Norwich City’s Canaries

Norwich City was founded in 1902 and has struggled to truly establish itself in England’s top flight.  The Canaries are back in the big time after going down two seasons ago.  It was Norwich’s third relegation in the last two decades and the club will be hoping that this time it will be good.

They have over their 113-year history called three grounds home.  City started out at Newmarket Road Stadium from 1902-1908 leaving a record crowd attendance of 10 366 in their final season.  From 1908-1935 they called Rosary Road Stadium, nicknamed The Nest – home.  The highlight of their stay there came when then King of England George VI visited the stadium during a league encounter in 1935.

Since then they have played home games at Carrow Road.  The stadium became famous for having been completed in just 82 days.  Their home record attendance stands at 43 984.

The stadium today seats 27 244.  The Canaries are managed by Alex Neil.  The club has the honour of having the oldest football song still being sung in the world.  “On the ball, City” was sung in 1898 first by the Norwich Teachers FC then later adopted for City since 1902.

The chorus of the song goes as follows:  ‘Kick it off, throw it in, have a little scrimmage, Keep it low, a splendid rush, bravo, win or die; On the ball City, never mind the danger, Steady on, now’s your chance, Hurrah! We’ve scored a goal, City! City! City!”

In popular culture the club was used in 1972 by the Children’s Film Foundation in their movie “The boy who turned yellow” (“Yellow” is another nickname that the club as adopted in reference to the colours on their shirt).  The flick was based on a boy living in London who ends up supporting the Norwich City.

Their rivals are Ipswich Town, with whom they contest the East Anglican Derby.  Their win percentage stands at 37% against Ipswich’s 40% over the 113 years.  City and Sunderland contest for the Friendship Trophy, an honour dating back to the mutual respect forged between both club fans at the time of the 1985 League Cup.  Norwich are the current holders of the trophy.

In 1985 Norwich won the League Cup for the second and most recent of times in the club’s history.  They have never won the FA Cup, however, they have reached the semi-final on three occasions.  Their most famous run involved them defeating Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Neil’s charges will be facing Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Stoke City in their opening three games of the upcoming season.  Robbie Brady has been added to the team roster for an undisclosed fee.  Brady comes in from Hull City.  Defender Andre Wisdom has been signed on a season long loan deal from fellow Premier League campaigners Liverpool.  Anthony Andrew, Graham Dorras and Youssouf Mulumbu are the other acquisitions to date.*

The players who have left Carrow Road include Luciano Becchio, Mark Bunn, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Carlos Cuellar, Javier Garrido and Charlton Morris.

*Correct as at 31 July 2015.