Nine years ago today Simeon Jackson fired us back into the Premier League after a six-year absence with his goal against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
City were always the favourites going into the clash on the south coast, having won their last three games and lost just one of the previous 15. Pompey, by contrast, were without a win in their last six.
Yellow balloons and inflatable bananas in tow, 2,500 City fans made the 200+ mile trip from Norfolk on the Bank Holiday Monday for the 2010-11 season’s penultimate fixture. That journey was made much more bearable when promotion rivals Cardiff City lost 3-0 at home to Middlesbrough the same afternoon.
The permutations? City could go four points clear of third and clinch a return to the topflight with victory at Fratton Park.
Top scorer Grant Holt was unable to find the breakthrough, but Jackson, who had been in a rich vein of form with six goals in his previous eight games, made it seven in nine with his 50th minute header opening the scoring.
It was a tantalising delivery from the right wing, a deep cross courtesy of David Fox that was just begging to be met at the far post. Jackson obliged, triggering pandemonium in the away end.
Norwich ultimately finished second in the Championship behind Queens Park Rangers, becoming the first side since Manchester City in 1999-2000 to claim back to back promotions to the topflight (having won League One the season prior).
Assuming this has whetted your appetite, we’ll be broadcasting the full 90 minutes of the win at Fratton Park on our YouTube channel from 3pm this afternoon! See you there.