Picture: James Maddison / Dion Dublin
James Maddison is of course one who comes to mind as he was signed by Leicester City from Norwich City in front of the 2018/19 season and has since been in sensational form and also taken the step into the England team. A great success story of a young player who has gone from the lower leagues and into the top flight taking the steps easy and comfortably.
Dion Dublin started his professional football career with Norwich City, but strangely never played in their first team and moved on to Cambridge United where he made his name really, playing in that play-off game v. Leicester and later moving to Manchester United. Dion Dublin did make it into the England side as well with good spells at Coventry City and Aston Villa. He then joined Leicester, stayed for a couple of seasons before moving north to Scotland and Celtic and then going full circle and playing for Norwich before his retirement.
Spencer Prior and Keith Robson are two names that comes to mind. Robson joining Norwich from West Ham and then moving to Leicester in the early 80’s. Prior a bit later signing for Leicester from Norwich and being part of that MON era that lifted Leicester to the mid table of the Premier League. Prior later played at Manchester City and Derby.
Martin O’Neill never played for Leicester but was a player at Norwich in two spells and later a short brief as manager at Carrow Road before jumping ship and joining Leicester all those years ago. Ade Akinbiyi also comes to mind and had his professional start at Norwich City playing 49 games as a canary from 93 to 97. He later joined Leicester for a record transfer fee and became almost a “public enemy” as he never managed to deliver the performances fans expected.
Mark Robins is also a former canary and fox joining Leicester from Norwich City and the former Manchester United forward had a relatively good spell at Leicester, but had to see himself pushed out as a first team regular, later heading out to other clubs in Europe, and returning to play for Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday among others.
Robert Ullathorne is another former fox and canary. The defender joined Leicester from Norwich and played a number of games under MON at Leicester. A talented player who managed well at the highest level. Iwan Roberts also had spell in both camps, playing for the clubs during some of his best years in football. The Welsh international occupied a steady forward role at both clubs.
Darren Eadie another record breaking transfer when he signed for Leicester from Norwich for a fee of £3million. Darren played at England U.21 level and was also called up to the full squad, but never played. He sadly had to see his career cut short after a knee injury, ending his time in football with Leicester at the age of 28.
Ritchie De Laet spend a short time on loan at Norwich playing there during his time with Manchester United. In his six appearances he scored a goal. Harry Kane had short loan spells at both clubs before his big breakthrough at Tottenham.
Peter Taylor signed Lee Marshall for Leicester from Norwich. Marshall played regularly for both clubs before moving to West Bromwich after three seasons as a fox. John O’Neill spent most of his professional career with Leicester, but he moved on to QPR and Norwich late in his career and unfortunately had to retire from the game as an injury picked up during his short stay at Carrow Road ended his career.
One not to forget is Steve Walsh another is Tony Cottee, who both had short spells at Norwich after leaving Leicester City. They are probably more remembered for their time at Filbert Street than Carrow Road.
A list of players in both camps,
- Mark Bunn
- Tony Spearing
- Spencer Prior
- Lee Marshall
- John O’Neill
- Ritchie De Laet
- Robert Ulllathorne
- Steve Walsh
- James Maddison
- Keith Robson
- Mark Robins
- Dion Dublin
- Ade Akinbiyi
- Harry Kane
- Tony Cottee
- Iwan Roberts
- Ashley Ward