Saturday, 26 February 2011
The Rochdale manager was Tony Collins, who had himself been a Canary player between 1953 and 1955, making 31 appearances. He was in charge at Spotland for over 350 matches in a seven year reign, and was the first black manager of a Football League club.
more on these matches can be found at http://canaryseventyninety.blogspot.com/2010/04/league-cup-winners-1962.html
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Norwich City 17 wins Barnsley 9 wins 12 draws
Norwich goals 56 Barnsley goals 37
Norwich City 15 wins Barnsley 8 wins 11 draws
Norwich goals 51 Barnsley goals 33
All league games at Norwich
Norwich City 8 wins Barnsley 2 wins 7 draws
Norwich goals 26 Barnsley goals 12
All league games at Barnsley
Norwich City 7 wins Barnsley 6 wins 4 draws
Norwich goals 25 Barnsley goals 21
Norwich City 2 wins Barnsley 1 win 1 draw
Norwich goals 5 Barnsley goals 4
Barnsley have a long record of playing in the second tier of English football, and thirty two of their matches with Norwich City have been at that level, twenty of them since 1992. The first league meeting took place on the 27th of October 1934 when Norwich gained promotion to Division Two, with Barnsley winning 2-1 at home. The Tykes also won the return fixture at the Nest the following May 1-0. Norwich's first win in the series came in the next season, at Oakwell, a 3-2 win with goals from Jack Vinall, Bernard Robinson and Frank Manders.
Norwich were relegated just before World War Two so the next games in the series did not take place until 1959, a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road and a 2-0 win for Barnsley at Oakwell in Division Three. This however proved to be a lone season for fixtures, Norwich were promoted to Division Two, and Barnsley were destined for a 20 year spell of third and fourth level football, so the clubs had to wait until 1981-82 before the next clash.
Eighties fixtures were again spasmodic, with the Canaries establishing themselves in the top flight, but after 1995 they have occurred regularly except when either club has been away from the second level. The biggest win in the series came on the 26th of August 2006 with Norwich cruising to a 5-1 victory thanks to strikes from Robert Earnshaw (two goals, one of them a penalty), Carl Robinson, Lee Croft, and Darren Huckerby. All of this happened after Barnsley's Antony Kay had been sent off in the 12th minute.
On the 17th of January 2009, Norwich won 4-0 through goals from Wes Hoolahan, Jamie Cureton, Sammy Clingan (pen) and Daryl Russell. Caretaker boss that day was Bryan Gunn, and four days later he was to be appointed to the position of full time manager. Barnsley's only win at Carrow Road was in 1937, and they have not beaten Norwich since the opening day of the 2000 season. The Canaries are in a sequence of having won nine of the last ten matches played against Barnsley. In the 2010-11 season they won both the Championship clashes, coming from behind to secure a 2-1 triumph courtesy of an own goal and a Chris Martin winner at Carrow Road, and then 2-0 at Oakwell with an Andrew Crofts double, the second a stunning turn and volley.
In cup football, four games have taken place in the FA Cup. Barnsley won after a replay in 1922, and Norwich won the ties of 1953 and 1992. The clubs have never been drawn together in the League Cup.
Barnsley were founded long before Norwich City, way back in 1887 as Barnsley St Peters. They joined the Second Division of the Football League in 1898. They lost the 1910 FA Cup final to Newcastle United, but won the trophy two years later in 1912 with a 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion. Playing for them that day was George Travers, who went on to play for the Canaries in the early 1920's. When the Football League resumed after World War One, Barnsley were expected to take a place in the expanded First Division. They missed out to Arsenal after a ballot and had to remain in Division Two, but it was uncovered years later that the London club had bribed other members to ensure they secured sufficient votes. The only time Barnsley have therefore appeared in the top flight was in the Premier League season of 1997-98.
Other Canaries with connections with Barnsley include Mark Robins (current manager of the Tykes), Jason Shackell and Mick McGuire.
To see what part Barnsley have played in the history of Norwich City Football Club, just pop their name into the search facility in the sidebar.
Most recent games
26 Feb 2011 (Championship) Barnsley 0 Norwich City 2
26 Feb 2011 (Championship) Barnsley 0 Norwich City 2
11 Sep 2010 (Championship) Norwich City 2 Barnsley 1
17 Jan 2009 (Championship) Norwich City 4 Barnsley 0
27 Sep 2008 (Championship) Barnsley 0 Norwich City 0
23 Feb 2008 (Championship) Norwich City 1 Barnsley 0
12 Jan 2008 (Championship) Barnsley 1 Norwich City 3
pictured : midfielder Mick McGuire who played 203 games as a Canary before moving to Barnsley in 1983
Saturday, 19 February 2011
A much more detailed tribute to Justin Fashanu will one day appear on SUTRE! but for now, I will direct you to the definitive moment of his Norwich career which appeared on the blog on the 7th of June 2010. Enjoy, and be thoughtful today of a special Canary, taken from us at the far too young age of 37.
