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Top 🔟 21st century Easter weekends! 🥚

12 April 2020

To celebrate Easter Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of our ten favourite Norwich City Easter weekends over the last 20 years!

Once you’ve analysed our ranking, let us know if yours is different by tweeting your list @NorwichCityFC.

  1. 2009 – Norwich City 2-0 Watford

While the 2008-09 season ultimately ended in our relegation from the Championship to League One, this result against Brendan Rodger’s Watford in mid-April offered hope in our battle for survival.

City took the lead early in the first half when the Hornets scored an own goal through none other than Danny Rose, who was on loan from Tottenham Hotspur at the time.

The all-important second goal finally came in the 85th minute, Gary Doherty the first to react after a Jason Shackell header had hit the crossbar.

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  1. 2017 – Preston North End 1-3 Norwich City

Despite this win at Deepdale, it became mathematically impossible for City to be promoted via the playoffs after 43 matches had been played in the 2016-17 Championship season.

On the plus side, James Maddison marked his first senior start for the Canaries with a goal in stoppage time.

Graham Dorrans and Josh Murphy had put City 2-0 up on the sunny Monday afternoon before Thomas Spurr halved the deficit. In the end, ten shots on target to Preston’s three suggests Norwich deserved the points.

  1. 2006 – Norwich City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers

With just over 60 minutes played and QPR 2-0 up at Carrow Road, this was some turnaround in the Championship.

Lee Cook and Gareth Ainsworth had given the visitors the lead, but Darren Huckerby planted the seed of doubt when he pulled one back in the 78th minute.

It was Robert Earnshaw who made the headlines, however, scoring a brace across the 85th and 90th minutes to earn City a memorable comeback victory!

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  1. 2008 – Norwich City 5-1 Colchester United

Relegation fears were lurking as City found themselves 18th in the Championship ahead of this Easter weekend tie against fellow strugglers Colchester United.

Jamie Cureton almost single-handedly put those to bed, at least for another week, with his hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing at Carrow Road!

Jon Otsemobor and Dion Dublin both got in on the act as City won three of their final six matches to finish the campaign in 17th place.

  1. 2019 – Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday

City ensured the gap at the top of the Championship was five points rather than four to Sheffield United in last season’s Easter weekend encounter with the Blades’ nearest rivals.

Marco Stiepermann’s opener in the 19th minutes gave many inside Carrow Road the impression that another big win could be inbound, but Wednesday were following a different script.

Fernando Forestieri and Steven Fletcher turned the game on its head, but the visitors couldn’t afford to give Mario Vrancic a free kick on the edge of the area in the seventh minute of stoppage time! We’ll let the highlights do the talking…

  1. 2002 – Norwich City 2-1 Crystal Palace & Bradford City 0-1 Norwich City

City were forced to show fighting spirit to come back from Stephen Thomas’ opening goal for Palace, and David Nielsen and Paul McVeigh were up to the task on Easter Saturday to ensure the Canaries kept their promotion hopes alive.

The following Monday’s 1-0 win over Bradford didn’t do those ambitions any harm either, as McVeigh again got on the scoresheet with a late winner.

City ultimately finished sixth that season, losing out on Premier League promotion to Birmingham City in the play-off final.

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  1. 2011 – Norwich City 3-2 Derby County

If only Easter weekend stretched to Thursday, we’d be able to include our 5-1 East Anglian Derby win four days prior to this one and the 2011 entry would certainly be higher in our rankings!

Regardless, it fully deserves its place in our top five, as Simeon Jackson completed a hat-trick with the winner in injury time to keep us second in the automatic promotion places of the Championship!

Second is where we finished that season, this game one of many that were pivotal in our return to the topflight of English football!

  1. 2004 – Norwich City 2-0 Wigan Athletic & Reading 0-1 Norwich City

What could be better than a win in the Easter weekend? Two wins! That’s what we achieved again in 2004 with victories over Wigan and Reading in our Easter double header.

Two clean sheets and three goals across these 180 minutes from Mathias Svensson, Darren Huckerby and Phil Mulryne made the weekend pivotal in our quest for the Premier League.

We topped the Championship by some distance, eight points ahead of West Brom in second and 15 above Sunderland in third!

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  1. 2015 – Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Norwich City & Norwich City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Bradley Johnson was the saviour in our 1-0 win at the Amex Stadium in 2015’s Easter weekend, which piled the pressure on AFC Bournemouth and Middlesbrough in second and first respectively.

Not content with making the difference in just one game that weekend, Johnson netted both goals against Sheffield Wednesday on Easter Monday as well!

That result moved us up to second in the Championship under Alex Neil, and although we ended up falling back down to third, we returned to the Premier League by way of a play-off final win over Middlesbrough!

  1. 2012 – Norwich City 2-2 Everton & Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Norwich City

It might be only the second entry on this list to feature a draw, but it’s also the only one to take place in the Premier League. You can’t argue with four points from Everton and Spurs across one weekend!

The Toffees twice took the lead courtesy of Nikica Jelavic at Carrow Road on Easter Saturday, but equalising goals from Jonny Howson and Grant Holt earned a battling City side a hard-fought point.

To finish 12th in the Premier League as a promoted team that season was a stunning achievement. To do so with wins against the likes of Tottenham made it even more special. After Anthony Pilkington put City 1-0 up, Elliott Bennett made sure Jermain Defoe’s equaliser was in vain with his winner in the 66th minute! It was an Easter weekend full of top-half treats!

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