Norwich City F.C.

Norwich City Football Club (also known as The Canaries or The Yellows) is an English professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk. They will compete in the EFL Championship in the 2022–23 season following their relegation from the Premier League in the 2021–22 season. The club was founded in 1902. Since 1935, Norwich have played their home games at Carrow Road and have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town, with whom they have contested the East Anglian derby 134 times since 1902.

Norwich City
Badge of Norwich City: a green shield with yellow emblems. A bird (canary) on top of a ball as the main image, and a castle above a lion passant guardant in the top left quarter.
Full nameNorwich City Football Club
  • The Canaries
  • The Yellows
Founded17 June 1902; 120 years ago (1902-06-17)
GroundCarrow Road
OwnerDelia Smith
Michael Wynn-Jones
Head coachDean Smith[2]
LeagueEFL Championship
2021–22Premier League, 20th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Norwich have won the League Cup twice, in 1962 and 1985. The club's highest ever league finish came in 1992–93 when they finished third in the Premier League.

The club is nicknamed The Canaries after the history of breeding the birds in the area, which is represented in the team's iconic yellow-and-green kits. The fans' song "On the Ball, City" is the oldest football chant in the world, written in 1890 and still sung today.


View from Carrow Road towards the city, with the cathedral in view

Early years (1902–1934)Edit

Norwich City F.C. was formed after a meeting at the Criterion Café in Norwich on 17 June 1902 and played their first competitive match against Harwich & Parkeston, at Newmarket Road on 6 September 1902.[3] They joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League for the 1902–03 season,[4] but following a FA commission, the club was ousted from the amateur game in 1905, as it was deemed a professional organisation. Later that year Norwich were elected to play in the Southern League. With increasing crowds, they were forced to leave Newmarket Road in 1908 and moved to The Nest, a disused chalk pit. The club's original nickname was the Citizens, but this was superseded by 1907 by the more familiar Canaries after the club's chairman (who was a keen breeder of canaries) dubbed his boys "The Canaries" and changed their strip to yellow and green. During the First World War, with football suspended and facing spiralling debts, City went into voluntary liquidation on 10 December 1917.[5]

The club was officially reformed on 15 February 1919 – a key figure in the event was Charles Frederick Watling, future lord mayor of Norwich and the father of future club chairman, Geoffrey Watling.[6] When, in May 1920, the Football League formed a third Division, Norwich joined the Third Division for the following season.[7] Their first league fixture, against Plymouth Argyle, on 28 August 1920, ended in a 1–1 draw. The club went on to endure a mediocre decade, finishing no higher than eighth but no lower than 18th.[5] The following decade proved more successful for the club with a club-record victory, 10–2, over Coventry City and promotion as champions to the Second Division in the 1933–34 season under the management of Tom Parker.[8]

Move to Carrow Road and an FA Cup semi-final (1934–1959)Edit

With crowds continuing to rise, and with the Football Association raising concerns over the suitability of The Nest, the club considered renovation of the ground, but ultimately decided on a move to Carrow Road. The inaugural match, on 31 August 1935 against West Ham United, ended in a 4–3 victory for the home team and set a new record attendance of 29,779. The biggest highlight of the following four seasons was the visit of King George VI to Carrow Road on 29 October 1938. However the club was relegated to the Third Division at the end of the season.[9] The league was suspended the following season due to the Second World War, and did not resume until the 1946–47 season.[5] City finished this and the following season in 21st place,[10][11] the poor results forcing the club to apply for re-election to the league.[12] The club narrowly missed out on promotion under the guidance of manager Norman Low in the early 1950s, but following the return of Tom Parker as manager, Norwich finished bottom of the football league in the 1956–57 season.[13] The 1958–59 season saw Norwich reach the semi-final of the FA Cup as a Third Division side, defeating two First Division sides on the way: Tottenham Hotspur and Matt Busby's Manchester United.[12][14]

League Cup glory and a place in the First Division (1959–1973)Edit

Norwich City F.C. in 1959 with; from left, standing. Roy McCrohan, Hunt, Ken Nethercott, Butler, Ron Ashman, Crowe; crouched from left: Crossan, Terry Allcock, Terry Bly, Hill, Brennan.

