Club Heroes: Norwich City class of 2009-11

Defenders: Adam Drury

After joining the club in 2001, Drury would go on to make 326 appearances for Norwich until his departure in 2012. An ever-present member of the side that won back-to-back-promotions under Lambert, Drury scored his first goal for the club in five years in September 2010 when he netted in a 4-3 win over Leicester City at Carrow Road.

Michael Nelson

Nicknamed ‘The Admiral’ by Norwich fans in tribute to Norfolk-born Naval Officer Horatio Nelson, Michael Nelson will forever be synonymous with the club’s 2009/10 League One winning season. The tough-tackling central defender scored the winner against Charlton Athletic in April 2010 which confirmed the Canaries’ return to the Championship.

Elliott Ward 

The former Coventry City man made 39 league appearances during the 2010/11 campaign and formed a formidable centre-back partnership with Zak Whitbread. He scored his first and only goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Millwall at Carrow Road February 2011.

Gary Doherty

Named captain by Bryan Gunn at the start of the 2009/10 season, Doherty was stripped of the captaincy once Lambert took over at Carrow Road and told he had no future at the club. But after a number of injuries pushed Doherty into the starting line-up, he formed central defensive partnerships with Michael Nelson and Jens Berthel Askou which led him to winning third place in the club’s Player of the Season awards.

Russell Martin 

Affectionately known by supporters as the ‘Norfolk Cafu’, Martin was an instrumental member of both promotion seasons. He featured in all of the Canaries’ 2010/11 league games and scored the fourth goal in a 5-1 demolition of rivals Ipswich Town at Portman Road in April 2011, before finishing runner up in the Player of the Season awards.

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