Video and photo gallery: Norwich City’s European adventure - Vitesse Arnhem overwhelmed by Canaries

John Polston celebrate his goal against Vitesse Arnhem with Ruel Fox.

John Polston celebrate his goal against Vitesse Arnhem with Ruel Fox. - Credit: Archant

An historic night of football at Carrow Road – the first European match, the first European goal and the first European victory.


The Canaries' first reward for their best ever finish in English football – third place in the fledgling Premier League – was a game against a Dutch side who were overwhelmed by City on the night.

Vitesse had started off playing in typically Dutch fashion, keeping the ball well, but once City got their minds adjusted to it all, they never looked back.

Three goals in the space of 21 second-half minutes did the trick, and effectively ended the tie.

Efan Ekoku got the first, before that midfield genius Ian Crook set up Jeremy Goss for the second. It wouldn't be Goss' only contribution to the cause that year.

Victory – and possibly the tie – was wrapped up when John Polston added a third goal on 71 minutes.

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And on a night of firsts there was a senior debut for an 18-year-old winger – Darren Eadie.

• Competition: Uefa Cup, first round, first leg

• Date: September 15, 1993

• Norwich City

Manager: Mike Walker

Gunn, Bowen, Newman, Polston, Culverhouse, Goss, Megson, Crook, Fox, Ekoku, Sutton

Subs: Robins (88), Eadie (86)

• Vitesse Arnhem

Manager: Herbert Neumann

Van Der Gouw, Straal, Van Der Looi, Bos, Vermeulen, Lammers, Cocu, Latuheru, Loeffen, Gillhaus, Helder

No subs used

• Goals: Norwich City: Ekoku (50), Goss (67), Polston (71)

• Referee: R Sedlacek

• Ground: Carrow Road

• Attendance: 16,818


Pretty much a different affair over in Holland for the Canaries.

A procession of coaches, packed with fans, had left Norfolk and followed the team on something of a tortuous journey.

There were no goals for them to remember the journey, but who cared? City were through to the next round.

Goalkeeper Bryan Gunn simply added to his status with a sterling display between the sticks, keeping out everything that came his way.

It was a tough night, in more ways than one, and Ian Culverhouse, John Polston, Efan Ekoku and Rob Newman all went into the referee's notebook.

Norwich had opportunities to win the match, but were never punished for not taking them.

It was a case of job done – and the question on everyone's lips could now be uttered: 'Who would City get in the next round?'

There were some big clubs in the mix, and my, didn't they pull one out of the hat.

• Competition: Uefa Cup, first round, second leg

• Date: September 29, 1993

• Vitesse Arnhem

Van der Gouw, Sturing, Van der Looi, Bos, Vermeulen, Lammers, Cocu, Straal, Latuheru, Gillhaus, Helder

Subs: Pothuizen (54)

• Norwich City

Gunn, Bowen, Newman, Butterworth, Culverhouse, Polston, Goss, Crook, Fox, Ekoku, Sutton

Subs: Megson (88)

• Referee: T Kefalas

• Ground: Nieuw-Monnikenhuizen

• Attendance: 9,133

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