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Lewis Blois

Lewis Blois
Norwich Career: 1998-2002
Current Club: Kirkley and Pakefield (Ridgeons League)
Date of Birth: 14/12/1981
Nationality: English


The Pink Un wrote the following about Lewis on 3rd October 1998 "If the expression "local boy makes good" applies to anyone then Lewis Blois must fit the bill (He was brought up in the Norfolk town of Aylsham). Not only has Lewis several England U16 caps to his credit but as a schoolboy he played for City Reserves against Arsenal at Highbury. Lewis came through the club's centre of excellence and hs attracted attention from the odd Premiership outfit before Mike Walker signed him up. As a trainee towards the end of last season." Lewis' favourite position is as left back although he is comfortable anywhere on the left hand side and has played in central midfield for the England side." Louis became the first Academy player to sign a professional contact when he joined Norwich as a pro at the end of June 2001.

At the end of February 2002, Lewis joined Southend on a week's trial, as if to prepare him for the announcement on Thursday 14th March 2002 that Lewis, and teammate Danny Bloomfield, were to be released by the Canaries at the end of the season. In July 2002, Blois and Bloomfield both came on as substitutes for Cambridge City in their pre-season friendly against Cambridge United. In August 2002, Louis signed for Dr Martens league side Kings Lynn on a non-contract basis, and made his debut as substitute in a 3-0 defeat by Dartford on the opening day of the 2002/03 season (August 17th)

At the beginning of August 2003, Lewis was released by Lynn whose manager Peter Morris wanted to use the wages to bring in other players. Lewis joined the contingent of ex Norwich City players (Joynson, Gilman, Wright, Hardy) at Robert Fleck's Diss Town

In January 2004, Louis headed to Canada for a trial with the Toronto Lynx whose assistant manager is former Canary Billy Steele. "The trial came about when an old schoolteacher of mine, Graham Wren, from the Hewett School, put me in contact with Billy Steele," explained Blois. "Having spoken to Billy, he invited me to an open trial with the Toronto Lynx. You had to pay $100 to take part, which is probably a way the club makes money, and you could have a run-out. I stayed with Billy and his family on the outskirts of Toronto in a place called Burlington and over the three days the number of players were whittled down to around 25... There were two other British lads there, Chris O'Neill, who played around 30 time for Hearts, and Tommy Postan, from Villa, but I'm not sure that they were selected."

Lynx, who in the United States Soccer League - known as the "A-League", offered Louis a professional contract with the possibility of moving into coaching, something Louis had prepared for working with the Football in the Community Scheme.

"I'm really excited and up for it," said defender Blois. "It's one of those things that if I don't do now, then I probably never will.... Flecky has taken it really well, to be honest," admitted Blois. "I thought that he might have been a bit upset that I was leaving so soon after joining the club, but he knows what it's all about. "As a pro footballer he said that I've got to do what's best for me and take my chances when they come."

When the Canadian season finished in September 2004, he returned to Norfolk hoping to play for either Diss or Kings Lynn. However he found his registration was held by the Canadian Soccer Association, and could not register with an English club until the transfer window opened in January. In January 2005, Louis played twice for Wroxham Reserves to gain match fitness. He then joined Dereham to help them battle against relegation. He and his wife have also bought a property in Canada and intend to emmigrate there in a year or so. He is also now running his own football Coaching company called Football1st. (www.football1st.org). He signed for Diss Town for 2005/6 but in July 2006, trained with Kings Lynn playing for them in their pre-season defeat against Dagenham and Redbirdge on 15th July 2006.

Louis ended up joining Mildenhall but switched to Kings Lynn in December 2006 following Keith Webb's appointment as manager. He was released at the end of the 2006/7 season and returned to Mildenhall. Louis moved to Kirkley & Pakefield in June 2008

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