Norwich City can further add to history books
David Cuffley Two wins from the last three League One fixtures will guarantee Norwich City a record-breaking end to their promotion campaign.The Canaries' highest number of league victories in a single season is 28, the figure reached by the Nationwide League Division One title-winning side of 2003-04.
Two wins from the last three League One fixtures will guarantee Norwich City a record-breaking end to their promotion campaign.
The Canaries' highest number of league victories in a single season is 28, the figure reached by the Nationwide League Division One title-winning side of 2003-04.
The tally of 94 points amassed by Nigel Worthington's team six years ago was also the highest in club history, though three points for a win was introduced only in 1981-82. Victory in two of the remaining games - Gillingham and Carlisle at home, either side of a trip to Bristol Rovers - would beat both the record number of wins and points.
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At one stage, super-optimists were even tipping Paul Lambert's team for 100 points and 100 goals. Defeat at Leyton Orient nine days ago made the first of those targets impossible, with 98 points now the maximum possible. And to beat their previous best goal tally of 99, set in Division Three South in 1952-53, City would need to score 16 times in the last three fixtures, unrealistic even for this team.
In a season of landmarks, the Canaries have already set a new club best of 11 consecutive home league wins in a single season, and have chalked up a record 11 away league victories.
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Skipper Grant Holt is the first player since Ron Davies in 1963-64 to score 30 goals in a season for City in all competitions, but his outside chance of beating Terry Allcock's record of 37 all but disappeared with the two-match ban he served at Orient and Charlton.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster could still equal Kevin Keelan's record of 19 clean sheets in a league season, set in 1974-75, if he plays the last three matches without conceding a goal.
City's average home league gate of 24,713 also rates as the best since the 1970s with just one exception - the 2005-06 campaign, when the average was 24,833.