Sun, 4th May, 2008 09:46 PM BST
|Club Nickname:||'The Canaries'|
|Pitch Measurements:||114yd x 74yd|
|Record Attendance:||43,934 v Leicester City, FA Cup 6th Round, 30th March 1963|
|Record Transfer Paid:||1m to Leeds United for Jon Newsome, June 1994|
|Record Transfer Received:||5m from Blackburn Rovers for Chris Sutton, July 1994|
|League Scoring Record:||Ralph Hunt, 31, Division 3(S), 1955-56|
Norwich City Football Club was formed at a meeting held at the Criterion Café in White Lion Street Norwich, on Tuesday 17th June 1902. They played their first competitive game in an FA Cup preliminary round, away at Lowestoft Town on Saturday 20th September 1902, losing 5-0. Two schoolmasters, Robert Webster and Joseph Cowper Nutchey, had called the meeting to set up the club and they were heavily involved in its running.
In 1904, they were thrown out of the FA Amateur Cup after an FA commission declared that they were a 'professional' organisation. Webster and Nutchey were suspended for, amongst other things, paying for gym facilities, advertising for players, supplying kit and boots for the players and incurring excessive travelling expenses. A year later, a grand public meeting endorsed Norwich City, under its new regime, as a professional club.
The 'Canaries' started to take shape in 1907 when the kit changed to the now-familiar yellow and green colours. A year later they moved from their Newmarket Road ground to The Nest. However, the safety of the ground was often debated after a wall collapsed in the 1920s, and with Norwich rising through the divisions, the decision was taken in 1935 to build a new ground at Carrow Road.
The club almost went bankrupt in the 1950s after installing floodlights at the stadium, but were saved by an Appeal Fund. Since then, the Canaries have bounced between the divisions, enjoying one of their best periods under Mike Walker in the early 1990s, when they challenged for the first Premier League title and then stunned Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in the following season.
Unfortunately, the good times did not last long and they were relegated in 1995, after which they struggled to get back into the top flight until Nigel Worthington guided them to the First Division championship in 2003/04.
|1919-20||Major Frank Buckley|