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UPS AND DOWNS: NORWICH CITY

4 June 2014

Canaries back in the Championship after two seasons

Norwich City’s two year stay in the Premier League was all but ended when they drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge a month ago.

The stalemate on May 4 meant that their fate had all but been confirmed despite not being mathematically relegated. 

htafc.com has previously previewed two of Town’s new opponents next season in Cardiff City (click HERE) and Fulham (click HERE) and over the next couple of weeks will look at those teams coming up from the Championship in Wolves, Brentford and Rotherham.

However, the spotlight is on Norwich City who looked to be heading to Premier League safety following a victory over Sunderland in late March, but lost six of their seven remaining games to suffer relegation.

NORWICH CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE

HEAD TO HEAD

Town shipped six goals against Norwich the last time the two teams were in the same league. In the 2009/10 League 1 season both teams were aiming for promotion with Norwich eventually promoted as champions.

Wes Hoolahan, Chris Martin and Gary Doherty all scored at Carrow Road in 2009, whilst Grant Holt and Stephen Elliot (2) netted after Neal Trotman had given Town a third minute lead in the return fixture.

The Terriers’ latest victory against the Canaries was over 13 years ago when Craig Armstrong and Delroy Facey netted against a Norwich team that featured Malky Mackay and Iwan Roberts.

Over the years both teams have been evenly matched with Norwich ahead of the head-to-head record by just one victory (12-11).

MANAGER

Neil Adams was in caretaker charge as Norwich suffered relegation last term. He was thrown in at the deep end though, with Norwich needing results against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Despite his relative lack of first team managerial experience and his inability to keep Norwich up, Neil Adams was appointed the Canaries’ permanent manager late last month.

A right-winger, Adams joined Norwich City from Oldham Athletic for £250,000 in February 1994 - following the £2.2m sale of Ruel Fox to Newcastle. He was renowned for the accuracy of his crossing and for his deadly prowess from the penalty spot, and was voted into City’s Hall of Fame in 2002. 

Adams scored 30 goals in 206 outings for City. 

After retiring, he returned to Norfolk and was initially coach of the Canaries’ Academy Under-14 side, whilst also working in the local media as a BBC Radio Norfolk summariser and newspaper columnist. 

Adams later became the Under-18 Academy coach and led the Canaries to their famous FA Youth Cup victory in 2013, convincingly defeating Chelsea in both home and away legs of the final. 

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Barker Harry Darius
Fox David Lee
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Nash Carlo James
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KEY PLAYERS

The Canaries were renowned for recruiting top players from the Championship and Football League throughout their time in the Premier League. In the first season it worked, sadly in the second it didn’t.

As a result though, they have a lot of experience to call upon as they look to return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Former Terrier Anthony Pilkington struggled with injury last term following an excellent first year in the Premier League. He, along with fellow winger and Player of the Year Robert Snodgrass, have been linked with moves away from Carrow Road, but if they stay will provide plenty of firepower.

Luciano Becchio, Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson have all experienced the challenges of the Championship with Leeds United and their knowledge and expertise could prove vital.

They may need to recruit a new frontman though, with both Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel linked with moves away. Hooper netted six times following his move from Celtic, whilst the Dutchman Wolfswinkel scored just once in what proved to be a disappointing season.

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