Russell Martin confirmed as sole Norwich City captain for the new season

Russell Martin will captain Norwich City next season, the club has confirmed. Russell Martin will captain Norwich City next season, the club has confirmed.

Friday, July 11, 2014
8:34 PM

Russell Martin will be Norwich City’s sole captain next season, the club has confirmed.

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The captaincy had been split last term, with Martin holding the club duties and Sebastien Bassong named as team captain. However, with Martin’s confirmation as the Canaries’ team captain for the 2014-15 campaign under manager Neil Adams on Friday night – ahead of Saturday’s opening pre-season friendly at Dereham – the two captaincy titles have been reunited.

“Russell is someone who can lead by example, he’s an excellent example of how a professional should conduct himself and he’s an excellent player as well,” said Adams.

“He is the captain and he’s the singular captain this year. I know in previous seasons here there’s been a team captain and a club captain – but I think it’s better to have one. And Russ is the one I’ve chosen.

“It’s important to stress as well – and I’ve spoken to Russ and the team about it – that with Russ being the team captain doesn’t mean it’s a guaranteed starting place every week. He’s the same as everyone else in terms of being a squad player. You hope your captain is in the team but he knows if he isn’t playing well, then we will pick another captain for the day.

“Results are the only thing that matter – but to get those results you need to set the right examples. Not just on the training ground or in games, but off the pitch as well. The discipline, the wellbeing of players, the way to be a professional – you need someone who does all that automatically.”

Martin will be starting his fifth season at Carrow Road after joining from Peterborough in late 2009, and already has more than 180 appearances in yellow and green – as well as a Championship promotion for City – under his belt

“It’s an honour to captain a club of this size and stature, and hopefully have a great season and help us back to where we belong,” added Martin. “We’ve got a real good group of honest, hard-working pros here and I think that’s going to stand us in good stead this season.

“When you look around going into kick-off, you want to see the person next to you as someone you can rely on and trust.

“It’s going to be a battle this year, and I think we’ve got a team ready and more than able to cope with that.”

39 comments

  • LincsCan:- Nobby Stiles. What an icon. Doubt he spent fortunes on his tonsorial elegance. Or his teeth. The only remotely pretty England player was Bobby Moore.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Oh I forgot something. In those days the players were proud to pull on the England shirt and only retired when they were no longer picked.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Agree with what you say about how the game used to be, JB. Take a look back at the 1966 World Cup Final. Hard tackling without players going down dead. No diving in the area. Absence of razzmatazz. No shirt logos. No time wasting substitutions (no substitutions). No spitting (as far as the recording shows). Even dissent was in its infancy. And England was the playing equal to Germany. A lot has changed since then, particularly our parity with the Germans.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Indeed, JB. Progress has to be accepted, whichever direction it takes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • MB - that was proper football, played with a proper ball and on pitches which would test the players, and tackling which was tackling, unlike today where the players are paid extortionate amounts of money, with pinch boots, ballon type balls on carpets, if they sneeze there is a free kick. But then if we didn't have development I wouldn't be able to write this on my iPad from the garden in Madrid. Hey hoo, OTBC

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    JB

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Big Dunc. What an inspiration. When I worked for Watney`s, Mortlake, in the late `60s-early `70s, I somehow managed to start a mini Duncan Forbes `Fan Club`. The hapless lab manager, surnamed Duncan, was soon nicknamed "Forbes". You couldn`t imagine a less Forbesque character! Happy memories, JB. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • I remember those days well. I couldn't afford a beer crate, however dad and I were there! Always remember a guy who wore a bowler hat just behind the goal. If we talk about commitment and leadership let us not forget big Dunc!

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    JB

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Nice spooky bit of writing there, muddy! Tales of Mystery and Imagination. The Tractate Middoth, etc. ;-) I remember Keelan`s pugilistic episode, too. Happy Days.... I have to agree a bit with Jimhow on Russell Martin. He wasn`t always like that - perhaps Old Three Lungs & Co. can get him back on track? Cafu was more impressive under the Lambo régime, when he got to support the attack, instead of just covering for Robert`s falling over and losing the ball antics.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • I so remember the river end, or as the Barclay end called it, the quiet end; my grandfather bought all the railway sleepers which formed the steps up to the river end and used them to make steps and flower beds in his back garden and for years after the 1959 cup game against man unt when I went round his for light refreshments I swear I could hear the sound of foot steps and cheering, most likely my imagination but hey, who care:s

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    muddy

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Fylde - I was there when the Northampton guy tried to shoulder charge KK once too often. One of the best uppercuts seen anywhere - there was no play acting about the way he went down. I was standing in the old South stand and had a pretty good view

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Well against the tide of Rose tinted glasses il add an agreement with Citizen. Russ Martin is poor, spent most of last season running scared when a player came at him. Good servant, Yes, Good example to others, Yes, good Rightback, No

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • cutty, I remember the cushions well. I also remember that the River End was the wrong end to be for the perfect view of Kevin clocking the guy from Northampton Town (Frank Large??) and getting sent off in the pouring rain! Nostalgia, don't you just love it?

