U’s wouldn’t believe my unforgettable history with Colchester, says Bantams left back Adam Drury

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: PLAY TIME: Adam Drury – in action against Brentford at the weekend – said he jumped at the chance to come to City after “not getting a look-in” at Leeds PLAY TIME: Adam Drury – in action against Brentford at the weekend – said he jumped at the chance to come to City after “not getting a look-in” at Leeds

A trip to Colchester stirs memories of a remarkable season for Adam Drury.

City’s new loan left back is pushing for his first start against the U’s after a late substitute appearance at Brentford on Saturday.

That part of the country is familiar footballing territory for the 35-year-old, who spent over a decade playing for Norwich.

And it was during his long stint as a Canary that Drury faced Colchester in two games he is not likely to forget – for contrasting reasons.

The 2009-2010 season kicked off with Colchester visiting Carrow Road – and they dished out a 7-1 humiliation that ranks as Norwich’s record home defeat.

Two days later and their manager Paul Lambert had quit the U’s to swap sides. And the following January, he took Norwich back to Essex to dish out a revenge 5-0 hiding on their way to promotion.

“You couldn’t have made it up the way it worked out,” said Drury. “From the opening day to the end of that season, it’s amazing what happened.

“I try to forget about that first game, to be honest. We had a good pre-season but these freak things happen – I put it down to everything they hit went in!

“But then their manager came to us and we got our revenge later in the season. We almost did them on aggregate.

“Hopefully we can get something from there tomorrow. I saw from Saturday the following Bradford take and it’s brilliant to have that backing.”

Drury signed on the eve of the Brentford trip as Phil Parkinson finally managed to nail down a specialist as cover for the injured James Meredith.

Drury added: “It was very sudden and I didn’t think it would happen as quickly as it did. They rang up and inquired and I was quite happy.

“I know a few of the lads and talked to Andy Gray, who spoke very highly of the place. I spoke to the gaffer and couldn’t wait to get to Valley Parade and get involved.

“I haven’t had a look-in at Leeds. I’d had a couple of calf injuries but since Christmas I’ve been totally fit.

“I’ve been back in the squad and on the bench and travelling but not getting involved.”

Drury has not started a game since August and admits it is tough to build up match fitness when you aren’t regularly on the pitch.

“There is nothing like playing in a proper first-team game.

“It’s a bit of a Catch 22. You do all the running in the world but you can’t really create match situations on the training ground.”

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9:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

tyker7745 says...

yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players
yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players tyker7745
  • Score: -11

10:02am Tue 11 Mar 14

BungleMagic says...

tyker7745 wrote:
yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players
Drury isn't an ex-Parky player, he's on about the time when he played for Norwich and they played Colchester.

Lambert was the manager for Colchester and then went to Norwich.........

It's a bit of a slow news day story in reality.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players[/p][/quote]Drury isn't an ex-Parky player, he's on about the time when he played for Norwich and they played Colchester. Lambert was the manager for Colchester and then went to Norwich......... It's a bit of a slow news day story in reality. BungleMagic
  • Score: 0

10:37am Tue 11 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

tyker7745 wrote:
yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players
Yet more miserable, negative, whinging, whining comments from some people. But then what do I expect? What was shocking on Saturday, was the ignorant and uncalled for criticism of Adam Drury and Phil Parkinson before the player had even kicked a ball for City. Drury's age was mentioned. Oh dear! Gary Jones? On the other hand, some people cannot help the ill-thought and ignorant slating of a player these people know nothing about (apart from his age) becaue they do not know any better. Being negative is what they are good at. It is a mindset they will never lose.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players[/p][/quote]Yet more miserable, negative, whinging, whining comments from some people. But then what do I expect? What was shocking on Saturday, was the ignorant and uncalled for criticism of Adam Drury and Phil Parkinson before the player had even kicked a ball for City. Drury's age was mentioned. Oh dear! Gary Jones? On the other hand, some people cannot help the ill-thought and ignorant slating of a player these people know nothing about (apart from his age) becaue they do not know any better. Being negative is what they are good at. It is a mindset they will never lose. Peter300
  • Score: 11

10:40am Tue 11 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

BungleMagic wrote:
tyker7745 wrote:
yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players
Drury isn't an ex-Parky player, he's on about the time when he played for Norwich and they played Colchester.

Lambert was the manager for Colchester and then went to Norwich.........

It's a bit of a slow news day story in reality.
Don't let any facts get in the way of someone who wants to be negative and wants to criticise. They like being shocked. It's in their DNA.
[quote][p][bold]BungleMagic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: yet another ex Parky player: e is surrounding himself with over the hill ex players[/p][/quote]Drury isn't an ex-Parky player, he's on about the time when he played for Norwich and they played Colchester. Lambert was the manager for Colchester and then went to Norwich......... It's a bit of a slow news day story in reality.[/p][/quote]Don't let any facts get in the way of someone who wants to be negative and wants to criticise. They like being shocked. It's in their DNA. Peter300
  • Score: 0

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