Date of birth
Tim Krul has become Norwich City’s Mr. Reliable between the sticks, his outstanding performances during the 2019-20 season earning him the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy, as voted for by Canaries fans.
As with any good story, Krul’s road to becoming a top-class athlete isn’t all plain sailing.
1996 - 2005: After starting at hometown club Hvv RAS (initially as a left winger!), the bulk of Krul’s youth career takes place at local Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, situated in the Dutch city of The Hague, where the goalkeeper was born. In 2002, Krul gets his first callup to the international setup, representing Holland at Under-15s level.
Growth and development
2005 - 2007: Aged just 17, Krul moves to England to sign for Premier League club Newcastle United. He becomes the second-choice goalkeeper behind Steve Harper, after Shay Given suffers an injury. Krul keeps a clean sheet on his Newcastle debut in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup against Palermo. He unfortunately spends the majority of the season unavailable with a long-term injury. In June 2007, the Dutchman is part of the Netherlands Under-21 squad that wins the European Championship and qualifies for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
2007 - 2009: With Harper still the go-to goalkeeper on Tyneside, Krul is sent on separate loan moves to Falkirk and Carlisle United where he gets more game time, despite suffering a dislocated shoulder halfway through the 2007-08 campaign.
Becoming number one for club and country
2009 - 2016: Back at Newcastle, it’s time for Krul to establish himself. A handful of injuries to Harper provide more opportunities for Krul to impress, as Chris Hughton’s Magpies win the Championship to return to the Premier League in 2009-10. Alan Pardew eventually becomes Newcastle manager, making Krul first-choice and sending Harper on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion. That exposure puts Krul on the international radar once more, and he goes on to get his first cap at senior level for the Netherlands in a friendly against Brazil in 2011. At the end of the 2011-12 season, Krul wins a fan-voted Player of the Season award for Newcastle, who achieve an impressive fifth-placed finish in the topflight.
2012-13 is a season plagued with injury for Krul, but he comes back fighting with a string of impressive performances to scoop up November’s Premier League Player of the Month in 2013, in no small part thanks to making a record 14 saves in a 1-0 win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane! Krul makes global headlines at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, coming on as a 120th minute substitute for a quarter-final penalty shootout against Costa Rica. He saves two penalties as Louis Van Gaal’s side advance to the semis. 2014-15 is another season of consolidation for Newcastle and Krul, but the managerial merry go round makes 2015-16 one to forget for both parties. Between them, Steve McLaren and Rafael Benitez favour Rob Elliott, Krul making just eight appearances in the league as Newcastle find themselves relegated once more.
Bidding the Toon farewell
2016 - 2017: With Newcastle back in the Championship, Krul remains hopeful of continuing to play top flight football when he’s loaned to Ajax in the Eredevisie. However, he ends up playing just six games for the club’s reserve side, before being loaned to AZ Alkmaar, where he is able to make 16 appearances in Netherlands’ top tier.
2017 - 2018: Krul returns to England, looking to play Premier League football once again when he’s initially loaned, then sold by Newcastle to Brighton. Despite re-uniting with former Newcastle boss Hughton, Krul plays second fiddle to Matthew Ryan, his minutes restricted to cup games.
The Norwich City years
2018 - Present: Minutes have not been hard to come by for Krul in NR1. The Dutchman makes the move to East Anglia ahead of the 2018-19 season, going on to play every minute of all 46 games in our Championship winning campaign. In 2019-20, he goes just two shy of achieving the same feat in the Premier League. His string of brilliant saves aren’t enough to keep the Canaries from avoiding a return to the Championship, but his penalty saving expertise does come in particularly handy during an unforgettable FA Cup fifth round shootout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the saves sending City through to the quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years. His performances on the pitch and his professionalism off it see Krul voted the fans’ Player of the Season by a landslide, becoming only the fifth goalkeeper to ever win the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy.