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Premier League icons: John Polston

3 June 2021

In this feature we are counting down Norwich City's top 15 Premier League appearance makers. At number 10 is a versatile defender who was a regular for the Canaries in the first three seasons in the Premier League.

John Polston

Premier League stats

Games: 96
Goals: 1
Clean sheet: 25

Bio: John Polston made the switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Norwich City in 1990 when he signed for £300,000.

A versatile defender, who could play in the centre or at full-back, John made his debut for the club in the opening day of the 1990/91 season when the Canaries recorded a 3-2 victory over Sunderland. Later that season John netted his first Canaries goal, in a 1-0 win over Everton. It was one of five goals in 51 appearances he got in his first two seasons at the club.

However, when the Premier League came in fruition in 1992, John would find the net only once in 96 appearances – although it was a winner in a home victory against high-flying Aston Villa.

He was a regular in the starting line-up for Norwich during the club’s first three seasons in the Premier League and, during the 1994/95 campaign, he played 38 of the 42 matches which was more than any other player in the team. 

John stayed at Norwich until 1998, but eventually lost his starting place in the side and subsequent knee injuries hampered his return. In total he played 263 games for the Canaries and netted 12 times.

Memorable moment

Towards the end of the 1992/93 season Norwich City were battling with Aston Villa and Manchester United for the title. Drawing 0-0 with Aston Villa at Carrow Road in late March, John Polston followed up on a Gary Megson header to fire past Mark Bosnich and put Norwich City 1-0 ahead with eight minutes to go. Norwich held on for a priceless three points but three defeats from the final six games saw the Canaries finish third. 

Where is he now?

John retired from football in April 2001 and started work as a personal trainer before taking his first steps into management as assistant boss at Grays Athletic in 2002. In December 2015, he also joined the coaching staff at Hellenic League side Binfield. He continues to work as a Personal Trainer at Wokingham Bootcamps.   

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