CLUB HISTORY - 1941 to 1969
HISTORY - 1941 to 1969
Although the war ended in May 1945, the 1945-46 season was still organised on a transitional basis and normal Football League service was not resumed until August 1946.
The two seasons immediately after the resumption of league football found the Canaries having to apply for re-election as they finished 21st on each occasion. The only positive aspect of these two barren seasons were the booming attendances with a new ground record of 37,863 filling Carrow Road for the visit of England centre-forward Tommy Lawton's Notts County side in April 1948.
Seasons 1948-49 and 1949-50 saw a marked improvement in the Canaries' league fortunes and a new record attendance at Carrow Road of 43,129, when reigning League Champions Portsmouth were the visitors in an FA Cup Third-Round replay.
The first four seasons of the 1950's found the Canaries, now managed by Norman Low, finally challenging for promotion again. They finished second (then not good enough for promotion), third, fourth and seventh in successive seasons, scoring a club record 99 league goals in 1952-53.
The return of Tom Parker as Manager in 1955-56 coincided with Ralph Hunt's Club record haul of 31 league goals in a season, but financial storm clouds were gathering on the horizon.
Carrow Road's floodlights were installed and opened with a prestige friendly against Sunderland. However, the £9000 cost of the lights plunged City into financial darkness.
The next three seasons proved momentous as the Club took great strides forward both on and off the pitch. The Appeal Fund target was reached and the team seemed to to take great heart
With the Football League planning a new Fourth Division for 1958-59, it was imperative that City finished the 1957-58 in the top half of Division Three (South). Something they comfortably achieved by placing 8th, whilst this otherwise unremarkable campaign also saw the arrival of 'legends to be' Barry Butler and Terry Allcock.
F.A CUP JOY
An away tie at Sheffield United in Round Six followed. The Blades took an early lead before Canary Keeper Ken Nethercott dislocated his shoulder early in the second-half. He bravely continued and remarkably kept United at bay whilst Bobby Brennan netted a well deserved equaliser. The replay proved equally dramatic as City again won through by 3 goals to 2, to become only the third ever Third Division team to reach an FA Cup semi-final.
Canary Cup fever had now taken over the nation as City's fantastic exploits won them admirers and media coverage from every corner. Only Luton Town stood between City and a visit to Wembley.
Just one defeat in the first eleven league games of 1959-60 set out the Canaries' stall and that seam of consistency remained and promotion to Division Two, as runners-up to Southampton, was achieved.
That momentum was almost maintained and the 1960-61 campaign saw City achieve their highest ever league placing, of 4th in Division Two, but they were always just on the fringes of the real promotion battle.
1961-62 saw the departure of Manager Macaulay to West Brom; a fantastic FA Cup victory at League Champions-elect Ipswich Town; and Cup success as the Canaries become only the second winners of the Football League Cup, a competition still shunned by the country's top clubs. The final was a two-legged affair against Fourth Division Rochdale. City won 3-0 at Spotland and 1-0 at Carrow Road to enable Ron Ashman to cap his long and illustrious playing career with the honour of lifting a national trophy.
The FA Cup continued to provide occasional highlights.
In 1962-63, one of the harshest winters in memory, City's five match Cup run was condensed into 26 days and included 4 goals for Terry Allcock in a 5-0 home win against Newcastle and a Club record attendance of 43,984 for the Sixth Round visit of Leicester City, a tie Norwich disappointingly lost 2-0. That season also saw Terry Allcock score 37 goals in all competitions, another Club record.
Then, in 1966-67, City again shook the footballing world, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford in a season in which Manchester United won the Championship and swept all before them.
Off the field the South Stand's roof was completed in stages and in August 1969 Ron Saunders was appointed Manager; the next chapter in Norwich City's history was about to begin.