Ian Crook: ‘I felt so good’ - A look back at a Norwich City game on this day 30 years ago
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On this day 30 years ago Norwich City faced Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road, and it turned out to be a memorable game for one former Spurs player.
Ian Crook's last League goal took Tottenham into Europe. But his first goal for the Canaries on Saturday meant far more to him.
Crook's 59th minute opener sent City on their way to victory over his old club. And the man who moved to Carrow Road for £80.600 during the summer also laid on the second for match-winner Shaun Elliott.
He said: 'I can't remember ever feeling so good as I did when that first goal went in. It was perfect, just perfect.
'My last goal was the winner at Newcastle and it took us into Europe. But this one means more - much, much more.'
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It was Crook's last game before a two-match suspension — and it was perhaps his best since joining the club.
He said: 'I know it's no excuse but I have had a bit of trouble moving house and that doesn't excactly help things. But it's all sorted out now and I felt much better out there.'
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Crook clinically finished off a flowing six-man Canary move for the opening goal, with Peter Mendham and Kevin Drinkell doing well in the box to set up the chance. Spurs sent on Glenn Hoddle who, after Elliott's pass was intercepted, sent Paul Allen racing down the right with a delightful ball. Allen's low cross was turned in by Nico Claesen - his first goal in the English League - past Bryan Gunn - his first game in the English League.
But four minutes later Crook floated in a free kick which found Elliott in the ideal place to head home the winner.
It was another cracking match for another bumper Carrow Road crowd. It was an important win for City too after successive league defeats against Wimbledon and Liverpool.
• Norwich City: Gunn, Culverhouse, Spearing, Bruce, Phelan, Elliott, Crook, Drinkell, Hodgson, Mendham, Gordon. Sub: Brooke.
• Tottenham: Clemence, Hughton (Hoddle, 65), M Thomas, Roberts, Miller, Gough, C Allen, Claesen, Waddle, Mabbutt, P Allen.
• Referee: Ken Baker (Rugby)
• Attendance: 22,138