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Luke Chadwick

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Norwich Career: 2006-2008 (19 appearances, 2 goals)
Current Club: Cambridge United (Academy Coach)
Date of Birth: 18/11/1980 (Cambridge) 
Nationality: English

Biography

Luke Chadwick joined Norwich on loan on November 15th 2006, partially as a replacement for the injured Lee Croft and partly because he had worked with Peter Grant before.

The Cambridge born winger came through the youth ranks at Manchester United and had loan spells at Royal Antwerp, Reading and Burnley during his Old Trafford days. He moved to West Ham United on a free transfer in August 2004. After making 36 senior appearances in 17 months at Upton Park, he moved to Stoke City where he made 50 Championship appearances - one of the last being the home clash with Norwich City on 28th October which saw Chadwick score during Stoke's 5-0 victory.

Chadwick was linked with a move to Norwich during the summer of 2006 but the move was not completed. He had been willing to move as his family were in Cambridgeshire and he found the commute to the Potteries too long. “I'm thrilled to be coming to Norwich,” he said. “I know Peter Grant from our time at West Ham and Norwich is a tremendous club. I was devastated when the move fell through in the close season and I'm delighted to be joining now. The Norwich thing happened at the start of the season when they showed an interest, but the gaffer at the time said no. I was happy to come back to do my best and felt I'd done that.” Chadwick cited family reasons behind a Britannia exit with the blond wideman making a daily commute from his Cambridge base. “I have to put my family first,” he said. “My wife and children moved back at the end of last season and I've got to say it's been a struggle for me doing all the travelling.

Although scheduled to return to Stoke on January 3rd 2007, sources in the Potteries suggest Norwich have agreed a permanent £220,000 switch for the Cambridge-born flyer in the January transfer window, rising by a further £100,000 depending on promotion.

Luke made his City debut in the televised clash at Portman Road on 19th November 2006. He scored Norwich's goal but was later injured as Ipswich won 3-1

Luke completed his £200,00 transfer to Carrow Road on 3rd January 2007 but injuries limited him to just four appearances in his first season

On 1st October 2008, Luke joined MK Dons on a three month loan deal. Shortly after, he picked up an injury and returned from his loan early.However on Wednesday 31st December 2008, Chadwick joined the Dons on a two and a half year deal, starting 1st January 2009

Dons' Player of the Year in 2009/10, Chadwick signed a new two year deal on 29th March 2011. The 30-year-old midfielder had made over 100 appearances for the Dons and thus extended his current contract to keep him at stadium:mk until June 2013.

On 18th March 2014, Chadwick joined hometown team Cambridge United on loan until the end of the 2013/14 season. Cambridge's Director of football Jez George said the Cambridge-born winger had called saying he wanted to play for the club. "People may say this is too good to be true but Luke honestly loves Cambridge United Football Club. It's a very unusual signing because it's very rare that you get a League One footballer that approaches us and tells us that it's his ambition to play for Cambridge United. That's what's happened on this occasion. He's a fan of Cambridge United and he's just said to me 'it's a day that makes me and my family really proud that I'm going to get the opportunity to play for the club"". He made his debut for Cambridge on 18th March against Welling and compared it to being better than playing for Manchester United against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

After helping Cambridge win promotion back to the Football League, Chadwick terminated his contract with MK Dons and then signed for Cambridge at the beginning of June 2014.

Chadwick was released by Cambridge at the end of the 2014/15 season on 6th May 2015.

He joined Ryman League side Soham Town Rangers in November 2015 but left them in June 2016 to become an academy coach at Cambridge United.


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