1992-1993 - 15,293 (best : v Ipswich Town 20,032)
1993-1994 - 17,716 (best : v Aston Villa 20,650)
1994-1995 - 18,712 (best : v Tottenham Hotspur 21,814)
2004-2005 - 24,350 (best : v Manchester United 25,522)
Friday, 18 February 2011
In 1906-07, eight clubs contested the competition. As well as the Citizens, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Hastings & St Leonards, Leyton, Luton Town, New Brompton and Watford also took part. Norwich's first game was on Monday the 3rd of September 1906, a 4-2 away win against Leyton. Willie Wood scored twice with one each from Duncan Ronaldson and Alexander Birnie. Six games out of fourteen were won as the club finished fourth in the final league table.
The following season 1907-08, the club did not enter the competition. It was a summer of discontent, with Norwich managerless following the resignation of John Bowman and many boardroom upheavals. However in 1908-09, with Norwich now known as the Canaries and re-located from Newmarket Road to The Nest, they played in the United League once again. By this time it was made up of east and west Midlands based sides, namely Coventry City, Grantham Avenue, Lincoln City, Peterborough City and Walsall, plus Rotherham Town. Poor attendances however continued to be a problem and after taking into consideration the distance that Norwich had to travel to away matches, it could barely have been worth it financially. Increasingly trial players were given a chance - eight players used during the campaign appeared in the United League but not in the Southern League. City finished in third place, though only a point adrift of winners Rotherham. The last match they ever played in this league was on the 29th of April 1909 at home to Grantham Avenue. The score was 7-0 to Norwich, with Sam Gunton scoring five times, plus others from S Bacon and W Silor.
Thereafter City reverted back to playing just in the Southern League, with crowds and interest in football steadily increasing despite fewer matches being on offer.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Norwich City 17 wins Leeds United 19 wins 14 draws
Norwich goals 77 Leeds goals 77
Norwich City 16 wins Leeds United 17 wins 11 draws
Norwich goals 68 Leeds goals 61
All league games at Norwich
Norwich City 12 wins Leeds United 5 wins 5 draws
Norwich goals 42 Leeds goals 27
All league games at Leeds
Norwich City 4 wins Leeds United 12 wins 6 draws
Norwich goals 26 Leeds goals 34
Norwich City 1 win Leeds United 2 wins 3 draws
Norwich goals 9 Leeds goals 16
Leeds United were formed significantly later than Norwich City, in 1919. They came into being following the demise of the original club in the area, Leeds City, who disbanded following allegations that they had made payments to players during World War One. United immediately joined the Midland League and in 1920 were purchased by the chairman of Huddersfield Town, with the intention of possibly amalgamating the two clubs. Public protest scuppered such a move and in 1920, Leeds United were voted into the Football League, taking up a place in Division Two, one level above Norwich.
Thereafter, Leeds spent most of the time up to World War Two in the top division, so the Canaries did not enter their radar. However, the first match between the clubs took place in 1935, in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Norwich were newly promoted to Division Two that season, the highest level in their history at the time, and held Division One Leeds to a 3-3 draw at the Nest, thanks to goals from Alf Kirchen (2) and Jack Vinall. The replay four days later at Elland Road sensationally finished in a 2-1 victory to the Canaries. Vinall scored again, as did Ken Burditt, as Norwich further enhanced their burgeoning reputation of a club going upwards.
It was to be twenty five years before the next clash and the first Football League encounter. It was on the 22nd October 1960 in Division 2, Norwich winning 3-2 (Derrick Lythgoe (2) and Brian Whitehouse) on the Yorkshiremen's first ever appearance at Carrow Road. Leeds' first victory over City came in the return fixture, 1-0. Contests took place for another three seasons, then Leeds were promoted as champions.
When the clubs next met it was in the top flight on the 2nd of September 1972. Leeds won, 2-0, as they did the return match, 2-1 at Carrow Road, and both games the following season when Norwich were relegated. When City returned to Division One after just one season's absence, the sides drew 1-1 in Norfolk but Norwich strolled to a 3-0 win in Yorkshire, their first win over their rivals at the top level. The strikes that day came from Ted MacDougall (2) and Mick McGuire. The Canaries had another single season in Division Two at the start of the eighties of course, but on their return in 1981-82 Leeds had themselves been relegated. They spent the rest of the decade in the second level and the only time during that period that City joined them was 1985-86. Steve Bruce and Kevin Drinkell goals gave Norwich a 2-0 win at Elland Rd. At Carrow Road later in the season they repeated the feat - and a David Williams strike and an own goal completed a 4-0 thumping.
Norwich and Leeds were both back in Division One for the start of the nineties, and were founder members of the Premier League. One highlight for Norwich was a 4-0 away win in 1993 (the last occasion on which they have won at Leeds) - Jeremy Goss scored with a stunning shot from a Ruel Fox cross. The goal was voted BBC Match Of The Day Goal of the Month. When City lost their position in that competition on the last day of the 1994-95 season, it came about from a last day defeat at Elland Road. The Canaries had been leading 1-0 but with ten minutes left, Leeds were controversially awarded a penalty. There were scenes of mass protest from the City players who were incensed by the injustice of the decision. Leeds equalised and then added a winner in the closing minutes to send Norwich back to the second tier of English football.
