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Born: 22 February 1981
Came from: Bolton Wanderers Went to: Ipswich Town
First game: 19 October 2002 Last game: 26 January 2008
Appearances: 243 (232/11) Goals: 28
Born in Peterborough, Norris started his career at Boston United before moving to Bolton Wanderers in February 2000, a few weeks short of his 19th birthday. Unable to break into Wanderers' first team, he was loaned back to Boston and also to Hull City before joining Argyle on loan in October 2002, scoring the winner on his debut at Crewe. Under Paul Sturrock's charge he settled quickly at Home Park and two months later agreed a permanent contract.
'Chuck' was one of the most consistent and impressive performers in Argyle's Division Two title win in 2003-04 and throughout the next three seasons in the Championship. He was also named Argyle's Player of the Season in 2005-06. He was a combative midfielder who had an incredible engine and endless energy. His form with Argyle led to interest from several clubs and eventually, on the last day of the January transfer window in 2008, he moved to Ipswich for a club record receipt of around £2.25 million, part of which had to be paid to Bolton due to a sell-on clause.
Norris spent three years at Portman Road and was handed the skipper's armband by manager Roy Keane, in all making 106 appearances and scored 13 times. In the summer of 2011 he was offered a two-year extension at Portman Road, but he held out for a three-year deal. With no movement on the offer, and with Leeds United interested, he moved to Portsmouth on a free transfer for the 2011-12 season. Norris went on to make 40 appearances and scored eight times for the Fratton Park side, including a spectacular last minute equaliser against bitter rivals Southampton in April 2012.
With Portsmouth struggling financially, in July 2012 Leeds United finally got their man when he moved to Elland Road for the 2012-13 season, where he played 30 times and scored 3 goals. With fate repeating itself, as it had at Portsmouth, Leeds United needed to raise funds and thus he was made available for transfer in August 2013. Remaining hugely popular with Argyle fans (he had donated to emergency funds when the club was in administration), he was serenaded with a heartfelt chorus of “We want our Norris back!” when paraded as a half-time guest in the Sky-televised clash between his two former clubs, Argyle and Portsmouth, at Home Park in October 2013.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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