The East Anglian club owe their formation to a meeting in the Criterion Café in 1902. They suffered a tumultuous start to their existence as they were ousted from the amateur leagues and then went into liquidation. A reformation courtesy of the Watling family put them back on course in 1919 and they crept up the echelons of the professional football ladder in the 20’s and 30’s.
The Canaries bumbled around the lower division for most of the mid-twentieth century, they did achieve a League Cup win and a 6th placed finish along the way, however.
They were one of the more prominent clubs in English football in the 1980’s but were denied any titles by stronger opposition and unfortunately refused entry into European competitions because of the ban on English clubs taking part.
Norwich figured heavily in the early stages of the Premier League, achieving a 3rd place finish in the inaugural 1992-93 season. TV chef Delia Smith bought the majority stake from Geoffrey Watling and sought to establish City as a force in English football. This plan did not come to fruition as the club suffered several promotions and relegations before eventually tumbling to the third tier in 2009.
Young, motivational manager Paul Lambert took over and won two back-to-back automatic promotions to sensationally reclaim their position in the Premier League but having moved on Aston Villa, he has now been replaced by the popular Chris Hughton.
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