It was ten years before paths crossed again, in the Championship, with Leeds winning 1-0 at Carrow Road. In the 2009-10 season the clubs met in the third tier for the first time ever. Leeds gained a 2-1 last minute home win but by the time of the return fixture, which Norwich won 1-0 with a late Chris Martin strike, the Canaries had overhauled a huge Leeds advantage in the race to become champions and had themselves established an almost unassailable position in the league table. Both sides were promoted though and in the Championship game of 2010-11 at Carrow Road, City secured a 1-1 draw thanks to a Leon Barnett header in the second half. The return fixture was again drawn, this time 2-2 with Norwich goals coming from Henri Lansbury and Wes Hoolahan.
Six games in the series have been FA Cup clashes (including those 1935 matches) although the teams have only been drawn out of the hat together three times. In 1973 it took two replays to settle the tie, Leeds winning 5-0 at Villa Park after draws in Norfolk and Yorkshire. In 1977, Leeds won 5-2 at home in the 3rd Round. The clubs have never met in any of the other cup competitions.
Leeds have been English champions three times (1969), (1974) and (1992) and won the FA Cup in 1972 and the League Cup in 1968. Their success in Europe has come in the shape of two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup triumphs, in 1968 and 1971.
Amongst those with connections to both clubs are Jon Newsome, Billy Hampson, Darren Huckerby and Major Frank Buckley.
To see what part Leeds United have played in the history of Norwich City Football Club, just pop their name into the search facility in the sidebar.
Most recent games
19 Feb 2011 (Championship) Leeds United 2 Norwich City 2
19 Feb 2011 (Championship) Leeds United 2 Norwich City 2
20 Nov 2010 (Championship) Norwich City 1 Leeds United 1
27 Mar 2010 (League One) Norwich City 1 Leeds United 0
19 Oct 2009 (League One) Leeds United 2 Norwich City 1
3 Feb 2007 (Championship) Norwich City 2 Leeds United 1
5 Aug 2006 (Championship) Leeds United 1 Norwich City 0
pictured : Canary legend Darren Huckerby, who moved from Coventry to Leeds United for a reputed fee of £6 million in 1999.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
..............history isn't just about yesteryear, it's also happening right now, and is brought to you on a regular basis in The Canary Chronicles
But as the days, weeks and months have ticked by, the Canaries have maintained a position in the table that would qualify at least for an end of season stab at the play-offs - they have been in the top six since the 28th of November 2010, the day Ipswich were trounced 4-1 at Carrow Road. So inevitably, with two thirds of the programme now complete, even the more pessimistic of supporters are starting to think it could be a year that will see further success for Norwich City. A top two finish is still feasible of course, but first things first.............let's look at what history tells us we need as a final points tally in order to finish in the top six.
Here is a run down of the performance of the sixth placed team for the last ten seasons in the Championship/Division One competition :
2009-10 Blackpool 70 points
2008-09 Preston 74 points
2007-08 Watford 70 points
2006-07 Southampton 75 points
2005-06 Crystal Palace 75 points
2004-05 West Ham United 73 points
2003-04 Crystal Palace 73 points
2002-03 Nottingham Forest 74 points
2001-02 Norwich City 75 points
2000-01 West Bromwich Albion 74 points
With fifteen games to go, City have 54 points. So, as near as damn it, another twenty would just about secure a play-off place. I suspect many fans are already looking down the fixture list and working out where they might come from. There will be many a twist and turn before the season has ended, but it is useful to understand where exactly the finishing line is likely to be.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
The scale I have come up with is entirely personal, using both my own memories and experience, and my knowledge of club history. And virtually all readers will have their own views and observations to make on the last five years. In truth, if you look back on parts one and two of this article (published here on Sing Up The River End! on the last two Sundays), you will see that the club has merely followed the patterns of history. Whilst there have been periods of stability with not much happening, the club have made a great habit of following success with a short bout of failure, before bouncing rapidly back with another good season. Modern day supporters will feel they have been subjected to a fair amount of torture in the recent past, and I would not argue against that. All I would say is that such extremes of emotion go hand in glove with being a fan of the Canaries. Don't think you are unique. I demonstrated these heights and depths in part one (my forty years or more as a supporter) and part two (the seventy years before that) !
What I will try to do though, is grade the more recent events against those of yesteryear; place them where I think they lie in the overall scheme of things.
For those not familiar with the earlier articles, I gave a mark out of ten to some of the more significant moments in Norwich City history. Top with a score of 9 out of ten is the 1971-72 Second Division Championship winning season. At the bottom is the re-election and near financial ruin of 1957, which I graded at 2.
If I were to go through each of the last six seasons with a fine tooth comb, I could of course come up with individual days that would score ten down to zero ! But that is not the point of the exercise. I am more concerned with periods of history, and taking a look at where events have left the club overall.