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    Fylde Canary

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • I think Wes would be the best CB option, Uncle Stew.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • …..The more I think about it!....the more I think Benchio should be converted into our Centre Half!... If Ron Ashman could do it...I feel sure Benchio could!....Bit more nimble on his feet (given the chance) than some of the blocks of wood we have tried!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • There`s a lot of funny stuff happening on the message boards, cutty. `Tj` has been conversing with an invisible Highland Canary. A post of mine that Archie rejected has nevertheless spawned `John Sell Cotmoon` (insider dealings, there). Off-topic, there`s a little gem by Chris Lakey in today`s Pink `Un supplement; about TV coverage of the World Cup Final. He says of Andy Townsend`s tag `Expert summariser` - "Never have two words been so misused". Excellent. I bet if I`d posted that it would be rejected - Reason: "Libel". Let`s have more Lakey & Goreham. Less Divot & Freezer. The jury`s still out on "Tidybeard" Bailey. Keep Saintly Robin on the periphery - in reserve for spells of insomnia ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Yeah Fylde, and I remember the posh people throwing their seat cushions onto the pitch when Kevin had a disagreement with the ref

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • What happened to the Rudd article Archie? I posted a comment that didn't appear and now the article has disappeared.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • ....`Bovril`, then?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Attempts to engage with jigs69 on the subject of nostalgia doubly blocked. Is `nostalgia` an offensive word??

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • The tin shack dispensing hot Bovril for those that could afford it - (vegetarian option not available). The top-of-the range sanitary arrangements. Getting soaked and frozen. The joy of watching that Great Entertainer, Kevin `The Cat` Keelan. Nostalgia`s not what it used to be, jigs69.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Looks like another nail in Bassong's coffin

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    The Bloater

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Ahh. Football in the 60s and 70s. The waft of cigarette smoke and Wrigleys Juicy Fruit is an enduring memory.

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    jigs69

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • PaulWho - maybe Bass ong should`ve kept the job? Or Rudd? Or Ruddy.. I suppose Winkle is pushing it a bit... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • I remember the old River End well. Concrete terraces etc. I`ll never forget at half time in one match vs one of the North-East sides (forgotten which), opposing fans were in a huddle. Not for any warlike reason, but to compare notes on allotments. Leeks versus Broads Beans. Thermos flasks were being shared with our faarrin` friends. A bit more tribal these days.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Hi Lincs, I like what you have added to my comment. Can your remember how poor old Ron Ashman started off he played centre forward and was quite hopeless, then they played him at full back, end of story, a magnificent sportsman a fine player and captain. He got an England B cap from Div 3, to the best of my memory.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Just a thought, who is going to captain the other fish species?

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Ah, cutty, the River End - those were the days! Kevin Keelan was always good for some banter when the ball was up at the other end.

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    Fylde Canary

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • You'll start me off Lincs. Standing on a beer crate in the river end next to my dad and listening to the comedians shouting from the crowd. Even the players would have a good laugh.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • You make me misty eyed Adelaide writing about Ron Ashman. Cultured full back, fiercely loyal and led us to a cup semi final and promotion. If Russell can emulate him as a player that would be fantastic. Maybe NA can emulate Archie McCauley. Redmond emulate Crossan. Grabban emulate Bly.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Yes, happy with Russell as captain. Howson or Elliott Bennett should be captain when he's not starting. Howson as he has experience of being a Captain and E Bennett because I like him.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Citizen, just who do you suggest we replace R Martin with then for a tour of Championship duty?! Some names please if you think that strongly!!

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    Adams is God

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Ellie, I agree, he's an idiot.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Russell Martin fully deserves to be captain. He always gives his best and does't hide when things go wrong. How about Jonny Howson as vice captain when Russell doesn't play or has to go off during a game?

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    burnhamcanary

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Congratulations Russell, I hope you emulate Ron Ashman for loyalty and leadership and I am sure you will in your own way. Good luck.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • I had thought that, pre Hughton, Grant Holt had been sole captain. Was that wrong? Russell is the best choice at present. I really cannot see anybody else suitable for the job.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Citizen. I rarely comment on these boards and only do so when a comment is made of such stupidity that it requires a response. Yours falls into that category.

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    Ellie

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • should have sold him if we have an aim for the premiership he is not up to the standard required was useless last season

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    citizen

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Epitomises all that a professional player should be ...... one of the good guys, OTBC and congratulations Russell "he's Gilsey's best mate" Martin hee hee hee hee ;-)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Good man. Good luck.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, July 11, 2014

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