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The Friendship Trophy is a football match, contested on an irregular basis by just two teams: Norwich City and Sunderland.[1] The match dates back to the camaraderie forged between fans of the two clubs at the time of the 1985 Football League Cup Final that they contested. Norwich City won the 1985 Football League Cup Final, however at the end of the First Division Season, both teams were relegated to the Second Division.[2]

Friendship Trophy
LocaleNorwich and Sunderland
TeamsNorwich City
Sunderland
First meeting24 March 1985
Latest meetingSunderland 1–1 Norwich City
2018–19 EFL Championship
(10 April 2018)
Statistics
Meetings total28
Most winsNorwich City (14)
All-time seriesNorwich City: 14
Drawn: 5
Sunderland: 9

Mackem and Canary mingled and drank happily together. “The Sunderland supporters were magnificent and everyone seemed to mix, it was light-hearted and very nice,” judged Norwich manager Ken Brown after his team had lifted the trophy thanks to a Gordon Chisholm own goal. On the London Underground, Norwich fans sang “we won the cup”, while Sunderland’s retorted with: “we scored the goal”.[3]

Nowadays, the Friendship Trophy is awarded to the winning team in competitive matches between the two sides, and as such, Sunderland are the current holders of the trophy, having beaten Norwich 3–1 at Carrow Road on 13 August 2017 in the EFL Championship.[4] This trophy is only infrequently contested, as it requires both Norwich City and Sunderland to be in the same division, or to be drawn together in a cup competition, which last happened in 2009, when Sunderland beat Norwich City 4–1 in the Football League Cup.[5] In 2013, Talksport named The Friendship Trophy one of football's most pointless awards.[6]

Head to head summaryEdit

Club P W D L F A +/-
League
Norwich City 25 13 5 7 28 24 +4
Sunderland 25 7 5 13 24 28 –4
FA Cup
Norwich City 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1
Sunderland 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
Football League Cup
Norwich City 2 1 0 1 2 4 –2
Sunderland 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
Totals
Norwich City 28 14 5 9 30 29 +1
Sunderland 28 9 5 14 29 30 –1

Head-to-head fixturesEdit

Date Home Team Score Away Team Competition
24 Mar 1985 Norwich City 1–0 Sunderland Football League Cup
26 Oct 1985 Sunderland 0–2 Norwich City Football League, Second Division
09 Apr 1986 Norwich City 0–0 Sunderland Football League, Second Division
25 Aug 1990 Norwich City 3–2 Sunderland Football League, First Division
15 Dec 1990 Sunderland 1–2 Norwich City Football League, First Division
05 Apr 1992 Sunderland 1–0 Norwich City FA Cup
19 Aug 1995 Norwich City 0–0 Sunderland Football League First Division
14 Jan 1996 Sunderland 0–1 Norwich City Football League First Division
30 Aug 1997 Sunderland 0–1 Norwich City Football League First Division
28 Jan 1998 Norwich City 2–1 Sunderland Football League First Division
29 Sep 1998 Norwich City 2–2 Sunderland Football League First Division
06 Mar 1999 Sunderland 1–0 Norwich City Football League First Division
25 Oct 2003 Norwich City 1–0 Sunderland Football League First Division
4 May 2004 Sunderland 1–0 Norwich City Football League First Division
04 Nov 2006 Norwich City 1–0 Sunderland Football League Championship
02 Dec 2006 Sunderland 1–0 Norwich City Football League Championship
24 Aug 2009 Norwich City 1–4 Sunderland Football League Cup
26 Sep 2011 Norwich City 2–1 Sunderland Premier League
01 Feb 2012 Sunderland 3–0 Norwich City Premier League
02 Dec 2012 Norwich City 2–1 Sunderland Premier League
17 Mar 2013 Sunderland 1–1 Norwich City Premier League
21 Dec 2013 Sunderland 0–0 Norwich City Premier League
22 Mar 2014 Norwich City 2–0 Sunderland Premier League
15 Aug 2015 Sunderland 1–3 Norwich City Premier League
16 Apr 2016 Norwich City 0–3 Sunderland Premier League
13 Aug 2017 Norwich City 1–3 Sunderland EFL Championship
10 Apr 2018 Sunderland 1–1 Norwich City EFL Championship

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scott Wilson (24 August 2009). "Sunderland enjoy Carrow Road stroll". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Football League Division One /1984/85 /all teams /results". Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ House, Future Publishing Limited Quay; Ambury, The; Engl, Bath BA1 1UA All rights reserved; number 2008885, Wales company registration (April 15, 2016). "What the heck is the Friendship Trophy? Football's oddest closed cup competitions". FourFourTwo.
  4. ^ http://www.eastlife.co.uk/east-anglian-luck-football-round-up
  5. ^ "Norwich City v Sunderland, 24 August 2009". Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Football's most pointless awards". Retrieved 6 January 2015.