The facts and figures of Norwich City’s decade of drama, success and disappointment

PUBLISHED: 14:23 20 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:07 20 December 2019

Russell Martin, lifting the play-off final trophy at Wembley, made the most appearances of any Norwich City player during this decade Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Russell Martin, lifting the play-off final trophy at Wembley, made the most appearances of any Norwich City player during this decade Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Four promotions, two relegations and over 400 games featuring more than 1,200 goals – few teams packed quite as much into the past decade as Norwich City.

There have been highs and lows along the way but it's rarely been dull, with some of the key cast members ensuring they will be remembered in these parts for many years to come.

There are still three games to play before the decade comes to its conclusion, with Daniel Farke and his team working towards a positive start to 2020, in the hope of kicking off the next decade with the success of securing Premier League status in spite of their financial inferiority.

We've been crunching the numbers and the Canaries have won 40 percent of their 422 league matches since the start of 2010, when Paul Lambert was leading the charge towards the League One title.

The players who featured most in the dramas of the decade will come as little surprise, with Russell Martin (309 appearances in all competitions), Wes Hoolahan (293) and John Ruddy (243) the top three, with current player Alex Tettey (220) not far behind having been with the club since 2012.

Grant Holt, lifting the League One trophy in 2010, was the top scorer for the Canaries during this decade 

Picture: Nick ButcherGrant Holt, lifting the League One trophy in 2010, was the top scorer for the Canaries during this decade Picture: Nick Butcher

Martin, who captained City's play-off final success at Wembley in 2015, even comes close to featuring in the top scorers list for the decade having registered 17 goals despite playing at right-back and centre-back.

It's no surprise that Grant Holt leads the way on the goal front, with 58 of his 78 total for the Canaries coming during this decade - after a rapid first half of 2009-10 which featured 20 goals.

That's ahead of Cameron Jerome (42), whose goals played a vital role in the promotion of 2015, the legendary figure of Hoolahan (39) and the decade's late surge from a prolific Finn by the name of Teemu Pukki (also 39).

While league campaigns have provided plenty of excitement along the way, the less said about the cup competitions, the better.

Paul Lambert has the best win percentage of Norwich City's managers since the start of 2010 

Picture: Nick ButcherPaul Lambert has the best win percentage of Norwich City's managers since the start of 2010 Picture: Nick Butcher

During the last 10 years City have made it beyond the third round of the FA Cup just twice, reaching round five in 2012 only to lose 2-1 at home to Leicester when the Foxes were in the Championship and Norwich were in the top flight.

The League Cup has been slightly better and brought some fun, reaching the fourth round on six separate occasions, but the 2013 quarter-final was the closest the Canaries got to another cup final, slumping to a 4-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Carrow Road - when Lambert returned with a vengeance.

While City fans will hope that a cup run will feature at some point in the next 10 years, most will appreciate that a steady spell of Premier League stability is the key to finding success in the long term, if their club is to achieve the financial strength needed to compete on the billionaires' playground.

MOST APPS (all comps)

Russell Martin - 309

Wes Hoolahan - 293

John Ruddy - 243

Alex Tettey - 220

Jonny Howson - 188

Bradley Johnson - 154

Grant Holt - 141

Cameron Jerome - 138

Seb Bassong - 135

Martin Olsson - 129

TOP SCORERS (all comps)

Grant Holt 58

Cameron Jerome 42

Wes Hoolahan 39

Teemu Pukki 39

Jonny Howson 24

Bradley Johnson 21

Simeon Jackson 21

Gary Hooper 20

Josh Murphy 20

Nelson Oliveira 20

LEAGUE RECORD

P422 W168 D110 L144 F615 A600 GD+15 Pts614

LEAGUE FINISHES

2010 - 1st (League One)

2011 - 2nd (Championship)

2012 - 12th (Premier League)

2013 - 11th (Premier League)

2014 - 18th (Premier League)

2015 - 3rd (Championship)

2016 - 19th (Premier League)

2017 - 8th (Championship)

2018 - 14th (Championship)

2019 - 1st (Championship)

LEAGUE WIN PERCENTAGES

Paul Lambert (2010-2012) - P107 W51 - 47.7pc

Chris Hughton (2012-2014) - P71 W18 - 25.4pc

Neil Adams (2014-2015) - P29 W10 - 34.5pc

Alex Neil (2015-2017) - P96 W39 - 40.6pc

Daniel Farke (2017-present) - P109 W45 - 41.3pc

- Who makes your Canaries team of the decade? Vote in our survey above

- Take a look at the video above for some of the best photos from the past 10 years

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