spell at Celtic, having twice been loaned to the Scottish side from Newcastle United after his time at Norwich City earlier in his career.

The shot-stopper is now on the books at Southampton, but they sent him back on loan to Celtic with Alex McCarthy featuring more regularly for the Saints.

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Rhoys Wiggins – Retired while at AFC Bournemouth

Michael Rose – Defender/Midfielder, Macclesfield Town

Having been released by Morecambe at the end of the 2017-18 season, Rose was picked up by Macclesfield that summer, and has gone on to score five goals in 40 games in all competitions.

Macclesfield sit 22nd in League Two, but are ten points above the drop zone, with only the bottom-placed team due to be relegated to the National League as a result of the knock-on effects of Bury’s expulsion from League One.

Anthony McNamee – Released while at Woking

Luke Daley – Retired while at Chelmsford City

David Stephens – Defender, Boreham Wood

Stephens didn’t feature in our 2009-10 campaign, but he was part of the first-team squad after coming through the Norwich City Academy.

He has since spent the majority of his senior career in and around London at Barnet and now Boreham Wood, who are fifth in the National League at present.

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Cody McDonald – Released while at Ebbsfleet United

Sam Habergham – Left-Back, Lincoln City

Now 28 years of age, Habergham has often stayed loyal to the clubs he’s been at for a significant period of time, initially for twelve years at Norwich across his youth and senior careers.

Four years at Braintree Town between 2012 and 2016 were followed by a move to Lincoln City, where he’s now just one game shy of 100 appearances for the League One Club.

Danny Kelly – Forward, St. Ives Town

Kelly has often stayed local to Norfolk and its surrounding areas, having played for Cambridge United, Peterborough United and Norwich City at various stages of his career.

St. Ives Town, where he has been for the last four years, are also based in Cambridgeshire and are in the relegation zone of the Southern League Premier Division Central.

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Korey Smith – Midfielder, Bristol City

Smith, who experimented with loan moves at Barnsley, Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic while at Norwich, appears to have found his home at Bristol City.

Six years on from his transfer to the club, Smith has totalled 164 appearances in all competitions. Bristol City are one point off the Championship’s play-off places.

Zak Whitbread – Released while at Shrewsbury Town

Oli Johnson – Striker, Bradford Park Avenue

Bradford Park Avenue play in Yorkshire in the National League North, and Johnson has scored 22 goals in 53 games for the club since joining them permanently in 2017.

It’s been a season to forget for Bradford, however, who are bottom of the division but will be reprieved from relegation.


Jens Berthel Askou – Manager, HB Thorshavn

One of City’s class of 2010 to now be further afield, Askou now manages fourth-placed HB Thorshavn in the Faroe Islands Premier League.

That’s got to be another one for the pub quiz fans!

Jed Steer – Goalkeeper, Aston Villa

Norwich City’s Academy has a hefty production line of high-quality goalkeepers, and Steer is another one of them.

Unfortunately, appearances at Aston Villa have been hard to come by, but the ‘keeper has been developing his game at a handful of clubs on loan, namely Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic.

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Damon Lathrope – Under-19s Manager, Hitchin Town

Not content with working for just one club nicknamed ‘the Canaries’, Lathrope has made it two with his coaching role at Hitchin Town!

The Southern League Premier Division Central club, who also play in yellow and green, are 16 points above the relegation zone, despite only being three places above it.

George Francomb – Midfielder, Crawley Town

League Two side Crawley came calling for Francomb in 2018, who had made an impression with 181 appearances over five years at AFC Wimbledon before.

Crawley are now perfectly mid-table in England’s fourth tier.

Josh Dawkin – Midfielder, St. Ives Town

After Danny Kelly and Dawkin won League One promotion with Norwich City together, they re-joined forces at St. Ives Town where they both signed in 2016.

Dawkin has scored ten goals in 37 games for the club.

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