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INTO EUROPE
Less than ten years ago Norwich City were challenging the very best that England – and indeed Europe – could offer and more than holding their own.
Mike Walker’s slick-passing outfit gave Manchester United a real run for their money in the 1992-93 campaign to finish third in the Premiership before going on to make a sensational impact in the following season’s UEFA Cup.
Their success was made all the sweeter as City had been forced to wait eight years to make their European bow, the Heysel disaster of 1985 having robbed them of entry into the UEFA Cup as Milk Cup winners.
Jeremy Goss was a key member of the side that more than made amends in 1993. He helped put the club firmly on the European map during those heady days, scoring three goals as the Canaries saw off Vitesse Arnhem and Bayern Munich before going out with their pride very much intact against Inter Milan.
As John Motson said in his BBC Video on City: “Goss summed up the rise of Norwich City from provincial respectability to European admiration. It was the refreshing impact of loyal, unsung players such as he that made City’s continental capers so appealing.”
The former City midfielder has taken a trip down memory to look back on those six memorable European matches. This is his story.


ARNHEM: European dream becomes reality at last
Norwich City 3 Vitesse Arnhem 0
(First round, first leg, September 15)

THIS IS EASY! Efan Ekoku chases Jeremy Goss after the latter had scored City's second goal in the 3-0 home leg win over Vitesse Arnhem.


 

Chris Sutton in action during City's first ever competitive trip into Europe.

“Vitesse were a well respected club throughout Europe with quite a few decent players in their set-up. We weren’t quite sure how they were going to approach the game on the night but we knew they would play in a Continental style, a style we weren’t used to seeing in the Premiership.
“Having said that we were more concerned about how we would approach the game. We were at home and were full of confidence after a good start to the season. We were beating good teams in the Premiership and were determined to beat them on our own patch. We tried to get at them from the very first minute but to be honest they gave us a bit of a footballing lesson in the first half.
“Fortunately we defended well and held firm and in the second half we really started to play as well as we could. Efan Ekoku scored with a great volley to get our first European goal and then I made it 2-0. Ian Crook got to the by-line to cross it and I think Gary Megson got a little flick on and I just hit it first time from about eight yards out. John Polston made it 3-0 before the end with a close range finish and we were in a really good position for the second leg in Holland, even though we were taking nothing for granted.”


Vitesse Arnhem 0 Norwich City 0
(First round, second leg, September 29)

Tempers flare as blue-clad City players react angrily to a foul on Ruel Fox.

“We went there and found ourselves playing in a tight stadium in front of a mad crowd.
“We knew the first half an hour would be absolutely vital because if we conceded early on it could have changed the complexion of the entire tie.
“I remember it being a really hard, physical match with dodgy tackles flying in and dodgy yellow cards being handed out by the referee.
“There was a bit of a skirmish when one of them tried to do Foxy (Ruel Fox). I tried to protect him and it all kicked off with even Bryan Gunn getting involved. It was that type of game.
“In the end I think we could have scored a couple of goals but obviously a draw was good enough.
Over the two legs I certainly think we fully deserved to go through.”

First round details:
September 15, 1993
Norwich City 3 Vitesse Arnhem 0

Norwich City: Gunn, Culverhouse, Bowen, Newman, Polston, Megson (Eadie 80), Ekoku, Crook, Sutton (Robins 88), Fox, Goss.
Vitesse Arnhem: Van der Gouw, Straal, Van den Looi, Bos, Vermeulen, Laamers, Cocu, Loeffen, Latuheru, Gillhaus, Helder.
Goals: Ekoku 50, Goss 67, Polston 71.
Attendance: 16,818.

September 29, 1993
Vitesse Arnhem 0 Norwich City 0

Vitesse Arnhem: Van der Gouw, Sturling, Van den Looi, Boss, Vermeulen, Laamers, Cocu, Straal (Pothuizen 56), Latuheru, Gillhaus, Helder.
Norwich City: Gunn, Culverhouse, Bowen, Butterworth, Polston, Newman, Ekoku (Megson 88), Crook, Sutton, Fox, Goss.
Attendance: 9,133.

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