In the 1959–60 season, Norwich were promoted to the Second Division after finishing second to Southampton, and achieved a fourth-place finish in the 1960–61 season.[12] In 1962 Ron Ashman guided Norwich to their first trophy, defeating Rochdale 4–0 on aggregate in a two-legged final to win the League Cup.[15]

Sixth place in the league was the closest the club came to promotion to the First Division again during the 1960s, but after winning the division in the 1971–72 season under manager Ron Saunders, Norwich City reached the highest level of English football for the first time.[16] They made their first appearance at Wembley Stadium in 1973, losing the League Cup final 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur.[17]

The John Bond Era (1973–1980)Edit

Relegation to the Second Division in 1974 came after Saunders had departed and been succeeded by John Bond, but the board of directors kept faith in Bond and were quickly rewarded.[16] A highly successful first season saw promotion back to the First Division and another visit to Wembley, again in the League Cup final, this time losing 1–0 to Aston Villa.[18]

Promotion, silverware and more cup runs (1980–1992)Edit

Bond departed to Manchester City in autumn 1980 and the club were relegated six months later, but bounced back the following season after finishing third under Bond's successor Ken Brown. In August 1981, Norwich City striker Justin Fashanu became the first black footballer to command a £1millon transfer fee[19] when he moved to Nottingham Forest.[20]

The 1984–85 season was of mixed fortunes for the club; under Ken Brown's guidance, they reached the final of the Football League Cup at Wembley Stadium, having defeated Ipswich Town in the semi-final. In the final, they beat Sunderland 1–0, but in the league, both Norwich and Sunderland were relegated to the second tier of English football. This made Norwich the first English club to win a major trophy and suffer relegation in the same season; something which was not matched until Birmingham City also suffered relegation the season they won the League Cup 26 years later.

Norwich were also denied their first foray into Europe with the ban on English clubs after the Heysel Stadium disaster.[21][22] City bounced back to the top flight by winning the Second Division championship in the 1985–86 season.[23] This was the start a club-record nine consecutive seasons in the top division of English football.[24] High league placing in the First Division in 1988–89 would have been enough for UEFA Cup qualification, but the ban on English clubs remained.[22] They also had good cup runs during this period, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 1989 and again in 1992.[25][26]

Early success in the Premier League era (1992–1995)Edit

During 1992–93, the inaugural season of the Premier League, Norwich City quickly emerged as surprise title contenders,[27] before faltering in the final weeks to finish third behind the champions, Manchester United, and runners-up Aston Villa. Their top scorer that season was Mark Robins, who had been signed from Manchester United the previous summer.[28] The following season Norwich participated in the UEFA Cup for the first (and only) time, losing in the third round to Inter Milan, but defeating Bayern Munich. Winning 2–1, Norwich were the first British team to beat Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium.[29] Mike Walker quit as Norwich City manager in January 1994,[30] to take charge of Everton and was replaced by first team coach John Deehan who led the club to 12th place in the 1993–94 season in the Premier League.[31] Norwich began the 1994–95 season well, despite the pre-season loss of top scorer Chris Sutton to Blackburn Rovers for a national record £5 million, and by Christmas they were seventh in the league. Norwich then won only one of their final 20 league games and slumped to 20th place and relegation, ending a nine-season run in the top flight.[32]

The Division One years (1995–2003)Edit

Shortly before relegation, Deehan resigned as manager and his assistant Gary Megson took over until the end of the season.[33] Martin O'Neill, who had taken Wycombe Wanderers from the Conference to the Second Division with successive promotions, was appointed as Norwich City manager in summer 1995.[34] He lasted just six months in the job before resigning after a dispute with chairman Robert Chase over money to strengthen the squad.[35] Soon after, Chase stepped down after protests from supporters, who complained that he kept selling the club's best players and was to blame for their relegation.[36] Chase's majority stakeholding was bought by Geoffrey Watling.[37]

English television cook Delia Smith and husband Michael Wynn-Jones took over the majority of Norwich City's shares from Watling in 1996,[37] and Mike Walker was re-appointed as the club's manager.[38] He was unable to repeat the success achieved during his first spell and was sacked two seasons later with Norwich mid-table in Division One.[39] Nigel Worthington took over as Norwich City manager in December 2000 following an unsuccessful two years for the club under Bruce Rioch and then Bryan Hamilton. He had been on the coaching staff under Hamilton who resigned with the club 20th in the First Division and in real danger of relegation to the third tier of English football for the first time since the 1960s.[40] Worthington avoided the threat of relegation and, the following season, led City to a playoff final at the Millennium Stadium, which Norwich lost against Birmingham City on penalties.[41]

