‘As big as a cup final’ – Mark Barham wants Norwich City to take their big chance against Sunderland

Mark Barham hopes Norwich City can recreate their League Cup success of nearly 30 years ago with Premier League victory over Sunderland on Saturday. Photo: Andy Darnell Mark Barham hopes Norwich City can recreate their League Cup success of nearly 30 years ago with Premier League victory over Sunderland on Saturday. Photo: Andy Darnell

Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:00 AM

Mark Barham is one of the few to play for Norwich City in a major cup final – and for him, the Canaries’ Premier League clash this weekend is just as big an occasion.

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The former City and England winger was a League Cup winner with the Canaries in 1985, when they beat Sunderland at Wembley in what was dubbed the ‘friendly final’.

On Saturday the two clubs meet again, this time in the Premier League at Carrow Road with a step nearer to either top-flight survival – or the reality of relegation – at stake.

“I would say it’s as big as a cup final,” said Barham. “It is fantastic we won the cup and all fans would love a cup put on the table at some stage, but this has got to be the biggest game they’ve played for five or six years with where they are in the table, where Sunderland are and the fact they’re playing each other.

“If Norwich win, we go seven points clear of them. They might have three games in hand, but seven points is hard to come by at this stage of the season and everyone is playing everyone else as well.

“We’ve still got West Brom to play, Swansea and Fulham as well.”

The Friendly Cup will be on the line on Saturday too – a legacy of that Milk Cup final – but it is likely to be the last thing on the current players’ minds.

“I think the two sets of fans still have the same feeling we had with that cup final – but it won’t be with the fans that things will be strained this weekend, it will be the players,” added Barham.

“There is a lot more riding on it for the players. The fans have other games to look forward to before the end of this season, but the players will be looking at this one – especially the players from Norwich – saying this gives us an opportunity to put some distance between us and them before Sunderland take on their games in hand.”

Norwich have eight fixtures remaining, while the Black Cats have 11 to play.

Their three games in hand come at Liverpool on Wednesday, a midweek pre-Easter trip to Manchester City and then hosting West Brom on the Wednesday before the final Sunday of the season, when Sunderland will host Swansea.

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41 comments

  • I remember it all too well, LincsCan. I remember listening to the Chelsea\Norwich match on the radio, while my wife tended to our newly born son. Mick Channon scored the winner on that quagmire to put us 8 points clear of Coventry. Euphoria led to my son getting `Michael` as his middle name, ousting whatever the original choice was! Then came Coventry`s 3 games in hand, culminating in a thrashing of Champions-elect Everton. What a stitch up. That `game stacking` is no longer allowed. Everton remain top of my `Hate Parade`! I fear Kent Anglian`s assessment for Saturday rings true, and post-Holt, there`s unlikely to be any `player-power` in the equation. We have to win this one, Hughton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Theres a bit of "Squabbling " going on at Sunderland that can only help us.

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Will always remember seeing Barham score the winner in an evening game. We left Carrow Rd and walked to the 'Hole in the Wall' on Timberhill for a pint and he got there before we did!!!!

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    Stuart Watts

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • the team doesnt look like they are enjoying the games at all.This situation is not easy for them simply because the quality is mediocre throughout the team(Ruddy excepted).Any team playing average Premiership football know one goal is probably enough for the heads to go down and more than likely win a game.This team is not as good as last year at this time and looks ill equiped for the fight.I hope I'm wrong.

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    harry mcardle

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I notice Mark B's got a shirt under his arm. Tell him if he gets there by 2pm next match, we'll give him a game. Sadly, he'd carry more of an attacking threat than the Phantom Toe Stubber of old Amsterdam. On an unrelated note, my son is called Daniel after my favourite Elton John song..........we might as well play him upfront against Sunderland too...he's a mountain climber who couldn't play football to save his life, so he's ideally qualified for a Who-ton selection...

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    Timbo

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Mad Brewer needs to get his facts right. The scorers in the 2-1 win on a quagmire at Chelsea in 1985 were Steve Bruce and Asa Hartford. Mick Channon wasn't even playing - he missed the last two games of the season.

