Maurice Norman

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Maurice Norman
Personal information
Full name Maurice Norman[1]
Date of birth (1934-05-08) 8 May 1934 (age 80)
Place of birth Mulbarton, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1955 Norwich City 35 (0)
1955–1966 Tottenham Hotspur 357 (16)
National team
1962–1964 England 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Maurice Norman (born 8 May 1934) is an English former footballer who played nearly 400 times in the Football League as a centre half for Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur. At international level, Norman won 23 caps for the England national team.[2]

Norman was born in Mulbarton, Norfolk. He began his career at Norwich City, and played 35 league matches for the Canaries between 1952 and 1955.[2] Despite such a short career with the club, he was elected into the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2002.[3] He signed for Tottenham Hotspur in November 1955 for a ₤28,000 transfer fee, that also included the return transfer of Ireland international striker Johnny Gavin to Norwich.[4] Norman played his first game for his new club against Cardiff City, and stayed at White Hart Lane until 1965, making 411 first-team appearances and scoring 19 goals for Spurs. He was an integral part of Bill Nicholson's Double-winning Tottenham team of 1960–61 that went on to retain the FA Cup in 1962, and win the 1963 Cup Winners' Cup.[5]

At international level, Norman made 23 appearances for England, including in the 1962 World Cup. He was also a member of the England squad at the 1958 World Cup, but did not play.[5] He suffered a double fracture of tibia and fibula playing for Spurs against a Hungarian Select XI in November 1965,[6][7] which brought a premature end to his career.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maurice Norman". Englandstats. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Maurice Norman". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "New Hall Of Fame Members Enrolled". Norwich City F.C. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Canary Centenary Great Players". Norwich Evening News. Retrieved 6 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Maurice Norman". Hall of Fame. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Spurs Show More Invention In Attack". The Times. 19 November 1965. p. 4. "Near the end, too, came an unfortunate accident to Norman, a pure mischance, when he fell going for a heavy tackle, was taken from the field on a stretcher, and thence to hospital with a fractured leg." 
  7. ^ "Nation's Cup To Be Changed. Already Too Much Football". The Times. 20 November 1965. p. 4. 

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