Norwich City Premier League A-Z: Burnley could prove big rivals for Canaries in the top flight

Mathias Svensson scored a brace as Norwich won 5-3 at Burnley in April 2004 Picture: Graham Lynch/Archant library

Mathias Svensson scored a brace as Norwich won 5-3 at Burnley in April 2004 Picture: Graham Lynch/Archant library

Graham Lynch

It's been over 40 years since Norwich City last faced Burnley in the top tier but, as David Freezer writes, there have been some memorable encounters between the two teams in the intervening period.

- January 10, 1976 - Norwich 3 Burnley 1

The last meeting of the clubs in the top tier was over 40 years ago, in a season which would finish in 10th place for the Canaries, which at the time was the club's highest ever finish.

Goals from captain Duncan Forbes, World Cup winner Martin Peters were enough to secure the victory for John Bond's team, in front of over 17,000 spectators at Carrow Road.

For Burnley however the campaign would end with them second from bottom and relegated back to Division Two - and it wouldn't be until 2009 that the Clarets had another crack at the top flight, having been champions in 1960.

Swedish striker Mathias Svensson scored twice as Norwich City won 5-3 at Burnley in April 2004 
Picture: Graham Lynch/Archant librarySwedish striker Mathias Svensson scored twice as Norwich City won 5-3 at Burnley in April 2004 Picture: Graham Lynch/Archant library

- April 3, 2004 - Burnley 3 Norwich 5

An eventful triumph during the early stages of a seven-game winning streak which would eventually take the Canaries all the way to the Division One title and promotion to the top flight.

Stan Ternent's team twice had their lead cancelled out in the first half, with goals from Neil Wood and David May cancelled out by Mathias Svensson and Darren Huckerby respectively, only for Robbie Blake to send the hosts into half-time with a 3-2 lead.

Leon McKenzie levelled the score at 3-3 within six minutes of the restart and Svensson completed his brace just after the hour mark, then Huckerby made sure City came out on the right side of the eight-goal thriller when he completed his double late on.

It was an eventful day for manager Nigel Worthington and midfielder Andy Hughes as City lost 4-1 to Burnley at Carrow Road in October 2006 
Picture:  Adrian Judd/Archant libraryIt was an eventful day for manager Nigel Worthington and midfielder Andy Hughes as City lost 4-1 to Burnley at Carrow Road in October 2006 Picture: Adrian Judd/Archant library

- October 1, 2006 - Norwich 1 Burnley 4

An angry afternoon at Carrow Road which resulted in the pressure finally seeing Nigel Worthington sacked as manager, after a game which finished in midfielder Andy Hughes having to be restrained as he tried to get to a spectator who had shouted abuse in his direction at the final whistle.

James O'Connor had given the visitors the lead in the first half and an Andy Gray brace, either side of a red card for City defender Gary Doherty, gave the Clarets control.

Rob Earnshaw did pull a goal back but Alan Mahon's late goal completed a 4-1 win for the visitors and Worthington was dismissed with City 17th and without a win in five games, bringing an end to almost six years in charge.

Grant Holt equalised for Norwich at Turf Moor in February 2011 but Burnley went on to score a winner Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesGrant Holt equalised for Norwich at Turf Moor in February 2011 but Burnley went on to score a winner Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

- February 5, 2011 - Burnley 2 Norwich 1

City arrived at Turf Moor sitting second in the Championship table under Paul Lambert but with an eight-point gap to leaders QPR, and with the hosts six points adrift of the play-offs.

Former Canaries loanee Dean Marney had given the Clarets the lead midway through the first half but Grant Holt equalised in the 65th minute to tee up a valuable away point, only for Jay Rodriguez to reclaim all the points with nine minutes left.

Norwich would go on to lose just one of their remaining 16 matches to go up automatically as runners-up but Burnley couldn't keep pace with the top six and ended up in eighth place, seven points adrift.

Andrew Surman scored the third as the Canaries beat Burnley 4-1 at Carrow Road in the FA Cup in January 2012 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesAndrew Surman scored the third as the Canaries beat Burnley 4-1 at Carrow Road in the FA Cup in January 2012 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

- January 7, 2012 - Norwich 4 Burnley 1

City were on their way to a comfortable mid-table finish in the Premier League under Paul Lambert but still managed to field a strong enough team to ease past their Championship opponents in the FA Cup third round as well.

Goals from Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson put the hosts 2-0 up but Jay Rodriguez halved the deficit for the Clarets in the 15th minute of a frantic start to the tie at Carrow Road. City skipper Holt also missed a penalty before the break as the hosts went into half-time with a 2-1 lead.

Goals from Andrew Surman and Steve Morison ensured there would be no upset, against a Burnley team managed by Eddie Howe which would go on to finish 13th in the Championship. The Canaries progressed with a 2-1 win away to Premier League rivals West Brom in the next round, before suffering a cup upset in the fifth round, when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester City, who were a second tier team at the time.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the fourth longest serving manager in English football Picture: Nigel French/PABurnley boss Sean Dyche is the fourth longest serving manager in English football Picture: Nigel French/PA

- BURNLEY MANAGER - SEAN DYCHE

Just three managers have been in their jobs longer than Dyche in the professional game in England, who is set to celebrates seven years in charge of the Clarets in October.

The former Chesterfield and Watford defender took control in 2012 with Burnley having finished in mid-table twice following a one season return to the Premier League.

His first campaign also finished in 11th place but then the gravelly-voiced manager began to work some magic, taking the Lancashire club back to the top flight as Championship runners-up in 2014.

With a small budget it was little surprise they came back down but sticking with Dyche saw the Clarets bounce back immediately, as champions in 2016, and ever since they have become established in the Premier League.

Big fees have been spent on players such as Chris Wood, Robbie Brady and Jack Cork as finances have built, but a direct style of play and reliance on home form has concerned some supporters.

- LAST SEASON

Three wins in 19 games left the Clarets in the relegation zone on Boxing Day, with pressure starting to build on Dyche - after a 5-1 home loss to Everton.

However, an eight-game unbeaten upturn saw 18 points claimed from a possible 24, including a 2-1 home win over Tottenham and draws at Watford and Manchester United. That was enough to ensure a fourth successive season in the top flight, although seven defeats in the last 11 games gave cause concern, although admittedly that included losses to Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester.

- NEW SEASON

Europa League qualifying seemed to have a big knock-on effect for the Clarets, having finished an impressive seventh in 2018 - getting past Aberdeen and Turkish side Basakeshir but losing 4-1 on aggregate to Olympiacos in the final qualifying round, with all games over two legs.

That is not a concern this season but rediscovering defensive strength is, after conceding 68 in 38 games last season, compared to just 39 in the previous campaign.

- LAST 10 LEAGUE GAMES

- 2010/2011 - CHAMPIONSHIP

Sat, Feb 5, 2011 - Burnley 2 Norwich 1

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 - Norwich 2 Burnley 2

- 2008/2009 - CHAMPIONSHIP

Sat, Feb 21 2009 - Norwich 1 Burnley 1

Sat, Nov 1, 2008 - Burnley 2 Norwich 0

- 2007/2008 - CHAMPIONSHIP

Sat, April 5, 2008 - Norwich 2 Burnley 0

Tues, Oct 23, 2007 - Burnley 2 Norwich 1

- 2006/2007 CHAMPIONSHIP

Tues, April 17, 2007 - Burnley 3 Norwich 0

Sun, Oct 1, 2006 - Norwich 1 Burnley 4

- 2005/2006 - CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday, March 24, 2006 - Burnley 2 Norwich 0

Weds, Dec 28, 2005 - Norwich 2 Burnley 1

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