5. Dave Stringer
As a player, he won the fans’ vote to be Norwich City player of the year in 1972, the same year that they won promotion to the First Division for the first time, as Second Division champions, and made a total of 499 appearances for the club.
Dave has served Norwich as a player, manager and as the Assistant Director of the Football Academy. He played 499 senior games for Norwich between 1965 and 1976 and played first as a full-back and then as a central defender. He spent four years at Cambridge United before joining Norwich as Youth team coach in 1980 leading the Youth team to FA Youth Cup glory in 1983.
When Ken Brown resigned in 1987, Dave took over as manager and guided the Canaries to two FA Cup semifinals and to 4th place in the old Division One. He resigned from the high-profile and pressurised job as City’s manager in May 1992 when the club only narrowly escaped relegation
4. Duncan Forbes
He spent 33 years at Norwich City, 13 as a player, seven on the commercial staff, and 13 as chief scout. At Carrow Road, he helped the Canaries into Division One, and in 1970 he was voted the fourth winner of the Barry Butler Trophy, the fans’ award for player of the year. He was captain of the Norwich team that won promotion to the first division for the first time in 1972.
The Times noted his aggressive defending by writing “Forbes got his customary booking; the referee ought to take his name in the changing room rather than on the pitch thus saving time.” Forming a solid partnership with a variety of center-halfs including Dave Stringer, Duncan made 357 appearances in Yellow and Green scoring twelve times.
3. Ron Ashman
Ron Ashman was a long-serving player for Norwich. Originally with Peterborough, he signed professional terms with Norwich in January 1946. He made 662 appearances for the Canaries, first of all as a striker then as a wing-half.
He was the captain of the Norwich team that reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1959 as a third division side, won promotion to the second division in 1960 and won the Football League Cup for the first time in 1962.
Ron became Norwich’s manager in December 1963, having acted up as such the previous year. He lasted in this position until June 1966. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest Norwich City players ever.