Norwich City F.C.

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Full name Norwich City Football Club
Short name The Canaries
The Yellows
Founded 17 June 1902
Ground Carrow Road
Capacity 27,359
Owner Delia Smith
Michael Wynn-Jones
Head Coach Dean Smith
League Premier League

On 1 May 2021, Norwich were crowned champions of the 2020–21 EFL Championship.

Norwich City Football Club (also known as The Canaries or The Yellows) is an English professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk. As of the 2021–22 season, the team competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football, after winning the 2020–21 EFL Championship title. The club was founded in 1902. Since 1935, Norwich have played their home games at Carrow Road and have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town, with whom they have contested the East Anglian derby 134 times since 1902.


History

  • Early years (1902–1934)

Norwich City F.C. was formed after a meeting at the Criterion Café in Norwich on 17 June 1902 and played their first competitive match against Harwich & Parkeston, at Newmarket Road on 6 September 1902.

Later that year Norwich were elected to play in the Southern League. With increasing crowds, they were forced to leave Newmarket Road in 1908 and moved to The Nest, a disused chalk pit. The club’s original nickname was the Citizens, but this was superseded by 1907 by the more familiar Canaries after the club’s chairman (who was a keen breeder of canaries) dubbed his boys “The Canaries” and changed their strip to yellow and green.

  • Move to Carrow Road and an FA Cup semi-final (1934–1959)

The inaugural match, on 31 August 1935 against West Ham United, ended in a 4–3 victory for the home team and set a new record attendance of 29,779. The biggest highlight of the following four seasons was the visit of King George VI to Carrow Road on 29 October 1938. However the club was relegated to the Third Division at the end of the season.

The 1958–59 season saw Norwich reach the semi-final of the FA Cup as a Third Division side, defeating two First Division sides on the way: Tottenham Hotspur and Matt Busby’s Manchester United.

  • League Cup glory and a place in the First Division (1959–1973)

In the 1959–60 season, Norwich were promoted to the Second Division after finishing second to Southampton, and achieved a fourth-place finish in the 1960–61 season. In 1962 Ron Ashman guided Norwich to their first trophy, defeating Rochdale 4–0 on aggregate in a two-legged final to win the League Cup. They made their first appearance at Wembley Stadium in 1973, losing the League Cup final 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur.

  • The John Bond Era (1973–1980)

Relegation to the Second Division in 1974 came after Saunders had departed and been succeeded by John Bond, but the board of directors kept faith in Bond and were quickly rewarded. A highly successful first season saw promotion back to the First Division and another visit to Wembley, again in the League Cup final, this time losing 1–0 to Aston Villa.

  • Promotion, silverware and more cup runs (1980–1992)

The 1984–85 season was of mixed fortunes for the club; In the final, they beat Sunderland 1–0, but in the league, both Norwich and Sunderland were relegated to the second tier of English football. This made Norwich the first English club to win a major trophy and suffer relegation in the same season.

High league placing in the First Division in 1988–89 would have been enough for UEFA Cup qualification, but the ban on English clubs remained. They also had good cup runs during this period, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 1989 and again in 1992.

The following season Norwich participated in the UEFA Cup for the first (and only) time, losing in the third round to Inter Milan, but defeating Bayern Munich. Winning 2–1, Norwich were the first British team to beat Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium. Mike Walker quit as Norwich City manager in January 1994, to take charge of Everton and was replaced by first team coach John Deehan who led the club to 12th place in the 1993–94 season in the Premier League. Norwich began the 1994–95 season well, despite the pre-season loss of top scorer Chris Sutton to Blackburn Rovers for a national record £5 million, and by Christmas they were seventh in the league. Norwich then won only one of their final 20 league games and slumped to 20th place and relegation, ending a nine-season run in the top flight.

  • The Division One years (1995–2003)

Shortly before relegation, Deehan resigned as manager and his assistant Gary Megson took over until the end of the season. Martin O’Neill, who had taken Wycombe Wanderers from the Conference to the Second Division with successive promotions, was appointed as Norwich City manager in summer 1995. He lasted just six months in the job before resigning after a dispute with chairman Robert Chase over money to strengthen the squad.

  • Return to the Premier League (2003–2009)

On 16 October 2006, Norwich announced that former City player Peter Grant had left West Ham United to become the new manager, and in February 2007, Grant replaced assistant Doug Livermore with his fellow Scot, Jim Duffy. Grant’s side struggled for most of the season and made a poor start to the 2007–08 season, with only two wins by mid October; following a 1–0 defeat at fellow-strugglers Queens Park Rangers, Grant left the club by “mutual consent” on 9 October 2007.

On 30 October 2007, former Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder was confirmed as Grant’s replacement. Roeder kept Norwich in the Championship with a 3–0 win over Queens Park Rangers, Norwich’s penultimate game of the season.

  • Relegation, promotion and yo-yo years (2009–present)

On 18 August 2009, Paul Lambert was announced as the new manager, leaving his post at Colchester, and nine months later led Norwich to promotion back to the Championship as League One Champions, after a single season in League One. The following season saw Norwich promoted to the Premier League, finishing second in the table and completing the first back-to-back promotions from the 3rd tier to the 1st since Manchester City in 2000.

