Now the Loan Player Manager at Norwich City FC, Neil Adams’ day to day duties in Norfolk are a bit different to what they were 25 years ago.
Saturday, October 8, 1994 was an unforgettable day for Adams, who popped up with the last-minute winner for City in a 2-1 win over Leeds United in the Premier League.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Adams talked us through the afternoon in his own words...
“Gary McAllister had missed a penalty. We were winning 1-0 when we conceded a really late goal in the 89th minute. We thought we’d just thrown two points away, but literally from kick-off we were attacking the Barclay End.
“We had a throw-in down the right-hand side and for whatever reason I found myself on the left side. Mark Robins lifted a cross to the back post where I was to rise like a salmon and head the ball past the ‘keeper!
“There were delirious scenes from the players and the crowd. I was absolutely delighted, because you knew it was a last-minute winner. They weren’t going to come back into it from then.”
Following the elation of scoring such an exciting goal, however, Neil was disappointed to find a letter from the FA on his doorstep the following week.
“After scoring, I jumped over the advertisement hoardings to celebrate with the Norwich fans,” he said. “I then got a letter from the FA on Monday morning telling me that I was being fined for potentially inviting trouble from the Leeds United fans who had been in the adjacent stand in the same corner.
“That put a little bit of a dampener on it because you don’t want to be fined for scoring a winning goal, but obviously I didn’t mind too much because it won us three points!
“When you score a goal in the last minute, you’re going to be excited, so I was surprised to receive the letter. I didn’t do anything to the Leeds fans, I was just celebrating with the Norwich fans. Had I been cupping the ears to the Leeds fans, then I’d have understood."
But how often does Neil dust the cobwebs off the VHS tape, or, in 2019, search for the highlights of that game on YouTube?
“I’ve watched it back many times,” he admitted. “I was asked by canaries.co.uk to recreate the goal a few years ago at Eaton Park with a few of the Eastern Daily Press journalists who came along to help out. It’s one that’s firmly in the mind. Needless to say, we didn’t recreate the celebration!
“I’ve got a picture in my dining room at home of me running off celebrating with my arms stretched out wide, just about to jump the fence into the Barclay End. It’s certainly a goal that I know very well!”