Norwich City A-Z: Q is for Que Sera, Sera – but can fans dream of Wembley this season?
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Football is a fast moving world, so that wonderful Wembley day of little more than three years ago already feels like ancient history for Norwich City.
Much yellow and green water has passed below Carrow Bridge since the excitement of a first trip to the national stadium in 30 years had sparked a Norfolk exodus to north London.
‘Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, we’re going to Wembley, que sera, sera’ was a chant Canaries fans had not been able to enjoy singing since 1985.
The fact they got to sing it to Ipswich fans as the sun shone down on Carrow Road made it even sweeter. What followed was a Bank Holiday Monday which will never be forgotten – a textbook execution of play-off final success.
As 40,000 City supporters soaked up the atmosphere during the club’s first visit to the rebuilt 90,000-seater home of English football, Alex Neil’s team made swift work of Middlesbrough.
Bradley Johnson had already clattered the crossbar for Norwich and Jelle Vossen had done likewise for Boro 30 seconds later after some characteristically odd defending from Seb Bassong, in a barnstorming start to the Championship finale.
A clinical double punch from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond – the second after a wonderful team move of 17 consecutive passes, completed by a fine finish – completed the job inside 15 minutes.
Jerome’s cheeky close-range finish was technically the first goal scored by a Norwich player at Wembley, as the Milk Cup final success at the old stadium in 1985 was settled by an own goal from Sunderland defender Gordon Chisholm, forced by Asa Hartford.
The first Canaries visit to the famous stadium had arrived in 1973, when Tottenham claimed the League Cup with a 1-0 win, and was followed two years later by a defeat by the same score to Aston Villa in the same competition.
Football has changed however and with the riches of the Premier League that await, a play-off final win is now estimated to be worth at least £160million to the victor.
So what will it take for Daniel Farke to lead the class of 2018/19 to Wembley? If you count out a cup final, it will take an upturn of around 15 points to make the play-offs.
Last season 60 points took Farke’s team to 14th and the average to finish sixth in the past 10 years is 74 points.
Over to you, Daniel.
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