Born in Chippenham in 1975, Darren Eadie made a name for himself as a lightning-fast left winger. A product of the Norwich youth system, Eadie made his debut for Norwich in a European match in 1993, and quickly established himself as a first team regular at Carrow Road. Unfortunately in 1995 Norwich slumped to relegation to the old Division 1.
In Division 1, Eadie was instrumental for Norwich. Scoring 6 goals in the first season from the left wing, and the next season notching an incredible 17 goals and winning the Canaries’ “Player of the Season” award, forcing the hand of then England manager Glenn Hoddle. Darren was selected to make his international debut against Brazil, but tragically was injured in training and consequently ruled out. Injuries were unfortunately the name of the game for the next two seasons for Darren Eadie, as he struggled to return to regular action. He eventually did make his comeback in the 99-00 season, scoring against Crewe on his first game back. Eadie had returned. After showing good form and fitness for Norwich, he transferred to Leicester for a then club-record £3.5million.
Darren was brought to Leicester by former manager and long time admirer Martin O’Neill. Unfortunately, injury problems persisted and in 3 and a half years at Leicester, the winger managed just 40 appearances, and never did make his England debut. Eadie retired way before his time in 2003.
Since retiring from football, Darren has worked a lot in punditry for BBC Leicester and Anglia television. Now, he runs the brilliant charity organisation Sellebrity, an auction site selling celebrity memorabilia. Get your bids in!
Darren Eadie, The North Stand salutes you!