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As with most teams playing English football, Norwich odds are highly popular. With the club’s reputation for yo-yoing in and out of the divisions, odds on Norwich to be relegated are equally as popular as odds on Norwich to stay up.

With the club starting the 2018/2019 season in the second tier, odds on Norwich to win the Championship are popular and can also offer value. These odds can also be subject to bookmaker special offers and enhanced odds specials.

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Norwich History

Norwich City F.C are a professional football club based in East Anglia currently playing in England’s second tier, the Championship. Having played at least one season in the top three divisions in the last seven years, the Norwich reputation for yo-yoing in and out of the Championship continued following their relegation from the Premier League in 2015/2016.

The history of Norwich City Football Club begins in 1902. The club played amateur football until 1905, when the FA considered them to be a professional organisation. Norwich played at Newmarket Road and joined the Southern League. With growing interest in the club and attendances increasing, the club moved to the Nest.

During the First World War, Norwich City went into liquidation. However, two years later and Norwich City were reformed with help from Charles Frederick Watling and in 1920 Norwich joined the newly formed Third Division.

Norwich made steady progress in the Third Division, in 1921 renamed as the Third Division South, but the 1920’s were an uneventful period in Norwich history. 

The beginning of the 1930’s though saw Norwich earn promotion. In the 1933/1934 season, Norwich won the Third Division South and gained promotion to the Second Division.

The 1930’s also saw Norwich City move to a new stadium. Carrow Road became the home of Norwich City Football Club in 1935, and remains the club’s stadium to this day.

Unfortunately for Norwich, they failed to settle in the Second Division and in 1939, the season before the football calendar was suspended for the duration of the Second World War, the club suffered its first relegation.

Norwich stayed in the Third Division South for the next 14 seasons. This period of time saw Norwich almost earn promotion, but also finish at the bottom of the Football League. An inconsistent era progressed until the 1959/1960 season, when a second place finish saw Norwich promoted.

Two years after promotion, Norwich City won their first piece of major silverware. Facing Rochdale in the League Cup Final, Norwich won 4-0 on aggregate and lifted the League Cup in 1962.

In the Second Division, Norwich City continued to make steady progress, and in the 1971/1972 season the club reached the First Division for the first time in Norwich FC history by winning the Second Division title.

In 1973, Norwich reached another League Cup Final, however this time the club were the losing side, beaten 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur.

Relegation and promotion followed in the next two seasons. In the 1973/1974 season, Norwich finished 22nd in the First Division table, demoting the club to the Second Division. In the 1974/1975 season, a third place finish sealed an immediate promotion. This season also saw Norwich appear in their third League Cup Final, again though the club were beaten 1-0, this time by Aston Villa.

Norwich City spent six years in the First Division before they were relegated once more in the 1980/1981 season. Just like seven years earlier, though, the club earned an immediate return to the top flight with another third position finish.

The 1984/1985 season was a season of highs and lows for Norwich City. A second League Cup trophy was won, with the club beating Sunderland in the Final, but Norwich also suffered relegation. This set a new English football record, Norwich City becoming the first club to win a major trophy and be relegated in the same season. 

For the third successive time, Norwich won promotion in their first season back in the Second Division, with the club winning the Second Division title. The 1986/1987 season was the first of nine consecutive seasons in the top flight, and led to Norwich City becoming founder members of the Premier League.

The first season of the Premier League saw Norwich finish in third place, but this was the highlight of the club’s short first stay. A 12th place finish was followed by a 20th place final position and the club returned to the second tier, renamed Division One. 

Fan protests followed, directed at chairman Robert Chase for selling the club’s best players which ultimately led to relegation. Soon after, Chase sold his majority stake in the club to Geoffrey Watling, son of Charles Frederick Watling, a key person involved in the reformation of Norwich City in 1919. Watling was to later sell the club to TV chef Delia Smith and her husband.

Norwich spent the following nine seasons in Division One. The club did reach the Division One play-offs in 2002, but were beaten on penalties by Birmingham City in the final.

Two years later, and Norwich City regained their Premier League place. Winning the Division One title, the club went up but suffered an immediate relegation with a 19th place finish the following season.

Norwich struggled to adapt back to life in the second tier, which had received another name change and was now known as the Championship. In 2009, the club were relegated once more. The 2009/2010 season saw Norwich in League One, their first season in the third tier of English football in 49 years.

Norwich City’s stay in League One was a short one. They won the League One title in their first season and were promoted back to the Championship. The club earned back to back promotions, a second place finish saw the club back in the Premier League for the 2011/2012 season. 

