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David Norris
Personal information
Full name David Martin Norris
Date of birth 22 February 1981 (1981-02-22) (age 29)
Place of birth Peterborough, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Ipswich Town
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Boston United 17 (8)
2000–2002 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2000–2001 Boston United (loan) 5 (4)
2002 Hull City (loan) 6 (1)
2002 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 7 (1)
2002–2008 Plymouth Argyle 219 (26)
2008– Ipswich Town 61 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:50, 13 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Martin Norris (born 22 February 1981 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central or right sided midfielder for Football League Championship club Ipswich Town.

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Club career

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Boston United

Norris started his career at Boston United, which was a non-league club at the time. 'Nosher', as he was known,[citation needed] was a popular goal-scoring midfielder and his performances soon attracted the attentions of league clubs. Bolton Wanderers paid Boston £50,000 for the 18-year old in February 2000.

Time at Bolton

Described by Sam Allardyce as "one for the future",[citation needed] Norris found first team appearances very rare. He was loaned back to Boston within a month of signing to keep himself match fit. He was loaned once again in 2002 to Hull City, for a month, playing 6 games (3 as a sub) and scoring 1 goal. After only making 2 appearances for Bolton in the League Cup and FA Cup, he was loaned to Plymouth Argyle. He had his loan extended to the full three months and was then signed for a fee of £25,000 in October 2002.

Plymouth Argyle

He has since acquired the new nickname of "Chuck", and became an integral part of Argyle’s promotion to The Championship in 2004. At the end of the 2005/06 season Norris was named Plymouth Argyle Fans Player of the Season, scoring a goal in the 3–2 win over Sunderland in August.

Norris qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland, through his mother, who has family in Kildare. Though he has never been selected to play for them, he was contacted by Steve Staunton (Ireland's former manager) about playing.[1]

Ipswich Town

In the January 2008 transfer window Ipswich Town had two bids rejected by the Plymouth board despite Norris handing in a transfer request. Ipswich lodged one final, increased bid which was finally accepted after brokering a deal with Bolton that would allow Plymouth to receive more than the 50% Norris' clause initially gave them. Norris finally signed for Ipswich Town on 31 January 2008 for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract until 2011.

He scored his first goal for the club in the 1–1 draw with Southampton away from home.

Luke McCormick controversy

In November 2008 Norris was heavily criticised for a controversial goal celebration against Blackpool, interpreted as a show of support for jailed friend and former Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick.[2] McCormick was returning from Norris' wedding in June 2008 when he fell asleep at the wheel due to the effects of alcohol and caused the deaths of two young boys.[3] He was sentenced to seven years and four months prison time in October of that year.[4]

The family of the bereaved took offence at Norris' gesture and he was subsequently fined and warned by Ipswich.[5] He was once again caught out when he told the Ipswich website[6] he had not intended the celebration as a show of support to Luke McCormick and the statement was later changed by the club, adding further to the controversy. The statement now reads that the celebration was in fact a message to Luke McCormick. Later that week it was revealed that Norris was fined £25000 by Ipswich and would make a face-to-face apology to Phil and Amanda Peak (the parents of the two boys).[7]

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other 1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boston United
1999–00 17 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 8
2000–01 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4
Total 22 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 12
Bolton Wanderers
2000–01 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2001–02 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Total 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 5 0
Hull City
2001–02 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Plymouth Argyle
2002–03 33 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 36 6
2003–04 45 5 1 0 1 0 1 0 48 5
2004–05 35 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 3
2005–06 44 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 46 2
2006–07 41 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 47 7
2007–08 27 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 30 5
Total 225 27 11 1 5 0 1 0 242 28
Ipswich Town
2007–08 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2008–09 37 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 41 3
2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 47 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 51 4
Career Total 300 44 15 1 11 0 1 0 327 45

Updated to games played as of 9 August, 2009.

1 Football League Trophy

Footballing honours

Club

Plymouth Argyle

Individual

Sources

References

  1. ^ Plymouth Argyle – Norris Not Picked For Ireland, Retrieved on 2007-12-17
  2. ^ Guardian: Family of killed boys 'disgusted' by Norris goal celebration, Retrieved on 2008-11-10
  3. ^ McGee, Simon (2008-06-08). "Drink-drive quiz for soccer star in motorway crash that killed two brothers aged eight and ten". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1024902/Drink-drive-quiz-soccer-star-motorway-crash-killed-brothers-aged-ten.html. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Footballer killed boys in crash". BBC News. 2008-10-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7654430.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Club fines 'handcuff' footballer". BBC News. 2008-11-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/7720615.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  6. ^ http://www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town/v2.showNews.php?id=15806
  7. ^ http://www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town/v2.showNews.php?id=15828

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