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Canaries’ Fa Cup hero Matt Crowe dies

20 June 2017

Everyone at Norwich City is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Matt Crowe, who has died aged 84.

Scottish wing-half Crowe signed for the Canaries in 1957 from Partick Thistle for £500, and went on to make 214 first-team appearances for the Club. He scored on his debut in a 2-1 win away at Reading in October ’57, and played in all 11 games during Norwich’s famous run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1958-59 – including the 3-0 triumph over Manchester United.

Crowe missed only one match that season as City finished fourth in Division Three, proving to be a valuable creator of goals for the likes of Terry Allcock, Terry Bly and Errol Crossan.

The follow season, in 1959-60, Crowe once again missed only one match as Archie Macaulay’s Canaries finished second in the league and were promoted to Division Two for the first time in 21 years. He was an ever-present in 1960-61, as Norwich once again defied expectations to finish fourth in the second tier – then the Club’s highest-ever league finish.

He made 21 league appearances the following season – with Norwich once again securing their Division Two status – to join Brentford. His 214 appearances for City puts him in 58th place on the Club’s all-time list, while he also scored 18 goals.

Crowe broke his leg for the second time in his career while at Brentford and moved to South Africa to join Port Elizabeth City as captain, where he became a firm favourite with their fans and went on to manage the club. He settled in the country and later became a sales manager at a paint firm.

Everyone at Norwich City would like to offer their condolences to Matt Crowe’s friends and family.

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