Norwich City top 100 appearances: John Polston (32)
PUBLISHED: 12:14 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 14 June 2017
263 appearances/12 goals
John Polston signed for Norwich City for a tribunal set fee of £300,000 in July 1990 after Tottenham had initially asked for £750,000.
Born in London, Polston made his league debut for Spurs in May 1986 but his career was held up by a serious back injury.
He recovered and went on to represent England at under-19 level, also making history at Tottenham in March 1990 when he and his brother Andy became the first siblings to play together for the north London club since 1912.
The versatile central defender or full-back grew frustrated at a lack of opportunities at White Hart Lane though and moved to City, making his debut in a 3-2 win at home to Sunderland, but he struggled to settle initially at Carrow Road and lost his place early on.
He scored four goals in 36 games in all competitions in his first season, with his first goal proving to be the winner in a 1-0 win over Everton at Carrow Road just before Christmas.
A period in the reserves under Mike Walker helped settle Polston at Norwich and an injury to Paul Blades gave the defender another chance in the first team, helping Dave Stringer’s side avoid relegation from the top flight.
He didn’t look back and went on to become part of Walker’s all-star team that finished third in the Premier League in 1992-93 and enjoyed a memorable Uefa Cup run.
He also once famously got the winner at home to Aston Villa in March 1993 on the same day as his son was born. Injury prevented Polston from playing in either of the Bayern Munich and Inter Milan ties but he did score in the 3-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the first round.
The defender missed just four matches in the 1994-95 campaign but couldn’t help prevent relegation as City’s best talent was sold from around him following Walker’s exit.
Polston remained a regular in the first two seasons in Division One but a succession of knee injuries saw him released on a free transfer in 1998 and he retired in April 2001 after making just 22 appearances for Reading.
Polston, now aged 48, works as a PE teacher at primary schools and as a fitness instructor in Berkshire.
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