City players celebrate winning the First Division Championship, 2004

Return to the Premier League (2003–2009)Edit

The 2003–04 campaign saw the club win the First Division title, finishing eight points clear of second-placed West Bromwich Albion and returned to the top flight for the first time since 1995.[42] For much of the 2004–05 season, the club struggled and, despite beating Manchester United 2–0 towards the end of the season,[43] a last day 6–0 defeat away to Fulham condemned them to relegation.[44] The club finished in ninth place in The Championship in the 2005–06 season[45] and, as results in the 2006–07 season went against City, manager Nigel Worthington was sacked in October 2006, directly after a 4–1 defeat by Burnley.[46]

On 16 October 2006, Norwich announced that former City player Peter Grant had left West Ham United to become the new manager,[47] and in February 2007, Grant replaced assistant Doug Livermore with his fellow Scot, Jim Duffy.[48] Grant's side struggled for most of the season and made a poor start to the 2007–08 season, with only two wins by mid October; following a 1–0 defeat at fellow-strugglers Queens Park Rangers, Grant left the club by "mutual consent" on 9 October 2007.[49] On 30 October 2007, former Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder was confirmed as Grant's replacement.[50] Roeder kept Norwich in the Championship with a 3–0 win over Queens Park Rangers, Norwich's penultimate game of the season.

Relegation, promotion and yo-yo years (2009–present)Edit

On 14 January 2009 it was announced that Roeder had been relieved of his first team duties after 60 games in charge, and just 20 victories.[51] A week later, Bryan Gunn was appointed as manager until the end of the season,[52] but he was unable to prevent the club from being relegated on 3 May 2009, after a 4–2 defeat away at already relegated Charlton Athletic.[53] Following their relegation, their first game of the season resulted in a shock 7–1 home defeat against East Anglian rivals Colchester United. This was the club's heaviest ever home defeat and Gunn was sacked six days later.[54]

On 18 August 2009, Paul Lambert was announced as the new manager, leaving his post at Colchester, and nine months later led Norwich to promotion back to the Championship as League One Champions, after a single season in League One.[55][56] The following season saw Norwich promoted to the Premier League, finishing second in the table and completing the first back-to-back promotions from the 3rd tier to the 1st since Manchester City in 2000.[57]

The club finished in 12th place in their first season back in the Premier League. However, Lambert resigned within a month of the season's close to take up the vacant managerial spot at league rivals Aston Villa and was replaced by Chris Hughton. The 2012–13 season started poorly but a club record unbeaten run in the Premier League secured their third year in the Premier League with an 11th-place finish in the league. They were relegated back to the Championship after finishing 18th in the 2013–14 season and Hughton was sacked.

After a mediocre first half of the 2014–15 season, Neil Adams resigned which paved the way for the appointment of then Hamilton Academical manager Alex Neil in January 2015. The appointment reinvigorated Norwich's season, and victory in the 2015 Championship playoff final secured an immediate return to the top division of English football.[58] This was only temporary relief, as at the end of the next season they were relegated again to play the 2016–17 season in the Football League Championship.[59]

The following season started successfully, with the club sitting top of the Championship in mid-October. However, a poor run of form and results followed and on 10 March 2017, Alex Neil was sacked by the club.[60] First-team coach Alan Irvine was placed in caretaker charge for the remainder of the season, ultimately finishing in 8th.

On 25 May 2017, the club appointed German coach Daniel Farke as head coach, becoming the first head coach of the club in its 114-year history that was not from the British Isles.[61] In Farke's first season, Norwich finished in 14th place. Despite a slow start, the following season was far more successful and the team spent most of the season at the top of the table – helped on by top scorer Teemu Pukki. Following a 2–1 win over Blackburn Rovers, the club was promoted back to the Premier League after a three-year absence as Championship winners.[62] However, Norwich were once again relegated back down to the Championship after just a single season back in the top flight, becoming the first team in Premier League history to be relegated five times from the division.[63]

On 1 May 2021, Norwich were crowned champions of the 2020–21 EFL Championship, securing promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.[64] Norwich failed to win a match in their first nine games back in Premier League in the 2021-2022 season, with a heavy 7–0 away defeat to Chelsea their heaviest loss.[65] On 6 November 2021 despite recording their first Premier League win away at Brentford, Farke was sacked by the club.[66][67] On 14 November 2021, the club appointed former Walsall, Brentford and Aston Villa manager Dean Smith as their new head coach.[2] Norwich confirmed a record sixth relegation from the Premier League on 30 April 2022 with a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa at Villa Park.[68]