One of the major problems as far as supporter contentment has been concerned, stems from the fact that after Premier League relegation, everyone expected an immediate promotion back. If Nigel Worthington got us up to the top flight in the first place, it was surely a formality that we would go straight back up again. After all, that is what we did on a number of occasions in the seventies and eighties. Of course life, nor football, is ever that straightforward. My own opinion is that Worthington did a great job getting us there in the first place, putting together an excellent and entertaining side that won Division One with something to spare. But a year later, after a relegation that was ultimately cruel and humiliating, the club had something of a beat up look about it. Finishing 9th in the Championship was disappointing. Looking back however, I bet most supporters would have settled for a couple more years of that, had they known what was about to follow.
The departure of Nigel Worthington was inevitable as the club struggled even more in the early parts of 2006-07. His successor Peter Grant lasted in the job four days short of a year, and during that period, Norwich's position in the Championship table worsened - lower half had turned to rock bottom by October 2007. The appointment of Glenn Roeder did have a positive effect. Not everyone recalls that not only was relegation avoided, but by the end of February after a run that saw only one defeat in sixteen games, the Canaries were up to 12th and only 7 points off a play-off place. Another massive Norwich City turnaround in fortune. Followed by...........yes of course, nine defeats in the last fourteen games, but nevertheless, safety and relief.
So if I take that period between 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, I guess I would mark it at 5.5. Disappointing, frustrating. But in the course of history, not the worst.
It was however a defining period, because the things that happened during it paved the way for what has been a crazy two and a half year period, and more emotional extremes................
2008-09 was a season in which the club was hardly ever out of the relegation danger zone. With the financial position also worsening, the side was filled with loanees. The heart and soul of Norwich City had been ripped away. By the time Bryan Gunn took over in mid January, the writing was on the wall, and despite an initial revival, relegation down to the third level was confirmed on the final day of the season. The worst day ever in our history ? Well, it is hard to argue against it. I am a 1959 model myself. I thought it poignant that for the first time in my supporting life, the Canaries were out of the top two levels of English football. New territory, second rate territory, even for me. The other thing about the whole situation was that there seemed no hope that anything better would come along soon. I for one was not going to fall into the trap of a few years earlier and assume we would be far too good for League One. However, was it worse than the situation of 1957. No. Nearly maybe, but not quite. I will score 2008-09 just marginally higher, at 2.5. On both occasions we were heading for bankruptcy but it must be remembered that in 1957 we were right at the bottom of the Football League. The club could have disappeared altogether. In 2009 we were in freefall yes, but had not gone as low as we could have done.
I need not go too much into the next eighteen months, which takes us up to today. Other than to say the reversal in fortune has yet again been swift and spectacular. In those darkest of days there was one thing that no supporter understood. We could not see beyond the management upheavals, the short term signings and the warnings that the club was going bust. Amongst all of that, the board of directors changed, and with it came a resolve and quality that has rarely been witnessed at Norwich City Football Club. And the appointment of Paul Lambert was the final, vital, part of the jigsaw. The winning of League One in 2009-10 was a huge achievement. And yes it was right to celebrate it with an open top bus parade. Because not only did the triumph restore our position in terms of league status, it also stopped the slide. In no uncertain style as well it must be said. The club showed real determination and backbone to get back up at the first attempt. It was a season that should be treasured, as I am sure it always will be for those who lived through every kick of it.
Was it a bigger achievement than the title of 1971-72. I have to say no. It was after all a division lower than the Ron Saunders led campaign. But in terms of historical importance it is very close to being the most significant achievement the club has ever had. For now, I will give it 8.25 - as I did the winning of the same division in 1933-34. However, that is my view as things stand today. If in time 2009-10 provides the springboard for even greater things, that score will rise !!
I am not sure how many viewers have stayed with this article through all three parts. It has been fun for me to write, with a little bit more personal opinion than is usual amongst all of the facts and figures that appear on Sing Up The River End!
If there is one thing I hope readers will take away from the series, it is this. As you go through your Canary supporting lives, there will always be good days and bad days. Good seasons and bad seasons. Good periods and bad periods. In the course of a lifetime, it may well even itself out. So don't despair in the darkest hours, because brighter times are never far away.
But when things are going well, bloody well enjoy them. Because with Norwich City, you never know what is awaiting around the next bend.
