Although it is 108 miles from Tottenham to Norwich City’s Carrow Road ground, their match against Spurs constitutes a local ‘derby’ for the East Anglian club. Tottenham are currently Norwich’s closest rivals in the Premier League so for Tottenham this is a ‘friendly derby’ in comparison to the hostilities of their London ‘derbies’ with Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham United, Queen’s Park Rangers and Fulham.
Norwich City have always seemed a pretty decent and friendly club to me. Here is a picture of the cover of the programme to our home game against them on 1st September 1984, when the editor seemed to agree with my sentiments. He said in “Club Comment” – “We have long enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Canaries.”
Way back in 1936, (even before my time), the Norwich programme for the away fixture said, “We will do our best to win this afternoon for unkind as it sounds we are not anxious to see the Spurs go up yet. Ever since we first met Tottenham at Newmarket Road …they have been an immensely popular team at Norwich”.
In August 1975 Glenn Hoddle made his debut for Tottenham in the home game in which former Spurs star and West Ham World Cup winner Martin Peters played for Norwich. A number of other players have played for both clubs down the years, including Maurice Norman, a member of our ‘double’ winning team, Martin Chivers and Jimmy Neighbour.
In the early ‘90s Mike Walker managed Norwich to third in the Premier League playing positive attacking football and they beat Bayern Munich at Carrow Road in the UEFA Cup. Mike’s son, Ian Walker, played for Spurs and England with distinction.
Peter Shreeves, led us to 3rd in that 1983-84 season. It was his first spell in charge at Tottenham. The team included Chris Hughton, the current Norwich manager and long term member of the Spurs coaching staff, who served Tottenham loyally through the terms of several managers. Norwich had Mick Channon, Steve Bruce and Chris Woods. We won 3-1 with goals from John Chiedozie, Marc Falco and Tony Galvin. We also won the away game 2-1 with goals from Tony Galvin and Garth Crooks.
You have to admire Delia Smith’s dedication and commitment to Norwich down the years. I was pleased to see them bounce back to the Premier League last season. Although they have had a poor run of results recently, Chris Hughton has again shown competence managing a club on a limited budget and I would trust him to keep them up this season. He will not be happy with the FA Cup defeat to non-league Luton Town and will be determined to stop the rot against his former employers. Let’s hope he doesn’t start to remedy the situation until after they play Tottenham.
Over to You!
What memories do you have of matches against Norwich at Carrow Road?