Colours and badgeEdit

City of Norwich Coat of Arms

Norwich City's nickname, "The Canaries", has long influenced the team's colours and badge Originally, the club was nicknamed the Citizens ("Cits" for short), and played in light blue and white halved shirts,[5] although the halves were inconsistent; "the blue was sometimes on the left-hand side of the shirt and sometimes on the right."[69] The earliest known recorded link between the club and canaries comes in an interview recorded in the Eastern Daily Press with the newly appointed manager, John Bowman in April 1905. The paper quotes him saying "Well I knew of the City's existence... I have... heard of the canaries."[70] "This as far as we can tell is the first time that the popular pastime of the day ie... rearing... canaries was linked with Norwich City FC... the club still played in blue and white, and would continue to do so for another two seasons."[70]

By February 1907, the nickname Canaries had come more into vogue; thoughts that an FA Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion (nicknamed "Throstles" after a bird) was "a bird -singing contest" were dismissed by the polymath C.B. Fry as "humbug" but the national press increasingly referred to the team as Canaries.[71] The following season, to match the nickname, City played for the first time in Canary livery; "yellow shirts with green collars and cuffs. One paper produced the quote 'The Cits are dead but the Canaries are very much alive'."[72] While the home colours of yellow and green remain to this day, the away colours have varied since introduction. For example, the away kit for the 2012–13 season was black shirts and shorts.[73]

A simple canary badge was first adopted in 1922.[74] The current club badge consists of a canary resting on a football with a stylised version of the City of Norwich arms in the top left corner.[75] For the club's centenary celebrations in 2002, a special badge was designed, featuring two canaries looking left and right, plus a ribbon noting the centenary.[76]

On 23 November 2021, the club unveiled a new club badge that officially replaced the previous badge on all club branding from 17 June 2022 and will appear on club shirts from the 2022–23 season. The current badge is a modernised version of its predecessor that no longer has black keylines around the badge, as well as a redesigned version of the city's coat of arms that has a much closer resemblance to a lion & Norwich Castle and a redesigned canary on a ball that's more centralised in the badge than its predecessor.[77]


Norwich City F.C. played at Newmarket Road from 1902 to 1908, with a record attendance of 10,366 against Sheffield Wednesday in a second round FA Cup match in 1908.[78] Following a dispute over the conditions of renting the Newmarket Road ground, in 1908 the club moved to a new home in a converted disused chalk pit in Rosary Road which became known as "The Nest".[79] By the 1930s, the ground was too small for the growing crowds, and in 1935 the club moved to its current home in Carrow Road.[80] The original stadium, "the largest construction job in the city since the building of Norwich Castle... was "miraculously" built in just 82 days... it was referred to [by club officials] as 'The eighth wonder of the world'"[81][82] An aerial photograph from August 1935 shows three sides of open terracing and a covered stand, with a Colman's Mustard advertisement painted on its roof, visible only from the air.[83] Another photograph, taken on a match day that same season, shows that despite the era's limited car ownership, a parking area was provided at the ground.[84]

Floodlights were erected at the ground in 1956, but their cost of £9,000 nearly sent the club into bankruptcy. However the success in the 1959 FA Cup secured the financial status of the club and allowed a cover to be built over the South Stand, which was itself replaced in 2003 when a new 7,000 seat South stand, subsequently renamed the Jarrold Stand, was built in its place.[80]

1963 saw the record attendance for Carrow Road, with a crowd of 43,984 for a 6th round FA Cup match against Leicester City, but in the wake of the Ibrox disaster in 1971, safety licences were required by clubs, and this drastically reduced the ground's capacity to around 20,000. A two-tier terrace was built at the River End, and soon afterwards seats began to replace the terraces. By 1979 the stadium had a capacity of 28,392 with seats for 12,675. A fire in 1984 partially destroyed one of the stands, which eventually led to its complete demolition and replacement by 1987 of a new City Stand, which chairman Robert Chase described as "Coming to a football match within the City Stand is very much like going to the theatre – the only difference being that our stage is covered with grass".[80] After the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and the subsequent outcome of the Taylor Report in 1990, the stadium was converted to all-seater. Today, Carrow Road is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 27,244.[85]


Norwich City fans at the 2015 Play-off final at London's Wembley Stadium

While much of the support that the club enjoys is local, there are a number of expatriate fan clubs, notably in London and stretching from Scandinavia to countries further afield such as the United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia and the United States.[86]

The fans' song, On the Ball, City, is the oldest football song in the world still in use today; the song is, in fact, older than the club itself having probably been penned for Norwich Teachers or Caley's FC in the 1890s and adapted for Norwich City.[70] Although the first use of the tune and song is disputed, it had been adopted by 1902 and it remains in use today in part if not the whole.[70] The chorus is:[87]

Kick off, throw in, have a little scrimmage,

Keep it low, a splendid rush, bravo, win or die;
On the ball City, never mind the danger,
Steady on, now's your chance,
Hurrah! We've scored a goal,

City! City! City!

