Norwich City fans are being urged to get to Carrow Road early ahead of tonight’s (Tuesday May 22) testimonial game for long serving defender Adam Drury.
Staff are expecting many supporters to pay on the night, to add to the thousands who have already bought tickets to honour the 33 year old.
And Drury is hoping the visit of Scottish Premier League champions Celtic will make it a night to remember.
Speaking ahead of the friendly Drury said ‘‘Hopefully it’ll be a party-like atmosphere. That’s what I want it to be, and for everyone to have a good, enjoyable night.
‘Once Celtic had agreed to come and play it was all systems go. The ‘gaffer (Paul Lambert) knows what they’re like having played for them a few times. He played in a game at Carrow Road for former physio Tim Sheppard’s testimonial a few years ago.
‘He said wherever they go they take an unbelievable following and they’ll make it a great night. And obviously with the Norwich fans turning out in numbers I hope it turns out to be a great evening, especially with Celtic coming as Scottish champions, and us staying in the Premier League’.
Drury, who was elected to Norwich City’s Hall of Fame in March, has just completed his eleventh full season after signing from Peterborough United in March 2001.
His move from London Road to Carrow Road came the season after Posh won the Division Three play-off final at Wembley. Former Norwich boss Nigel Worthington paid £500,000 for his services.
‘It was just a massive club’. Drury recalled on his decision to move. ‘A few leagues higher and a chance to play at a higher level, that was the main thing. Obviously it’s turned out to be a decent move.
‘It was halfway through the first season when I joined but since then its been twenty-five to twenty-six thousand every week at Carrow Road, and a great away following as well. There’s been a few ups and downs, but there have been plenty more ups’.
Drury’s certainly enjoyed a roller-coaster ride during his time with City. Promotions twice to the Premier League plus relegations to the Championship and League One. He also enjoyed two spells as captain, and has made more than 360 appearances for the Canaries, scoring four goals.
Darren Huckerby heads the list of former City teammates who will turn out for Drury’s testimonial. Others include defender Michael Nelson, midfielder Henri Lansbury and striker Dani Pacheco.
And no doubt all eyes will be on striker and Norwich captain Grant Holt. He’s expected to have his first run out since his transfer request was rejected by the club last Friday.