Mick Norbury

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Mick Norbury
Personal information
Full name Michael Norbury
Date of birth (1969-01-22) 22 January 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Hemsworth, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position forward
Club information
Current team
Glasshoughton Welfare AFC (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1989 Ossett Town
1989–1990 Scarborough 0 (0)
1990–? Ossett Town
?–1992 Bridlington Town
1992 Cambridge United 26 (3)
1992–1994 Preston North End 42 (13)
1994–1996 Doncaster Rovers 27 (5)
1995 Linfield (loan) 1 (0)
1996–1997 Stafford Rangers
1997–? Halifax Town
?–2001 Hednesford Town
2001–2002 Emley
2002 Stocksbridge Park Steels
2002 Belper Town
2002–? Ossett Albion
? Goole
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Norbury (born 22 January 1969 in Hemsworth) is an English former professional football forward. Norbury made nearly 100 appearances in the Football League although the majority of his career has been spent in minor leagues. In February 2016 Norbury was appointed as first team coach at Ossett Town AFC, back where he began.

Early career[edit]

Norbury began his career in non-League football with Ossett Town before entering the Football League with Scarborough in December 1989.[1] However, he did not make an appearance at the club and soon returned to Ossett Town and then Bridlington Town. Norbury returned to the Football League with Cambridge United in February 1992 and played 26 league games for the club, fifteen of which were as a substitute.[1] He moved to Preston North End that December and made 42 league appearances (32 starts, 10 substitute) for the club before moving on to Doncaster Rovers in November 1994, racking up 19 league starts and 8 substitute appearances.[1] During his time at Belle Vue Norbury was loaned out to Linfield of the Irish Football League. He made a sole league appearance for them, starting in a 3–0 defeat at Glenavon.[1]

Back to non-league[edit]

Norbury dropped out of the league by signing for Stafford Rangers after being released by Doncaster Rovers.[1] He subsequently signed for Halifax Town where he discovered his goalscoring touch, hitting 14 goals in the 1997–98 season.[2] Norbury would subsequently become known as a non-league journeyman and during two spells with Hednesford Town became notorious for his physical style of play which saw him rack up a number of red cards.[3]

He joined Emley in summer 2001 and spent the 2001–02 season at the club before departing to join Stocksbridge Park Steels in June. He joined Belper Town in October but was gone again less than a month later, signing for Ossett Albion.[4]

Coaching[edit]

Norbury entered coaching in the later part of the 2000s (decade), serving as player/assistant manager to Nigel Danby at Goole. Norbury's fiery temper was again to the fore in 2006 when, in this role, he received a six-year touchline ban for two consecutive counts of foul and abusive language and threatening behaviour towards referees.[5] The pair resigned from their posts in September 2009.[6]

Norbury would link up with Danby again when he joined Harrogate Railway Athletic as assistant manager, a position Norbury still holds as of 2011.[7]

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