Not every head-to-head tale we have to tell is a long one. Here we have just one example. So, let's be havin' you Norwich City...
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Not every head-to-head tale we have to tell is a long one. Here we have just one example. So, let’s be havin’ you Norwich City. Up there, close to the top corner of East Anglia, you’ll come across one of the nation’s favourite yo-yo clubs. The Canaries have been promoted up to the Premier League four times in the last 17 years. And four times they’ve come back down (just not necessarily straight away). It’s been an eventful ride; the sort of rush you could expect at an Australian casino. They even managed to fit in a season in League One in that time too!

It seems there’s never a dull moment for the admin team at Carrow Road.

Who are Norwich City?

Formed in 1902, the Canaries are now carrying a lot of history underneath their wings. It all started with a meeting at a local cafe. There doesn’t seem to be much more to the tale than that. No dramatic split, feud or rivalry involved. As for the nickname, the explanation isn’t so much the yellow shirts we know today. Instead, the origin is said to be the pastime of canary rearing – with the national press picking up that ball and running with it in 1907.

After joining the Southern League in 1905, the club got a Football League place in 1920 with the formation of a new Division Three. And for much of the next 40 years, you’d find them in the basement division (more often than not). This changed in 1958 when the Canaries were placed in Division Three when the structure was spruced up. As they came eighth at the end of the 1957-8 season, Division Four was easily avoided.

As we don’t have the time to deep dive into the granular detail of the Canaries’ story, we are gonna draw a rough line in the sand there. And we’re going to claim that, after 1958, things started to get better at Carrow Road. They spent the entire 1960s in Division Two; reaching the top flight for the first time in 1972. There was a bit of up and down as you’d expect with them. But, from 1975, they were a top flight side for all but two seasons.

Why do we know Norwich City?

Boro’ came to life at about the time the Canaries were getting themselves comfortable in the old Division One. So, quite a gap for us to close down – right? As we’ve only reached as far as the third tier, that’s still a work in progress. And, certainly for our early years, we were light years apart; Norwich taking on – and defeating – the might of Bayern Munich in the 1993-4 UEFA Cup as we were still graduating from the Diadora League.

Even when the Canaries did drop into the third tier themselves, we were still two seasons behind; Boro’ finally making it out of the Conference as they returned to the second tier in style. To stop us getting any notions of catching them, Norwich made it two promotions in a row in 2011 (like us) to wind up back in the Premier League. With their determination to steer well clear of us, it was inevitable that it’d take a cup tie for us to eventually meet.

What is our record against the Canaries?

At the start of the 2018-9 season, the Canaries were getting started in their third straight campaign in the Sky Bet Championship; looking to build on a poor previous season in which they finished a lowly 14th. One of their first tests would be a Boro’ team ordered to go to Carrow Road thanks to the draw for the Carabao Cup First Round. For us, it’s not a competition we tend to do well in. But a useful early season test for Dino Maamria‘s side.

The chances of a Boro’ victory were much like those at casino en ligne Francais – attractive, tempting, and worth a punt based on our cup record over the years. Marco Stiepermann put the hosts ahead on 27 minutes. But a James Ball leveller meant it was all square and game on at the break. It remained like that for most of the second half too. Sadly, we’d be undone by a fluke Christoph Zimmermann goal with seven minutes left on the clock.

And that gave the Canaries the opening they needed; consolidating their win and passage through with a Teemu Pukki-mann effort on 89 minutes.

Norwich City: Boro’s Record

Our head-to-head: P 1 — W 0 — D 0 — L 1 — F 1 — A 3 — Pts 0 — WR 0%
Our last tango: Norwich City 3-1 Stevenage, 14 August 2018

What happened to them?

It turned out to be a very good season for the Canaries. With an attractive style of football, they stormed to the Championship title; their League Cup adventure ending with a narrow defeat at Bournemouth in Round Four. Back in the Premier League (again), however, they never really got going. For the most part, their 2019-20 campaign was as bad as ours; just five wins is all they managed as they were comfortably relegated – 14 points from safety.

Now, let’s just add one more sentence that might go fast out of date. At the time we wrote this (31 January 2021), the Canaries were set for a return back to the big time.

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