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West Ham to take on Norwich City as Carrow Road celebrates 80th birthday

PUBLISHED: 08:36 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:45 08 June 2015

Carrow Road. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

Carrow Road. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

PA Wire

West Ham United were the opposition for Norwich City’s first ever competitive match at Carrow Road – and the Hammers will be lining up against City again next month in a very different looking ground to mark the landmark anniversary.

The fixture has been arranged to celebrate that very first match, when almost 30,000 witnessed the Canaries triumph 4-3.

The original game, in August 1935, represented a remarkable achievement for the club and the city, after the stadium was constructed in just 82 days.

The Canaries had needed a new ground before the start of the season, after the FA made clear that the club’s previous ground, The Nest, was not suitable for large crowds.

Work on building the new stadium started at 3.45am on June 11 and by August 31 it was finished.

Delighted officials declared it the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.

The inaugural game will be celebrated with a rematch on Tuesday, July 28. There should be a party atmosphere at the game given it will come just weeks after City sealed an instant return to the Premier League with their play-off final win at Wembley.

It will certainly be a special occasion for former City boss Ken Brown, 81, who played for West Ham between 1953 and 1967 before managing Norwich from 1980 to 1987.

Mr Brown, who was born the year after the first meeting of the two teams at Carrow Road, said: “It’s amazing. It’s brilliant – I think it will be a special occasion.

“It couldn’t be better for me as they’re the only two clubs I’ve been with, more or less. I just can’t quite believe it all, it’s incredible and a fitting way to celebrate the anniversary - someone up there likes me. Hopefully they will give me a little invite.”

General stadium tickets for the game are priced at £10 for adults/senior citizens and £5 for under 17s.

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