Saturday, 29 October 2011

Norwich City - Carrow Road

Norwich City FC
Carrow Road

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Matchday Number: 146
Saturday 22nd August 2009
Norwich City 5-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Coca Cola League 2

The tough start to Wycombe's 2009/10 continued with a trip to Carrow Road. Already we had played Charlton (A) and Leeds (H) and it was still only mid August. I had actually been to Norwich before to look around the ground. This was in 1995, just after Martin O'Neill has left Wycombe for the Canaries. They made us feel really welcome and the former Wycombe coach, Paul Franklin, really liked our Springer Spaniel!

So, 14 years later and the 2 clubs faced each other in the League. Wycombe had had a poor start to the season and were in the relegation zone. Norwich themselves has been smashed 7-1 at home to Colchester on the opening day - former Wycombe manager Paul Lambert making his way from Colchester to Norwich to help sort them out, shortly afterwards.

As usual, I drove, and the usual thing of visiting Non League grounds along the way was done. This time, the clubs that had the honour of my presence were:

Bishops Stortford
Saffron Walden
Newmarket Town
Mildenhall Town
Harlow Town

All of them were pretty good grounds, and it was a decent day, groundhopping wise.

We got to Norwich about 1 and found a good place to park. After a look around the City Centre, we made our way to the game.

Wanderers capitulated on Saturday at Carrow Road, going down 5-2 to Norwich City in Paul Lambert's first game in charge of The Canaries. The former Wycombe boss saw his new side race to a 3-0 lead by the 36th minute through set-piece goals from Grant Holt (15 mins), Korey Smith (25 mins) and John Ostemobor (36 mins). Jon-Paul Pittman pulled a goal back for Wycombe on 38 minutes and the 800 or so Wycombe fans in the 23,000 plus crowd were given more hope just over 30 seconds into the second-half when Matt Harrold struck home to make the score 3-2. But the nerves of the home fans were settled again on 48 minutes when a statuesque like Wycombe defence allowed Berthel Askou to head home from another set-piece. Holt added more pain to the defeat when he walked the ball around Scott Shearer on 71 minutes and but for the Wycombe 'keeper it could have got worse 7 minutes on if he hadn't blocked Holt's attempt for a hat-trick with his legs. With four games played Wanderers have managed just one point and stand third from bottom in the table, above Brighton on goal difference and Southampton who with two draws stand on -8 points following their 10 point deduction at the start of the season.
(report from Chairboys On The Net)

CARROW ROAD is an excellent all seater stadium, that was fit to grace the Premiership, and now indeed is gracing the Premiership. Only the one side was replaced in my 2 visits, this used to be red and blue seats in an old stand, but now all of the stadium is modern and matching.

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