part one of this article can be found at http://canaryseventyninety.blogspot.com/2011/01/scaling-heights-and-depths-of-history.html
part two of this article can be found at http://canaryseventyninety.blogspot.com/2011/02/scaling-heights-and-depths-of-history.html
Saturday, 12 February 2011
15 Jan 10 1st Round (h) Queens Park Rangers drew 0-0
19 Jan 10 Replay (a) Queens Park Rangers lost 3-0
14 Jan 11 1st Round (h) Sunderland won 3-1
4 Feb 11 2nd Round (a) Bradford City lost 2-1
13 Jan 12 1st Round (a) Blackburn Rovers lost 4-1
11 Jan 13 1st Round (a) Leicester Fosse abandoned after 65 mins due to snow (0-0)
18 Jan 13 1st Round (a) Leicester Fosse won 4-1
1 Feb 13 2nd Round (a) Bristol Rovers drew 1-1
6 Feb 13 Replay (h) Bristol Rovers drew 2-2 aet
10 Feb 13 2nd Replay (n) Bristol Rovers lost 1-0 *
29 Nov 13 4th Qual Rnd (h) Walthamstow Grange won 6-0
13 Dec 13 5th Qual Rnd (h) Halifax Town won 2-0
10 Jan 14 1st Rnd (a) Crystal Palace lost 2-1
9 Jan 15 1st Rnd (a) Nottingham Forest won 4-1
30 Jan 15 2nd Rnd (h) Tottenham Hotspur won 3-2
20 Feb 15 3rd Rnd (a) Bradford City drew 1-1
27 Feb 15 Replay (h) Bradford City drew 0-0
3 Mar 15 2nd Replay (n) Bradford City lost 2-0 **
20 Dec 19 6th Qual Rnd (a) Darlington lost 5-0
* played at Stamford Bridge
** played at Sincil Bank, Lincoln
No matches were played during World War One
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
...........keeping a beady eye on ex Canaries and those out on loan
As Norwich City strive to maintain their position at the top end of the Championship, they have been hurt recently by former players scoring vital goals. On Saturday ex loanee Dean Marney netted one of the two Burnley goals at Turf Moor that consigned the Canaries to a rare defeat. And Craig Bellamy and Rob Earnshaw continue to find the net regularly for Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest respectively. It is bad enough seeing our closest rivals winning...................but even worse when an old boy has a hand in it !
Gary Megson, former Norwich City player and manager, last week became the boss of League One Sheffield Wednesday. Megson held the reins at Carrow Road in the mid nineties for 27 games, replacing Martin O'Neill in charge. It wasn't a happy time, with just 5 wins secured, and at the end of the 1995-96 season he was sacked in favour of Mike Walker. It was Megson's first taste of football management, and in the intervening years he has been boss at seven other clubs before joining the Owls - Blackpool, Stockport County, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers. His best spell came at the Hawthorns where he twice led West Brom to the Premier League and secured a winning percentage in excess of 42%. His worst time was at Norwich where he produced just 18.5% games won. However the twenty seven games as Norwich boss is not his shortest stay at a club - he managed Stoke City on twenty two occasions and Leicester City only nine times. He could well prove an ideal choice to arrest the decline of Sheffield Wednesday.
One man who should not be forgotten by City fans from last season is defender Michael Rose. He joined in January on loan from Stockport County and scored a vital goal on his debut against Hartlepool, a fierce shot that proved to be the winner. In total he made 12 appearances during Norwich's title winning campaign. He was released by Stockport in the summer after the Canaries had decided not to sign him permanently, and he joined Swindon Town in League One. He has been pretty much a regular for them this term, making twenty seven appearances so far in all competitions. He has scored three goals, but was sent off last month in the 1-0 home defeat to Yeovil. It was his first red card since January 2004 when he was dismissed playing for Hereford against Morecambe in the Football Conference. During his time with the Canaries he kept a perfectly clean record with not a single yellow card let alone red.
Dickson Etuhu had a spell at Norwich City, firstly as a loanee, before becoming a permanent signing, between 2005 and 2007, and has since gone on to play regular Premier League football. After the Canaries, he moved to Sunderland for £1.5 million but after just one season transferred to Fulham for the same fee. Since August 2008 he has chalked up 85 appearances in all competitions at Craven Cottage, in European competition as well as the Premier League. He has also played for Nigeria sixteen times so far, including games in the World Cup and the African Cup Of Nations. It cannot always be said that players leaving Carrow Road go on to better things in their footballing careers, but in the case of Dickson Etuhu, he has clearly gone onwards and upwards.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Now in this second post, I will make an attempt to use the same logic on events 'before my time'. It is of course an entirely different exercise. No longer can I draw from personal memory and experience. I will instead need to use imagination alongside my knowledge of the history of NCFC :
8.75 - pride of place must go to the 1958-59 FA Cup run that saw the Third Division Canaries reach the semi final of the competition. The nation loves underdogs, and Norwich City toppled a number of top class sides along the way, including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur and were eventually knocked out only after a replay against Luton Town. This episode brought City into the public glare, in the days when the FA Cup was truly a treasured event. The members of the team - the 59'ers as they are now famously known - remain men of legend. I can only imagine how fantastic it must have been to have lived in Norwich during this time. My own love for football did not start until the second half of the next decade though I have always been proud that I was actually born in 1959. A special year for special NCFC people !!
8.25 - the 1933-34 season saw Norwich City lift their first ever major trophy, the Third Division South championship. This was a significant time for the club, not only raising them up to the second level of English football for the first time, but also marking a tremendous change in fortune for the Canaries - just two years earlier they had suffered the hurt of having to apply for re-election back into the Football League. Winning the Division also paved the way for the move to Carrow Road, in itself a huge part of the club's development. The Nest was getting unbearably cramped for space, and the pride and excitement of Norwich City having a champion side for the first time ensured interest would only go in one direction.
8 - I guess most promotions are exciting, but they are really only valuable, in historical terms, if a club goes on to build on the success. By finishing as runners-up in Division Three South in 1959-60, the Canaries demonstrated that the cup exploits of the previous year were no fluke. But more importantly, this elevation in status took City back to the second level for the first time since just before World War Two. It led to the building of foundations that would hold firm for the next 50 years. All current supporters know exactly when the club were next to play at the level they were at back in 1959-60.
