Team Highlight : Norwich City F.C

Norwich players celebrating after defeating Manchester City. Photo: telegraph 

Norwich City Football Club also known as The Canaries, is an English professional football club based in Norwich, United Kingdom. Founded in 1902 after a meeting by Robert Webster and Joseph Cowper-Nutchey, Norwich City shortly turned professional just three years later. The Canaries are currently being housed in Carrow Road Stadium after the shift from their famous home for almost three decades, ‘The Nest’ stadium, where they played their first Football League game. 

Started off in blue and white, Norwich City has since gone on to don what we now know as the famous yellow and green colour kit with a picture of a canary on the club badge due to the keeping and breeding of canaries back in the days at Norwich City. Two of the club’s most famous fans turned shareholders are TV chef and author Delia Smith and comedian and actor Stephan Fry. To date, the club’s anthem, ‘On The Ball, City’ remains as the world’s oldest football song which is still being sung by The Canaries fans at their games.         

 

Origin of Norwich City F.C.

Norwich playing in ‘The Nest’ stadium for the Football League game. Photo: canaries.co.uk

While association football was already popular in Norfolk, it was missing a senior team until two amateur players from The Norwich Church of England Young Men’s Society (CEYMS) football club arranged a meeting which they then formed Norwich City Football Club and was admitted into the Norfolk & Suffolk League. When the club’s officials got suspended in 1904 for breaching strict amateur regulations through the excessive investment, advertising and sponsoring of club facilities, equipment and players, Norwich City football club decided through a public meeting that they were going professional and within weeks, were admitted to the Southern League. 

However, with the Great War looming, professional football was suspended and financial problems began to mount for The Canaries which led to the club’s voluntary liquidation and winding up 11 months later. Nevertheless, the passion from the Norwich City players kept them around to play local clubs, services and including fundraisers until sufficient capital was raised and the club was reformed to rejoin the Southern League. Following the season, the Southern League Division One clubs, including Norwich City, founded Division Three.       

Records over the years

Norwich City winning the 2018- 2019 Championship season. Photo: premierskillsenglish

Despite going professional and qualifying for the Southern League, Norwich City football club did not leave a mark with outstanding performance and only moved up ranks after the Third Division had been formed. It was only in the 1958-1959 season that The Canaries was heard when they made it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, beating Manchester United, Spurs and Sheffield United along the way and subsequently being promoted to Division Two and winning the League Cup thereafter. 

Following a series of relegations and promotions, Norwich City football club locked in the club’s best performance throughout its history in 1993 by finishing third in the Premier League and even qualifying for the European competition for the first time. The peak performance of The Canaries was short lived when just two years later, they were being relegated and met with financial issues which saw the introduction of a new board that consists of long time supporter Delia Smith. Fortunately, with new schemes and initiatives, the performance of Norwich City football club improved, winning the Nationwide Division One championship and briefly returning to the Premier League

As per The Canaries’ fashion, being in the top league proved to be too much as the club was inconsistent in performance and following a series of relegations, dropping themselves to League One championships.

Present Day Norwich City F.C.

Head Coach Daniel Farke briefing the players. Photo: canaries.co.uk 

Following multiple restructuring to the management team, temporary first team coach Alan Irvine left his post in 2017 and was replaced by Borussia Dortmund II’s coach, Daniel Farke. Farke’s arrival saw multiple changes to squad lineup as he prepared The Canaries for back to back successive seasons in the Championship, placing them in 14th in just his first year. 

Under the management of Farke and his newly assembled team, The Canaries managed to achieve an improved league finish despite notable high profile departures of Alex Pritchard, James Maddison and Josh Murphy. The 2018-2019 Championship season proved that Norwich City football club’s hunt for the promotion to the Premier League was well deserved as not only their aggressive attacking style throughout the season landed them back to the Premier League for the 2019-2020 season, star player Teemu Pukki was also named the division’s Player of the Season, winner of the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy and winning the Championship Golden Boot with 29 goals.