of 100 years of Norwich City
by David Cuffley
Norwich City Football Club
was founded after a public meeting at the Criterion
Cafe in White Lion Street on June 17. Well-known
sporting figure Arthur Turner was entrusted
with the role of secretary. City, who wore blue
and white halved shirts, played their first
match – a friendly against Harwich – at Newmarket
Road on September 6. Jimmy Shields scored for
City in a 1-1 draw.
City were banned from the 1904-05 FA Amateur
Cup after an FA commission at the Bell Hotel
on December 17 found them guilty of financial
irregularities – inaccurate gate receipts and
extravagant expesnes for players – in the previous
|1905 The first professional
Norwich City team lines up for the camera.
City turned professional on March 4 at a packed
meeting at the Agricultural Hall. A limited
company was formed and John Bowman, from Queen’s
Park Rangers, became manager and secretary.
City played their first professional match in
the Southern League on September 2, losing 2-0
There was outrage among City fans as they sold
star goalscorer Davie Ross to Manchester City
on February 8 for £650 plus the proceeds of
City pulled off their first major giant-killing
act, beating FA Cup holders Sheffield Wednesday
2-0 at Newmarket Road in the first round in
front of 10,366 fans. Concern over crowd safety
prompted a move to a new home ground at The
Nest, Rosary Road, in September.
The Canaries, in the bottom half of the Southern
League, produced a major FA Cup upset, beating
Division One side Liverpool 3-2 in the second
round at Anfield.
Sunderland became City’s next big FA Cup scalp,
beaten 3-1 at The Nest in the first round.
City knocked Nottingham Forest and Spurs out
of the FA Cup.
Norwich City FC was wound up on December 10
and went into voluntary liquidation, owing £2000
to bankers and £1000 to creditors.
City FC was re-formed as a new company and returned
to Southern League action after a four-year
break. Major Frank Buckley, who won one cap
for England and was severely injured on the
Somme, was appointed manager.
The Canaries joined the Football League’s new
third division and, on August 28, drew 1-1 at
Plymouth in their first ever League match. Vic
Bob Dennison scored the first League hat-trick
for City in a 3-2 win over Millwall on April
A plan for a new 27,000-capacity City FC ground
at Highland Road was presented by city engineer
J S Bullough, but came to nothing.
New signing Percy Varco scored 10 goals in his
first seven League games for City. 1930 City
beat Coventry 10-2 in Division Three South at
The Nest – still their record win in a competitive
City, bottom of Division Three South, were re-elected.
The Canaries, managed by Tom Parker, were Division
Three South champions with 61 points, seven
clear of Coventry.
Carrow Road opened with City beating West Ham
4-3 on August 31 in Division Two, with 29,779
watching. The Nest had been declared unsafe
after 25,037 packed into the ground for an FA
Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday six months
King George VI became the first reigning monarch
to watch a Division Two match on October 29,
when City lost 2-0 at home to Millwall.
City were relegated after finishing second from
bottom of Division Two. They went down on goal
average – by 0.05 of a goal. 1946 City returned
to Football League action under new manager
A Carrow Road record crowd of 37,863 watched
the legendary Tommy Lawton score for 1-0 winners
City held League champions Portsmouth to a 1-1
draw at Fratton Park in the FA Cup third round,
before Pompey won a Carrow Road replay in front
of a record gate of 43,129.
Giant-killers City added Liverpool to their
FA Cup scalps with a stunning 3-1 third round
win at Carrow Road in front of 34,641.
Tom Johnston scored twice as City produced another
FA Cup shock, beating League champions Arsenal
2-1 at Highbury in the fourth round.
Ralph Hunt set a new club record of 33 goals
in a season
City were plunged into a financial crisis which
threatened their very existence. After 25 League
matches without a win under Tom Parker, the
Canaries were more than £20,000 in debt. A new
board was formed under chairman Geoffrey Watling
and an appeal fund chaired by the Lord Mayor,
Arthur South, raised more than £20,000. Archie
Macaulay replaced Parker as manager.
|1959 Ken Nethercott
(right) leaves the pitch with his dislocated
shoulder after his heroics at Bramall Lane.
Macaulay’s Canaries shook the football world
with a thrilling giant-killing sequence which
took them to the FA Cup semi-finals. Skippered
by Ron Ashman and inspired by seven-goal Terry
Bly, they beat Manchester United, Cardiff, Tottenham
and Sheffield United before losing 1-0 to Luton
in a semi-final replay. Goalkeeper Ken Nethercott
played half an hour of the quarter-final at
Sheffield United with a dislocated shoulder.
