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Monday, December 23, 2013
On December 26, 2003 Norwich City paraded new signing Darren Huckerby before an ecstatic home crowd.
In his autobiography ‘Through Adversity to Great Heights’ Huckerby takes up the story: “It was only really on Christmas Day itself that I spoke to Nigel Worthington and it became clear that it was all on for definite – he told me that terms had been agreed with Manchester City, and that everything had been done that needed to be. And that was it. I jumped into the car and found myself heading eastwards early on Boxing Day.
“The deal was announced to the crowd before the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest that afternoon, but the Football League were unable to process the paperwork because of the holidays.
“I had to wait for New Year for their offices to reopen, which meant that I missed the 4-0 win at Derby and the famous 2-0 victory over Ipswich the week before. There couldn’t have been a better welcome to my new club.
“By then, people were really starting to think that the move could be the one that took Norwich into the Premier League; while there was over half the
season left to play, that was genuinely the feeling people had.
“This idea was reinforced when Matty Svensson and Leon McKenzie came in ahead of the win at Portman Road – I’m not sure that Nigel would have signed
both of them had he known that I was definitely coming back, but they were a useful pair of players.
“As I see it, the club took a bit of a wager on me, but £750,000 wasn’t a great deal of money in the Premier League scheme of things. To tell the truth, they got a bit of a bargain. They got me at 27, right at the beginning of what I consider to be the best period of my career.”
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