Premier League icons: John Polston – News
In this feature, we count the top 15 Premier League skin designers from Norwich City. At number 10 is a versatile defender who has been a regular at the Canaries in the first three Premier League seasons.
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Biography : John Polston moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Norwich City in 1990 when he signed for £ 300,000.
A versatile defender, who could play at center or back, John made his debut for the club on Matchday 1 of the 1990/91 season when the Canaries recorded a 3-2 victory over Sunderland. Later in the season, John scored his first Canaries goal, in a 1-0 win over Everton. It was one of five goals in 51 appearances he scored in his first two seasons at the club.
However, when the Premier League came to fruition in 1992, John only found the net once in 96 appearances – despite securing a home win over top-flight Aston Villa.
He was a regular at Norwich’s starting lineup during the club’s first three Premier League seasons and during the 1994/95 campaign he played 38 of 42 appearances which was more than any other player in the team.
John remained at Norwich until 1998, but eventually lost his starting spot on the side and knee injuries hampered his return. In total, he played 263 games for the Canaries and scored 12 goals.
Towards the end of the 1992/93 season, Norwich City were fighting with Aston Villa and Manchester United for the title. Drawn 0-0 with Aston Villa at Carrow Road in late March, John Polston followed a Gary Megson header to pass Mark Bosnich and put Norwich City 1-0 with eight minutes remaining. Norwich held on for three invaluable points, but three losses in the last six games saw the Canaries finish third.
Where is he now?
John retired from football in April 2001 and started working as a personal trainer before taking his first management steps as assistant boss of Grays Athletic in 2002. In December 2015 he also joined the football team. ‘Binfield coaches. He continues to work as a personal trainer at Wokingham Bootcamps.