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Norwich City A-Z: S is for shirts - It's the memories that matter

PUBLISHED: 10:17 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 02 July 2018

City's famous 'egg and cress' kit spanned the generations this year when it was used for a legends game against Inter. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

City's famous 'egg and cress' kit spanned the generations this year when it was used for a legends game against Inter. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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As the latest Norwich City kit is unveiled, S is for shirts in our alternative A-Z series. David Freezer looks back on some memorable City strips.

Keith O'Neill, Sarah Thomas and Darren Eadie model the new Canaries kit in 1997. Picture: Archant libraryKeith O'Neill, Sarah Thomas and Darren Eadie model the new Canaries kit in 1997. Picture: Archant library

Little can separate football fans like the release of a new kit.

The collar, the colour, the sleeve style; it’s all up for grabs when it comes to judging your team’s latest uniform.

The problem is, fashion is subjective. Keeping an entire support base happy is nigh on impossible but Norwich City have always had something of an edge in this area.

The famous yellow and green has seen the Canaries stand out from the crowd in English football.

Indeed, the ‘egg and cress’ style which graced the Uefa Cup in 1993-94 is remembered far beyond the Norfolk borders.

Internationally of course you are far more likely to see the yellow and green of Brazil, however, City sported the combo long before the samba stars.

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It wasn’t until the 1954 World Cup that the Brazilians adopted the yellow and green, after the humiliation of defeat to Uruguay on home soil four years earlier in white shorts with blue collar.

New Norwich City kit for 2013/14 season is modelled by Bradley Johnson, Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass, with a bit of help from some youngsters from the club's youth academy. Photo: Norwich City.New Norwich City kit for 2013/14 season is modelled by Bradley Johnson, Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass, with a bit of help from some youngsters from the club's youth academy. Photo: Norwich City.

Norwich had shed their blue and white origins from the early 20th century when yellow was introduced in 1907, before a green trim emerged in 1908.

Halves, stripes, pinstripes and all manner of green sleeve style followed but it is the bright canary yellow which ensures you can spot a fellow City fan a mile off when you’re on holiday – usually within seconds of leaving the airport.

It is that ‘egg and cress’ which has been in vogue once more in 2018 though, after it was brought back for May’s legends encounter with Inter Milan at Carrow Road.

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NCFC reveal their new away kit at Norwich Cathedral in 2009. 
Photo:Sonya DuncanNCFC reveal their new away kit at Norwich Cathedral in 2009. Photo:Sonya Duncan

Darren Eadie was thrilled to get a shirt which actually fitted, saying: “Back in the day it was kind of one shirt fits all, I was wearing the same size as Rob Newman!”

Grant Holt made clear he was keeping hold of his as Canaries spanning different eras sported the famous shirt in which Mike Walker’s team finished third in the top flight in 1993.

We did see the blue and white return as a special commemorative centenary shirt back in 2002 and last season saw the emergence of a purple third kit – which looked even worse in that dreadful 0-0 draw at Burton.

Because in the end it all comes down to what happens in the shirt. Everyone has their favourites but few choose to wear a kit which reminds them of a relegation campaign. It’s the memories they evoke that matter.

Norwich City's 2017-18 kit modelled by Josh Murphy, Nelson Oliveira and Ivo Pinto. Picture: Norwich CityNorwich City's 2017-18 kit modelled by Josh Murphy, Nelson Oliveira and Ivo Pinto. Picture: Norwich City

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Norwich City away kit 2015-16. Picture: NCFCNorwich City away kit 2015-16. Picture: NCFC

Norwich City kit 2011/12. Picture: NCFCNorwich City kit 2011/12. Picture: NCFC

Mark Bowen in Canaries action against Arsenal in the famous 'egg and cress' kit during 1993/94. Picture: Archant libraryMark Bowen in Canaries action against Arsenal in the famous 'egg and cress' kit during 1993/94. Picture: Archant library

Darren Huckerby, left, and Craig Fleming model City's 2006/07 kit. Picture: Archant libraryDarren Huckerby, left, and Craig Fleming model City's 2006/07 kit. Picture: Archant library

Darren Huckerby unveils the Canaries' away kit for 2004/05. Picture: Archant libraryDarren Huckerby unveils the Canaries' away kit for 2004/05. Picture: Archant library

Craig Fleming wearing the NCFC centenary away kit in 2002.
Photo: Bill Smith/Archant libraryCraig Fleming wearing the NCFC centenary away kit in 2002. Photo: Bill Smith/Archant library

New signing Fernando Dervald sports the new away kit design that was launched at Colmans in 2000. Picture: Simon Finlay/Archant libraryNew signing Fernando Dervald sports the new away kit design that was launched at Colmans in 2000. Picture: Simon Finlay/Archant library

Norwich City's third kit was purple last season. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesNorwich City's third kit was purple last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Keith O'Neill modelled the Canaries' away kit at Castle Mall in 1997Keith O'Neill modelled the Canaries' away kit at Castle Mall in 1997

Delia Smith and Norwich City players launch the new home kit in 2010. From left, Russell Martin, Oli Johnson, Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt.
 Photo: Denise BradleyDelia Smith and Norwich City players launch the new home kit in 2010. From left, Russell Martin, Oli Johnson, Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt. Photo: Denise Bradley

Steven Naismith, Martin Olsson and Jonny Howson model Norwich City's new third kit for the 2016/17 Championship season. Picture: Norwich City FCSteven Naismith, Martin Olsson and Jonny Howson model Norwich City's new third kit for the 2016/17 Championship season. Picture: Norwich City FC

Norwich City's away kit, 2017-18. Picture: NCFCNorwich City's away kit, 2017-18. Picture: NCFC

Launch of the Norwich City Away kit for 2008-2009 season at the Royal Norfolk Show, from left, director of business development for Aviva John Kennedy, Jamie Cureton, Declan Rudd, Adam Drury and Delia Smith.
Photo: Angela Sharpe/Archant libraryLaunch of the Norwich City Away kit for 2008-2009 season at the Royal Norfolk Show, from left, director of business development for Aviva John Kennedy, Jamie Cureton, Declan Rudd, Adam Drury and Delia Smith. Photo: Angela Sharpe/Archant library

First day of the Royal Norfolk Show 2015. The new NCFC kit for the 2015/16 season.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYFirst day of the Royal Norfolk Show 2015. The new NCFC kit for the 2015/16 season. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich City away kit 2014/15. Picture: NCFCNorwich City away kit 2014/15. Picture: NCFC

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