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Darren Terrington

Darren Terrington
Norwich Career: Associate Schoolboy (1996), Trial (1999)
Current Club: Cromer (Anglian Combination)
Date of Birth: 1981 
Nationality: English


Darren Terrington was an Associate Schoolboy with Norwich City in 1996 when the club's financial crisis hit and Darren was released at the age of 15. The then Sprowston High School pupil (see also Paul Clayton, Danny Mills, Matthew Wright) continued to play football, this time with Anglian Combination side St Andrews.

Impressive form in the Anglian Combination led to him signing for Wroxham and playing primarily for their Reserves and A team. A spectacular burst of form and goals led to a call-up into the Wroxham first-team in November and soon he was signed on contract terms. He played in the FA Vase for Wroxham against Chasetown and became regular in the first team scoring regularly. He hoped to follow in the footsteps of former Wroxham star Paul Warne (now with Rotherham) and turn professional. Although only 18, he hoped that he would win a place in Norwich City's Under 19 academy side. Darren has also played for Norfolk Youth.

From Teamtalk: "Norwich City have stepped up their bid to take talented Striker Darren Terrington to Carrow Road. The Canaries wanted to field the 18 year old in the reserves this week, but his club have rejected the approach. Norwich let him go three years ago after he had been initially on the clubs books, but he has blossomed this season and has been in a rich scoring vein for the Jewson League side. City's youth development officer Colin Watts has said: " We are trying to do everything we can and are being obstructed." Wroxham boss Bruce Cunningham countered: " The boy is contracted to us and he is prepared to let me do the guidance. I don't want to get involved in a confrontation with Norwich and the last thing I want to do is hold up the boy's career." Meanwhile a Third Division club are apparently on his trail and former Wroxham striker John Deehan is also keeping tabs on the situation in his position as Sheffield United coach.

Darren played for Norwich City reserves against Portsmouth on May 6th 1999 and scored the first goal in a 2-1 victory. Darren returned to Carrow Road for pre-season training in July 1999 with the prospect of a full time contract if he impresses. Should he impress, he would be placed initially in the club's Under 19 academy side. Darren played for Norwich City Reserves in their opening clash of the 1999/2000 season against Bristol Rovers but could not manage a goal in a 0-0 draw. Darren was chosen for the April 2000 clash with Millwall but came off injured after 20minutes without being able to show the Canaries what he could do

As time progressed, Darren could no longer expect a first team place automatically at Wroxham. In the summer of 2003, he stepped down into local junior football and joined St Andrews of the Anglian Combination. He transferred to Cromer in December 2003 and scored on his debut in the 3-0 defeat of Blofield.

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