Adam Drury was at Norwich City with Kit
Carson before arriving at Peterborough United as a 15 year-old,
and his London Road teammates were quick to take the mickey out
of the young left back’s bandy legs so they aptly named him after
one of Hollywood’s most celebrated cowboys - John Wayne. The full
back emerged as arguably Posh’s most consistent performer since
making his senior team debut as a substitute in the end of season
4-0 defeat against Oxford United under manager and former player
Mick Halsall. Barry Fry was quick to note Drury’s precision in
the tackle and abundance of pace during his first season in charge
when he handed the Cottenham born youngster his first full League
appearance at Watford.
Noted for his complete professionalism on and off the field,
Drury grew quickly in confidence and stature before coming to
prominence when he pocketed the Supporters’ Club ‘Player of the
Year’ award following some stunning displays in the left back
berth. ‘When I first came to Posh I played in centre midfield
under youth team coach Jim Walker before he converted me to the
left back slot during my second year as a YTS. The move was good
for me as I went on to play for England Under 18s against the
Football League eleven. It’s a position I enjoy playing in although
I’d like to claim the odd goal. I haven’t scored since at Brentford
when we were relegated, and I want to improve a little more on
the ball but I don’t think I’ve looked back since turning in a
series of consistent displays a couple of seasons ago.’
Drury finished the 1999/2000 campaign behind Simon
Davies and Andy Edwards with 45 senior appearances in all
competitions under his belt. It was an achievement noted by all
at London Road after the young defender was sidelined with a dislocated
shoulder injury during the previous season. He first injured himself
at Mansfield during the 1997-98 campaign and underwent a week
of physiotherapy on his shoulder before returning to action. Pledged
the next five years at Posh after putting pen to paper in May
In July 2000, newly promoted Gillingham made an offer for Adam
to boost their chances of staying in Division One. Drury revealed in May 2020 that Ipswich were also interested but signed Gary Croft instead.
2001, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph speculated that
Adam would be moving to Norwich prior to deadline day in late
March. This came true with Drury signing on 21st March for approximately
Adam made his Norwich debut in the 2-1 victory over Grimsby at
Carrow Road on 31st March 2001. Observing his performance, I felt
that he started hesitantly probably due to his lack of knowledge
of the Norwich playing style. However as the game progressed,
he grew in confidence, linking well with Chris Llewellyn, the
central midfield and the defence. He was a key player in Norwich's
promotion challenge in 2001/02 and in the dozen matches he missed
through injury, his absence was noted.
Adam's fine form during 2002/03 led to media speculation that
Premiership side Southampton had been watching him and were planning
a swoop during the January 2003 transfer window. However Adam
finished the season at Carrow Road, made 49 appearances out of
a possible 50 during 2002/03 and was named Player of the Season.
Drury extended his contract to 2011 in May 2007.
After an injury sustained in October 2007 against Bristol City,
Adam needed surgery on his knee and will miss the remainder of
the 2007/8 season
Drury played a key role in City's League One championship win
On 23rd December 2010, City reported that Drury had signed a
one year contract extension until 30th June 2012 and would receive
a testimonial for his 10 years' service.
Norwich won a second promotion, moving up to the Premiership,
on 2nd May 2011 with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth with Drury playing
a key role (22 games, 1 goal) for the Canaries in the first half
of the season
At the end of February 2012, Adam was voted into Norwich City's
Hall of Fame. He had made over 350 appearances at that time. He
finished the 2011/12 season with 16 appearances as Norwich finished
12th in the Premier League. Adam's testimonial match took place
against Scottish champions Celtic on 22nd May 2012. Approximately
19,000 people attended his testimonial which Norwich won 2-0 and
featured cameos from Darren Huckerby,
Michael Nelson, Dani
Pacheco and Henri Lansbury.
Despite being offered a new contract by Paul Lambert (who departed
for Aston Villa soon afterwards), Drury signed a two year deal
with Leeds United on 19th June 2012 despite offers from other
clubs at home and overseas. Leeds United is a great opportunity
for me, he said. I had offers to go abroad
or to other clubs, but Leeds was the stand out choice. I had other
options, but the challenge of going to Leeds really appealed to
me. My medical was on Tuesday morning, and it was weird
really, because I havent had a medical for 11 years, so
I was thinking, What actually happens in these things?
It was a similar sort of feeling I had to when I joined Norwich
in 2001 feelings of excitement at a fresh start. This was
the first time Ive met Neil Warnock, and it was good to
hear what he had to say. Ive played against his teams before
and you know what youre going to get. He wont
settle for anything less than challenging for promotion, so hell
want the same next season and its something I want to be
The 33-year-old conceded it will be a huge wrench to leave that
sort of support behind in Norfolk. The club have always
been brilliant to me and Id like to think Ive done
all right for the club in return. Ive had 11 great years,
but it had to come to an end at some point, and Im happy
to be leaving the club in a healthy position in the Premier League.
Having a testimonial was a fantastic way to end things at Norwich
City, and I could think of no better way to finish. Ill
always look to see how Norwich City get on - their result will
always be the first result I look for, without doubt. Being a
Norwich City player was a huge honour, and a part of my career
that Ill look back on with pride. Its a wonderful
club with an incredible set of supporters. "
On 7th March 2014, Drury joined League One Bradford City on a
one month loan deal. Drury had struggled with injuries and had
only made three appearances for Leeds in 2013/14. "We're
pleased Adam is able to go on loan, he hasn't played much this
season and he needs to be playing games," said Leeds
manager Brian McDermott . Druty made his debut for Bradford on
8th March in a 2-0 defeat at Brentford, coming on as a 84th minute
substitute and still managing to get booked.
Drury was released by Leeds at the end of the 2013/14 season,
He announced his retirement at the end of September 2014.
Drury came out of retirement in January 2015 to play for his
home village side Cottenham United managed by long-standing friend
Chris Tuck. "I've know him for years and I've been asking
him to play for us ever since he retired in the summer"
said Tuck. Drury made his debut in the Cliff Bulen Challenge Cup
but lost 2-1 in extra time.
On 31st May 2018, Wroxham announced a new management team of Jordan Southgate and Adam Drury, replacing Lowestoft bound Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds. Drury and Southgate both worked full-time for two seasons on Norwich's Elite Football & Education Programme at the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) and had recently completed their Uefa B licence qualification. Drury is head coach of CSF’s Elite Football & Education Programme, which allows players aged 16 to 18 the chance to further their football development with an extensive training and fixture programme, while continuing their education with a BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport.