Norwich City FC
Norwich City FC Information
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Norwich City FC History
Norwich City Football Club are a
football team based in Norwich, England. They are known as the "Canaries"
due to their yellow and green strip. From 1995 until 2004 the
club played in the First Division of the Football League, but
after winning the league championship under Nigel Worthington in
2003/04, they are in the FA Premier League as of the 2004/05
The traditional club colours are yellow shirts and green shorts;
the club badge contains a canary resting on a football,
reflecting the heritage of the "Norwich Canary". Norwich used to
be the national canary breeding capital (canaries being used
down mines to detect gas) hence the name.
The club was formed in 1902 and first played at Newmarket Road.
In 1908, the club moved to a new home, in a converted disused
chalk pit in Rosary Road which became known as "The Nest".
By the 1930s, the ground capacity was proving insufficient for
the growing crowds and in 1935 the club moved to its current
home in Carrow Road.
One of the club's greatest achievements was its run to the semi-final
of the 1958–59 F.A. Cup as a Third division side, defeating
First Division sides Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur on
In 1972, under manager Ron Saunders, Norwich City reached the
First Division, for the first time in its history. The club won
the Milk Cup at Wembley Stadium in 1985 - with Ken Brown as
manager - defeating Sunderland 1–0 after a semi-final triumph
over its near neighbours and fierce rivals, Ipswich Town.
Norwich were relegated shortly after their Milk Cup triumph in
March 1985 and were also denied there first foray into Europe
with the ban on English clubs after the Heysel Stadium disaster.
They bounced back to the top flight immediately by winning the
second division championship in the 1985-86 season. High league
placings in the first division meant the club qualified twice
more during the eighties for a UEFA Cup place, but the ban on
English clubs remained.
In 1992–93, the inaugural season of the English Premier League,
Norwich City led the league for most of the season, before
faltering in the final weeks to finish third behind the
champions, Manchester United, and Aston Villa F.C.. The
following season Norwich played in the UEFA Cup for the first
time, defeating Vitesse Arnhem of the Netherlands, and Bayern
Munich of Germany, before going down to Inter Milan, 2–0, over
Mike Walker quit as Norwich City manager in January 1994, to
take charge of Everton where he would be sacked after less than
a year. He was replaced by 36-year-old first team coach John
Deehan, who in his new role would be assisted by 34-year-old
midfielder Gary Megson. Norwich City finished the 1993-94 season
12th in the Premier League and during the 1994 close season sold
21-year-old striker Chris Sutton to Blackburn Rovers for a then
British record fee of £5 million.
By christmas 1994, Norwich City were seventh in the Premiership
and looked good bets for a UEFA Cup place. But the club went
into freefall and won just one of their final 20 Premiership
fixtures, plummeting to 20th place and relegation in the final
table. Just before relegation was confirmed, Deehan resigned as
manager and his assistant Megson took over until the end of the
Martin O'Neill, who had taken Wycombe Wanderers from the
Conference to Division Two with successive promotions, was
appointed as Norwich City manager in the summer of 1995. He
lasted just six months in the job before moving to Leicester
City, and Gary Megson was appointed Norwich manager for the
second time in eight months - on a temporary basis. Megson
remained in charge until the end of the season before leaving
the club, while chairman Robert Chase also stepped down after
protests from supporters who complained that he kept selling the
club's best players and was to blame for their relegation.
Indeed, between 1992 and 1996 Norwich offloaded key players
including Robert Fleck, Jeremy Goss, Chris Sutton, Tim Sherwood,
Efan Ekoku and Mark Bowen. Just four seasons after finishing
third in the Premiership and beating Bayern Munich in the UEFA
Cup, Norwich had finished 15th in Division One.
T.V. cook Delia Smith and husband Michael Wynn-Jones took over
the majority of Norwich City's shares, and Mike Walker was re-appointed
as the club's manager. But he was unable to repeat the success
achieved during his first spell, and quit two seasons later with
Norwich languishing around the middle of Division One. His
successor Bruce Rioch lasted two seasons and departed in the
summer of 2000, with promotion still yet to be achieved. Rioch's
successor Bryan Hamilton lasted in the job for six months before
making way for assistant manager Nigel Worthington.
When Nigel Worthington took over as Norwich City manager in
January 2001, the club was 20th in Division One and in real
danger of sliding into the bottom half of the league for the
first time since the 1960's. But just 18 months later, Norwich
qualified for the Division One playoff final and only a defeat
on penalties against Birmingham City prevented them from gaining
promotion to the Premiership. Norwich just missed out on the
playoffs in 2002-03 but were crowned Division One champions at
the end of the 2003-04 season. After nine years and six managers,
Norwich City had returned to the top flight of English football.
In January 2005 Norwich broke their transfer record when Dean
Ashton (an England under-21 international) was bought from Crewe
Alexandra for £3 million. This is an undoubted boost to the
club's chances of the Premiership survival.
Norwich City FC Honours, Trophies & Awards
F.A. Premier League (Level
Best Season: 3rd 1992-1993
Football League Second Division / Football League First
Division (Level 2)
Champions: 1971-72, 1985-86, 2003-2004 Play Off Finalists:
Football League Third Division South (Level 3)
Champions: 1933-34 Runners Up: 1959-60
Semi Finalists: 1959, 1989, 1992
Winners: 1962, 1985 Runners Up: 1973, 1975
European Competitions: UEFA Cup 1993-1994 Round 3
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