Tag: Norwich City

Was The Bernabéu’s DJ On Loan From Carrow Road?

The Champions League on a Saturday night may have been a great leap forward in securing football’s place in the light entertainment schedule, but, writes William Abbs, watching viewers from Norwich may have been wondering why Bayern Munich were using one of their songs when they scored their goals. Norwich City, one of the country’s best-supported provincial football clubs, secured promotion back to English football’s second tier at the first attempt this season. The upturn in the Canaries’ profile does not end there though. Their re-elevated league status has coincided with some of football’s bigger powers seemingly looking to the Norfolk club for style tips. From the beginning of the year Manchester United fans turned Old Trafford an increasing shade of yellow and green for each home game as part of their anti-Glazer protests. The colours might have represented the fans’ wish to assert their spiritual ownership of the club over the American family’s financial control, by harking back to United’s origins as Newton Heath, but Old Trafford’s yellow and green army still resembled a battalion of that which could be found at Carrow Road every other weekend. But, as well as United’s sartorial homage to Norwich, on Saturday night UEFA chose to greet both Inter Milan goals in the Champions League final with a blast from “Samba de Janeiro,” a track by 90s Latino dance act Bellini and...

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Match Of The Week: Colchester United 0-5 Norwich City

There has been bad blood between Colchester United and Norwich City this season, ever since Norwich reacted to being beaten 7-1 at home by them by appointing their manager. Norwich had a chance for revenge yesterday, then, and Colchester’s defenders seemed more than happy to help them.

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Paulton Rovers Reach Uncharted Territory

The second of our articles to mark the First Round Proper of The FA Cup heads west to Paulton, a village between Bath and Bristol tonight. This weekend, the village team, Paulton Rovers, plays host to Norwich City in a live, televised match, but the club has already won financially, at least.

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The First Managerial Casualty Of The Season – Gunn Fired

In their 1983 book “The Encyclopaedia Of British Football”, writers Phil Soar and Martin Tyler use a photograph of a match between Norwich City and Southampton as an example of the changing face of football. They compare the rise of smaller club from affluent cities in the south of England with the decline of traditional clubs from their Northern equivalents. It’s a somewhat disingenuous comparison – although the likes of Watford, Southampton, Oxford United and Ipswich Town were enjoying different yet unprecedented levels of success in the early 1980s, trophy winning was dominated as much by the big cities in the north of England then as it ever has been before or since and nothing much has changed in that respect – but the proposition of there being a new generation of smaller, slimmed down clubs that would be the way of the future is an interesting one, in so far as that it signalled the extent to which even those within the game seemed to believe that scaling down was the only way forward for football. Skip forward twenty-six years, and Norwich vs Southampton will be a fixture in League One rather than Division One. Times have changed, but few would have anticipated in the early 1980s the extent of the modernisation that would take place in English football. There hasn’t been a death of provincial clubs per...

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John Hartson

That retirement comes at such a young age is one of the curious contradictions of football. No sooner has a professional player reached his prime than he is sliding down the other side of his career arc. The overwhelming majority vanish quietly into the distance to retrain as sports scientists, run pubs, or do any one of a myriad of other jobs out of necessity after the end of their playing careers. Thirtysomething men are suddenly cast as rookies again as they start their managerial careers in earnest. Relatively young men, thanks to the over-exposure of the media, seem older than they are. All of which brings us, albeit in a slightly roundabout way, to the terrible diagnosis that has befallen John Hartson. Hartson had what could be described as a typical top flight career. He started at Luton Town, before a big money move to Arsenal that never quite worked out. West Ham United, Wimbledon and Coventry City all followed, but it was a move to Celtic that finally allowed him to find himself as a player and eighty-nine goals in less than one hundred and fifty matches followed over a five year period. A brief return to England followed, with his playing career closing after short spells at West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City before retiring as a player last summer at the age of thirty-three. In...

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