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Premier League icons: Ian Culverhouse

31 May 2021

In this feature we are counting down Norwich City's top 15 Premier League appearance makers.

At number 13, we focus on a player who achieved promotion in his first season with Norwich City and was an almost ever-present member of the team in the opening Premier League season.

Ian Culverhouse
Premier League stats

Games: 83
Goals: 1
Assists: 2
Clean sheets: 21

Bio: Having started his career at Tottenham Hotspur in the early 1980s, Ian Culverhouse made the switch to Carrow Road in October 1985 when, then manager, Ken Brown signed him for £50,000. He ended his first season with the club with a Second Division Championship medal having played 30 league games. By the time the Premier League arrived Culverhouse had spent seven seasons at the club and amassed nearly 300 appearances for the Canaries.

In the opening season of the Premier League, Culverhouse was an almost ever-present member of the starting XI, missing just one match at home to Middlesbrough in September 1992, as Norwich became one of the surprise title contenders. Unfortunately, the Canaries faltered towards the end of the season to finish third in the table, behind Manchester United and Aston Villa. The following campaign, Norwich City finished in a disappointing 12th place. However, Culverhouse started every league game that season, the only player to do so, and netted his one, and only, Premier League goal for the club in a 3-0 win over Everton.

However, he didn’t feature at the start of the following season, losing his place to new signing Carl Bradshaw, and was sold to Swindon Town for £150,000 in December 1994.

Memorable moment

Everton were struggling at the wrong end of the table when Norwich City visited in March 1994. Norwich, on the back of defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Wimbledon, were in need of the victory and put the home side under pressure early on. It was Culverhouse who broke the deadlock as he turned home Darren Eadie's cross from the edge of the six yard box, after Chris Sutton had failed to connect properly with the ball across the face of goal. Norwich comfortably won the match as Mark Bowen and Sutton added second half strikes.

Where is he now?

Ian Culverhouse is manager at King’s Lynn Town in the National League. He started his coaching career at Barnet, as a youth team coach, but then joined Paul Lambert as assistant manager at Colchester United. That led to a triumphant return to Norwich City in 2009 where he was assistant manager as the club secured back-to-back promotions to the Premier League under Paul Lambert between 2009 and 2012.

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