On December 26, 2003 Norwich City paraded new signing Darren Huckerby before an ecstatic home crowd.

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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.”

What are your memories of Darren Huckerby’s Boxing Day unveiling? Let us know in the comments below.

16 comments

  • Doesn't he look fabulous? Aerodynamic haircut that used to fairly propel him down that wing at breakneck speed. Talking of which, I saw him speed off down Prince of Wales Rd once, only to realise that he'd put his boots on his roof and forgotten that they were there. Fortunately a member of the public spotted this and shouted out after him. Luckily he heard him, andor came to his senses, came back, thanked the gentleman in question, and sped off as if nothing had happened, as if it actually happened at least three times a week. I think this photo was taken before Delia started drinking and doing speeches on the pitch, a wasted irony, in that I think I'm right in saying that we signed him from Man City. If she'd done it on this occasion, it would have been class, such a close run thing. At the time, I'd be running round in circles singing 'Aja when all my dancing is through, I run to you'. Over to you Steely, what do you think about Tim Sherwood getting the manager's job till the end of the season? Seems to me, he may do well.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Then go and discuss that on the forum or one of the other posts Dubai. Whats wrong with a bit of reminiscing?

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    Piranha24

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • …..I was there!....Like today under a different manager, another fortunate win!....The ground was buzzing about the news...,This man ,Huckerby had everything, except he wasn't required to spend half his game covering for a weak defence!...It was Attack! Attack! Attack and let the opposition worry about us!....and they did!....Joe Hart , the Forest manager was not a happy bunny at the Boxing Day Press Conference after we had beaten his side..and I was there!.....But the most memorable happening for me, on that day at the match, was not the game, not Huckerby joining us, but the presentation of the mascot.... a Girl... Good Lord A GIRL! ….a future Norfolk Ladies Golf Champion who went on to represent England....(still plays off 2)....Wonder how many of fanatical fans can add something like that to their CV?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Ethered by my own stupidity, said I was watching the A****** game, instead of the Chelsea game. Getting serious now, and could be dead from boredom soon. Accused Dubai of being unromantic and sounding like Stew minus merlot and exclamation marks. Come on you yellows

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • A bit off colour today Dubai ? You're missing your mates in the Velocity. Anyway 10 years seems like 5 minutes. For the record I was in the town of Tha Ton on the Thai - Burma border. Picked up a paper a few days later in Chiang Rai. I think we had the big win at Town about the same time but no mention was made of signing Huckerby. Before the days of mobile phones and internet communications.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • To Bill - I hear you are singing a song of the past. I see no tears. I know that you know it may be the last. For many years. Some of the chaps on here pick up on nearly all ex Canaries who are still involved in the game as potential candidates. Sherwood was not liked here, particularly by us fans. Graeme Swan's description of some current England cricketers would have well applied to Sherwood the player.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Really Dubai, all that heat has taken the romantic out of you. You're beginning to sound like Stew without the merlot and exclamation marks. Heavens this Arsenal game is so awful, I can only be bothered to listen to it. Come on you yellows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • It may be Christmas Eve, but there's no charity out there tonight Steely. Ethered for rudeness in extremetis. [aha, no, its that bottom word again, so second try, fingers crossed] I'm pretty sure I saw him score at A*senal, possibly in that wonderful four three victory. There's an arrogant swagger about him, but you can't help but admiring the way he said he wasn't playing second fiddle, and heck, he's got the job. He never put my nose out of joint, so I'm willing to give him a go, like your namesake, he might just rise to the occasion. One thing's for sure, he won't be assembling the Roman phalanx, like uno who, any major dude would surely agree

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • I'm intrigued Steely, say more. Unaware re TS, though I do remember being at Plough Lane on one occasion, and the chap next to me shouted to him to pull his finger out. Some twenty yards away, Sherwood hears this and tugs at his shirt as if to say, well if you think you can do any better, why don't you apply for a trial. I must admit it was slightly bad form, and perhaps on both parts. Shame you weren't in China btw, that would have been class, and we could have sung a duet. Darn it, I should have said Bodhisattva, Boddhisattva, lookout...

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Never mind about what happened 10 years ago. Most important question is who are we going to bring in January ? If we are critical, there are several positions where we could strengthen and it would be great to see 2 or 3 significant new signings coming into the squad at this time.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Hello to Dubai Canary, I hope to move out there soon, perhaps we can catch a game if it happens that way! Merry Christmas to all, Mad Brewer esp. & Howard the yellas fan I recently met in Auckland. Hope he catches this response and remembering our brief but avidly interested chat about RvW commitment to the cause emails me for that brewski + matchday game. Festive greetings to all in Norwich, Carrow Road is pretty much the only place that stops me getting too homesick! :D I remember singing without irony or shame; "All I want for Christmas is Darren Huckerby..." that year... Who says positive chants don't help?!?!? ;D

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Bill - re Sherwood. He was never liked here. I stood in the River End during his spell at City and the fans mostly treated him with derision. I think he may have said something about Watford being a bigger club at some point in time. Also he was the ultimate poser and fitted Graeme Swan's description. My opinion was that he could have been a very good player. On one or two occasions (a one nil home win over Villa comes to mind) he ran the midfield a la Gazza. No tears were shed when he left for Blackburn for a small fee.The company I worked for sponsored the match when City lost at home to Forest by six -two. They had to pick a man of the match. It was Sherwood. All the ones that went along said how obnoxious he was.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • I remember the game well,it looked like would never see Huckerby again in a Norwich shirt which at the time was unthinkable given the rapid rise of the team with him in it,nevertheless the Forest game was an important one and we needed the win desperately.My seat was in the snakepit as usual and as i walked past the main stand i looked in and thought i saw Hucks standing there,so i stopped to carry on looking and sure enough he was! so there it was,all our christmas presents rolled into one we had obviously struck a deal and boy was i shot in the arm ? fantastic !

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    stephen starling

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • I remember being in Squares having a beer before the game and my dad ringing me saying we've signed hucks for £3m!!! I thought it was alot more than they'd mentioned but was chuffed we got him ahead of Wigan etc.. and quickly broke the news to those around me. Turned out it was 3.. quarters of a million, but even 3 million would have been a bargain. Legend, and a great boxing day treat!!

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    pmy12345

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Fabulous, how on earth do I get away with it?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • I'm pretty sure I saw him score at Arsenal, possibly in that wonderful four three victory. There's an arrogant swagger about him, but you can't help but admiring the way he said he wasn't playing second fiddle, and heck, he's got the job. He never put my nose out of joint, so I'm willing to give him a go, like your namesake, he might just rise to the occasion. One thing's for sure, he won't be assembling the Roman phalanx, like uno who, any major dude would surely agree

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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