Imps’ youth team graduate Darren Huckerby has expressed his sadness after his 18-year-old son was sent to a young offenders institution for three years following robberies in Norwich City Centre.
Huckerby was a product of an impressive youth team that also spawned the likes of Ben Dixon and Matt Carbon, going on to make a series of multi-million-pound moves and play for the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle United and Leeds United. The 44-year-old also served Norwich City with distinction and after leaving the game, he settled in Norfolk.
He’s now apologised after son Ben was convicted of robbing teenagers of jewellery near Vue cinema in Norwich.
“So as a family we are incredibly disappointed and hurt by Ben’s actions, which go against everything we stand for,” the saddened star said.
“Learning the choices he made has shocked us. Our thoughts go out to those involved in this case; we are devastated that their lives were affected in this way. We haven’t been able to say this before now, to allow the legal process to come to an end.
“We accept the outcome of that legal process. Ben will now need to serve his sentence and take responsibility for his actions after which his family will support him to turn into the young man we hoped he would grow up to be.”
Huckerby, who is a member of the Former Player’s Association and has been seen at Sincil Bank in recent years, is said to be devastated by his son’s actions.
He rose to prominence under Keith Alexander’s tutorage bagging on his debut away at Shrewsbury Town to earn a 2-1 victory. He also played under Sam Ellis, Steve Wicks and John Beck, before Wicks recommended him to Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan, who snapped him up. The deal also involved a friendly at Sincil Bank, which saw £15m Alan Shearer make his first appearance in a Newcastle shirt.