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Premier League icons: Bryan Gunn

5 June 2021

In this feature we are counting down Norwich City's top 15 Premier League appearance makers. At number six is a keeper famed for his UEFA Cup saves against Bayern Munich whose son Angus has also played for Norwich City.

Bryan Gunn

Premier League stats

Clean sheets: 28 

Bio: Bryan Gunn started his career at Aberdeen, under Alex Ferguson who was boss of the Dons at the time. He made his debut for the club at Pittodrie in 1982 against Hibernian, but his first team appearances were limited as he was behind Scottish international Jim Leighton in the pecking order and as a result he joined Norwich City, for £100,000, in October 1986.

He made his league debut for the club in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in November 1986. That season the club went on to achieve their highest ever finish, at that point, of fifth in the First Division. The following season Bryan won the Barry Butler Memorial player of the season Trophy as Norwich City finished 14th in Division One. Bryan also helped Norwich City to FA Cup semi-finals in 1989 and 1992.

However, at the start of the Premier League season in 1992/93, Bryan was in, arguably, his career best form, picking up the player of the season award for the second time, as Norwich were surprise title contenders and ended up qualifying for the UEFA Cup.


In the UEFA Cup, the following season, came Bryan's finest moment as Norwich recorded a shock victory away at Bayern Munich. In that match he produced an outstanding diving save to deny Bayern striker Adolfo Valencia, a stop the keeper described as the best of his career. 

Gunn's importance to the team at the time was perhaps highlighted in the 1994/95 season when he dislocated his ankle, while playing against Nottingham Forest on December 27. At the time Norwich were sitting comfortably in the table but, with Bryan ruled out for the remainder of the season, the club won just two more matches and were relegated from the top flight at the end of the campaign. Bryan would go onto play another three and a half seasons at Norwich before joining Hibernian. 

Where is he now?

Bryan worked in a number of different roles at the club after retiring from player, which included head of player recruitment and chief scout. Following Glenn Roeder's departure from Norwich on January 14, 2009, Bryan was named as caretaker manager and oversaw the club's 4-0 thrashing of Barnsley on January 17, 2009, before being appointed as full-time boss. However, following the club's relegation from the Championship and an opening day defeat at home to Colchester United in League One, Bryan Gunn was sacked. He has since regularly been a matchday summariser on BBC Radio Norfolk for Norwich City games. 

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