Where are they now?: Kevin Reeves

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KEVIN REEVES was at Norwich in 1980 when sell-out European games were the stuff of dreams to a club whose budget meant that careful note had to be taken of the transfer fee any player could command. So John Bond, the Norwich manager, sold him to Manchester City for pounds 1.25m.

'I don't think any club has a better record than Norwich of buying from small clubs and selling on for big fees,' Reeves said. 'Phelan, Townsend, Bruce, Drinkell . . .those are just off the top of my head.' Reeves cost Norwich pounds 50,000 from Bournemouth.

For two seasons, Reeves was top scorer at Maine Road but left with only an FA Cup loser's medal. He rejoined Bond, latterly his Manchester City manager, at Burnley, but was soon struggling against the hip injury that ultimately forced him to retire in 1984, at the age of 26.

Bond made him youth coach, a role he found, to his surprise, that he liked, and the partnership continued when Bond moved to Birmingham. Both were sacked within two years, but Reeves has re-emerged as Brian Flynn's No 2 at Wrexham.

'We've been here four years this month and I've really enjoyed it. The hip became arthritic but I've had it replaced and I can play in five-a-sides now. If I can do well for Wrexham and for Brian, I'll be quite happy.'

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