...........keeping a beady eye on ex Canaries and those out on loan
this week..................... Peter Crouch found the back of the net for Spurs as they beat Werder Bremen 3-0 in the Champions League. Jamie Cureton scored for Exeter City as they came back from 3-0 behind at Oldham Athletic to get a draw. It was Cureton's eighth goal in eighteen appearance for the west country club in all competitions, since his summer exit from Carrow Road. Robert Green saved a penalty for West Ham United on Saturday as the Hammers gained a precious 3-1 win over relegation rivals Wigan Athletic, with ex loanee Scott Parker bagging one of the goals. Two more former Norwich City loanees in the news - David Mooney scored for Colchester United (from an Ian Henderson cross) in their 1-0 FA Cup win over Swindon Supermarine, and Leroy Lita did the same for Middlesbrough against Hull City in the Championship in a 2-2 draw. In the same competition, Craig Bellamy scored the third goal of his spell at Cardiff City, and collected his third booking, but could not stop his side going down 2-1 to nearest rivals QPR.
Ryan Jarvis has joined Northampton on a three month loan from Leyton Orient. He will join forces there with another Norwich City old boy, Leon McKenzie. And it is not so long ago that the pair were playing together for the Canaries in the Premier League in 2004-05 season............ well, sort of. Whilst they were both at Carrow Road during the same period in history, their actual time on the field together in the top division was somewhat limited. The longest run out was in the December fixture at Middlesbrough. City lost 2-0 with Jarvis playing until he was substituted in the 74th minute, and McKenzie featuring for the whole ninety. They both appeared against Portsmouth away the next month, a 1-1 draw, but not together as Jarvis replaced McKenzie in the 67th minute. Two days later in the 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool, Jarvis came on in the 78th minute, but McKenzie had already been substituted by then. And on the 15th of January 2005 in the 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa, they both came on as substitutes - McKenzie for the second half and Jarvis with just 5 minutes remaining on the clock. So yes, an old Premier League strike partnership renewed, but only a fleeting one it must be said.
Central defender David Stephens left Carrow Road in July of this year, signing for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. Still aged only 19, he has yet to make a first team breakthrough - his games at the Leith based club being restricted so far to three substitute appearances in the latter part of matches.
Also playing at Hibs is former Canary loanee Jonathan Grounds, who had spells with City in 2008 and 2009. He is still a Middlesbrough player and played in their Carling Cup tie against Chesterfield at the start of the season, but has been on loan at Easter Road since the end of August. So far he has made eleven appearances in all competitions for Hibs. His loan contract finishes at the end of January 2011.
Robert Eagle landed at Conference club Grimsby Town in August, signing a two year deal. He played for Norwich City 12 times back in 2006-07. He has been involved in 18 games for the Mariners so far this season, starting thirteen times and coming off the bench in five more. So far he has managed to score five goals, including a brace at Forest Green Rovers in October. He never netted for the Canaries. In between Norwich and Grimsby he played in Scotland for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.