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He played them both - Villa: Peter Crouch

He played them both - Villa: Peter Crouch
Crouch scored 18 league goals in only 37 starts for Portsmouth - benefiting from the crossing of Robert Prosinecki - and that in a side that for much of the season looked destined to be in a relegation battle.

In March 2002, Aston Villa made a successful 5 million bid for Crouch.

He scored on his home debut for Villa, the equalising goal against Newcastle United, and managed to net twice in seven games. However, Crouch failed to hold down a regular place in the Aston Villa side in the following 2002-03 season.

Looking for first team football, he was loaned to Norwich City from September to December 2003. Although he scored only four times in 15 appearances, he was highly impressive and remains to this day popular with Norwich City supporters. So popular, in fact, he had a song made up about him (he's tall, he's lean, he's a freaky goal machine).

Crouch was sent off for retaliation during Norwich's 3-1 win at Walsall, but nonetheless his spell at Norwich renewed interest in his abilities from other clubs.

At the end of the three-month loan he returned to Aston Villa, and scored a brace against Leicester City, a late winner at Middlesbrough and the opener at Bolton.

Norwich City also recognised his contribution to the 2003-04 season that saw them win the First Division Championship by awarding him a championship medal.

Written by NinjaTim.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday March 14 2008
Time: 10:19AM

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well NinjaTim after submitting this months ago, it is finally added :-)
pompeyrug
14/03/2008 10:21:00
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Thanks Rug. Only elephants and Rug never forget!
NinjaTim
14/03/2008 10:54:00
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Nice one Tim. I love being reminded about past players as we tend to forget what they did before and after playing for Pompey. I was never a lover of Crouch (Still not), but that's more to the way teams play with him in the side rather than him as a player. He did well for Pompey though and as you say benefited from the crosses of a certain Mr P ! . Crouchy has done well in his career and although it took him a long time to reach the top nobody (not even I) can deny him the fact that he has worked hard for it. There's also a train of thought that one day Harry will bring him back to Pompey... as a foil for Defoe perhaps.. It could work !!
Chix
14/03/2008 11:26:00
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thanks tim :-)
pompeyrug
14/03/2008 11:32:00
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agree with you Chix, these are great reminders of past players - your that will be added later is another - and i never tire of them, i just wish i could make the time to do more myself... as for crouchy coming back, if benitez stays at liverpool he'll leave, if he goes crouchy will sign a new deal and stay i reckon, and i also reckon if he does leave coming back here is very, very possible!
pompeyrug
14/03/2008 11:34:00
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Nice one Tim. The key to Crouch coming back is that Pompey players are now regularly in the England squad and it would not be seen as a backward step by Capello.
eastneydave
14/03/2008 11:43:00
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Guys, do you reckon there is a place for Crouchie? I guess at least we'd have someone to stick their nut on all those long balls Jamo & Sol have been punting lately.
ChrisW
14/03/2008 11:59:00
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Well done Tim, good article , I would bring in Crouch for Kanu for next season and that would be enough for me. With Crainie and Noe fit and hopefully Linvoy we have cover at the back, and abundance in midfield and add Crouch.
Owenspompey
14/03/2008 12:24:00
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If Crouchy was to come and form a partnership with Defoe it could do both their England chances the world of good .. a club and country partnership .. with Rooney, Owen, Agbonlahor. and others all on the bench... You never know .
Chix
14/03/2008 13:20:00
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Rooney on the bench!! bloody hell we must be good at international level. If Capello left him on the bench he would get lynched.
Owenspompey
14/03/2008 15:57:00
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