Memento of the day Norwich City won the cup up for grabs... in Suffolk

The matchday programme from Norwich City's Football League Cup Final in 1962. Picture: Chris Elmy

The matchday programme from Norwich City's Football League Cup Final in 1962. Picture: Chris Elmy - Credit: Picture: Chris Elmy

May 1, 1962 will forever go down in history as the first day Norwich City got their hands on a piece of major silverware.

NCFC V Rochdale League Cup Final EDP May 2nd

NCFC V Rochdale League Cup Final EDP May 2nd - Credit: Archant

In front of just under 20,000 fans at Carrow Road, the Canaries became the second-ever winners of the Football League Cup, defeating Rochdale by a goal to nil to claim a 4-0 aggregate win.

Now, a rare memento of this day is to go under the hammer - across the border in Suffolk.

A match day programme from the second leg of the League Cup Final is to be auctioned by Lockdales in Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich later this month.

Going into the Carrow Road fixture, City were firm favourites to win the trophy, having already recorded a 3-0 away win in the first leg.

NCFC V Rochdale League Cup Final EDP May 2nd

NCFC V Rochdale League Cup Final EDP May 2nd - Credit: Archant


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Alongside the three goal advantage, the Canaries were also two leagues above their north-east opponents; City were in the old Division Two, while Rochdale were then in the old Fourth Division.

However, there was little between the two sides on the day, with City claiming the victory by a solitary goal, in front of a crowd of 19,800.

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The programme, which had been kept by a private collector, has been given a catalogue guide price of between £140 and £160.

Chris Elmy of Lockdales Auctioneers, said: 'The catalogue price is quite high for a programme as late as the 1960s, which shows that it is a particularly rare one.

'The fact that it is also from the first time Norwich City won a piece of major silverware adds to its value.'

It is not the first time this particular auctioneers has found a piece of City memorabilia in their hands.

In June of last year, the auctioneers sold another Carrow Road programme, this time from October 29, 1938, when City hosted Millwall in the old Third Division,

This date was particularly significant for the club, as it was the day King George VI became the only British monarch to ever take in a game at Carrow Road. However, his visit was a fleeting one - after being introduced to the players he had to leave just fifteen minutes into the match.

This programme fetched £95, having been catalogued at between £70 and £75.

The Football League Cup Final programme is due to go under the hammer on Saturday, March 18, the same day City host Barnsley in the Championship.

The match

The match was played at Carrow Road on May 1, 1962.

Unlike now, where finals are played at Wembley, this particular occasion was played over two legs, with the first leg being contested on April 26.

With City having already claimed a 3-0 away win at Rochdale in the first leg, the feeling was that the triumph was already sewn up.

However, it was not until the 74th minute that Jimmy Hill opened the scoring.

While the club's next League Cup final would be played in front of 100,000 people at Wembley in 1973, this contest attracted a comparatively small crowd of 19,800. The first leg at Spotlands had a crowd of 11,123.

City's starting team - identical in both legs - also featured names such as Ron Ashman, Barry Butler and Bill Punton. Team in full: Kennon, McCrohan, Ashman, Burton, Butler, Mullett, Mannion, Lythgoe, Scott, Hill, Punton.

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