7.75 - it would be remiss of me to leave out the day Norwich City actually joined the Football League. Pre World War One and for the initial season after it finished, the club played in either the Norfolk & Suffolk League or the Southern League. Canary fans of the period were, I am sure, just happy to see war over and life starting to get back to some kind of normality in 1920. But it must also have been amazingly exciting to see the Southern League clubs transferred pretty much en bloc into the Football League, and for Norwich City to be part of that. It brought opportunity - success would enable the club to move up divisions and mix it with the very best in the land, something denied whilst they were playing non league football.
7 - and perhaps in a similar vein to above, 1905 and the move from amateur football to professional. I have already written articles on Sing Up The River End! about this time in history - the way the club were 'caught' breaking the rules of amateurism and, after accepting their punishment, immediately embraced the concept of going professional. Such was the strength of character of a number of people involved with Norwich City at the time, it was probable that few fans were worried that the club might fold. Instead it was a huge step up to join the Southern League and play bigger named opponents.
6 - winning the League Cup in 1962. This was something else I could only read about as a kid, much like the 1959 cup run. But it made me so incredibly proud to see the name of Norwich City alongside the list of winners in my football annuals. People may be surprised I have not graded it higher. In truth, the earliest years of the League Cup were a bit hit and miss - it was founded the year before the Canaries won it and was introduced so that clubs could earn more revenue now they were able to play under floodlights. Not all of the top sides entered in 1961-62, but it still provided a momentous achievement for Norwich City, not least off the back of the achievements of the 59'ers and the subsequent Division Three South promotion.
4 - we are now starting to plumb the depths, not quite the lowest we will go, but heading that way. In 1930-31 (when they finished bottom of Division Three South) and 1946-47 and 1947-48 (when they finished one from bottom), Norwich City had to seek re-election back into the Football League. This was part of the constitution of the competition, and something once again that I have written about before on this blog. Modern day fans may be horrified at the very idea that the four worst placed sides in the land (two in the North and two in the South) faced extinction each summer. In truth, it was not very often that the clubs seeking re-election were not voted back in by their fellow members. When they were excluded, it tended to be for financial reasons more than anything else. But make no mistake, these were desperately poor times for Norwich City Football Club - on and off the field. And times when only the staunchest of supporters would have stuck with the club. But they did, as indeed fans have throughout all periods of Canary history.
2 - but however poor things were in the late forties, they would get even worse by the mid fifties. The lowest mark on the scale in part one of this article was 3 (for the sheer tragedy of the 1984-85 relegation - the Coventry/Everton stitch up). But the re-election application of 1957 was surely the lowest ebb of club history. Bottom of Division Three South, and this time in severe financial trouble as well, caused in part by the addition of floodlights to Carrow Road. It is fair to say Norwich City could so easily have gone under. It was certainly far from being certain that the city would see league football again unless sufficient funds could be raised to keep things going.Thankfully, due to the efforts of Geoffrey Watling and Arthur South, the club were saved. After public appeals,the response of fans and the local community, including significantly Eastern Counties Newspapers, saw enough money raised to keep the club going. It was just in the nick of time too. The following season was to be the last of regionalised football in the third tier and in 1958-59 the Fourth Division was introduced. But by then the Canaries had, not for the first time in their history made a remarkable turnaround - they finished in the top half of the table and made certain the club did not fall to the fourth level. 1957 was a hugely important year in our history - the darkest period the club has known in my opinion. Had things not worked out the way they did, it is reasonable to say that Norwich City Football Club would not exist today, at least not in the way we know it.
So that's it, my attempt to grade older history for comparison with the events listed in part one. I have not covered every event - in fact I have deliberately left out 1917 when the club went bust and folded, and the relegation of 1938-39. Part of my analysis in coming up with these scales is to try to understand how supporters would have felt with the various events, and with these two, during World War One and just prior to World War Two, they would have had more important things to worry about. It would also be wrong to feel sorry for the well being of any football club at a time when people were losing their lives.
In the third and final part of this series, which I hope to publish next week, I will go the full circle and attempt to scale the events of the last five years and put current times into some sort of historical context.
All of this is of course, personal opinion. But will anything beat the high of promotion in 1971-72 or the low of near financial ruin in 1956-57 ?
