Darren Eadie

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Darren Eadie
Personal information
Full name Darren Malcolm Eadie
Date of birth (1975-06-10) 10 June 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Chippenham, England
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leiston (joint manager)
Youth career
Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Norwich City 204 (39)
1999–2003 Leicester City 40 (2)
Total 244 (41)
National team
1994–1997 England U21 7 (2)
Teams managed
2020– Leiston
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Darren Malcolm Eadie (born 10 June 1975 in Chippenham) is an English former professional footballer, who made his name as a pacy left-sided midfielder with Norwich City. He later played for Leicester City. He is currently joint manager of Leiston.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chippenham, Eadie attended the Corsham School in Wiltshire.

Club career[edit]

Norwich City[edit]

Eadie was a product of Norwich City's youth system and made his debut in a UEFA Cup match against Vitesse Arnhem in September 1993. By the time they were relegated at the end of the following season, he was Norwich's regular left winger. Even though he was unable to inspire Norwich to a return to the Premier League, his form for the club was such that his name was being linked with a number of Premier League clubs by 1997, although he would ultimately remain at Carrow Road for some three years more.[1]

He missed the start of the 1999–2000 season through a knee injury, and in December 1999, as a result of Norwich's financial problems and risk or relegation, he was sold to Leicester City F.C. for almost £3 million, finally giving him the chance to establish himself as a Premier League player.[1]

Leicester City[edit]

He was to only play a total 40 matches for Leicester, this number being cut short due to repeated knee injuries, and he retired in the summer of 2003, aged 28.[2] He was cup-tied for their victory in the 2000 Football League Cup Final.[3]

International career[edit]

Between 1994 and 1997, Eadie made seven appearances for the England U21 team, scoring two goals.[4][5]

In the summer of 1997, Eadie was called up to the England squad for the Tournoi de France.[1]

Retirement[edit]

In 2002, he was voted an inaugural member of the Norwich City Hall of Fame, which was established to celebrate the club's centenary. In an interview for the Norwich City matchday programme on 13 August 2005, Eadie stated that he had found retirement difficult, particularly as many of his friends were still playing professional football. It was reported in July 2012 that he had fought severe depression and suffered panic attacks.[6]

In March 2020 Eadie was appointed joint manager of Leiston alongside Chris Wigger.[7]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Steve Whitlam (7 August 2012). "Darren Eadie". Flown From the Nest. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Darren Eadie: Fighting depression in football". New Statesman. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Former Player: Darren Eadie". lcfc.com. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Under-21s a fundamental rite of passage, says Eadie". The Pink'un. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  5. ^ "The Under-21s matches 1990-2000". England Football Online. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  6. ^ James Scowcroft (12 July 2012). "Darren Eadie: Life after football - depression and panic attacks - Profiles - People". London: The Independent. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  7. ^ 'It's a great challenge' – Former Norwich City ace Eadie takes over at Leiston East Anglian Daily Times, 18 March 2020

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