Euro trio provide Norwich City fans with proud night – as ‘Wessi’ shines

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the U

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

There haven't been too many moments for Norwich City fans to feel proud over the last 12 months.

However, Wes Hoolahan's superb strike for Ireland in their 1-1 draw against Sweden raised a smile for every City supporter – something that has been all too lacking since Wembley 2015.

Throw in the fact his Norwich team-mates Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson were two of the other outstanding players on the field meant that Monday, June 13 was one of the best days of 2016 so far from a Canaries' point of view.

Here we take a look at a few of the match stats for the City contingent whilst remembering they aren't the first Canaries to make their mark on a major tournament.

• Wes Hoolahan became the fourth Republic player to score at the European Championship, after Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan and Sean St Ledger.


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• Hoolahan is the oldest player so far to score a goal at Euro 2016 – 34 years and 24 days old.

• Hoolahan's goal means Norwich City have scored more goals at Euro 2016 than Atlético Madrid (0), Bayern Munich (0), Chelsea (0), Juventus (0) and PSG (0).

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• Hoolahan, along with Ireland team-mate Ciaran Clark, was the most fouled player in the game after being fouled by a Sweden player on three occasions. The 34-year-old playmaker completed 26 of his attempted 35 passes for a pass completion percentage of 74pc, as he earned his 31st international cap.

• Robbie Brady had one attempt at goal against Sweden, which went wide, and has now started every one of Ireland's last nine competitive matches. The 24-year-old former Manchester United trainee earned his 24th cap and finished with a pass completion percentage of 63pc, with nine of his 24 completed passes going to midfield colleague Jeff Hendrick.

• Left-back Martin Olsson, inset, earned his 35th Sweden cap when coming up against City team-mates Brady and Hoolahan on Monday, having one attempt on goal blocked and being fouled twice. The 28-year-old completed 29 of his attempted 36 passes (81pc) and completed the full 90 minutes as he played in the fourth European Championship match of his career, having also played at Euro 2008.

• Midfield maestro Martin O'Neill captained Northern Ireland at the 1982 World Cup finals just weeks after spearheading a near-miraculous Norwich City promotion when the Canaries won 10 of their last 12 games.

Northern Ireland then pulled off a major shock at the 82 tournament as their 1-0 win over host nation Spain took Billy Bingham's side through to the second round group stage, where they were eventually eliminated.

• Andy Townsend starred for the Republic of Ireland at Italia 90 after helping Norwich City reach the FA Cup semi-finals and finish a then best ever fourth in the top flight in the 1988-89 season.

Townsend helped Ireland get to the quarter-finals in Italy before losing to the hosts. He moved to Chelsea shortly after Ireland's exit.

• Robert Fleck played for Scotland during his first spell with Norwich City at the World Cup. He didn't play in the Scots' embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica but played his part in a 2-1 win over Sweden. A 1-0 loss in their final group game saw Scotland tumble out at the group stage. Bryan Gunn was also part of the squad but didn't play.

• John Ruddy came so close to being Norwich City's first England representative at Euro 2012. However, after being named in the squad he was forced to pull out due to breaking a finger in training. It was in fact his wedding finger as well but it didn't stop him getting married that summer.

• After an indifferent season with the Canaries, Leroy Fer gave a glimpse of his talent when rising to head home for Holland against Chile at World Cup 2014. It was the first time a Norwich City player had scored at a major tournament. Fer was then sold to QPR in a club-record sale worth up to £10million for the Canaries, before being relegated from the top flight again with QPR the following season. He finished last season back on loan in the Premier League with Swansea.

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