We shall see.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
First game : 2nd September 1961 versus Liverpool home Division Two 2-1 defeat
Last game : 6th September 1967 versus Derby County home Division Two 3-2 win
Signed from : Wolverhampton Wanderers
Next club : Chester City
Played professionally : until 1968
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Football League 1923-1924
Division Three South
Plymouth Argyle 55
Swansea Town 52
Swindon Town 47
Luton Town 46
Bristol Rovers 43
Newport County 43
Norwich City 40
Aberdare Athletic 38
Merthyr Town 38
Charlton Athletic 37
Exeter City 37
Southend United 34
Full City Record : P42 W16 D8 L18 F60 A59 PTS40 Manager : Bert Gosnell
Huddersfield Town were English champions
Newcastle United won the FA Cup
In This Year : The Walt Disney Company was founded
The first ever Winter Olympics take place at Chamonix, France
Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin dies
Final league placings will be posted on a regular basis until every table is listed - click on the label below for years posted so far.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
..............history isn't just about yesteryear, it's also happening right now, and is brought to you on a regular basis in The Canary Chronicles
Michael Nelson was a fine servant to Norwich City Football Club in his relatively short time at Carrow Road. With just 45 appearances in all competitions for the Canaries, the respect the fans had for the man was not the result of longevity. It came more from his thoroughly committed attitude to go out onto the field and give his best. He was typical of the Paul Lambert ethos - though it should never be forgotten that he was in fact a Bryan Gunn signing, in June 2009 - and when called to duty, rarely did he fail to deliver one hundred percent effort.
I took an instant liking to The Admiral when he signed. I think I saw in him some old fashioned virtues - he reminded me maybe of past centre halves of Norwich City, players like Phil Hoadley or Colin Prophett, men who are not household names in the history of the club, but who, like Micky Nelson, gave hard and sometimes towering performances in the heart of defence.
And I am not alone. Within minutes of the news breaking, Twitter was flooded with comment from the NCFC community - a mixture of surprise and disappointment with huge dollops of respect and thanks. One person even suggested a tear had been shed. So heartfelt were the good wishes, that by eleven o'clock, the man himself had responded, asking the club to Tweet back his thanks for all that had been said.
Yesterday it was reported that Paul Lambert had let him go 'with a heavy heart'. With his 31st birthday just six weeks away, the player needed to be playing, and the move to Scunthorpe on a two and a half year deal gave him the security of that. All round, a good sensible bit of business for all concerned.
For many current fans, Michael Nelson will never be forgotten. His winning headed goal last season at The Valley against Charlton Athletic (one of five occasions on which he netted for City) guaranteed promotion back to the Championship. In the 89 minutes either side of that incident, he played a major role in a staunch rearguard performance that was typical of the man. The following week he scored again, in the two nil home win against stubborn Gillingham - thereby helping to secure the championship title.
For fans who take up following the Canaries in the future, he will, like many of the older players I mention here on Sing Up The River End, be not much more than a name with a few statistics attached. Those who witnessed The Admiral first hand will know there was so much more than that to his story. And I hope that in thirty years time people are still telling it.
Thanks Micky Nelson. Top bloke.
We are talking about nine goals in total that have hit the net in the 90th minute or beyond so far this season.
Seven have been in the Championship.
Two in the League Cup.
Now for that stunning information : the nine goals have been scored by nine different players.
Michael Nelson v Watford (Championship)
Chris Martin v Gillingham (League Cup)
Grant Holt v Scunthorpe (Championship)
Simeon Jackson v Swansea (Championship)
Jens Berthel Askou v Blackburn Rovers (League Cup)
Andrew Crofts v Burnley (Championship)
Wes Hoolahan v Sheff United (Championship)
Russell Martin v Cardiff City (Championship)
Henri Lansbury v Millwall (Championship)
The league goals have secured six additional points for City - Scunthorpe (2 points), Burnley (1 point), Cardiff City (1 point) and Millwall (2 points).
.................the pitchside at Carrow Road was adorned with a row of little blue invalid carriages ?
They truly were a 'feature' of the Carrow Road scene, huddled in the corner, between the River End and the Main Stand. Four, five, maybe six of them, parked bumper to bumper, with the drivers watching the game from behind their windscreens.
To get to their parking area, they often had to do a circuit of the ground, slowly wobbling their way along the track that went around the pitch. This path was easily wide enough to take the slowly driven carriages, but they did have a problem negotiating the back of the goals - firstly at the Barclay End, then the River End. Stewards used to watch them through..........you can imagine the fuss if they had ever driven into the hanging nets - it would most likely have led to the posts coming down. Occasionally a driver needed a bit of help, the carriages would get stuck on the grass. It seemed easy for them to roll over, though I never saw that happen.
In truth, he was just happy to be there. We are talking about the days when football grounds had little or no facilities for disabled fans. But he loved his football, and his club. The whole matchday experience was one mighty effort for him, not least getting out of the ground after the final whistle. My uncle's carriage enjoyed stalling at regular intervals. I remember once seeing him stuck on the hill towards Carrow Bridge, and supporters pushing him to safety.
It is a better world that we live in today, but I will never lose these special personal memories of Carrow Road in the seventies.
[This series is dedicated to Canary fans who went to Carrow Road in the 1970's. You know who you are!]
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Norwich City 32 wins Millwall 25 wins 22 draws
Norwich goals 120 Millwall goals 118
Norwich City 27 wins Millwall 25 wins 20 draws
Norwich goals 105 Millwall goals 110
All league games at Norwich
Norwich City 20 wins Millwall 5 wins 11 draws
Norwich goals 66 Millwall goals 40
All league goals at Millwall
Norwich City 7 wins Millwall 20 wins 9 draws
Norwich goals 39 Millwall goals 70
Norwich City 5 wins Millwall 0 wins 2 draws
Norwich 15 goals Millwall 8 goals
Millwall were founder members of the Southern League in 1894, and were known in those days as Millwall Athletic. The clubs therefore first clashed in non league football, from 1905-06 when Norwich turned professional themselves. In 1920-21, when the Football League Division Three was created from Southern League members, both clubs made the upward move in status and the first league clash took place on the 4th of December 1920. It was played at The Nest, and Norwich won 2-0 with George Travers scoring both goals. A week later Millwall Athletic won by the same score.
