News that Dave Watson has joined the club as goalkeeping coach from Birmingham City means he is our latest namesake, following in the footsteps of the 1985 League Cup winning captain of the same name. Whilst there have been many shared surnames amongst Norwich City personalities throughout history, complete namesakes have been quite rare. When James Pearson played on the right wing for the Canaries back in 1930-31, he was following in the footsteps of an earlier player of the same name from 1911-13 (who is, for the sake of differentiation, referred to as James Henry Pearson). Two players by the name of Fred Wilkinson also represented the club during the Southern League era - the first played two matches in 1905, and the second arrived on the scene five years later and made 68 appearances. The original is more commonly known as 'Freddy'. We have also had a Terry Ryder senior and a Terry Ryder junior. It may come as no surprise to learn that they were in fact father and son. Dad played three times for Norwich City between 1925 and 1926. Son went on to be more accomplished in Canary colours with over fifty appearances in the four years immediately following World War Two. Another father and son combo was of course manager Ken Brown and his son Kenny, who played for Norwich whilst his dad was still in charge. Both were born Kenneth Brown. George Martin played in a handful of games between 1907 to 1909. In 1913 his namesake made his début. The latter, who signed from Portsmouth, went on to be a City legend of his day, playing through until 1927 (except during the war years) in the heart of our defence. He is always known historically as 'Pompey' Martin. Arthur Turner was the Norwich City centre forward leading up to World War One (scoring five goals) but was obviously a different Arthur Turner to the club's first ever secretary (and therefore, effectively, first ever manager) from 1902. Bob Edwards, an inside left who joined Norwich in 1959 from Swindon Town, had the real name of Robert Edwards, as did Rob Edwards the centre half brought in on loan by Paul Lambert from Blackpool in 2011. Jimmy Smith played in nine league matches in 2007 on loan from Chelsea. He was christened James Smith - as was our Scottish goalkeeper for the 1930-31 season. Just before that time, we had an inside left called John Scott, another Scotsman, who played ten times as a Canary, and Jack Scott who followed between 1932 and 1937 for 45 games, was actually born John Scott.
[This article has been updated and re-published, having first appeared on Sing Up The River End! on the 12th of July 2011]