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Sutton regrets no Norwich return

Chris Sutton
Sutton was part of the only Norwich squad to play UEFA Cup football

Former Norwich City striker Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio Norfolk he regrets not getting the chance to return to the club.

Sutton left Carrow Road to join Blackburn in 1994 for a then British record fee of 5 million.

He went on to play for Chelsea, Celtic, Birmingham and Aston Villa before retiring in 2007 with an eye injury.

"I'd love to have come back but that was a decision that wasn't mine," Sutton said.

His career came to a premature end after he suffered blurred vision while playing for Aston Villa in a Premier League game against Manchester United in December 2006.

I miss it a lot, I had a fairly long career and luckily for me it didn't happen ten years ago

Chris Sutton

Sutton visited several specialists before deciding to retire at the age of 34.

He burst onto the scene at Norwich as a teenager and scored 28 goals in 1993/94, the season the Canaries knocked Bayern Munich out of the UEFA Cup.

Sutton said: "I miss it a lot, I had a fairly long career and luckily for me it didn't happen ten years ago."

Sutton has moved back to Norfolk and has not completely ended his sporting life.

He now plays club cricket for Sheringham in the Norfolk Alliance.




see also
Eye injury forces Sutton to quit
05 Jul 07 |  Football
Sutton career photos
05 Jul 07 |  Football
Sutton to mull over Villa future
29 Nov 06 |  Aston Villa


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