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Adam Drury (footballer, born 1978)

Adam James Drury (born 29 August 1978) is an English former professional footballer who is best known for his eleven-year spell at Norwich City, where he captained the club, and is a member of their Hall of Fame. He is currently assistant manager at non-League club Wroxham.

Adam Drury
Personal information
Full name Adam James Drury
Date of birth (1978-08-29) 29 August 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Cottenham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Wroxham (assistant manager)
Youth career
–1995 Peterborough United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Peterborough United 150 (2)
2001–2012 Norwich City 326 (4)
2012–2014 Leeds United 13 (0)
2014Bradford City (loan) 12 (0)
Total 501 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

PeterboroughEdit

Drury started his career at Peterborough United making his debut for the club in 1995. In total he made 150 league appearances for Peterborough United before leaving the club for Norwich.

Norwich CityEdit

Drury joined Norwich City from Peterborough United in March 2001 for £500,000. Drury was a left-back and a regular for the Canaries since he signed for the club. He was voted Norwich City player of the year in 2002–03. Norwich manager Nigel Worthington appointed Drury team captain the following season and he led the team to the Division One Championship. Drury was presented with the trophy as captain on the balcony of Norwich City Hall in front of tens of thousands of supporters.

In the close season of 2004 Norwich signed competition for Drury in the shape of the experienced Simon Charlton from Bolton Wanderers but Charlton often ended up playing in the centre of defence with Drury retaining his place on the left. Loss of form during the 2004–05 Premier League season did lead to Drury being dropped for a short time and he was relieved of the captaincy (which passed to Craig Fleming) until the start of the 2006–07 season when he was re-instated. Towards the end of the 2004–05 season he found his form again and turned in an outstanding display as part of the Norwich team that beat Manchester United 2–0 at Carrow Road. He continued to be a key member of the Norwich squad on their return to the Championship for season 2005–06. Norwich manager Nigel Worthington named Drury as Norwich City captain for the 2006–07 season, though Worthington's successor Peter Grant awarded the captaincy to Jason Shackell at the beginning of the 2007–08 campaign.

In May 2007, Drury signed a new four-year contract with Norwich. However, he suffered serious knee injury problems which saw him make just 20 league appearances in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons combined.

On 28 September 2010, Drury scored his first goal for the club in over 5 years, netting the 3rd in a 4–3 win over Leicester City at Carrow Road.[1] A calf strain injury in October 2010 ruled Drury out for some months,[2] but in December of that year, he signed a new one-year deal with the club, saying:[2]

"I'm obviously delighted to be at this special club for another year ... The gaffer and the coaching staff have got something special going on and I want to be a part of it ... The fans have been great to me since I've been here and support us in great numbers both home and away."

In 2011–12, following promotion to the Premier League, Drury's opportunities were limited due to the form of Marc Tierney. However, on 27 December 2011, an injury to Tierney led to a start against Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road – his first top-flight appearance for Norwich since 2005.[3] He was inducted into Norwich City's Hall of Fame on 20 March 2012, alongside teammates Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan, and manager Paul Lambert.[4] After eleven years of service at the club, Drury received a testimonial match in his honour against Celtic, played at Carrow Road on 22 May 2012.[5] Norwich won the match 2–0.[6]

Leeds UnitedEdit

Drury ended an 11-year spell at Norwich, when he signed a two-year contract for Leeds United.[7] Drury was allocated the number 3 shirt for the 2012–13 season on 3 August.[8] Drury was named on the bench for Leeds in the first game of the season against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup on 11 August.[9] Drury made his debut for Leeds in the 2–1 victory over Peterborough United on 25 August.[10]

Drury made his first start for Leeds since a New Years Day defeat to Nottingham Forest in Brian McDermott's first game in charge when he was named in the starting line-up on 13 April against Sheffield Wednesday.[11]

On 15 August 2013, with Leeds needing to raise finances to help fund signings, Drury was made available for transfer alongside teammates El Hadji Diouf and David Norris.[12]

On 16 May 2014, Drury was released by Leeds United.[13]

Bradford City (loan)Edit

On 7 March 2014, Drury joined League One side Bradford City on a one-month loan. Drury was handed shirt no. 6 for his time with the Bantams.[14]

RetirementEdit

On 22 September 2014, Drury announced his retirement from professional football. During an 18-year career, he made 538 appearances and scored eight goals.[15]

Drury returned to the football game in January 2015 when he made his debut for the Cambridgeshire County Football League side Cottenham United against Hardwick in the Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup.[16]

Coaching careerEdit

In May 2018 Drury was appointed assistant manager of Eastern Counties League club Wroxham.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 22 December 2012.[18]
England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals    
2012–13 Leeds United Championship 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 0
Leeds United Total 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
2011–12 Norwich City Premier League 12 0 3 0 1 0 16 0 2 0
2010–11 Championship 20 1 1 0 1 0 22 1 3 0
2009–10 League One 35 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 39 0 7 0
2008–09 Championship 11 0 2 0 1 0 14 0 1 0
2007–08 Championship 9 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 0 0
2006–07 Championship 39 0 4 0 2 0 45 0 7 0
2005–06 Championship 39 0 1 0 1 0 41 0 5 0
2004–05 Premier League 33 1 0 0 2 0 35 1 2 0
2003–04 Division One 42 0 1 0 1 0 44 0 3 0
2002–03 Division One 45 2 3 0 1 0 49 2 2 0
2001–02 Division One 35 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 40 0 8 0
2000–01 Division One 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Norwich City Total 326 4 18 0 13 0 1 0 3 0 361 4 40 0
2000–01 Peterborough United Division Two 29 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 37 0 0 0
1999–00 Division Three 45 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 50 0 0 0
1998–99 Division Three 40 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 45 0 3 0
1997–98 Division Three 30 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 36 0 1 0
1996–97 Division Two 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 0
1995–96 Division Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0
Peterborough United Total 150 1 9 0 8 0 11 0 0 0 178 1 4 0
Career Total 474 8 27 0 22 0 12 0 3 0 538 8 44 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Norwich 4–3 Leicester". BBC Sport. 28 September 2010. Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Norwich give Drury one-year deal". BBC News. 23 December 2010.
  3. ^ "27 December 2011, Norwich 0 – 2 Tottenham". Norwich City F.C. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "New Hall of Fame inductees". Norwich City F.C. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Celtic visit for Drury testimonial". Norwich City F.C. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  6. ^ "A night to remember for Adam Drury". Norwich City F.C. 23 May 2012. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  7. ^ "NORWICH DEFENDER AGREES LEEDS DEAL". Leeds United A.F.C. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  8. ^ "New squad numbers announced". Leeds United A.F.C. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  9. ^ "SHREWSBURY LIVE". Leeds United A.F.C. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  10. ^ "LUCIANO DOUBLE SECURES SUCCESS". Leeds United A.F.C. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  11. ^ "LEEDS UNITED V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY". Leeds United A.F.C. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Diouf made available for transfer by Leeds United". Yorkshire Evening Post. 15 August 2013.
  13. ^ "SEVEN RELEASED BY UNITED". Leeds United AFC. 16 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Drury joins City on loan". Bradford City AFC. 7 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Darren Huckerby leads tributes from ex-team-mates as Norwich City legend Adam Drury retires". Eastern Daily Press. 22 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Former Norwich City star Adam Drury comes out of retirement to play for Cottenham". Cambridge News. 15 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  17. ^ Canaries legend Drury announced as part of new management team at Wroxham Eastern Daily Press, 31 May 2018
  18. ^ "Games played by Statistics in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 October 2008.

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