Norwich City A-Z: 'Let's be havin' you' - who can forget Delia's battle cry?

PUBLISHED: 18:45 22 June 2019 | UPDATED: 18:45 22 June 2019

On the run with Marc Libbra, as he celebrates his sensational debut goal in August, 2001 Picture: PA

On the run with Marc Libbra, as he celebrates his sensational debut goal in August, 2001 Picture: PA

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A stunning debut goal, a rare double, and Delia on the PA system - standard stuff for games against Manchester City, as Chris Lakey recalls

Leon McKenzie celebrates his goal in February, 2005 - a night when Delia Smith made the headlines Picture: ArchantLeon McKenzie celebrates his goal in February, 2005 - a night when Delia Smith made the headlines Picture: Archant

It's half-time, the Canaries are 2-2 at home to Kevin Keegan's visitors - having been two goals up inside 16 minutes.

What do you do to get your side going again? Nigel Worthington was in the dressing room with his players - and emerging from the tunnel, microphone in hand, was his boss, club owner Delia Smith. She walked a few yards on to the pitch, and began one of English football's most famous 'rants'.

"A message for the best football supporters in the world: we need a 12th man here."

"Where are you? Where are you? Let's be havin' you! Come on!"

Sign of the times - the Etihad scoreboard after Jonny Howson's winner at the end of the 2012-13 season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdSign of the times - the Etihad scoreboard after Jonny Howson's winner at the end of the 2012-13 season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It didn't quite work, but we've loved her for it ever since.

For the record, Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie put Norwich ahead, Antoine Sibierski and Robbie Flower levelled it and Fowler grabbed the winner in the final minute by which time City were down to 10 men, Mattias Jonson sent off after 66 minutes for a needless second yellow.

It's hard to imagine Manchester City in any sort of turmoil, but their recent history is in contrast to some of the dark days in the north-west.

In their money bags era, not much has gone wrong, but when Norwich visited them on the final day of the 2012-13 season, the hosts were managerless, having sacked Robert Mancini, and trophy-less, losing their title to Manchester United. That sort of turmoil. They suffered only their second home defeat in 48 Premier League games, but were pretty much on the beach by then, with not much for the fans to cheer except for the departed manager.

Russell Martin after scoring the first of his two goals against Manchester City in December, 2012 Picture: Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images LtdRussell Martin after scoring the first of his two goals against Manchester City in December, 2012 Picture: Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich had secured Premier League safety a week earlier with a 4-0 win over West Brom and went ahead through Anthony Pilkington 26 minutes. Jack Rodwell levelled soon afterwards, and repeated the feat after Grant Holt had put City ahead nine minutes after half-time.

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Final say went to Jonny Howson who produced a superb solo effort on 65 minutes to seal a win which took Norwich to 11th, their highest top-flight finish since 1993.

"We want to develop and we have a very good side that has served us well this season," said Norwich boss Chris Hughton. "We won't forget that, but if we are able to strengthen then we will. Anyone we bring in has to be the right player, but it is our responsibility to the fans to try to keep improving."

Sebastien Bassong have a coming together - the Manchester City player saw red Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdSebastien Bassong have a coming together - the Manchester City player saw red Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Russell Martin has only ever scored two goals in a match on one occasion - so why not reserve that for the Premier League champions?

The defender bagged his double in the second half of a rip-roaring game at Carrow Road. It wasn't enough to win the game - that was left to the unfortunate Canaries keeper Mark Bunn.

The visitors had shown their class with a stunning start, Edin Dzeko putting them two up inside four minutes.

Anthony Pilkington pulled one back with a free-kick on 15 minutes and there was light at the end of the tunnel when Samir Nasri was sent off after a clash with Sebastien Bassong just before half-time. But Sergio Aguero extended the visitors' lead five minutes after the break and at 3-1 down City looked dead and buried. Martin gave them hope with a goal just after the hour mark only for Norwich to concede again, this time when Dzeko's shot went in off a post - and Bunn.

Martin struck again on 75 minutes, diverting a Bradley Johnson shot into the net following a goalmouth scramble after 75 minutes - but it wasn't enough.

This had all the hallmarks of a goalless draw, until Nigel Worthington sent on Marc Libbra for his debut with quarter of an hour remaining.

Within 11 seconds, the Frenchman had scored, racing onto Zema Abbey's flick and volleying past substitute goalkeeper Nicky Weaver, a first-half replacement for Carlo Nash, who suffered damaged ribs.

Paul McVeigh sealed the win in the 89th minute before Paulo Wanchope was sent off in the final minute after tangling with a ballboy. Kevin Keegan opted not to use one of his trump cards, leaving one Darren Huckerby on his bench.

Adrian Coote scored his first Norwich goal, in only his second start, to seal the points at Maine Road. Lee Bradbury had given the hosts the lead on 27 minutes, before Neil Adams levelled on 38 - Coote sealing the deal just after the hour mark.

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