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1990-91
A good run in the FA Cup, which includes a ‘live TV’ win over Manchester United, ends with a 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest in the quarter-finals. City also reach the area final of the Zenith Data Systems Cup before losing to Crystal Palace over two legs. In the league City finish 15th but are never in relegation danger. Youngsters making their mark included Daryl Sutch, Chris Sutton and Robert Ullathorne.
Finished: 15th out of 20 in Division One
1991-92
City reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the third time in their history but suffer more heartbreak as they are beaten 1-0 by Second Division Sunderland at Hillsborough. A run of six straight defeats prompts fears of relegation but Robert Fleck scores a vital goal to earn a 1-1 draw with Wimbledon and City are safe. Dave Stringer later resigns, saying he has “reached his sell-by date” as a manager. Demolition work begins on the old Barclay Stand.
Finished: 18th out of 22 in Division One
1992-93
Reserve boss Mike Walker (pictured) takes over and makes a spectacular start to his new job, guiding the Canaries to third in the newly named FA Premier League behind Manchester United and Aston Villa. It’s only towards the end of the season that they slip out of the title picture but a place in the UEFA Cup, confirmed after Arsenal win both cups, is a major consolation. Spurs end hopes in the FA Cup, winning fourth round tie 2-0 at Carrow Road.
Finished: 3rd out of 22 in Premiership
1993-94
A memorable run in the UEFA Cup sees City beat Vitesse Arnhem and Bayern Munich before going out narrowly to Inter Milan. Mike Walker later quits to take over at Everton and, under new boss John Deehan, City eventually finish 12th after being one of the Premiership pace-setters before Christmas. City lose 2-0 at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup but, on a brighter note, win 1-0 in the final game played in front of the (terraced) Liverpool Kop. Chris Sutton (pictured) is sold to Blackburn for £5m – then a British record.
Finished: 12th out of 22 in Premiership
1994-95
City start the season well but go into free-fall after Christmas, winning just two of the final 23 games. John Deehan leaves after a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle, giving caretaker boss Gary Megson five matches to save his side. They lose four on the trot and are relegated after a 2-1 defeat at Leeds. The FA Cup also ends painfully with a 5-0 defeat at Everton.
Finished: 20th out of 22 in Premiership
1995-96
Gary Megson fails to get the job full-time and Martin O’Neill is unveiled as City’s new boss. City start the season well under the former Wycombe chief but when he quits to take over at Leicester things start to go wrong. Megson returns as full-time manager but his team slide down the table, finishing 16th. Results prompt after-match demonstrations against chairman Robert Chase, notably after a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Brentford – then bottom of the second division – in the FA Cup. The chairman eventually resigns in April.
Finished: 16th out of 24 in Division One
1996-97
Mike Walker returns for a second spell in charge and, helped by Darren Eadie’s 17 goals, City finish 13th in Division One after being top of the table in early October. FA Cup run ends at Leicester in the fourth round. Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones join the board.
Finished: 13th out of 24 in Division One
1997-98
Delia Smith and Wynn Jones buy Geoff Watling’s majority share-holding to take their stake in the club to 57 per cent. City finish 15th and lose 3-0 at Grimsby in the FA Cup. Walker is sacked after the final home game of the season – a 5-0 win over Swindon!
Finished: 15th out of 24 in Division One
1998-99
Bruce Rioch is City’s new boss with Bryan Hamilton director of football. City win their first three games but tail off to finish ninth, Iwan Roberts scoring 23 goals and Craig Bellamy 19. The FA Cup brings a 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Finished: 9th out of 24 in Division One
1999-2000
Bruce Rioch quits towards the end of the season, frustrated by a perceived lack of financial clout, and Hamilton takes over, guiding his side to a 2-1 win at Ipswich in his first game in charge. From then on it’s just two wins in nine and City finish 12th. Two Andy Marshall mistakes help Coventry come away from Carrow Road with a 3-1 in the FA Cup third round.
Finished: 12th out of 24 in Division One
2000-01
Bryan Hamilton resigns after nine months in charge after City slump to a fifth successive defeat at Portsmouth. Assistant Nigel Worthington takes over and guides the Canaries to safety. He also proves an astute dealer in the transfer market by snapping up Gary Holt and Adam Drury for a combined total of £600,000. Little joy in the knock-out competitions – City lose 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup and 3-0 at Derby in the Worthington Cup third round.
Finished: 15th out of 24 in Division One
2001-02
Worthington’s first full season as manager is a stunning success. City are challenging for top spot right up until Christmas and, although results dip somewhat in the New Year, they string together a magnificent late run to clinch the final play-off spot on goal difference. Big spending Wolves are duly despatched 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals but there is to be no happy ending – City are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Birmingham at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium after the final ended 1-1 after extra time. An imperious back-heel from Chelsea’s Gianfranco Zola helps condemn Canaries to a 4-0 defeat in an FA Cup third round replay.
Finished: 6th out of 24 in Division One
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