Context is everything in football. Two years ago Norwich City had been top of the table and clearly among the promotion pace-setters under Alex Neil – but all was not well, a feeling of unease undermined a very positive start to the season.
It’s three years since Norwich City beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, a day never to be forgotten. But where are they now? CHRIS LAKEY takes a trip down memory lane...
Canaries’ midfielder Kenny McLean’s 11th goal of the season earned Aberdeen a point against Rangers on Tuesday night in the battle for a Europa League spot behind Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.
All the rumours, all the confirmed deals. This is the only place for Norwich City fans to follow live coverage of the 2017 Summer Transfer Deadline Day, with the latest from Carrow Road plus major transfer news from around the Championship and beyond.
Norwich City denied Chris Hughton’s Brighton a Championship title party at Carrow Road in bizarre fashion, with Seagulls’ keeper David Stockdale credited with two own goals in 2-0 league win for the Canaries.
Wes Hoolahan could be set to miss Norwich City’s Championship run-in after Republic of Ireland chief Martin O’Neill delivered a gloomy injury bulletin when he ruled the midfielder out of this week’s World Cup qualifier against Wales.
With the Championship’s top six apparently riding off into the sunset, Norwich City supporters had begun to get used to the idea that we might be in for the rarest of seasons at Carrow Road; one that features nothing to play for from March onwards.
Youssouf Mulumbu will not be available for Norwich City’s home clash with Birmingham City on Saturday, after helping Democratic Republic of Congo seal qualification for the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals.
Norwich City manager Alex Neil has a host of injury problems to contend with at Southampton in the FA Cup tomorrow, when he will give precedence to Saturday’s league clash with Wolves when making his team selection.
Carly Simon’s ‘Nobody does it better’ reverberated around the Madejski at the final whistle. They got that right after Norwich City underlined they retain the exclusive rights on calamitous Championship implosions.
The curious Norwich City career of Youssouf Mulumbu hit a rare high this week as the midfielder gave the Canaries a welcome harder edge in their vital win over Aston Villa – raising hopes that he can kick on and finally become the player Alex Neil had hoped for.
Fresh from Norwich City’s pre-match press conference ahead of their EFL Championship clash with Aston Villa at Carow Road, Mustard sports editor Michael Bailey and Eastern Daily Press chief writer Paddy Davitt give their views from Colney.
Epic mood swings, elation one moment, abject gloom the next. Gold medal contenders or just flattering to deceive. The Rio Olympics seemingly has nothing on Norwich City’s early forays in the Championship.
Norwich City senior trio Graham Dorrans, Youssouf Mulumbu and Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom are all scheduled to feature for the Canaries in Monday night’s development outing against Reading’s Under-21s at Carrow Road. (KO 7pm).
Alex Neil insists it is full steam ahead in the battle for Premier League survival after sealing an audacious deadline night deal for Coventry City’s highly-rated teenage prospect James Maddison, for a fee understood to be £2.5m plus add-ons, to cap a record January transfer window spree.
As the disappointment from one of the most dramatic Carrow Road defeats begins to ease for Norwich City fans, David Freezer assesses how Alex Neil’s team can get their fight for top-flight survival back on track.
It will be good to get back into league action today after an international break that seems to have gone on for ever. We’ve all had way too much time to dwell on the events of the past fortnight, and a pall of doom and gloom seems to have descended over Carrow Road.
Well that was a week to forget. At Southampton a performance that was already sloppy and lacking in energy even before Steven Whittaker’s five minutes of madness, and further signs of defensive frailty thereafter, ensured that all the pre-game optimism amongst the Yellow Army congealed into that horrible feeling in the pit of the stomach that we’ve rarely experienced in Alex Neil’s tenure.
After the long unbeaten record of Norwich City manager Alex Neil was brought to an end at St Mary’s, David Freezer assesses what can be learned from a disappointing loss against a strong top-flight side.
Norwich City have released their Premier League squad numbers ahead of this weekend’s kick-off against Crystal Palace - and the prized number nine shirt has been left vacant ahead of the closing weeks of the summer transfer window.
It tells you much about Alex Neil’s mindset and by definition his Norwich City that in the midst of an early goal barrage at Gorleston the Canaries’ chief was demanding even more from his Premier League side.
David McNally is quick to dispel the notion the Canaries’ thrilling Championship play-off final win against Middlesbrough at Wembley puts then at a disadvantage for their latest crack at the Premier League.
Fridays haven’t been too kind to Norwich City of late. First we witnessed Brighton totally outplay Bournemouth but fail to get anything from the game. Then, a week on, well none of us need reminding of the events of the following Friday!
Easter always tends to be an important point in the football season and City couldn’t have had a much better holiday weekend, with only Bradley Johnson’s 10th booking providing any ammunition for the pessimists.
Norwich City boss Alex Neil has hailed the capture of Graham Dorrans after the Canaries confirmed the loan extension of the Scottish international ahead of Thursday afternoon’s emergency loan deadline.
Alex Neil expects Graham Dorrans to return for the club’s Championship promotion push on the eve of Saturday’s final match of his initial loan spell – but the hunt for fresh firepower may prove more elusive.
The Den is hardly the most welcoming of venues; a steel-fenced corridor leading directly from South Bermondsey station to the entrance to the visitors’ enclosure, a significant police presence and a lock-in at the final whistle while the area was cleared of home fans.