Norwich City fans watch record start
Michael Bailey It's official - Norwich City fans have never known anything like their goal-crazy start to this season's home fixtures. To say the first three weeks of the season have been a rollercoaster ride for the Canaries faithful would be an understatement, with enough off-pitch upheaval alone to back up the point following the replacement of 'Team Gunn' by 'Team Lambert' only last week.
It's official - Norwich City fans have never known anything like their goal-crazy start to this season's home fixtures.
To say the first three weeks of the season have been a rollercoaster ride for the Canaries faithful would be an understatement, with enough off-pitch upheaval alone to back up the point following the replacement of 'Team Gunn' by 'Team Lambert' only last week.
But the record of 20 goals being scored at Carrow Road in three games this season is a new benchmark for any start to a season at home in the club's history, be it at The Nest or the club's current home.
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The numbers speak for themselves; the disastrous result on the opening day of the season - a club record 7-1 home defeat at the hands of Colchester United - followed by the 5-2 win over Wycombe Wanderers in Paul Lambert's first game as manager last weekend and Monday night's
4-1 Carling Cup second round exit to Premier League Sunderland have seen most of English football taking note of the ball flying in.
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The Canaries have conceded 13 goals in their first three home games - a figure they have not been close to at the start of and past campaigns.
And City fans have seen the ball hit the back of the net an average of once every 13 minutes at Carrow Road.
The only other time Norwich's home crowd have seen such a goal harvest was in the 1933-34 season, when City's first three games at The Nest - all in Division Three South - accounted for 19 goals, but a few more smiles for those of a Canary persuasion.
A 3-0 win over Clacton Orient preceded a 7-2 thrashing of Bristol City and a 4-3 win against Brighton - meaning 14 of the 19 goals to the Canaries' cause and a few more points, at the start of a season in which Norwich finished as champions.
Obviously most Norwich fans - and no doubt Paul Lambert - would swap the 'entertainment' brought by a plethora of goals with a few more victories, but at least the current historic campaign is probably more exciting to watch than one other benchmark season for the Canaries.
Norwich's first season in the Football League, the 1920-21 campaign, saw City suffer goalless draws at home to Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City before going down 1-0 to Crystal Palace.
In fact, the Canaries also failed to score in their next two home games - against Southampton and Brentford - in a season that saw them struggle at the wrong end of the old Third Division table.
This time round, City's long suffering supporters will hope goals mean points… and prizes.