Norwich City’s top 100 appearances: James Stoakes

PUBLISHED: 11:16 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 15 May 2017

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Picture: James Bass)

Norwich City Football Club ( Picture: James Bass)

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Today we kick off a new series looking at the players whose names are on Norwich City’s top 100 appearances list.

James Stoakes

150 appearances/6 goals

Speed was James Stoakes’ big strength.

It was claimed that he took part in Olympic trials for England when he raced against the legendary Harold Abrahams.

Stoakes served in the forces and represented them in athletics events.

MORE: Norwich City’s top 100 - Clive Payne

Born in Newark, Stoakes was an outside left who played in the 1920s. He made his debut, as an amateur player, on September 8, 1921 when City drew 2-2 at Plymouth.

It was a match watched by a crowd of 5,000 and, according to the report in The People’s Weekly Journal, “Stoakes again and again displayed his sprinting ability, and often left opponents behind, but centres were not improved upon”.

It was, the report continued “an even, thoroughly sporting game from start to finish”.

Stoakes’ final game for the club was played a fortnight before Christmas in 1925. He notched half a dozen goals.

For more of City’s top 100 click here.

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