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Maurice Norman (born 8 May 1934) is an English former footballer who played nearly 400 times in the Football League as a centre half for Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur. At international level, Norman won 23 caps for the England national team.[2]

Maurice Norman
Maurice Norman (1964).jpg
Personal information
Full name Maurice Norman[1]
Date of birth (1934-05-08) 8 May 1934 (age 85)
Place of birth Mulbarton, Norfolk, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1955 Norwich City 35 (0)
1955–1966 Tottenham Hotspur 357 (16)
National team
1962–1964 England 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Norman was born in Mulbarton, Norfolk. He began his career at Norwich City, and played 35 league matches for the Canaries between 1952 and 1955.[2] Despite such a short career with the club, he was elected into the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2002.[3] He signed for Tottenham Hotspur in November 1955 for a ₤28,000 transfer fee, that also included the return transfer of Ireland international striker Johnny Gavin to Norwich.[4] Norman played his first game for his new club against Cardiff City, and stayed at White Hart Lane until 1965, making 411 first-team appearances and scoring 19 goals for Spurs. He was an integral part of Bill Nicholson's Double-winning Tottenham team of 1960–61 that went on to retain the FA Cup in 1962, and win the 1963 Cup Winners' Cup.[5]

At international level, Norman made 23 appearances for England, including in the 1962 World Cup. He was also a member of the England squad at the 1958 World Cup, but did not play.[5] He suffered a double fracture of tibia and fibula playing for Spurs against a Hungarian Select XI in November 1965,[6][7] which brought a premature end to his career.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maurice Norman". Englandstats. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Maurice Norman". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. ^ "New Hall Of Fame Members Enrolled". Norwich City F.C. 26 November 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Canary Centenary Great Players". Norwich Evening News. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Maurice Norman". Hall of Fame. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Spurs Show More Invention In Attack". The Times. 19 November 1965. p. 4. Near the end, too, came an unfortunate accident to Norman, a pure mischance, when he fell going for a heavy tackle, was taken from the field on a stretcher, and thence to hospital with a fractured leg.
  7. ^ "Nation's Cup To Be Changed. Already Too Much Football". The Times. 20 November 1965. p. 4.

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