Haarlem's 34 year old Dutch left back Fernando Derveld trained
with Norwich in the week commencing 14th February 2000 and played
in the 2-0 Reserve team victory over Oxford United on Monday 21st
February. Derveld opened the scoring after 15 minutes and had
a good game but Bruce Rioch decided against
signing him - the second consecutive left back to come to Norwich
on trial, to score in the reserves and then not be taken on !
Fernando had previously played for Walcheren, PSV and Willem II.
A shock return to Carrow Road occurred on 22nd March 2000 when
caretaker manager Bryan Hamilton swooped
to sign Fernando on a three month contract with a view to a permanent
move in the summer of 2000. Available on a Bosman free transfer,
Fernando signed a two year contract with the Canaries on 19th
However poor form on the pitch and a loss of confidence and fan
support, saw Fernando transfer-listed on December 7th 2000. At
the beginning of February 2001, Fernando joined West Brom on a
2 month loan with view to a permanent move for which Norwich would
expect payment. Failing to impress at The Hawthorns, making just
2 appearances, Fernando returned to Norwich on 19th March 2001
Fernando joined Danish side Odense on trial on 8th June 2001.
When that didn't materialise, Norwich terminated his contract
in June granting him the freedom to return to Holland and seek
a new club. Soon after Fernando signed a four year deal with Odense
thus depriving Norwich of a transfer fee !
Fernando returned to Holland in 2005 signing for Heerenveen,
despite interest from Twente, on a 2yr deal. In June 2006, he
returned to Denmark, joining Esbjerg. He left Esbjerg in the summer
of 2008, returning to Holland to sign for Dordrecht but they got
rid of him in November 2008
In May 2012, the Dayton Dutch Lions FC announced that their W-League
women's team would be coached by longtime professional player