Video of the Day: Norwich City vs Watford, April 1984
Tomorrow night at Carrow Road, Norwich City’s season meets its potential breaking point. They need to win both of their remaining games in order to have any chance of avoiding relegation, and the first of these matches comes against a mid-table Watford team with little left of note to play for this season. Even this might not be enough should results go their way elsewhere, but Norwich have one result against Watford that they can look back upon with considerable fondness from a little over thirty-two years ago.
Watford’s promotion to the First Division in 1982 had come with a degree of room to spare, but it taken Norwich a run of nine wins and two draws from their final fourteen matches of the season to join them. Their first season back in the top flight had ended with them finishing in a respectable if unspectacular fourteenth place in the table, and the following season seemed to be heading in a very similar direction when ITV’s cameras headed to Carrow Road for a mid-table fixture between two teams with little left to play for, with both relegation and the possibility of European football both being somewhat out of reach.
Watford had finished the 1982/83 season as runners-up to Liverpool in the First Division, but distractions in both the UEFA Cup and the FA Cup had left the club in the middle of the table as the season trundled towards its completion. Norwich, meanwhile, went into this match one place below Watford in twelfth place in the table, and were sufficiently confident that they’d done enough to guarantee their safety to give a debut to an 18 year old A level student by the name of Robert Rosario. The headlines on this day, would be made by a Norwich striker of a little older vintage, John Deehan. Commentary comes from Brian Moore.