Norwich City start 2020 at Carrow Road as they face Crystal Palace this Wednesday (5:30pm kick-off), and it was this fixture 16 years ago that provided a memorable win for the Canaries.
One of City’s best home wins against the Eagles came over 16 years ago, when a last-minute winner from Malky Mackay secured all three points for the Canaries in the same season they were promoted back to the topflight.
Norwich City 2-1 Crystal Palace
27 September, 2003
Football League First Division
How the game unfolded
Crystal Palace were first off the line, and quick too, with Shaun Derry finding a goal in the second minute of the game. Bearing in mind Palace hadn’t won a game in four weeks across five games, this one goal was enough to put a spring in their step.
That spring proved difficult for City to cope with, leaving them to work hard for the equaliser. City’s best opportunity to find that leveler came in the 38th minute, when a foul in the 18-yard box saw a penalty in the Canaries favour. Darren Huckerby stepped up, firing his effort past the ‘keeper to bring the game back to level pegging before half-time.
The second-half was coming to a close, no goals had been scored, and it seemed as if the points were surely to be shared, but then Malky Mackay made his contribution known. The defender scored one of his 17 goals in a City shirt in the 89th minute, giving City all three points and seeing the Eagles leave Carrow Road empty-handed.
Norwich City: Green, Edworthy, Fleming, Mackay, Drury, Francis, Harper (Mulryne 69), Holt, Crouch (Roberts 83), Huckerby, McVeigh
Subs not used: Lewis, Henderson, Easton
What happened next?
The win over Palace had extended the Canaries unbeaten streak to four and maintained their fourth-place position in the league, seeing this same streak last seven games.
Slowly climbing the table, the latter half of the season proved crucial for the Canaries, when a 2-0 win over East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town saw them rise to the top of the league.
This pole position wouldn’t be lost for the rest of the season, seeing City finish first and earn promotion back to the topflight.
Crystal Palace didn’t have it too bad either. A late streak of wins in the second-half of the season meant the side finished their campaign in 6th place, earning a spot in the play-offs.
Not taking this chance lightly, the Eagles were sure to take wins over Sunderland and West Ham to guide the London club back to the Premier League, following the Canaries and West Brom.