Elegant midfielder David Norris joined the Tigers on loan in March 2002 and immediately made a positive impression on his debut, coming off the bench to score a goal against Mansfield in a 4-1 victory. With Brian Little recently sacked, it was hoped that Norris would spark a City rival under caretaker manager Billy Russell but Norris’s debut proved to be his highlight at Boothferry Park and he left shortly after Jan Molby was appointed as City’s new boss.
David Martin Norris was born in Stamford and played for his local Southern League side Stamford FC as a teenager. In 1999 he joined Southern League rivals Boston United and Norris scored 11 goals in 31 appearances for Steve Evans’ Pilgrims during the first half of the 1999/00 season. Norris left in January 2000 when Bolton Wanderers paid £50,000 for his signature and he made his Trotters debut in August 2000 in the League Cup against Macclesfield. In December 2000 he returned to Boston United on loan and scored seven goals in 6 starts for the newly promoted Conference National side. Norris made only three senior appearances for Bolton in 2001/02 season prior to his loan move to Hull City.
With Bolton now competing in the Premier League and signing an array of international stars, Norris was not able to break into the first team squad and in October 2002 he joined Plymouth Argyle on loan. The loan was converted to a permanent move in December 2002 and he spent five years at Home Park, becoming a fixture in the Pilgrims’ midfield and weighing in with regular goals. In 2003/04 season Plymouth won the League Division 2 title with Norris contributing five goals in 48 appearances in all competitions. He continued to show his class during four seasons in the Championship and by January 2008 Norris had made 243 appearances for Argyle and scored 28 goals.
After several bids and a transfer request from the player, Plymouth sold Norris to Ipswich Town at the end of January 2008. After a slow start to his Tractor Boys career Norris was a first team regular for three seasons in the Championship, by the time his contract expired in the 2011 close season he had made 118 appearances and scored 16 goals. He spent 2011/12 season at Portsmouth but despite his 8 goals in 42 appearances Pompey were relegated to League Division 2 in May 2012. Norris stayed in the Championship by signing for Leeds United in July 2012, but after a decent first year he suffered two seasons permanently on the sidelines, making only two further appearances. After short spells at Peterborough United and Yeovil Town, Norris joined Blackpool in September 2015 and made 38 appearances in what became his final season in the senior leagues. Norris made 497 senior appearances between 2000 and 2016, scoring 59 goals.
Between 2016 and 2018 Norris had short spells at various non-league sides, including a short return to Boston United in September 2018. In December 2018 he joined Northern Premier League side Lancaster City, ending his playing career in the 2020 close season, by which time he had started a new career as a personal trainer.
Date/Place of Birth: 22 February 1981, Stamford
Hull City First Game: 5 March 2002, Mansfield Town H (League Division 3), 21 years, 11 days old
Hull City Final Game: 6 April 2002, Luton Town H (League Division 3), 21 years, 43 days old
Stamford (1998-1999), Boston United (1999-2000), Bolton Wanderers (2000-2002), Boston United (2000-2001, loan), Hull City (2002, loan), Plymouth Argyle (2002, loan), Plymouth Argyle (2002-2008), Ipswich Town (2008-2011), Portsmouth (2011-2012), Leeds United (2012-2015), Peterborough United (2015), Yeovil Town (2015), Blackpool (2015-2016), Leatherhead (2016), Salford City (2017), Shaw Lane (2017-2018), Boston United (2018), Lancaster City (2018-2020)
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Career: 6 apps, 1 goalsDavid Norris