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Memorable Match: Chelsea 2-3 Norwich City

13 July 2020

Norwich City return to Premier League action on Tuesday when they visit Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea (8.15pm KO).

City haven’t seen many wins over the Blues in recent history, our last win coming in 1994, but we’ve picked a comeback victory from 1992 as our ‘Memorable Match’.

Chelsea 2-3 Norwich City
12 September, 1992
Premier League
Stamford Bridge

What was on the line?

With the game coming so early on in the season, relatively little! Just eight games into the debut season of the Premier League, both sides were looking to continue on in the right direction with a win, but by no means was it a game with consequence in the short-term.

In a strange turn of events a six-pointer would be on the line, as this would also be City’s second Premier League fixture against Chelsea, having already beaten them at Carrow Road a month prior!  

How the game unfolded

Chelsea were looking ambitious early, with Dave Beasant coming out of his own box to stifle a City attack and catch the Canaries on the break.

The move paid off when the counter-attack was sealed by Mick Harford in front of goal, giving the Pensioners the early lead by the second minute.

Bad went to worse in the 29th minute, when a lofted ball over the top saw Andy Townsend catch the ball sweetly on the half-volley, blazing it past Bryan Gunn to double their lead.

Despite a first-half to forget, the second-half became all City. Just one minute into the last 45 saw Mark Robins get a goal back, after he stretched a leg out to dink a ball past Beasant.

Beasant nowhere to be seen for the second goal, Mark Robins tapped home a squared ball from Rob Newman to level the scoring by the 74th minute.

It wouldn’t then take long for good fortunes to flow into a winner, when a long-distance effort from David Phillips slipped out of Beasant’s hands, his blunder seeing City take all three points back to East Anglia.

Norwich City XI: Gunn (GK), Culverhouse, Polston, Newman, Sutton, Phillips, Bowen, Crook (Sutch, 76), Goss, Megson, Robins
Subs not used: Mark Walton (GK), Woodthorpe

What happened next?

Being six-pointed so early on in the season, Chelsea wouldn’t go on to enjoy much of the Premier League’s first season. Winning 14, drawing 14 and losing 14, the Pensioners found themselves finishing 11th in the league.

For City it would be a record season, finishing third in the table, just two points behind Aston Villa in second. This placing would see the Canaries qualify for the UEFA Cup in the next season.


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