Mike Pickering joined Norwich on loan in September 1983 from Sheffield
Wednesday and made just one appearance as substitute. However what
an appearance it was. Coming on as substitute for Dave
Watson, he was part of a City side that pulled back from a 3-0
adverse scoreline at home to Manchester United to snatch a draw.
Goalscorers that day being Dave Bennett,
Mike Channon and Louie
Mike began his career at Barnsley making 100 league appearances
before joining Southampton in June 1977. After 44 games for the
Saints, he returned to his native Yorkshire in October 1978 to play
for Sheffield Wednesday. Although he made 110 league appearances
for the Owls, he was never a regular and spent loan spells at San
Diego Sockers, Norwich, Bradford City (4 games in November 1983)
and Barnsley (3 games) before joining Rotherham United, another
Yorkshire side, in January 1984. 102 games for Rotherham preceded
a July 1986 transfer to York City for whom he made 32 league appearances.
He finished his league career in Lancashire with Stockport County
for whom he made 16 appearances in 1987. He drifted into amateur
football with Hallam, Goole Town and Frickley Athletic.
According to an artice in the 15th January 2006 edition of The
, Mike is working as an accounts development manager
for a large brewery.