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    Outside The Box

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Never comfortable when we start talking about 1985. We won the cup then both teams got relegated. Mark B refers to Sunderland being 7 pts adrift if they lose and how hard that is to make up with 3 games in hand. Yes, the same situation Coventry were in back in 85. I do agree though that the game has to be approached like a cup final because defeat for either team will leave them in a very dark place.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I also remember that dreadful season and thankfully the rules have now been changed, however, it does not stop some sides going on holiday early aka WBA and Man City last year. This time around we have the hard run in, I suspect other strugglers may be luckier. Brew we need to meet 2.30 Sat river end turnstile of the Jarrold to discuss tactics.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • CH will set up the team for a draw and will then say that it is a good result against a quality team!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • With 8 Cup Finals coming up is just as well Mad Brewer isn't in the team - what a bottler!!. Invited down to London by Putney Canary to discuss their differences, invited by Trevor Keith to discuss team selection on his doorstep yet he declines both. Paper Tiger Crouching Coward? Too busy drinking Suffolk beer . . . . . . .

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    Shimbo

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Brew, Perhaps you should write a book on the Beers of England, it would be a best seller with many members of our team methinks, after all they usually play as though they are suffering from a hangover. Tonyb, If only we had wingers in the mould of Darren Eadie & Ruel Fox we might then be able to serve a few decent balls up to the strikers. We can only dream of those heady days now I am afraid.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • HARRY MCCARDLE who let more goals in pro rata Ruddy or Bunn, I may be wrong but I have seen several goals go in this season past Ruddy that I felt, possibly wrongly, that Bunn would have saved especially the ones which Ruddy paried out or dropped only for the attacker to put the ball in the net. Perhaps one of our more knowledgeable fans can enlighten me.

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    goldie

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • That`s the trouble with modern footy players; they can`t take their drink! Bring back Greavesy & Gilzean. Class topers. Class players. Alas, TK, `beer writing` is now the province of journos who have never brewed a drop of beer or worked in the drinks industry. Then there`s the Army of Sommeliers who tell us what we should like and which overpriced Gastropub food a beer best matches. Charlatans! Emperor`s clothes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • It's Chelsea v Arsenal this weekend and that will affect what the title chasing teams have to play for when we reach our group of death conclusion. Of course we need to pick up a few points before then. On a different thread, I reckon we still can't make bottom three for two more games so if McN still has that as his criterion Hoots job is secure a while longer.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • It will certainly be touch and go for us this season and Saturday is a must win game. I think we need at least 7 more points as Fulham will probably get to 36 with Cardiff and Palace on 33 each. Sunderland will probably end up above us even if they lose on Saturday as they have some easy games to come.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I guess many of us fear the worst on Saturday but every now and again we get a good performance. Just no idea which games these will come in. I'm going out Saturday to deliberately miss listening to this on radio Partridge. Been a long time since I did that (Charlton away before we got relegated from the c'ship). If we lose, I think the reaction from the fans will be very strong.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • JDDons, wouldn`t it be weird if Hughton`s real aim when signing RvW was to harness his defensive qualities! An £8.5million, lightweight, upfield defender! I still cannot work out why I called my son `Michael`. It`s worrying me now! Perhaps it was the crate of Abbot I was working my way through in celebration of his birth?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I just want to point out that my post on another story regard the missing article. It was the article that was removed together with a few answers. I received nothing to say why by e-mail. I would think it was removed by the editor because it was "contentious"

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Bottom of the table clash, both teams desperate for points. It' s all about who wants to win the most. I'm afraid we are sunk! Our lot couldn't care less.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Mad Brewer needs to get his facts right. The scorers in the 2-1 win on a quagmire at Chelsea in 1985 were Steve Bruce and Asa Hartford. Mick Channon wasn't even playing - he missed the last two games of the season.

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    Outside The Box

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

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    Lisa Rabiye

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Outside the Box needs to get a life.

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    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I have a feeling we will scrape something out of this game, and Hughton and the players will continue to and act in their complacent smug manner. Hughton has somehow managed to pull a win out of the hat when one is needed to save his job. His and the players luck will have to end at some point and reality will hit home. Suddenly it will dawn on them "oh no why haven't we played with the right attitude and commitment previously we might not be in this mess". If we win Saturday and if we scrape survival (which I think everyone hopes for) this season has been still been a disaster, diatribe, a shower of liquid doings, and there is no spinning it any other way.

