Poll: Where does Gary Hooper’s screamer against Swansea rank among the best Carrow Road goals from Norwich City players?

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) scores from 30 yards during Norwich City's 1-1 draw with Swansea City at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) scores from 30 yards during Norwich City's 1-1 draw with Swansea City at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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Was Gary Hooper’s goal against Swansea the best ever by a Canaries player at Carrow Road? David Freezer takes a look at the contenders.

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Gary Hooper’s spectacular 30-yard equaliser against Swansea prompted wild celebrations on Sunday, but is it the best ever goal scored by a Norwich City player at Carrow Road?

There have been plenty of contenders over the years but Hooper’s chested control and looping volley is being hailed as the best seen at Carrow Road in a long time.

The former Celtic man faces some serious competition for the overall title though.

Darren Huckerby and Youssef Safri have both laid claim with brilliant goals since the turn of the millennium, but Justin Fashanu and Robert Rosario also scored goal of the season contenders in the 1980s.

Here is a reminder of those five outstanding Carrow Road goals.

- Do you agree with our top five? Or do you remember other great Carrow Road goals which should have made the shortlist?

Cast your vote in the poll above, email your thoughts to norfolksport@archant.co.uk or leave your comments below.

 

February 9, 1980 - Justin Fashanu v Liverpool

One of the most famous goals to ever be scored by a Norwich City player came in a 5-3 defeat to reigning Division One champions Liverpool.

Fashanu controlled the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area, flicked the ball up to his right to lose the defender marking him and then unleashed a left-footed volley which rocketed into the far bottom corner.

The spectacular effort earned was named Match of the Day’s goal of the season for the 1979-80 season.

 

September 9, 1989 - Robert Rosario v Southampton

One of the other classic Carrow Road goals also came in a high-scoring clash, a 4-4 draw with Southampton in Division One, in which Rosario scored twice.

In fact it was the tall striker’s towering header which Robert Fleck turned home to bring the score back to 4-3 and then Rosario on target again to earn City the 4-4 draw, ending a one-year drought for Rosario at Carrow Road.

It was his first which was the headline grabber though, smashing home a knock-down from Fleck from 25 yards, with his left-footed volley arrowing into the far top corner.

 

April 20, 2005 - Youssef Safri v Newcastle

Morrocan central midfielder Safri only scored four goals for City during his three years at Carrow Road, but his 40-yard effort against Newcastle was a real piledriver.

When Thomas Helveg laid the ball to Safri to the right of the centre-circle, few could have expected what was about to happen.

Safri took one touch to roll the ball in front of him and then unleashed a rocket which flew past despairing Newcastle keeper Shay Given into the top right-hand corner to put City 1-0 up in a match which the Canaries won 2-1, thanks to an injury-time header from Dean Ashton.

 

March 13, 2007 - Darren Huckerby v Birmingham City

He scored 48 goals for the Canaries but Huckerby’s solo effort against Birmingham sums up how much of a talisman the winger was during his five seasons.

His meandering run past four Birmingham players, typically cutting inside from his left-wing position before thumping the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area, was classic Huckerby.

It was the decisive goal in a 1-0 win against Birmingham in the Championship.

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12 comments

  • Right, just for this particular post, I'm reprogramming the Enterprise's battle simulator, as Captain Kirk might have put it, in reverse order then, the second best goal that Norwich ever saw, was Gianfranco Zola's reverse side step back heel flip passed Robert Green at Stamford Bridge a few years ago, the best was as Steely quite rightly said, Justin Fashanu's, yes it did help if you were there, and standing in the Barclay at the time, and the youngsters amongst you will only have seen it in the flesh, if you are now into your forties, but I'm not sure if it would be possible to score a better one. Even now, it still regularly pops up on the telly to remind us of what genius actually looks like. Had Claude Monet been born in 1940 instead of 1840, he would have said forget the blinking lilies, I’m going to paint that goal, apparently he was very fond of Norwich

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Andrew Crofts vs Barnsley, maybe a contender?

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    Piranha24

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • No Steen Nedergaard?

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • January 22nd 1989. Robert Fleck at the Den vs Millwall. Play broke down on the right hand side of the Norwich City penalty area. Ball goes to Phelan who runs all the way down the right side of the pitch with the ball. Phelan crosses towards Fleck, the ball is headed back out to Phelan, who hrafs it back in...one bounce to Fleck. Fleck swivels to face the ball as it is in flight, the releases a sideways scissor kick half volley which dipped just enough to get in of the underside of the bar.

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    AKCanary

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Agreed AK - but the criteria was for a goal at Carrow Road. Otherwise J. Goss at Leeds in 1993 would be up there.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • I remember Lee Marshall scoring a great goal at carrow road. Think it was against watford in the 2001-02 season, but could be wrong. Gary Holt also scored a belter in that game as well.

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    SAcanary

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Got a real kick to it...

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Will go for young Fashanu out of that list. Similar to Hooper's goal was one of my favourites by Dave Phillips against Forest in 1992. A win would put City on top of the first PL table. City were hanging on to a two one lead. Gunny had just heroically saved from a clean through Scott Gemmill. The ball went out to Ian Crook just in front of the right back position. He spotted big Rob Newman upfield and found him with a superb long diagonal ball. Newman adjusted his position and chested the ball down. Two bounces and Phillips hammered the ball home from outside the box.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Never mond Christmas past - Christmas future. Carlton Morris's 6th goal for Premier champions NCFC as they beat non league Ipswich in a third round tie only to get league 1 side Lowestoft Town (Suffolk's top side) in a fourth round tie. Gosh this muled wine is strong stuff.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Never mond Christmas past - Christmas future. Carlton Morris's 6th goal for Premier champions NCFC as they beat non league Ipswich in a third round tie only to get league 1 side Lowestoft Town (Suffolk's top side) in a fourth round tie. Gosh this muled wine is strong stuff.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Bobby Brennans winner in the Carrow Road replay against Sheffield United during the Canaries' 195859 cup run. Kicking towards the River End,Bobby raced down the left wing before cutting in at the corner of the penalty area and switching the ball to his right foot.In doing so,he wrong footed the United defence,before unleashing a fierce shot which found the net just beneath the far angle of post and bar.

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    midnorfolkman

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Will people please stop voting other, unless they are prepared to post, 'I just voted other because I think that Alan Black's [substitute here, any player of your own choice] goal against Third Lanark [substitute here, any other Scottish team]was a fundamentally better effort, otherwise, we won't know what you think

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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