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Darren Huckerby

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Darren Huckerby - click for larger image  Darren Huckerby

Position Right winger
Born 23 Apr 1976, Nottingham (England)
Height 177 cm
Weight 75 kg
International Caps England: 1 B, 4 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Lincoln City 14 Jul 1993 10 Nov 1995 31 7 £400000
Newcastle United 10 Nov 1995 23 Nov 1996 2 0 £1000000
Millwall 06 Sep 1996   6 3 on loan
Coventry City 23 Nov 1996 12 Aug 1999 109 34 £4000000
Leeds United 12 Aug 1999 29 Dec 2000 56 6 £3400000
Manchester City 29 Dec 2000 26 Dec 2003 82 31 £750000
Nottingham Forest 24 Feb 2003 24 May 2003 11 5 on loan
Norwich City 10 Sep 2003 15 Dec 2003     on loan
Norwich City 26 Dec 2003        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1999 - 2000 9(24) 2 1(2)   0(1)   1(8) 1 0  
2000 - 2001 2(5)   0   1 2 0(2) 1 0  
Total 11(29) 2 1(2)   1(1) 2 1(10) 2 0  

Jabba's Comments

A surprise signing in the wake of JFH's departure, Huckerby made his debut at Old Trafford. 18 months earlier and you'd have thought "Wow! We've got Huckerby!", but after injury problems and his failure to grab a regular place at Coventry, there were a few hard questions he needed to answer. "A scorer of great goals, but not a great goalscorer" is how Gordon Strachan summed him up - which is probably a fair call: it's now up to him to fulfil his potential somewhere.

"Forrest Gump" - as he is nicknamed by some of the fans - was a permanent bench-warmer in 1999-2000, making a total of 35 appearances as a sub, and he didn't really take the few goal chances that he received. After just three starts in 2000-01, he was sold to Manchester City just after Christmas, but his presence for the Blues wasn't enough to help them stave off relegation.

Back down in Division 1, he faced some competition for a starting place at first, but he formed a good partnership with Shaun Goater and scored hat-tricks in two home games in a row to cement his place as a starter. Now he's back in the top flight and facing better defenders he's got another chance to prove the doubters wrong and show the world what he can do. With the arrival of Robbie Fowler at Maine Road in 2003, it looks like he's surplus to requirements and went on loan to Forest from the end of February to the end of the season, helping his hometown side to play-offs but just missing out on promotion.

Darren Bon says: I think Huckerby will play regularly only if he learns how to pass the ball and play a team's style. His failure at Leeds was down to this weakness.

Joe Dent says: Huckerby should sign for Norwich, he loves the place!!!

Hugh says: Darren has been a 'hit single' during his loan time at Norwich (October to Decemeber 2003). He is very good at playing about with First division defences, and agreed he does not score enough goals. At times you would not know he is your team. After the recent salary negotiation farce at Norwich... I suspect he wants money before success. Pity he plays about too much.

Alex Brady says: Huckerby is a great talent and i'm glad he has signed for my club Norwich City.P.S.We are going up

Rob says: Another great goal and performance against Wimbledon on Sat.Five points clear now.Darren has made a big difference to NCFC,a bargain.

Teo Armes says: He has added a new dimension to the way we play and many teams in division 1 can't handle him. I like his stupid haircut the best and think that is the real reason why he ghosts past defenders....they are too busy laughing.

jaffa davey says: darren is the best!!! no one can catch him hes to fast!!!

Dan says: I wonder how he will fare against premiership defences, will he remain a favourite at carrow rd.

Duncan aged 8 says: He is my favourite player for Norwich City. I like him because he scores and makes loads of goals and he is really exciting to watch

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