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Memorable Match: Norwich City 4-1 Cardiff City

17 December 2020

With Cardiff City the visitors at Carrow Road for this Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture (12.30pm KO), we’ve cast our minds back to a previous meeting in 2003.

December 13, 2003
League Division 1
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

Norwich had been in and around the top half of the table without really challenging the upper echelons for the most part as they approached this game.

Cardiff had just come up from Division Two by finishing sixth in 2002/03 and were going through a decent season in the second tier, having only lost one of the 11 games prior to this one.

How the game unfolded

This game was all about Darren Huckerby, given that it was expected to be his last outing in yellow and green with his loan spell from Manchester City coming to an end.

He showed the Canaries what they’d be missing with a brilliant solo run in the 34th minute, beating three Cardiff defenders and picking out the bottom left corner for 1-0.

Goalscorer then turned provider, as Huckerby assisted Iwan Roberts, who gave City a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute.

Peter Thorne pulled one back for the visitors with a header five minutes later, before Craig Fleming restored the two-goal cushion with just under 20 minutes remaining.

The result was put beyond doubt when a Huckerby shot deflected off Tony Vidmar for 4-1, moving Norwich up to second in the league.

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City XI: Green, Edworthy, Fleming, Shackell, Drury, Holt, Mulryne, Henderson, Huckerby, McVeigh (Jarvis 86’), Roberts (Brennan 85’)
Unused substitutes: Crichton, Rivers, Francis

What happened next?

Against the odds, Huckerby signed permanently on Boxing Day! Norwich went on to spend the entirety of the second half of the season in first place, going on to win promotion to the Premier League.

Cardiff, meanwhile, finished 13th, demonstrating a respectable first season back in the second tier.

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