Millwall bid to end 46-year Carrow Road jinx
Archant Norfolk 2011
Norwich City supporters know all about the perils of a bogey team – but today they can enjoy the boot being on the other foot.
Millwall will this afternoon go in search of their first win at Carrow Road in over 40 years, having not tasted victory in their last 18 visits to Norfolk, a record which stretches all the way back to 1968.
That miserable run of results dwarves even City’s awful record away at Fulham, where no Norwich team has managed to win since 1986, having had nine attempts.
The last time the Lions were triumphant in Norwich was in November 1968, when 19,048 people watched a City team including club legends Kevin Keelan, Dave Stringer and Duncan Forbes lose 3-0.
They came close in December 1990 when a Zenith Data Systems Cup second round clash finished 1-1 after extra-time and went to a penalty shootout, but City won the shootout 6-5.
Now it is the turn of Ian Holloway to try and break that run for the south London side – although City manager Neil Adams dismissed the idea of Millwall having a Carrow Road jinx.
“Obviously our Fulham history is uncanny, but I don’t think it makes one jot of difference. The teams that played in 1968 certainly won’t be playing on Boxing Day,” Adams said.
“So I won’t be putting anything on it at all. I know media love these sort of stats, but unless it was three or four months ago, or even last year when the teams were quite similar, beyond that there is no relevance of it at all because apart from the name of the team, the composition of the team has completely changed.
“It doesn’t have any bearing at all apart from the fact it’s the same two clubs.
“A jinx, I don’t place any significance on it other than it is fact, it is in the record books but it certainly does not have any bearing for the way you set up your team or your tactics on the day.”