When northern clubs joined the league the next season, both Norwich and Millwall (they dropped Athletic at this point) were put into Division Three South, and shared this level until Millwall won the division in 1927-28. During this time City were unable to gain a single victory at The Den, and suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat there in 1926. Millwall got their first league win at Norwich in 1927, 2-0.
Millwall played at a division higher than Norwich until 1933-34, when they finished bottom of Division Two and were relegated. But still no further fixtures took place as in that very same season Norwich were crowned Division Three South champions and therefore took their position in the higher level. It was 1938-39 before Millwall joined them there, and then only for a single season as it was Norwich's turn to be relegated ! Millwall won 6-0 at The Den, and 2-0 in their first ever game at Carrow Road, an historic occasion as the match was watched by King George VI who was visiting the city for the day.
By the third season after World War Two, the clubs were back at the same level, the third, and stayed together for ten seasons, a period during which the Canaries won four times away. But in 1957-58, the last year of regional league football, Millwall finished one from bottom and were placed into the new Fourth Division. Norwich meantime went into Division Three and soon after won promotion to Division Two. It took until 1966-67 for Millwall to catch them, and Norwich had a 5-2 thumping waiting - two goals apiece from Ken Foggo and Mike Kenning, and another from John Manning. Division Two matches continued until Norwich finished champions in 1971-72, and in the single years when they were relegated back down. Included in this run was a 6-1 Canaries romp in 1985, Kevin Drinkell and Mark Barham found the scoresheet, and slightly more unusually so too did David Williams (twice), Peter Mendham and Mike Phelan.
During Norwich's history peak of the eighties to mid nineties, Millwall played in the second and third tiers of English football but the Lions did eventually manage to claw their way back to equality when they won Division Two in 1987-88. Their top flight existence however has only ever consisted of two seasons - in the four league matches with Norwich, two were drawn and the other two finished in City victories.
It was 1995-96 before paths crossed again, when Norwich dropped to Division One, but again just the one season as Millwall finished 22nd in the final table and went down. And so a wait until 2001-02 for the next fixture, though matches have been no more than semi regular this century, with Norwich playing at all three top levels and Millwall bobbling between the second and third. The two games of the 2009-10 season were played in League One, City winning 2-0 at home with strikes from Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt, and Millwall getting revenge 2-1 in the return fixture. Both sides were promoted at the end of the season, City as champions and Millwall via the play-offs. In the 2010-11 Championship, Norwich gained a point at the Den - a 74th minute shot from David Fox gave them the lead but Millwall equalised in the dying seconds of the game. Revenge was sweet for the Canaries in the return fixture. This time the Lions took the lead with Elliott Ward equalising on 77 minutes. It was Norwich's turn to score late - Henri Lansbury with the last kick of the match securing a 2-1 win.
The last time City won at Millwall was in 2003, but it is over 40 years since the Lions won at Carrow Road, a 3-0 victory on the 2nd of November 1968.
The clubs have met seven times in cup competitions and the Canaries are unbeaten. The only FA Cup game was in 1992 (2-1 to City). There have been four League Cup games (2-1 to City in 1964, same again in 1973 but after a 1-1 draw, and 4-1 in 1986). In 1990 Norwich won a Zenith Data Systems Cup tie on penalties (the game had finished 1-1), and before that, in 1988, an English Simod Cup match, 3-2 away.
Millwall were formed in 1885 on the Isle Of Dogs by workers of J T Morton, an Aberdeen based food producer who supplied goods to shipping companies operating out of the East London Docks. The club was originally called Millwall Rovers. In the early days they played at a number of local grounds, including East Ferry Road, where it is said they attracted crowds of over 30,000 - and in the Southern League as well !! They moved to The Den in New Cross in 1910, and the New Den in 1993, Britain's first new all seater stadium. In 2004 they reached the FA Cup Final but lost 3-0 to Manchester United. This led to their only ever European venture the following year, when they were knocked out of the UEFA Cup competition at the first stage by Hungarian side Ferencvaros.
Former Canaries with Millwall connections include Graham Paddon, Bruce Rioch, Gordon Bolland and Hugh Curran.
Most recent games
1 Feb 2011 (Championship) Norwich City 2 Millwall 1
9 Nov 2010 (Championship) Millwall 1 Norwich City 1
6 Feb 2010 (League One) Millwall 2 Norwich City 1
26 Dec 2009 (League One) Norwich City 2 Millwall 0
22 Nov 2005 (Championship) Millwall 1 Norwich City 0
15 Oct 2005 (Championship) Norwich City 1 Millwall 1
pictured : Gordon Bolland, 105 League games for Norwich between 1964-68, and 244 for Millwall 1969-75.