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    Thursday, March 20, 2014

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    Lisa Rabiye

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Please don't treat this as a cup tie - we're rubbish in any cup. We need McNally to come out and say this is Hughton's last chance - that seems to work.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • That`s strange, yet another memory lapse! So my son`s middle name should`ve been Asa or Steve. Perhaps I just liked `Michael`? Anyway, many thanks for pressing my `Refresh` key, `Outside the Box`. ;-) TrevorK, I`ve finally managed to get an e-mail past BT`s malfunctioning system (I think). Just in case, I`m afraid I won`t make it Saturday; still feeling very below par after a `test run` yesterday :-( Another time - maybe in more optimistic times? Very appreciative of the offer. JP.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • All season there has been this mantra....we have a lot of teams around us to play. Yet game after game, as the months have passed by, so have the opportunities. We are in a downward spiral. Our form is wretched and we don't look as though we have the "right stuff" to somehow, as if by magic, turn things around. There is no leadership on or off the pitch. And if, as almost certain, Hughton sets the team up in his usual manner, we will start with a big handicap. Here we are towards the end of the season with poor form, poor results, dreadful goals for record and Hughton hasn't learnt anything. He flounders on with wrong-sided wingers and no central creativity. Watching the Man U game last night it was interesting to see how many challenging crosses were played into the box, how many times forwards on both sides received telling through balls and how often good movement off the ball opened up goal-scoring opportunities. Van Persie and all top strikers play the percentage game. They will miss more than they score. But the important point is that they gets chances. We have the double whammy at Norwich in that the front men don't get service and they are so starved of it that when they do it is often just a lucky half-chance rather than a crafted move. And because of this I suspect their confidence is low. Looking at RvW the other week summed it up. When he had a one on one he didn't know which way to go, dithered and lost the ball.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • If anyone wants to see how the game should be played. Watch Benfica tonight.

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • DJ...I attempted similar when we played Villa. Didn't work. Decided to spend the afternoon tidying up the back garden well away from sight or sound of anything to do with football. All was going to plan until I heard my neighbours cries of delight when Wes scored. Not wishing to miss us going to get a second, and perhaps a third, in a game we were so clearly dominating at that point, I gave into temptation and turned on the radio. We all know the rest from there.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • `Shimbo`- Shambo? I sniff the foetid aroma of Steady On`s return..... Suffolk beer can be good, as long as it`s Green Jack and not `Adman`s`. Btw, you missed an `or` - not in the prime of health. and I don`t like letting people down. Old fashioned thing called `consideration`. And I don`t want to go back to Putney either. Bad enough having to live in that area when I worked for a non-Suffolk brewery called Watney, Combe, Reid.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Like Brew, I have been an Everton hater since 1985. Is there an Everton un-supporters club available? To my mind the reason RvW is not scoring is that he is not making the right runs into the box - hence no-one can create anything for him. When Snods scored against Tottenham, Snods made the run that RVW should have made 2 seconds earlier. RvW also has powderpuff boots. Fortunately his weak and ineffectual shot against Southampton was fumbled by the gaolie to give Snods his chance. He won’t be a premiership (or even championship!) striker till he addresses both of these failings. Great at defending from the front though – so presumably appeals to Hoots more conservative instincts.

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    JDDons

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Think it is fair to say that whoever loses this one is relegated

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    superfan59

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • There was a buzz about the place in the brief Lambo era. There still is, but it`s a different sort of buzz. Blowflies.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • mark barham, what a great winger he was.He could teach our wide players a thing or two!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • By the way I think we have EIGHT cup-finals coming up. keep a settled team of players who show commitment. TK,s team is not far off, but I always like a target man, as that's where I played ;-). I do like the idea of playing Olsson in front of Garrido. IMHO

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Good points as always Sharky, just a pity we do not really have a target man although Elmander did score on last weekend. I only put Redmond in the team because I was relying on Olsson to do the defensive roll but Garrido deserves another chance at left back.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Even picking the team on Saturday is going to be difficult, if CH asks who wants to play I can see only two hands going up, Snodgrass & Becchio and the later must ask when is his turn every game. BW my tactics may be a bit adventurous for CH but at least my team would give it a go for the whole game and even if we score one, would not try to shut up shop, something they seem incapable of doing most games.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Ooops! Another dose of rabiyes. Mad dog.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Interesting how the tone of comments recently has started to change from anger concerning results and tac-tics to that of a more subdued resignation. Indeed I agree, this is a huge game. So big in fact that it should be played at Wembley! Big characters are needed now as well as strong leadership on the pitch. I feel it will be these two elements that determine our fate on Saturday.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • So, Brewer, if we get thumped by Sunderland on Saturday, we can blame you and TK for the tactics, hastily thrown together during a River End tryst, half an hour before the game.

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