Norwich City legend Goss: Winning the derby is everything

Jeremy Goss has a collection of goal-scoring records that would be the envy of any player.

There was the famous Uefa Cup home and away double against Bayern Munich in 1993, the last goal in front of the Kop at Anfield in 1994 and, just as treasured, the winner in an East Anglian derby against Ipswich at Carrow Road in August 1993.

Goss knows what a derby win on Sunday would means to players and fans alike – and describes the emotions vividly.

'It's everything,' said Goss, now a sprightly 45-year-old. 'Let's not underestimate the seriousness of this. This is a local derby and we haven't had one for a while at Carrow Road. It's crucial to win the game.

'I think it's one of those where Ipswich fans, if they go away with a 1-1 draw and get a point it's like a win for them.

'But for the home team, for Norwich, to go away with that win is essential, because after the game it's nothing but celebrations.

'You are a hero for the next three or four months, no matter what happens in other league games, and you're remembered.

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'If you score that goal, against Ipswich, you're remembered. Just ask the other players who have scored against Ipswich Town.

'You're never forgotten, you go down in history and you get the bragging rights from the fans and it is giving them something that they can really, really be proud of.

'A win is essential. I'm not sticking any pressure on the lads, but it's one of those times when you feel a million dollars, you're up on stilts for the next week, you're buzzing in training the next week.

'The next league game comes along and all they've got in their memory is the Ipswich game that they've just won and you get applauded even louder and they cheer your name even louder. Everything is a real buzz. I'll be honest, it's what you play professional football for.

'It means more to the fans than anything. You don't need a manager in the changing room. The players know how much this means to the fans, absolutely.'

The flip side is, of course, defeat – and the opposite emotions.

'It's a natural thing for any player to say if you win you remember it for ever,' said Goss. 'If you lose, straight after the game you try and hide for a week or two and you don't want any fans to see you walking through the city or anything like that.'

'It's devastation for the players if we lose because they know what the fans are going through – and obviously massive elation if we win because of the same reasons.

'The fans at Norwich are incredibly outstanding. They need Premiership football, they deserve Premiership football, but most of all they deserve a win against Ipswich and I think that will really make their season.'

Goss remembers his winner against Ipswich well.

'It was in that great season of 93,' he said. 'The early 90s were good to me, 90 to 94. I was having some great times then and we played Ipswich at Carrow Road in an evening game.

'We won 1-0 and I scored the winner and I celebrated in front of the Barclay – it doesn't get any better than that. All those things added up made it the most memorable occasion for me. I remember the goal: it was quite an awkward goal because I made a run on to a delivery, as I always did late into the box, and I found myself controlling it on my knees and being confronted by two or three players and I had to get my shot away quickly because I knew I was getting closed down.

'It came off my knee, right foot and I just managed to get it in the bottom left-hand corner.

'I remember because the celebration was one of the best. I knew where I was so I ran straight to the Barclay End, but I don't think I made it because I was surrounded by all our players jumping all over me.

'We finished our celebrations and I turned to face the Barclay and I was running backwards and Rob Newman got there late to celebrate. He slipped on the wet surface and took my legs from under me.

'I really hope someone can score some great goals again against Ipswich on Sunday. It's such a great game and a big game for everybody - and naturally I want us to win 3-0.'

• Jeremy Goss will be reliving the Uefa Cup run by cycling to Inter Milan's San Siro Stadium, via the homes of Vitesse Arnhem and Bayern Munich next summer.

The 1,300-mile ride is to raise funds for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB), where he is events fund raiser. To contact the NNAB call 01603 629558 or email office@nnab.co.uk.

Goss is also holding a series of charity evenings, with former team mate Bryan Gunn joining him at King's Lynn Town's Walks stadium tomorrow (7.30pm).

Entry is now free, although any donations towards the NNAB would be appreciated. Anyone who had previously purchased tickets to the event will be given a full refund by the club.