City clinched promotion to Division Two after
a gap of 21 years, beating Southend 4-3 at Carrow
Road on April 27 to secure second place in Division
Archie Macaulay resigned as City manager and
took over at West Bromwich Albion.
City, under new boss Willie Reid, won the Football
League Cup, beating Rochdale 4-0 on aggregate
in the final, and knocked Alf Ramsey’s Ipswich
out of the FA Cup, winning a fourth round replay
2-1 at Portman Road.
The Carrow Road gate record was broken as they
lost 2-0 to Leicester in an FA Cup quarter-final
in front of 43,984.
Goals from Don Heath and Gordon Bolland gave
the Canaries a shock 2-1 FA Cup fourth round
win over a star-studded Manchester United at
City sold star goalscorer Hugh Curran to Wolves
for £60,000. Ron Saunders was appointed manager
on July 10.
City won promotion to Division One for the first
time under Ron Saunders, winning the Division
Two title with 57 points. The Canaries drew
1-1 with Everton at Carrow Road in their first
Division One match on August 12.
The Canaries made their first appearance at
Wembley, losing 1-0 to Tottenham in the League
Cup final on March 3. Sir Arthur South succeeded
Geoffrey Watling as club chairman. Ron Saunders
resigned as manager on November 17, and was
replaced by John Bond.
City were relegated from Division One after
finsihing bototm of the table.
City returned to Division One, clinching the
third promotion slot. They also returned to
Wembley, losing 1-0 in the League Cup final
City finished 10th in Division One – the highest
Football League finish in their history. Ted
MacDougall scored 28 goals.
Goalkeeper Kevin Keelan played the last of his
673 senior games. City sold striker Kevin Reeves
to Manchester City for £1million. John Bond
resigned as manager.
City were relegated to Division Two despite
a late rally which brought them four successive
The Canaries, under Ken Brown, clinched promotion,
winning 10 of their last 12 matches.
City lost 1-0 at Brighton in their first FA
Cup quarter-final appearance for 20 years.
Fire destroyed part of the Main Stand at Carrow
|1985 Chris Woods
and Dave Watson lead the celebrations after
City won the Milk Cup.
A bitter-sweet year for the Canaries brought
triumph at Wembley in the Milk Cup with a 1-0
win over Sunderland, but relegation from Division
One – and exclusion from the UEFA Cup because
of the ban on English clubs following the Heysel
City returned to Division One as second division
champions, clinching the title with a 1-1 draw
at home to Stoke on April 19.
Ken Brown was sacked as City manager – just
six months after leaading the club to a best-ever
fifth place in Division One.
City chairman Robert Chase and the directors
survived a vote of “no confidence” at an extraordinary
general meeting at St Andrew’s Hall. Under Dave
Stringer, the Canaries topped the Division One
table at Christmas.
City finished in a best-ever fourth in Division
One, and reached the FA Cup semi-finals, where
they lost 1-0 to Everton.
City beat FA Cup holders Manchester United 2-1
in the fifth round at Carrow Road, but lost
1-0 at home to Forest in the quarter-finals.
Dave Stringer resigned as manager after taking
City to the FA Cup semi-finals again, where
they lost 1-0 to Sunderland. Under new manager
Mike Walker, they went eight points clear at
the top of the new FA Premier League in December.
|1993 Jeremy Goss
scores THAT goal to help knock Bayern Munich
out of the UEFA Cup.
City finished third in the Premier League to
book a place in Europe, where they knocked Vitesse
Arnhem and Bayern Munich out of the UEFA Cup,
winning 2-1 over Bayern in the Olympic Stadium
in the second round, first leg. They went out,
2-0 on aggregate, to Inter Milan.
Mike Walker resigned as City manager to join
Everton. New boss John Deehan, made the club’s
first £1m signing – centre-half Jon Newsome.
The Canaries were relegated from Division One
and had three managers in a year – John Deehan,
Gary Megson and Martin O’Neill.
City came close to bankruptcy. Club chairman
Robert Chase quit after weeks of protest, selling
his shares to club president Geoffrey Watling.
Mike Walker returned as manager. TV chef Delia
Smith joined the board.
Mike Walker was sacked as City manager in April
and was replaced by Bruce Rioch.
Bruce Rioch resigned as manager and was replaced
by Bryan Hamilton. City sold Craig Bellamy to
Coventry for £5.3 million. Hamilton resigned
in December, Nigel Worthington taking over.
City chairman Bob Cooper survived a motion of
“no confidence” at the club’s annual meeting.