Tag: Norwich City

Luton Town’s FA Cup Win Should Not Be Understated

There was, of course, a time when the boundaries between the Football League and non-league football were considerably more clearly defined than they are now. There was no such thing as automatic promotion and relegation from the top of non-league football, and non-league clubs wishing to make that particular great leap forward had to apply for a place amongst the top ninety-two. They would usually end up disappointed. The bottom four clubs of the bottom division of the Football League would have to apply for re-election at the end of each season, but the de facto closed shop atmosphere of those end of season Football League served existing members well. Hartlepool United held the record for the number of successful re-election bids with fourteen, eleven of which came between 1960 and 1984. In 1986, re-election was replaced with one automatic promotion and relegation place between the Football League and the Football Conference, with a second being added in 2003. The top level of non-league football has changed since then, and the Conference is now largely a professional league which has more in common, perhaps, with the division above it than the two regional divisions below, although it is worth pointing out that there have always been professional clubs in non-league football, going back as far as the golden years of the Southern League at the start of twentieth century...

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100 Owners: Number 78 – Robert Chase (Norwich City)

It takes, it might be argued, a special type of football club chairman to persuade the supporters of Norwich City to violent demonstration. In the first months of 1996, however, one man managed to achieve this, and that man’s name was Robert Chase. A local builder, Chase arrived at Carrow Road in the early 1980s at a time when the financial fortunes of many football clubs in England were about as low as they could be. By the time that he left the club in the middle of the following decade, however, the fortunes of those at the top of the game had been changed forever by the arrival of television deals that would have been considered unthinkable just a decade before they came to pass. Yet by the time of his departure, and despite having had their most successful league season ever in the very first season of the Premier League, by the time of his departure Norwich City seemed headed towards a desperate financial state. So, how did this all come about? Robert Chase was invited to join the board of directors of the club in 1982, and three years later after a boardroom putsch which saw the previous chairman Sir Arthur South, senior partner of the Norwich Fur Company, a former Lord Mayor of the city and Labour councillor, replaced over a row concerning the redevelopment...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Norwich City

So, let’s get the obvious line out of the way first. That difficult second season. Buoyed by the adrenaline high of promotion into a new division, a team kicks on and exceeds the most apocalyptic of pre-season predictions. In the lower divisions, this might mean two successive promotions, but in the Premier League this usually means a mid-table finish of some description. With the summer comes a sinking feeling that everybody has got to go through it all again, and the second season sees the sunniness of the previous season give way as clubs that may have been unfamiliar with idioms of the previous year show them up as the imposters that they are, and might have been all along. Is there anything in this theory? Possibly. After all, it has happened frequently enough in the Premier League over the last ten years or so. Will this scenario apply to Norwich Citys prospects for the coming season, though? Possibly not. In the unforgiving environment of the Premier League, one of the worst aspects of any degree of success is the recognition that comes with, and Norwich City perhaps paid the ultimate price for their mid-table finish last season when they lost manager Paul Lambert to Aston Villa before the club had even hardly had the chance to catch its breath. Of course, the best that any club can do...

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Match Of The Past: Norwich City

As regular readers of this site will be aware, we are delving back into the past over the course of this summer so bring you collections of videos from English footballs history. This week we’re featuring Norwich City, and we kick-off with a compilation from the clubs FA Cup run of 1959, when they reached the semi-finals of the competition as a Third Division South side. Next up is another FA Cup match, this time from 1967, and a trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United. We then skip forward to the 1979/80 season and a First Division match against Brighton & Hove Albion. Relegation followed the season after, and relegation was also on the cards for the club at the end of the 1984/85 season, but they did get some consolation from a disappointing season with an appearance in the League Cup final which ended in the clubs second – and to date last – major trophy win. We finish up with an unlikely live televised match from the First Division during the 1988/89 season away to Millwall and a match from the first weekend of the Premier League in August 1992, when the Canaries travelled to Highbury to play Arsenal. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Swansea & Norwich: Cities Counting The Hidden Costs Of Success

This weeks news concerning the apparent departures of Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert to Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively means that the warm glow of satisfaction hanging over The Liberty Stadium and Carrow Road following a job well done last season seems unlikely to last for much longer. Swansea City and Norwich City were treated with derision by many upon their arrival into the Premier League a year ago, but the two clubs confounded expectations to complete their first seasons in their new home with so much as the concept of relegation crossing their minds. Indeed, the last day of the season saw, with hindsight, two results that would throw a light on the inner workings of the managerial merry-go-round with Swansea beating Liverpool and Norwich beating Villa. The costs of such success, however, cam be high. The significant achievements of Rodgers & Lambert last season drew the attention of two clubs with larger fan-bases and greater resources. This week, those who had romanticised these two clubs may have died a little on the inside as the occasionally intangible considerations that football frequently throws those lucky enough to be in its employ persuaded these two to jettison the work that they had put in at the modestly run clubs that they have been calling home of late. It is, arguably, possible to criticise either of these appointments for having...

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