After a mediocre first half of the 2014–15 season, Neil Adams resigned which paved the way for the appointment of then Hamilton Academical manager Alex Neil in January 2015. The appointment reinvigorated Norwich’s season, and victory in the 2015 Championship playoff final secured an immediate return to the top division of English football. This was only temporary relief, as at the end of the next season they were relegated again to play the 2016–17 season in the Football League Championship.

On 25 May 2017, Following a 2–1 win over Blackburn Rovers, the club was promoted back to the Premier League after a three-year absence as Championship winners. However, Norwich were once again relegated back down to the Championship after just a single season back in the top flight, becoming the first team in Premier League history to be relegated five times from the division.

On 1 May 2021, Norwich were crowned champions of the 2020–21 EFL Championship, securing promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking. Norwich failed to win a match in their first nine games back in Premier League in the 2021-2022 season, with a heavy 7-0 away defeat to Chelsea their heaviest loss. On 6 November 2021 despite recording their first Premier League win away at Brentford, Farke was sacked by the club.


Colours and Badge

Norwich City’s nickname, “The Canaries”, has long influenced the team’s colours and badge Originally, the club was nicknamed the Citizens (“Cits” for short), and played in light blue and white halved shirts, although the halves were inconsistent; “the blue was sometimes on the left-hand side of the shirt and sometimes on the right.”

A simple canary badge was first adopted in 1922. The current club badge consists of a canary resting on a football with a stylised version of the City of Norwich arms in the top left corner. For the club’s centenary celebrations in 2002, a special badge was designed, featuring two canaries looking left and right, plus a ribbon noting the centenary.

On 23 November 2021, the club unveiled a new club badge that will officially replace the current badge on all club branding from 17 June 2022 and will appear on club shirts from the 2022-23 season.


Stadium

Norwich City F.C. played at Newmarket Road from 1902 to 1908, with a record attendance of 10,366 against Sheffield Wednesday in a second round FA Cup match in 1908. Following a dispute over the conditions of renting the Newmarket Road ground, in 1908 the club moved to a new home in a converted disused chalk pit in Rosary Road which became known as “The Nest”.

The original stadium, “the largest construction job in the city since the building of Norwich Castle… was “miraculously” built in just 82 days… it was referred to [by club officials] as ‘The eighth wonder of the world’ An aerial photograph from August 1935 shows three sides of open terracing and a covered stand, with a Colman’s Mustard advertisement painted on its roof, visible only from the air.

1963 saw the record attendance for Carrow Road, with a crowd of 43,984 for a 6th round FA Cup match against Leicester City, but in the wake of the Ibrox disaster in 1971, safety licences were required by clubs, and this drastically reduced the ground’s capacity to around 20,000.

After the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and the subsequent outcome of the Taylor Report in 1990, the stadium was converted to all-seater. Today, Carrow Road is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 27,244.


Ownership

Norwich City FC is a public limited company that, in 2003, comprised approximately 8,000 individual shareholdings. Since purchasing their shares from Geoffrey Watling, Delia Smith and husband Michael Wynn-Jones have been joint majority shareholders.


Players of The Season Since 2011

2011 Grant Holt
2012 Grant Holt
2013 Sébastien Bassong
2014 Robert Snodgrass
2015 Bradley Johnson
2016 Jonny Howson
2017 Wes Hoolahan
2018 James Maddison
2019 Teemu Pukki
2020 Tim Krul
2021 Emiliano Buendía

Managers Since 2000

  • Bryan Hamilton 5 April 2000 to 4 December 2000)
  • Nigel Worthington (4 December 2000 to 2 October 2006)
  • Peter Grant (13 October 2006 to 9 October 2007)
  • Glenn Roeder (30 October 2007 to 14 January 2009)
  • Paul Lambert (18 August 2009 to 2 June 2012)
  • Chris Hughton (6 June 2012 to 6 April 2014)
  • Neil Adams (6 April 2014 to 5 January 2015)
  • Alex Neil (9 January 2015 to 10 March 2017)
  • Daniel Farke (25 May 2017 to 6 November 2021)
  • Dean Smith (15 November to 2021 Present)

Honours

Norwich City has won a number of honours:

League

Football League Second Division/EFL Championship (Tier 2)

  • Winners (5): 1971–72, 1985–86, 2003–04, 2018–19, 2020–21
  • Runners-up (1): 2010–11
  • Play-offs Winners (1): 2015
  • Play-offs Runners-up (1): 2002

Football League Third Division/EFL League One (Tier 3)

  • *Winners (2)1933–34 (South), 2009–10
  • Runners-up (1): 1959–60

Cup

League Cup

  • Winners (2): 1961–62, 1984–85
  • Runners-up (2): 1972–73, 1974–75
When was Norwich City football club founded?

Norwich City F.C. was formed after a meeting at the Criterion Café in Norwich on 17 June 1902 and played their first competitive match against Harwich & Parkeston, at Newmarket Road on 6 September 1902.

Who is the highest paid star at Norwich City?

Brandon Williams is highest paid star at Norwich City. His estimated annual salary is £3,380,000.

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