Norwich City: Bruce and Crook ahead of Carrow Road game

06:00 September 23, 2022

07:11 September 23, 2022

Norwich City legends Ian Crook and Steve Bruce sent messages of support ahead of the Football Against Dementia charity match at Carrow Road on Sunday.

The match will be contested by Ken Brown’s Legends, led by the manager responsible for the Canaries’ last major trophy, and Paul Chick’s All Stars, as a tribute to the former Norwich United boss.

Crook, who played for Norwich between 1986 and 1997, is currently based in Australia and will start a new role as technical director of Sydney-based Manly United in October. Current manager Bruce visited NR1 just last Saturday where he watched his current side West Brom draw 1-1 with the Canaries.

“I wish I was there to support this most wonderful cause,” Crook said. “The amount of work people have put into this area is incredible. It’s a hugely important area that people need to be aware of and it’s great to see Norwich City supporting this with so many people in the game.

“The number of people who have supported and driven this cause is awesome. I’m impressed with what you’ve done. I wish you all the best. Have a great day, enjoy. I’m sure you’ll have a few laughs with some of the ex-players running around.”

Meanwhile Bruce, whose Baggies are currently in the Championship relegation zone, said: “I would have loved to see the 1985 team.

“My memories are still with him to this day, especially the semi-final (when Bruce scored the only goal in a win against local rivals Ipswich), for obvious reasons.

“I don’t think I would be sitting here without Ken and the way he was towards me. He gave me my big break by signing me from Gillingham to give me the opportunity to play for a club like Norwich in the top league. and playing with good players. It helped me enormously, gave me this chance.

“I hope (the game) goes as well as possible.”

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