3 Vitesse Arnhem 0
(First round, first leg, September 15)
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 werent 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 werent 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
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
Vitesse Arnhem 0 Norwich
(First round, second leg, September 29)
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
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
Over the two legs I certainly think we fully deserved
to go through.
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.
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,
Norwich City: Gunn, Culverhouse, Bowen, Butterworth,
Polston, Newman, Ekoku (Megson 88), Crook, Sutton,