Norwich City

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
316 89 92 135 365 510 -145 359 8

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Russell Martin 125
Mark Bowen 119
John Ruddy 116
Wes Hoolahan 112
Ian Crook 106
Bryan Gunn 104
Jonny Howson 104
Bradley Johnson 101
John Polston 96
Sebastien Bassong 93

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Chris Sutton 33
Grant Holt 23
Mark Robins 20
Efan Ekoku 15
Anthony Pilkington 14
Wes Hoolahan 12
Robert Snodgrass 12
Ruel Fox 11
Steve Morison 10
Jeremy Goss 9

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Everton 1-5 Norwich City 25th September 1993 1993-1994
Leeds United 0-4 Norwich City 21st August 1993 1993-1994
Norwich City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion 12th May 2013 2012-2013
Nottingham Forest 0-3 Norwich City 17th March 1993 1992-1993
Norwich City 3-0 Everton 21st March 1994 1993-1994
Norwich City 3-0 Chelsea 10th December 1994 1994-1995
Norwich City 3-0 Ipswich Town 20th March 1995 1994-1995
Arsenal 2-4 Norwich City 15th August 1992 1992-1993
Norwich City 4-2 Crystal Palace 27th January 1993 1992-1993
Norwich City 4-2 Leeds United 14th April 1993 1992-1993

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City 2nd November 2013 2013-2014
Blackburn Rovers 7-1 Norwich City 3rd October 1992 1992-1993
Fulham 6-0 Norwich City 15th May 2005 2004-2005
Norwich City 1-6 Manchester City 14th April 2012 2011-2012
Fulham 5-0 Norwich City 18th August 2012 2012-2013
Liverpool FC 5-0 Norwich City 19th January 2013 2012-2013
Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City 18th October 2015 2015-2016
Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Norwich City 9th April 1993 1992-1993
Arsenal 5-1 Norwich City 1st April 1995 1994-1995
Manchester City 5-1 Norwich City 3rd December 2011 2011-2012

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Mike Walker 2 5th January 1994
John Deehan 2 10th April 1995
Nigel Worthington 1 1st October 2006
Paul Lambert 1 1st June 2012
Chris Hughton 2 6th April 2014
Neil Adams 1 5th January 2015
Alex Neil 1 10th March 2017

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle United 2nd April 2016 27,137 2015-2016
Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United 7th May 2016 27,132 2015-2016
Norwich City 0-3 Sunderland 16th April 2016 27,117 2015-2016
Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool FC 23rd January 2016 27,108 2015-2016
Norwich City 2-2 West Ham United 13th February 2016 27,101 2015-2016
Norwich City 1-1 Arsenal 29th November 2015 27,091 2015-2016
Norwich City 1-2 Chelsea 1st March 2016 27,091 2015-2016
Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa 28th December 2015 27,072 2015-2016
Norwich City 1-2 Leicester City 3rd October 2015 27,067 2015-2016
Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur 2nd February 2016 27,067 2015-2016

 

Intro

Norwich City have always been an entertaining side to watch and that started in the very first Premier League season where they topped the table on Christmas Day 1992 and finished in third place in the final standings. Two seasons later, the policy of selling their star assets led to their downfall and relegation and since then, have experienced three further relegations under the guidance of Nigel Worthington, Neil Adams and Alex Neil. However, the Canaries have achieved other unique feats, including having the first player to score four goals in a Premier League match and being the first team to have three hat-tricks scored by the same player against them when Luis Suarez achieved the feat in his Liverpool FC days.

 

1992-1993

Considered among the relegation favourites going into the campaign under new manager Mike Walker, Norwich City made an immediate impression on the Premier League’s opening weekend, storming back from 2-0 down to beat pre-season title favourites Arsenal 4-2 at Highbury. Despite a 7-1 hammering at Blackburn Rovers in early October, the Canaries continued to defy the critics and topped the table on Christmas Day.

Helped by the goals of Mark Robins, the speedy pace of Ruel Fox down the flanks and the artistry of the experienced David Phillips in midfield, Norwich stayed firmly in the title battle until early April when they lost 3-1 at home to eventual champions Manchester United. Although they ended up with a negative goal difference, Norwich finished a brilliant third in the standings, earning European qualification for the following season.

 

1993-1994

Despite having one of the Premier League’s smallest fanbases, Norwich continued to overachieve in the early months of the 1993-1994 campaign. They dismantled Leeds United 4-0 at Elland Road, held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and recorded an excellent victory early season at Blackburn Rovers. In Europe, they became the first-ever English club to win in Munich against Bayern, knocking the German heavyweights out of the UEFA Cup in the process.