Norwich finished mid-table in their first two seasons back in the top flight. However, in the 2013/2014 season, the club were relegated again, followed by an immediate promotion and then another relegation, all in three successive seasons resulting in Norwich City starting the 2018/2019 campaign in the Championship.

Norwich City Badge

The Norwich City badge utilises imagery coming from the club’s nickname. Firstly known as the ‘citizens’, Around the time of 1907, the club had adopted the nickname ‘the Canaries’, and this nickname is still used to this day.

The first Norwich City club badge was an image of a simple canary. In 1972, a new Norwich City FC badge was used regularly. This featured the staple image of a canary sat upon a football, with an image of the Norwich city coat of arms in the top left corner. The colours of the Norwich badge are yellow and green, the same as the Norwich City home kit.

For the club’s 100 year anniversary in 2002, a new Norwich City football badge was designed. This featured two canaries sat on top of a football looking in opposite directions, intertwined with banners featuring the club name and their centenary dates.

Colours

Norwich City colours are known for their yellow and green style. However, it wasn’t until 1927 that yellow and green were used as kit colours on a regular basis, though these colours were worn previously to this. Before this time, Norwich kits were of a variety of different colours and styles.

The first Norwich City kit in the 1903/1904 season featured a half blue half white shirt, similar to what Blackburn Rovers wear now, worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks. The following season, the club retained the same colours for the shirt, but the shorts were changed to white and the socks to black.

The 1907/1908 season saw the first yellow Norwich City jersey. This was worn with white shorts and black socks. The kit remained the same the following season, but with the addition of an embroidered canary featuring on the shirts.

The 1908/1909 season saw the first introduction of the colour green appearing on Norwich City kits. A green collar was worn on their yellow shirts. A yellow shirt with green sleeves was worn the following season,  with white shorts and green socks. 

Between 1911 and 1913, the club reverted to yellow shirts, white shorts and black socks. In the 1913/1914 season the club badge of the canary reappeared on shirts, along with a green ‘v’ shaped collar.

When the club reformed in 1919, the first kit to appear was similar to that used in the 1910/1911 season, a yellow shirt with green sleeves worn with white shorts and green socks.

From 1920 to 1923, the Norwich City team wore yellow and green striped shirts with white shorts and black socks, though for the 1922/1923 season the club wore black shorts instead of white.

From 1923 to 1927, the Norwich City home kit featured a white shirt with blue shorts and blue socks, but in the 1926/1927 season the shirts included a yellow and green ‘v’ shape collar.

1927 was the first introduction of half yellow half green Norwich City shirts. The colours have remained ever since, though styles have altered over the years.

The half and half shirts were used until 1947, when a plain yellow shirt with green features were worn. The shirt was worn with black shorts and alternating green and yellow socks until 1965.

The 1965/1966 season saw green shorts used for the first time, and yellow shirts and green shorts have been the standard Norwich City kit ever since. Most Norwich City shirts since then have included green features, in a variety of styles. The sock colour has changed, alternating between white, yellow and green.

Norwich Stadium 

The current Norwich football stadium is Carrow Road. Carrow Road was built and opened in 1935, and since then has undergone changes and expansions to give it a current capacity of 27,137. This is the capacity since the stadium was made into an all seater venue, the highest capacity since 1935 was 43,984 when terraces made up the majority of the spectator space.

The Norwich City stadium plan consists of four all seater stands, the Norwich and Peterborough Stand, The Barclay, the Geoffrey Watling City Stand and The South Stand.

The Norwich and Peterborough Stand used to be called the River Stand, and many supporters still call the stand by this name. The old stand was replaced in 1979 by a new two-tiered stand. Norwich City signed a sponsorship deal in the 1990’s with the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, and as part of the deal the River Stand was renamed.

The Barclay, now sponsored by Coral bookmakers, was built in 1937. The stand was named after Captain Evelyn Barclay who had paid for the roof of the original stand. In 1992, the stand was demolished and replaced by a new, two tiered stand.

The Geoffrey Watling Stand, a one tiered structure, was built in 1986. It replaced the old stand which had burnt down following a fire. It was first known as the City Stand, but was renamed after the Norwich City chairman and president Geoffrey Watling.

The South Stand is also a one tiered structure and was rebuilt in 2004. Its full title is the South Stand sponsored by The Galway Roast, after previously being sponsored by Jarrods. Visiting supporters sit at one end of this stand.

