Lightning strikes again as Canaries beat superstars at Old Trafford

Laurie Brown leaps above United star Denis Law, with Terry Allcock in close attendance. Photo: Archa

Laurie Brown leaps above United star Denis Law, with Terry Allcock in close attendance. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

Norwich City claimed one of the most famous victories in their history when they beat Manchester United 3-0 as a Division Three South side during their 1958-59 FA Cup run - and they were at it again eight years later!

The 1967 Canaries, back row, left to right: Dave Stringer, Gordon Bolland, Laurie Brown, Kevin Keela

The 1967 Canaries, back row, left to right: Dave Stringer, Gordon Bolland, Laurie Brown, Kevin Keelan, Terry Allcock, Joe Mullett, Hugh Curran. Front: Mal Lucas, Mike Kenning, Don Heath, Laurie Sheffield, Tommy Bryceland, Terry Anderson. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

This time it was Division Two against the top flight, with the Canaries having claimed promotion in 1960 before going on to establish themselves as a solid if unspectacular outfit at the higher level.

But in its own way this was just as big a shock as the famous win at Carrow Road, with Lol Morgan's class of '67 coming out on top at Old Trafford on a surface that was not a snow-covered leveller,

They were also up against arguably a better United side, with Matt Busby having put the finishing touches to the team who were about to win the First Division title before going on to become the first English team to lift the European Cup.

George Best, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton – they were all in the United side who welcomed the Canaries to their home fortress, with the concept of top teams resting their stars for FA Cup ties still over 30 years away.


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Norwich had some decent players in their line-up, but they were heading for a mid-table finish in Division Two and were not expected to provide much of a challenge. But with 63,405 fans looking on, including a big contingent from Norfolk, that's not the way it turned out.

There was an air of astonishment when winger Don Heath fired Morgan's men into the lead in the 25th minute, although it seemed as though normal service had been resumed when Law got the hosts back on level terms eight minutes later, with the score still 1-1 at the break.

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City would doubtless have taken a lucrative Carrow Road replay at that stage – but amazingly it was the underdogs who had their day after conjuring up a winner in the 65th minute through Gordon Bolland, although some sources credit the winner to United defender Tony Dunne.

City's reward was a home tie against Sheffield Wednesday but they couldn't making it a famous double, going down 3-1 in front of an amazing crowd of 41,000.

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