, Ex-Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town and Leeds United man to retire aged 43

Ex-Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town and Leeds United man to retire aged 43

Former Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town and Leeds United midfielder David Norris is set to retire at the end of this season, it has been confirmed.

David Norris has played the vast majority of his career in the second-tier of English football. He’s represented the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Portsmouth and Blackpool over the years.

At 43, few footballers are still playing on a regular basis. That hasn’t been the case for Norris though, who has been on the books with non-league club Lancaster City since winter 2019.

He’s played 147 times for the club since, with 34 of those outings coming this season.

However, the 2023/24 campaign will be the last in Norris’ lengthy career. As announced by the club earlier this week, the Peterborough-born midfielder will be hanging up his boots at the end of the current season.

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, Ex-Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town and Leeds United man to retire aged 43

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A lengthy career

Few players are still going at 43, let alone playing regularly. Norris has maintained those levels in non-league for a while now, though his prime was spent in the Football League.

After coming through with Boston United, Norris would join Bolton Wanderers. After a handful of loans, he would head to Plymouth Argyle on a permanent basis. 243 appearances for the Pilgrims followed as they held down a place in the Championship.

Norris would then move to a Championship rival in 2008, joining Ipswich Town for a reported £2.4m. 118 games for the Tractor Boys would follow before a free transfer move to Portsmouth for the 2011/12 season.

That would be his only seasons at Fratton Park though, then heading to Leeds United. His time at Elland Road was hampered by injury and after 36 appearances, he left upon the termination of his contract.

Spells at Peterborough United, Yeovil Town and Blackpool would follow before spells in non-league at Leatherhead, Salford City, Shaw Lane, Boston United and now Lancaster City.

In the coming weeks, Norris will call time on a career spanning the best part of 25 years.

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