Historical league positions of local clubs; one of the bases for claims to the "Pride of Anglia" title

Locally, much is made of the informal title "Pride of Anglia". Fans variously claim the title for either winning the East Anglian Derby, finishing highest in the league, having the better current league position, having the more successful club history or for reasons without any apparent logical basis. The club's main local rival is Ipswich Town. When Norwich and Ipswich meet it is known as the 'East Anglian Derby', or, informally, as the 'Old Farm Derby' – a comic reference to the 'Old Firm Derby' played between Scottish teams Celtic and Rangers.[88] Norwich have currently been unbeaten against Ipswich for over 12 years, encompassing 12 matches, including 5–1 and 4–1 victories, as well as a victorious play-off semi final fixture in 2015.[89]

The club also maintains a healthy celebrity support with celebrity cook Delia Smith and comedian Stephen Fry both having moved from being fans of the club to running it.[90] Actor Hugh Jackman is also a fan of the club, having been taken to Carrow Road as a child by his English mother, though he turned down an opportunity to become an investor in the club in 2010.[91] BT Sport Presenter Jake Humphrey, who was born in Peterborough but moved to Norwich with his family at the age of nine, is another celebrity supporter.[92][93] Other well-known supporters include Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas, who is vice-president of the Norwich City Supporters Trust,[93][94] Norfolk-born musician, model and media personality Myleene Klass, fiction author Philip Pullman, and Labour ex-politician Ed Balls.[95][96] Journalist and broadcaster Sir David Frost also declared his love for The Canaries during his lifetime.[97]

In March 2018, supporters helped the club raise £5,000,000 through a mini-bond investment scheme via sports investment platform Tifosy.[98] The purpose of the mini-bond, called the Canaries Bond[99] was to raise money to fund new academy facilities at Colney Training Ground for the Norwich City F.C. Under-23s and Academy.[100]


Norwich City FC is a public limited company that, in 2003, comprised approximately 8,000 individual shareholdings.[101] Since purchasing their shares from Geoffrey Watling, Delia Smith and husband Michael Wynn-Jones have been joint majority shareholders.[37]

Michael Wynn-Jones and Delia Smith at a fans' event

At the 2006–07 Norwich City FC Annual General Meeting (on 18 January 2007) Smith and Wynn-Jones announced that they would be open to offers to buy their majority stake-holding in the club. They made clear that any prospective buyer would have to invest heavily in the squad, with regards to team improving.[102]

The only way we would relinquish our shares is if somebody is going to put money into the football ... Only if they put money into the squad – not if they buy our shares, we don't want money. It has to be that there is money for the squad, serious money for the squad.

On 8 May 2007 the football club announced that Andrew and Sharon Turner had bought out all 5,000 shares belonging to former board member, Barry Skipper and had given the club an interest-free loan of £2m. Mr and Mrs Turner are owners and directors of personal finance company Central Trust.

During July 2008 Peter Cullum declared that he was interested in a takeover of the club, and pledged that he would invest £20m for enhancement of the playing squad. On 8 July the EDP reported that Delia Smith and the board had invited Peter Cullum for talks. Reports later stated that the talks had been terminated with immediate effect, and no deal was to be reached.

On 2 September 2008, Andrew and Sharon Turner announced that they were leaving the football club's board of directors. This left a £2 million hole in Norwich City's budget. On 4 September 2008, Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones announced that they would be injecting £2 million, avoiding financial problems for the club.

The 2011 Annual General Meeting, attended by over 500 shareholders,[103] saw joint majority shareholder Delia Smith and Stephan Phillips re-elected as directors and new director Stephen Fry formally re-elected having joined the board the previous August.[103]

On 27 December 2015, former shadow chancellor Ed Balls was appointed chairman; however, he left in late 2018.[104]

Statistics and recordsEdit

Chart of Norwich's table positions since joining the Football League

Kevin Keelan holds the record for Norwich appearances, having played 673 first-team matches between 1963 and 1980. Ralph Hunt holds the record for the most goals scored in a season, 31 in the 1955–56 season in Division Three (South), with Johnny Gavin the top scorer over a career – 122 between 1948 and 1955. Teemu Pukki holds the club record for most international caps, with 87 for Finland.[105]

The club's widest victory margin in the league was their 10–2 win against Coventry City in the Division Three (South) in 1930. Their heaviest defeat in the league was 10–2 against Swindon Town in 1908 in the Southern Football League.