In early January, manager Mike Walker quit to take the vacancy at Everton. Walker had grown tired of seeing his better players being sold by owner Robert Chase with Ruel Fox on his way to Newcastle United. Walker’s assistant John Deehan took over the team with the Canaries in seventh place but he couldn’t sustain the momentum. He managed just two victories and that included a 10-game winless streak as the Norfolk-based club slipped to 12th place by the season’s end.

 

1994-1995

Star forward Chris Sutton was sold in a British transfer record deal to Blackburn Rovers for £5 million but although they lost some of their goalscoring threat, Norwich made a strong start to the season. They were unbeaten at Carrow Road until a Boxing Day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and the Canaries sat seventh in the table going into Christmas. However, that is where things started to go pear-shaped.

First-choice goalkeeper Bryan Gunn suffered a serious ankle injury in a defeat at The City Ground against Nottingham Forest and no adequate replacement was brought in to replace Gunn who was out for the whole season. Forwards Efan Ekoku and Mark Robins were both sold and the club went into freefall. They achieved only one victory in their final 20 games and plunged into the relegation dogfight.

Manager John Deehan resigned in mid-April and with fan protests, petitions and a poisonous atmosphere growing around the board’s management, relegation became reality with a 2-1 loss to Leeds United on the penultimate weekend of the season.

 

2004-2005

After an absence of nine seasons, Norwich returned to the top-flight as champions of the First Division. Manager Nigel Worthington had a small squad and relied heavily on the players that helped them gain promotion. Norwich failed to win any of their first 13 matches and very quickly, it became clear that this would be a season battling to avoid relegation.

Two goals from Damien Francis helped the Canaries to a 2-1 victory over Southampton in November but that was one of just three victories up to the start of April. They began that month seven points adrift of safety but started a remarkable run with a shock 2-0 win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. Further wins over Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic and Birmingham City meant they escaped the relegation zone going into the final day of the campaign. Victory at Craven Cottage would secure their safety regardless of other results. However, a 6-0 defeat to Fulham ensured their instant relegation back to the second-tier of English football.

 

2011-2012

Under the guidance of Paul Lambert, Norwich enjoyed a fine first season back in the top-flight having achieved back-to-back promotions. They won three of their first eight matches and were never in any relegation danger. Apart from two heavy losses to champions Manchester City, Norwich acquitted themselves well and finished 12th with 47 points. However, Lambert left in the close season in controversial circumstances to take the manager’s role at Aston Villa.

 

2012-2013

Although they finished with three fewer points, Norwich improved to 11th in the table in the 2012-2013 campaign with Chris Hughton their new manager. This included a 10-game unbeaten run between October and December which included a 4-3 away win at Swansea City and surprising home successes against Arsenal and Manchester United. They ended the season with a handsome 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion and an impressive 3-2 success away to Manchester City. The only blot on the copybook was an FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league Luton Town, becoming the first top-flight side to lose in the competition to a non-league outfit in 24 years.

 

2013-2014

Norwich spent plenty of money in pre-season, including £8.5 million on Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The striker scored just once for the club as the task of replacing Grant Holt turned out to be harder than expected. Chris Hughton’s side spent most of the season in the bottom half of the Premier League table and when they lost at home to West Bromwich Albion in early April, they elected to dispense with Hughton’s services. Former player Neil Adams took over but collected just one point from the final five games of the season and they dropped into the relegation zone. Their demise was confirmed when Sunderland beat West Brom in their penultimate game of the season.

 

2015-2016

Alex Neil guided Norwich back to the Premier League within his first five months at the club and initially, started well with victories over Sunderland and AFC Bournemouth, plus a wonderful 2-1 pre-Christmas triumph over Manchester United. Norwich picked up 9 points from a possible 12 during the festive period – a record only bettered by Tottenham Hotspur but they went on a dire run of form at the start of 2016, losing seven successive matches.

Victories over West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United did lift the gloom briefly but a 3-0 home defeat to relegation rivals Sunderland in mid-April saw them give up controlling their own destiny to the Black Cats. Sunderland’s experience at survival expertise was more than enough to consign Norwich ultimately to a fourth Premier League relegation just days before the season concluded when they beat Everton, meaning the Canaries’ 4-2 victory over Watford was made immaterial.

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