Norwich City v Liverpool (28/04/2012) - Double Agents
Thursday, 26th April 2012

In advance of our meeting with the Canaries on Saturday, YNWA looks back at the careers of some of those who have represented both the reds and Norwich City.

Current double agents
Craig Bellamy arrived from Blackburn Rovers for £6m in June 2006 with his one season in L4 that time only being a partial success. He grabbed nine goals in 42 games, with his finest moment coming in the Camp Nou as he scored a crucial goal in our 2-1 victory to help us progress towards Athens. He was sold to West Ham United for £7.5m in July 2007, still the record fee paid by the Irons. He returned to L4 on a free transfer last August, netting nine times in his 34 outings to date. He had struck 34 times in 91 games for the Canaries, his first professional club, before joining Coventry City for £6.5m in August 2000.

American centre-back Zak Whitbread made just seven senior appearances in the cups, and was sold to Millwall for £200,000 in June 2006 after a season-long loan spell at The New Den. He moved from there to Carrow Road in January 2010, and has so far netted once in 48 outings. Daniel Sánchez Ayala made his senior debut as substitute in our 2-1 League defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in August 2009, and made his first start as we thumped Stoke City 4-0 at Anfield three days later. He played five reds games, and was sold to Norwich City for £850,000 last August. He has only made ten appearances, suffering a series of injuries.

Striking stars
David Fairclough bagged 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of them as a substitute. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups in his nine years at Anfield. He joined the Canaries in March 1985 after a spell with Luzern in Switzerland, but only played twice in just five months at Carrow Road, before he moved on again to Oldham Athletic. Ted MacDougall never made our first-team, and joined Norwich from West Ham United for £140,000 in December 1973. He was top scorer for three seasons in a row, bagging 66 goals in 138 games for the Canaries and helping them to promotion and the League Cup Final in 1975.

David Hodgson only spent two years with the reds, after switching from Middlesbrough in August 1982 for £450,000. He never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal before he left for Sunderland, playing against the Canaries in the 1985 Milk Cup Final. He joined Norwich from the Wearsiders, netting four times in nine games, although three of these came in a League Cup tie against Millwall.

Peter Crouch joined Norwich City on loan from Aston Villa in September 2003. He struck four times in fifteen games for the Canaries as they headed towards the First Division title. He arrived at Anfield for £7m in July 2005 after a successful season with Southampton, when he had bagged sixteen goals in 33 games as the Saints were relegated. He struck 42 times in 134 reds games, despite not notching in his first nineteen outings, helping us to claim the FA Cup and FA Community Shield, but was sold to Portsmouth for a fee of up to £11m in July 2008.

Also up front
Left-winger Alan A'Court signed from Prescot Cables in September 1952 and scored 63 times in 381 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1962, and representing England at the 1958 World Cup in his time at Anfield. He ended his career as Player/Coach at Carrow Road, remaining on the staff of the Second Division outfit for three years.

Outside-left Hugh McQueen joined from Leith Athletic in October 1892. He made 61 reds appearances, bagging eighteen goals, helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons in the early 1890's. He later became a Trainer for the Canaries, and died in Norwich in April 1944. Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf signed from Newcastle United for £150 in May 1912, netting 28 times in 63 reds games before the First World War, playing in every position on the park and featuring in our first FA Cup Final. Norwich was his final club as a player, playing just twice.

Former reserves forward Paul Dalglish, King Kenny's son, joined Norwich City on loan from Newcastle United in March 1999, before signing permanently in May of the same year. He only bagged two goals in a total of 48 games for the Canaries, staying there for three years. Inside-right Tom Scott signed for the reds from Darlington in February 1925, scoring four times in eighteen games. He later moved to Carrow Road from Preston North End in June 1932, striking 26 times in 53 League outings.

At the back
Centre-back Dave Watson left Anfield in November 1980 after just twelve reserves games for Carrow Road for a £50,000 fee that rose to £200,000. He made 256 first-team appearances for Norwich, leading them to the Milk Cup in 1985 and the Second Division title a year later. He remained a Canary until August 1986, when he returned to Merseyside to sign for Everton for a club record £1.23m. Tom ‘Tiny' Bradshaw arrived from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He notched four times in 291 reds appearances at centre-half, and was one of the famous ‘Wembley wizards' of 1928, as he won his only Scotland cap in their 5-1 mauling of England at Wembley. He later became Chief Scout with Norwich.

Scottish centre-half Norman Low only played thirteen reds games after signing from Newcastle United in October 1933, deputising for fellow double agent Tom Bradshaw. He played 163 times for Norwich after signing on at the end of the Second World War. He became Player/Manager in 1950, remaining in the hot seat until he was surprisingly sacked in 1955. Jon Otsemobor joined Norwich City on a free transfer from Crewe Alexandra in June 2007. He left Carrow Road on another free in January 2010, having netted twice in 104 games. He had played just six first-team games for the reds, before joining Rotherham United in July 2005. Ex-reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan played three games on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion for Norwich during 1984/85.

On loan
Midfield maestro Jan Mølby joined the Canaries on loan in November 1995 as his reds career was winding down, scoring once in five appearances while in East Anglia, under the management of Gary Megson. He had arrived at Anfield from Ajax for £225,000 in August 1984, going on to net 61 times in 292 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups during his time with the reds. Dani Pacheco joined the Canaries on loan in March of this year, netting twice in six outings. He arrived at Anfield from Barcelona in July 2007. He has yet to score in his fourteen senior appearances to date, and is spending this season on loan at Club Atlético de Madrid.

Bill Shankly guested for Norwich during the Second World War. Bootle-born centre-half Mark Seagraves joined Norwich on loan in November 1986, playing just three times before returning to our reserves. This came after both of his only reds games, earlier that year. Nicky Tanner spent March 1990 on loan with Norwich, helping them to keep four clean sheets in his six first-team appearances. He had joined the reds from Bristol Rovers for £20,000 in August 1988 and made a total of 59 appearances for the reds under Graeme Souness, netting his only goal at Goodison Park in December 1991.

Back and forth
Midfielder Doug Livermore signed from Bolton Wanderers in November 1965, making just eighteen first-team appearances before moving to Norwich in November 1970. He starred in their Second Division title win in 1972 as well as playing in the 1973 League Cup Final. He bagged six goals in 139 games for the Canaries. He then returned to Carrow Road as Reserve Team Manager in August 1980, staying for a year. He returned to Anfield to become Assistant Manager under Roy Evans in 1994, moving back to East Anglia for a third time in June 1999 as number two to Bruce Rioch when Gérard Houllier arrived at Anfield. He remained at Carrow Road until February 2007 as they were promoted to the Premiership and were then relegated.

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