What the national newspapers made of Norwich City’s return to the Premier League

How the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday covered Norwich City's promotion

How the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday covered Norwich City's promotion - Credit: Archant

Norwich City are back in the big time and have taken up plenty of column inches in national newspapers today, after sealing a return to the Premier League.

We’ve taken a look at some of the coverage from the nationals, in print and online, following the Canaries’ 2-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers which sealed promotion on Saturday night.

Take a look at some of the key lines below and see the video above for the thoughts of our chief City correspondent Paddy Davitt, as he reviews the Sunday newspapers in our regular Pink Un app feature.

• GUARDIAN – Vrancic blasts Norwich past Blackburn and into the Premier League

“Norwich confirmed their return to the Premier League with a swagger, winning here with the brio that has become the leitmotif under their German manager, Daniel Farke.

“They will go up as title winners if they earn a point or more next Sunday at Aston Villa. Not that Farke was thinking about that immediately after a promotion he described as ‘a sensation and a miracle’.”

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• SUNDAY TIMES – Canaries soar into top flight

“Carrow Road hosted its first promotion party in 59 years after high-quality first-half finishes from Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic proved just enough to end Norwich’s three-year exile from the top flight.

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“Daniel Farke’s side needed a point to ensure Sheffield United and Leeds could not both overtake them and took a deserved three.

“That added up to an 11th promotion for the Canaries but not since 1959, when they were in the old Division Three, had one been clinched in front of their own fans, whose nerves were jangled for a while by a reply from Lewis Travis.”

• THE SUN – Canaries seal glorious Prem return after three-year exile

“Norwich are back in the Premier League big time after this entertaining win finally got them over the line.

“First-half goals from Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic put them in charge – although Lewis Travis’ 23rd-minute effort reduced the arrears.

“It ended a stuttering run of four straight draws and means Canaries fans can start planning trips to Old Trafford, Anfield, the Etihad, White Hart Lane, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge.”

• TELEGRAPH – Norwich seal Premier League return with swashbuckling win over Blackburn

“It had been 59 years since Norwich City last savoured promotion in front of their own fans, and as this nervy, narrow victory confirmed their restoration to the Premier League after a three-season absence, Carrow Road convulsed in euphoria.

“Farke’s on a horse,” the fans chanted, in reference to an episode when manager Daniel Farke had marked his farewell at his first club, SV Lippstadt, by riding into the stadium on horseback.

“Alas, the German did not oblige with a repeat performance, but the breadth of his smile at the final whistle conveyed how much this meant.”

• MAIL ON SUNDAY – Norwich get the party started

“Three years since they were relegated from the Premier League, Norwich are back and they will be an exciting addition.

“They may be a little gung-ho which leaves them vulnerable at the back, but it’s that style of football that means they are £200million richer.”

• MIRROR – Norwich City secure promotion to Premier League with Blackburn win

“The East Anglian outfit were relegated from the top flight in 2016 and initially struggled to bounce back, but the appointment of German boss Daniel Farke has been an overwhelming success.

“After finishing 14th last season then selling star man James Maddison for a club record fee, they experienced a sluggish start to the season.

“But their patience in Farke has paid dividends as they roared up the table and quickly emerged as the front-runners in the competitive second tier.”

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