Norwich's record home attendance is 43,984 for a sixth-round FA Cup match against Leicester City on 30 March 1963. With the introduction of regulations enforcing all-seater stadiums, it is unlikely that this record will be beaten in the foreseeable future.

The highest transfer fee received for a Norwich player is £33 million from Aston Villa for Emiliano Buendía in June 2021, while the most spent by the club on a player was the signing of Milot Rashica for £9.4 million (€11 million) from Werder Bremen.

The club's highest league finish was third in the FA Premier League in 1992–93.[85] The 2021–22 season was Norwich's 27th in the top flight of English football. The club has won the League Cup twice (most recently in 1985) and reached the FA Cup semi-final three times, most recently in 1992.[85] Norwich have taken part in European competition just once, reaching the third round of the UEFA Cup in 1993–94 and are the only English side to beat Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium.[27]

Club sponsorsEdit


Seasons Kit Manufacturers Main Sponsors Sleeve Sponsor
1975–76 Umbro none none
1976–81 Admiral
1981–83 Adidas
1983–84 Poll Withey Windows
1984–86 Hummel
1986–87 Foster's Lager
1987–89 Scoreline
1989–92 Asics Asics
1992–94 Ribero Norwich and Peterborough Building Society
1994–97 Mitre
1997–99 Pony Colman's
1999–01 Alexandra Plc
2001–03 Xara Digital Phone Company
2003–06 Proton Cars / Lotus Cars
2006–08 Flybe
2008–09 Norwich Union
2010 Aviva
2011–16 Erreà
2016–17 Aviva Community Fund
2017–19 LeoVegas
2019–21 Dafabet Best Fiends
2021– Joma Lotus Cars JD Sports

Between 2006 and 2008 the club was sponsored by airline Flybe but on 26 April 2008, it was announced that the company was stepping down as the main sponsor.[107] On 29 April 2008 it was announced that Aviva which has offices in the city and is the parent company of the former Norwich Union, would be the new shirt sponsor, having signed a three-year contract.[108] In 2009 the deal was extended until the end of the 2011–12 season.[109] It was further extended in 2012 by four more years to the end of the 2015–16 season. During the 2016–17 season, Aviva Community Fund were Norwich's main shirt sponsor. On 26 June 2017, the club announced that Swedish mobile betting company LeoVegas would take over as their main shirt sponsor for three seasons, starting from the 2017–18 season.[110] On 7 June 2021, the club announced that Asian online betting company BK8 Sports would replace Dafabet as their main shirt sponsor, starting from the 2021–22 season. However, on 10 June 2021, the club announced that their agreement with BK8 Sports would be terminated as a result of backlash from supporters over the company's use of sexually provocative advertising on its social media accounts.[111] On 25 June 2021, the club announced that Lotus Cars would replace BK8 as the club's shirt sponsor for the 2021–22 season.[112]


First-team squadEdit

As of 21 June 2022[113]

Players listed on the First Team page on Norwich City FC's official website.Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   NED Tim Krul
2 DF   ENG Max Aarons
3 DF   ENG Sam Byram
4 DF   ENG Ben Gibson (vice-captain)
5 DF   SCO Grant Hanley (captain)
6 DF   GER Christoph Zimmermann (3rd captain)
9 FW   ENG Jordan Hugill
10 MF   ENG Kieran Dowell
11 MF   POL Przemysław Płacheta
14 MF   ENG Todd Cantwell
17 MF   KVX Milot Rashica
18 MF   GRE Christos Tzolis
19 MF   DEN Jacob Sørensen
20 MF   FRA Pierre Lees-Melou
22 FW   FIN Teemu Pukki
23 MF   SCO Kenny McLean
24 FW   USA Josh Sargent
25 MF   CUB Onel Hernández
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF   ENG Bali Mumba
28 GK   ENG Angus Gunn
30 DF   GRE Dimitris Giannoulis
33 GK   NIR Michael McGovern
35 FW   IRL Adam Idah
40 DF   USA Jonathan Tomkinson
42 MF   ENG Liam Gibbs
43 DF   ENG Akin Famewo
44 DF   IRL Andrew Omobamidele
45 MF   IRL Tony Springett
46 FW   ENG Jonathan Rowe
52 GK   SCO Jon McCracken
GK   WAL Daniel Barden
DF   ENG Sam McCallum
MF   ENG Josh Martin
MF   LUX Danel Sinani
MF   ENG Isaac Hayden (on loan from Newcastle United)

Out on loanEdit

A list of first team players who are out on loan.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
No. Pos. Nation Player

Development squadEdit

Notable playersEdit

Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here

During the club's centenary season, a "Hall of Fame" was created, honouring 100 former players chosen by fan vote. Further players have been inducted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2003, 2006 and 2012.

