Norwich City head to Turf Moor this weekend for Saturday’s Premier League game with Burnley (3pm KO). It’s a fixture that, 15 years ago, provided a true goal-fest.
While City’s last win over Burnley came in an equally memorable FA Cup third round tie at Carrow Road (City won 4-1 on that day in 2012), their last victory at Turf Moor came by way of a 5-3 thriller in 2004.
Burnley 3-5 Norwich City
April 3, 2004
League Division 1
Following a brilliant eight months in the 2003-04 season, City found themselves top of the league going into this fixture. The resilient Canaries came from behind three times during the match, before finishing it off at their free-flowing best.
Burnley, who went onto finish that season 19th in the league, were no pushovers, however. A well-placed Neil Wood free kick gave the Clarets the lead inside seven minutes, before Mathias Svensson showed good footwork inside the penalty area to equalise for City.
The hosts taking the lead and City equalising quickly became a theme of the match, as David May’s half-hour strike, getting on the end of a Robbie Blake corner, was cancelled out by Darren Huckerby’s two minutes later for 2-2, as he found himself in the right place to delicately gather and finish a lovely lofted pass from Craig Fleming.
Blake restored the lead for Stan Ternent’s side before the break, but City showed they meant business in pursuit of the league title, scoring three goals in the second half through Leon McLenzie, a Svensson header, and an outside of the boot finish from Huckerby (who went on to become the club’s top scorer that season with 14 goals).
The emphatic win became the first of five in an unbeaten April for the Canaries, whose impressive form saw them become champions in May with 94 points, earning promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 1994.
Norwich City: Green, Fleming, Edworthy, Mackay, Drury, Francis, Holt, McKenzie (Mulryne 72’), McVeigh (Cooper 37’), Svensson (Roberts 90’), Huckerby
Subs not used: Crichton, Henderson