There are two corner stands. The first, located between The South Stand and the Norwich and Peterborough Stand, is called the Aviva Community Stand. The second is between the Geoffrey Watling Stand and the Barclay Stand, known by fans as the Snakepit.

Before the move to Carrow Road in 1935, Norwich played at the Nest. Unable to cope with a new influx of fans, the club moved to the newly built Carrow Road.

The first Norwich FC stadium was Newmarket Road, used from the time of the club’s formation in 1902 to 1908.

Supporters

Most Norwich supporters hail from the city of Norwich and the surrounding East Anglia areas. There are also many Norwich City supporters clubs throughout the world. The club also has a good following on social media, with the Norwich City twitter account gaining almost half a million followers.

The most famous Norwich supporters song is ‘On The Ball, City’, written before the club was formed but adapted by Norwich City supporters.

Norwich City have a huge rivalry with East Anglian neighbours Ipswich Town. These two sides contest the East Anglia derby. Fighting to be the ‘Pride of Anglia’, Ipswich Town narrowly have the better record in this derby, winning 45% of matches, with Norwich City winning 37% so far.

Norwich are also known for having many celebrity fans. Delia Smith, who plays a huge part in running the club along with Stephen Fry are two of the most well known. Ed Balls, the former politician and now Norwich City chairman, is a fan and Simon Thomas, the Sky Sports News presenter is Vice President of the Norwich City Supporters Trust.

Ownership

The current Norwich City chairman is the former politician and Shadow Cabinet member Ed Balls. Balls was appointed chairman in 2015. 

The majority shareholders of the club are Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones. They became majority shareholders after buying the shares of former chairman Geoffrey Watling.

Andrew and Sharon Turner had bought the shares of Barry Skipper in 2007, but left the board of directors a year later. 

Stats

Norwich stats begin with their all time record appearance maker. Kevin Keelan holds that record after making 673 appearances for the club from 1963 to 1980.

Norwich City’s all time leading goalscorer is Johnny Gavin. Gavin scored 122 goals for the club between 1948 and 1955.

Norwich City’s record win is 10-2. This was achieved in 1930 against Coventry City in the Third Division South. The club’s record defeat is also by the same scoreline, the club beaten 10-2 in 1902 by Swindon Town.

Norwich City’s all time record transfer signing is actually held by two players. Ricky van Wolfswinkel was signed from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £8.5 million in 2015, a fee replicated in 2016 with the purchase of Steven Naismith from Everton in 2016.

The highest transfer fee Norwich have ever received is £25 million, a fee paid by Leicester City for James Maddison in 2018.

Norwich City’s all time highest attendance came in 1963, when Norwich played Leicester City in the FA Cup in front of a crowd of 43,984.

Norwich City Players

Norwich City players past and present have included a whole host of international players. The 2018/2019 Norwich City players list consists of 28 members of the first team, many of whom are established international players.

The current Norwich City Player of the Year is James Maddison. The ex Norwich City player Grant Holt holds the record for winning consecutive Player of the Year awards, winning three straight awards from 2010 to 2012. The Player of the Year award is known as the Barry Butler award, an ex Norwich City footballer.

Notable ex Norwich City players include those who were named in a vote by Norwich Supporters in a ‘Greatest Ever Norwich City XI’ in 2008. The players voted for were Kevin Keelan, who played for the club from 1963 to 1980; Ian Culverhouse (1985 to 1994); Steve Bruce (1984 to 1987); Duncan Forbes (1968 to 1981); Mark Bowen (1987 to 1996); Darren Huckerby (2003 to 2008); Ian Crook (1986 to 1997); Martin Peters (1975 to 1980); Darren Eadie (1993 to 1999); Chris Sutton (1991 to 1994); and Iwan Robert (1997 to 2004).

Norwich City’s longest serving captain is Ron Ashman, who captained the club from 1953 to 1963.

Norwich City also have a Ladies team. Norwich City Ladies play at Plantation Park in Norwich.

Norwich Manager

The current Norwich manager is Daniel Farke. Farke became the 40th permanent Norwich FC manager when he was appointed in May 2017.

The manager with the highest win percentage is Norman Low, who finished his Norwich managerial career with a 50.0 win percentage. Low managed the club 258 games, winning 129 matches from 1950 to 1955.

In terms of games played, Norwich City’s longest serving manager is Ken Brown, who managed the club for 367 matches between 1980 and 1987.

Honours

The Norwich City Honours List includes two League Cup wins (1962 and 1985); three second tier title wins (1971/1972, 1985/1986 and 2003/2004); and two League Cup runners-up places (1973 and 1975). 

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