Norwich City rollercoaster ride provides the most unforgettable of highs

The traveling Norwich fans celebrate victory at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Old

The traveling Norwich fans celebrate victory at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

What does it mean to Norwich fans to beat Manchester United?

For Norwich City, a return visit to the Premier League was never going to be easy. Many pundits, fans, people of the game all agreed that we boasted the strongest side in the division last season but that by no means guarantees a smooth transition into the top flight.

Every fan knew they were in for a long ride this year. Carving out the odd point from nothing, scraping a win, maybe enduring the wrong end of a three or four-goal beating, which is unfortunately what the Premier League tends to hold for the traditional newcomer. Amongst all of that you sometimes get one of those fantastic weekends where the club goes on to make memories which for the fans will inevitably last a lifetime.

I recall early visits to watch Norwich at Carrow Road, Zema Abbey, inset, poking home in the 90th minute to scrape past Dagenham & Redbridge, Robbie Fowler scoring a last minute winner for Manchester City, 2-3.

I also remember just a few years ago sitting in the cold watching Wes Hoolahan chip a penalty into the Preston keeper's arms to suffer a 1-1 draw in the Championship.

There have also been too many good moments to mention, Simeon Jackson using his midriff to put us 3-2 ahead against Derby County and Grant Holt firing in a famous hat-trick Ipswich – both spring to mind.

The weeks, months and years of enduring the ups and downs of a club who have largely lived life as a Championship outfit all become worth it for the afternoons where you sit down and absorb the scoreline, Manchester United 1 Norwich City 2.

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For the players, fans, everyone involved in the club it will serve as a timely morale boost over the Christmas period that we are still in the mix, still fighting our corner for survival. We sit amongst the strugglers but we are by no means content in being a part of the relegation scrap. The Christmas period is going to be tough, with an away trip to Tottenham to look forward to and a six-pointer at home to Aston Villa, Norwich need to be at the top of their game and no mistakes can be afforded.

But at this moment, it's time to sit back and enjoy the Christmas present from our players.

Take away the facts and statistics of United's current run of form, forget that they're no longer revelling in the glory Ferguson era, for Norwich it is all part of announcing yourself on the big stage, proving you can compete with the biggest clubs in the world – and that we did.

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