Five moments which shaped season
PUBLISHED: 15:37 28 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 14 September 2010
It has been a strange old season. There have been many highs and equally as many lows, and in between a great deal of "don't cares" and shoulder shrugging.
It has been a strange old season. There have been many highs and equally as many lows, and in between a great deal of “don't cares” and shoulder shrugging.
And at times during the season I have questioned the reasons why I go on a 240 mile round-trip to watch my football team.
At the end of the last season, my Norwich City glass was not even half-full as we stumbled across the finishing line on April 30 against Wolves.
At the end of this season, as we approach our final fixture at Sheffield Wednesday, we appear to be sprinting across the line, regretting that we did not run a little faster in the first half of the race, but conveniently forgetting that we had our feet tied together for the opening two months of the campaign.
So, wearing my yellow tinted specs, and airbrushing the bad bits away, here are my top five games, in reverse order, of the season
(5) Norwich 5, Barnsley 1 - “A False Dawn”
After an excellent win against an out of sorts Preston, and a 3-2 comeback against Luton, we thrashed Barnsley.
An early sending off and penalty helped us on our way to a 5-1 success. Barnsley though, reminded me of how Walsall played against us in that wonderful 5-0 win three years ago; they played in red, were naive and there for the taking. After consecutive three home victories who thought that Nigel Worthington had turned it round? I did. How wrong I was.
(4) Norwich 1, Burnley 4 “Bye Bye Worthy”
The question on everyone's lips prior to this game was whether the players would respond to the ultimatum given to Nigel Worthington by the Board. The answer was an emphatic “No”, as we served up a comedy of errors for Sky TV. If ever a moment summed up the day, it was the Doc's rugby tackle on Andy Gray.
The players had voted with their feet, apart from the Doc who had voted with his hands.
By the end of the afternoon, Nigel Worthington was no longer the manager of Norwich.
He should have gone a year earlier.
My only regret about the day was that it had cost us yet another three points.
(3) Norwich 1, Cardiff 0 “Capitals on TV”
It was Peter Grant's first home game. We were treated to a fabulous first half performance capped off with a wonder goal from Dickson Etuhu.
It was a great day out which started very early and finished very late as we celebrated our win in style on the train back to the Capital, and also well into the evening.
When I finally got round to watching the highlights of the game, one of the Capital Canaries, Brian Coker, was featured on television in “The Championship”.
He predicted a tight game and a 1-0 to Norwich. Top man Brian.
(2) Norwich 1, Birmingham 0 “Oh Huckerby”
Another very good performance from Norwich; the win sealed with a wonder goal from Huckerby, his best ever for Norwich as he beat the whole Birmingham side by himself before firing the ball into the left hand corner.
My reaction to the goal was similar to Safri's wonder strike against Newcastle. Initially - stunned silence, as I could not quite believe what I had seen. I had seen the goal of the season from my choice as player of the season.
(1) Luton 2, Norwich 3 “The most important goal of the season”
The gap between the bottom three and Norwich was three points. Norwich were behind twice, scored two from set pieces, the second of which was curling free kick in injury time by Simon Lappin.
With only a minute to hold out for that precious away win, we still nearly managed to throw it away as a Luton header flashed across the goal with Gallagher beaten. The game, although low on quality, was high on incident and gained us our most important victory of the
The gap between Norwich and the drop zone was never as close again.