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25 April 2016

Significant results on April 25

CARROW Road saw one of its most dramatic moments on April 25, 2011 as Norwich City earned the latest of late wins against Derby County in the Championship.

Chasing promotion to the Barclays Premier League, Simeon Jackson headed the home side in front on the stroke of half-time, only for Steven Davies to level early in the second half.

Jackson restored City's advantage on the hour-mark with a clever chip, but they were swiftly pegged back once more when Alberto Bueno drove home from outside the box to make it 2-2.

The scores remained that way until deep in injury-time, when Jackson found himself in the right place to divert a goal-line clearance into the net and send the stadium into raptures.

That goal completed his hat-trick, and ensured City remained in second place in the division with just two games of the regular season remaining amid some iconic commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham and former winger Neil Adams.

They would go on to secure promotion in their very next game away to Portsmouth, with nearest challengers Cardiff City seemingly unable to recover from the impact of City's efforts against Derby.

Somewhat conversely, ten-man Norwich saw their hopes of automatic promotion come to an end on April 25, 2015 when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Rotherham United.

The Canaries responded well to Lewis Grabban's early dismissal, going ahead in style on 58 minutes when Gary Hooper's fine volley flew into the top-corner.

However, Jordan Bowery struck four minutes from time to earn Rotherham a point, leaving Alex Neil's side destined for the play-offs.

Despite that, the season would ultimately end in triumph at Wembley courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough; having dispatched East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town over two legs in the semi-finals.

Some 17 years earlier, City faced a challenge of a different kind as they looked to secure their place in Division One when they hosted Swindon Town at Carrow Road.

They did so in emphatic fashion, with headers from Chris Llewellyn, Matt Jackson and Iwan Roberts seeing the home side cruise into a 3-0 lead.

Roberts then unselfishly played in Craig Bellamy for a fourth, before Tottenham loanee Neale Fenn netted his first and only goal for the Club to round off the scoring at 5-0.

In total, the Canaries have won three, drawn five and lost five of the 13 games they have played on April 25 throughout history.

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