Greatest Ever Norwich City XI (1902-2008)Edit

In 2008, supporters cast votes to determine the greatest ever Norwich City team.[114]

Players of the SeasonEdit

Year Winner
1967   Terry Allcock
1968   Hugh Curran
1969   Ken Foggo
1970   Duncan Forbes
1971   Ken Foggo
1972   Dave Stringer
1973   Kevin Keelan
1975   Colin Suggett
1976   Martin Peters
1978   John Ryan
Year Winner
1979   Tony Powell
1980   Kevin Bond
1981   Joe Royle
1982   Greg Downs
1983   Dave Watson
1984   Chris Woods
1985   Steve Bruce
1986   Kevin Drinkell
1988   Bryan Gunn
1989   Dale Gordon
1990   Mark Bowen
Year Winner
1991   Ian Culverhouse
1992   Robert Fleck
1993   Bryan Gunn
1994   Chris Sutton
1995   Jon Newsome
1996   Spencer Prior
1997   Darren Eadie
1998   Matt Jackson
1999   Iwan Roberts
2001   Andy Marshall
2002   Gary Holt
Year Winner
2003   Adam Drury
2004   Craig Fleming
2005   Darren Huckerby
2006   Gary Doherty
2007   Darren Huckerby
2008   Dion Dublin
2009   Lee Croft
2010   Grant Holt
2013   Sébastien Bassong
2014   Robert Snodgrass
Year Winner
2015   Bradley Johnson
2016   Jonny Howson
2017   Wes Hoolahan
2018   James Maddison
2019   Teemu Pukki
2020   Tim Krul
2021   Emiliano Buendía
2022   Teemu Pukki

Club staffEdit


As of 15 June 2021. Not including caretaker managers. Only professional, competitive matches are counted.[119]
Name Nat From To G W D L %W
John Bowman   1 August 1905 31 July 1907 78 31 23 24 039.7
James McEwen   1 August 1907 31 May 1908 43 13 10 20 030.2
Arthur Turner   1 August 1909 31 May 1910 86 27 22 37 031.4
Bert Stansfield   1 August 1910 31 May 1915 248 78 75 95 031.5
Major Frank Buckley   1 August 1919 1 July 1920 43 15 11 17 034.9
Charles O'Hagan   1 July 1920 1 January 1921 21 4 9 8 019.0
Albert Gosnell   1 January 1921 28 February 1926 233 59 79 95 025.3
Bert Stansfield   1 March 1926 1 November 1926
Cecil Potter   1 November 1926 1 January 1929 101 30 26 45 029.7
James Kerr   1 April 1929 28 February 1933 168 65 43 60 038.7
Tom Parker   1 March 1933
1 May 1955
1 February 1937
31 March 1957
271 104 69 98 038.4
Bob Young   1 February 1937
1 September 1939
31 December 1938
31 May 1946
78 26 14 38 033.3
Jimmy Jewell   1 January 1939 1 September 1939 20 6 4 10 030.0
Duggie Lochhead   1 December 1945 1 March 1950 104 42 28 34 040.4
Cyril Spiers   1 June 1946 1 December 1947 65 15 12 38 023.1
Norman Low   1 May 1950 30 April 1955 258 129 56 73 050.0
Archie Macaulay   1 April 1957 1 October 1961 224 105 60 59 046.9
Willie Reid   1 December 1961 1 May 1962 31 13 6 12 041.9
George Swindin   1 May 1962 30 November 1962 20 10 5 5 050.0
Ron Ashman   1 December 1962 31 May 1966 162 59 39 64 036.4
Lol Morgan   1 June 1966 1 May 1969 127 45 47 35 035.4
Ron Saunders   1 July 1969 16 November 1973 221 84 61 76 038.0
John Bond   27 November 1973 31 October 1980 340 105 114 121 030.9
Ken Brown   1 November 1980 9 November 1987 367 150 93 124 040.9
Dave Stringer   9 November 1987 1 May 1992 229 89 58 82 038.9
Mike Walker   1 June 1992
21 June 1996
6 January 1994
30 April 1998
179 69 46 64 038.5
John Deehan   12 January 1994 31 July 1995 58 13 22 23 022.4
Martin O'Neill   August 1995 December 1995 26 12 9 5 046.2
Gary Megson   December 1995 21 June 1996 32 5 10 17 015.6
Bruce Rioch   12 June 1998 13 March 2000 93 30 31 32 032.3
Bryan Hamilton   5 April 2000 4 December 2000 35 10 10 15 028.6
Nigel Worthington   4 December 2000 2 October 2006 280 114 104 62 040.7
Peter Grant   13 October 2006 9 October 2007 54 18 12 24 033.3
Glenn Roeder   30 October 2007 14 January 2009 65 20 15 30 030.8
Bryan Gunn   16 January 2009 13 August 2009 21 6 5 10 028.6
Paul Lambert   18 August 2009 2 June 2012 142 70 37 35 049.3
Chris Hughton   6 June 2012 6 April 2014 82 24 23 35 029.3
Neil Adams   6 April 2014 5 January 2015 32 11 8 13 034.4
Alex Neil   9 January 2015 10 March 2017 108 45 21 42 041.7
Daniel Farke   25 May 2017 6 November 2021 208 87 49 72 041.8
Dean Smith   15 November 2021 Present 30 6 5 19 020.0


Norwich City have won a number of honours:[120]


Football League Second Division/EFL Championship (Tier 2)[ii]

Football League Third Division/EFL League One (Tier 3)


League Cup[iii]

European footballEdit

Friendship TrophyEdit

Each time they meet, Norwich and Sunderland contest the Friendship Trophy, a game dating back to the camaraderie forged between fans of the two clubs at the time of the 1985 League Cup final that they contested.[121] Sunderland are the current holders having beaten Norwich 3–1 at Carrow Road on 13 August 2017 in the 2017–18 EFL Championship.

In popular cultureEdit

In the 2001 film Mike Bassett: England Manager,[122] the eponymous hero, played by Ricky Tomlinson, rises to prominence as a result of success as manager of Norwich City, having won the 'Mr Clutch Cup'. The celebratory scenes of the open-top bus ride around the city (right) were actually shot in St Albans, Hertfordshire, rather than Norwich.

In 1972 the Children's Film Foundation released a movie called The Boy Who Turned Yellow about a boy living in London who supports Norwich City. In the film, he and everyone and everything else on his tube train are turned yellow. That night he is visited by a yellow alien called Nick, short for electronic, who teaches him all about electricity. The link to the football club is used to explain why the boy already has so many yellow things in his bedroom.[123]

In a 2015 episode of the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, character Super Hans encourages Mark to pursue his love interest, no matter the odds, because "Norwich are never going to win the league, but they still turn up every week, don't they? The pricks."[124]

Norwich City WomenEdit

Norwich City Women is the women's football club affiliated to Norwich City.[125] They are managed by Scott Emmerson and compete in the Women's South East Combination League, in the third tier of English women's football.[125] According to Norwich City, "They are the official women's team of Norwich City Football Club and are linked to the Girls' Centre of Excellence programme".[125] Consequently, 95% of the club's players have progressed from the youth ranks. Norwich City WFC play their home games at The Nest, Norwich.[125]


i^ : This includes matches played at an amateur level.
ii^ : Norwich's highest finish in the first tier is third in the 1992–93 Premier League
iii^ : Norwich's best performances in the FA Cup have been appearances in the semi-finals in 1959, 1989, 1992


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Further readingEdit

  • Canary Citizens by Mike Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7
  • Norfolk 'n' Good: A Supporter's View of Norwich City's Best-ever Season by Kevin Baldwin, published by Yellow Bird Publishing, (1993), ISBN 0-9522074-0-0
  • Second Coming: Supporter's View of the New Era at Norwich City by Kevin Baldwin, published by Yellow Bird Publishing, (1997), ISBN 0-9522074-1-9
  • Norwich City Miscellany by Edward Couzens-Lake, published by Pitch Publishing, (2010), ISBN 1-905411-70-7
  • Fantasy Football by Edward Couzens-Lake, published by Legends Publishing, (2012), ISBN 978-1906796525
  • Norwich City: Greatest Games by Edward Couzens-Lake, published by Pitch Publishing, (2012), ISBN 978-1908051462

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