Through the Archives | Cardiff City vs. Norwich City
Ahead of our match against Norwich City this weekend, we delve into the archives to bring you memorable moments from City's past successes against the Canaries.
Norwich City came to Ninian Park as second division leaders in March 2004, but they endured a truly torrid time against the Bluebirds, as they suffered a 2-1 defeat. The damage was done within three first half minutes. After Paul Parry had put Lennie Lawrence’s men ahead, Robert Earnshaw struck home to double the lead.
Despite Leon McKenzie pulling one back for Norwich, the Bluebirds held on to record a famous win. In another prolific campaign for the striker, Earnie would score 26 goals in all competitions that season, and went on to join the Canaries in 2006.
36 YEARS IN THE MAKING
Victories at Carrow Road were few and far between in the early part of this century, but in 2007, City put 36 years of history behind them and recorded a late win in Norfolk.
Future City man Simon Lappin had put the hosts ahead, but Peter Whittingham managed to equalise midway through the second half.
With six minutes remaining, central defender Roger Johnson rose highest to nod past future Bluebirds hero David Marshall to steal all three points.
BELLAMY’S BIG MOMENT
There’s nothing better than a hometown hero making a big impact, and Craig Bellamy did just that in the Bluebirds’ Premier League clash against the Canaries in the Welsh capital.
Robert Snodgrass had broken the deadlock only five minutes in for Chris Hughton’s men, but City stunned the visitors five minutes into the second half. Bellamy drew level by converting Wilfried Zaha’s cross, netting his first top flight goal for City and becoming the first man to score for seven different clubs in the Premier League.
A minute later, Norwich failed to clear a Jordan Mutch cross, allowing Kenwyne Jones to hook home a decisive second. Jones summersaulted away, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed his first win as Bluebirds boss.
THE LATE LATE SHOW
It doesn’t matter how wins come about at the business end of the season, but when late goals decide a tight contest, there can be no better feeling. Therefore, we look back to 2018, with City pushing for automatic promotion under Neil Warnock.
Mid-table Norwich had held on for so long but crumbled with four minutes remaining. Angus Gunn failed to hold on to a header, allowing Kenneth Zohore to swing home the opener and cause rapturous celebrations in the away end. Junior Hoillett volleyed home soon afterwards to wrap up a 2-0 win, with boss Warnock describing the game the best result of the season.
SAWYERS’ FIRST STUNNER
As far as debuts goes, Romaine Sawyers could not have wished for a better one at Cardiff City Stadium. In the opening game of last season against the recently relegated Canaries, Sawyers unleashed a powerful strike that sailed past Tim Krul, in what was the only goal of the game.
The contest was fiery to say the least, with both teams picking up a red card, but the Bluebirds held on to seal all three points on the opening day. Sawyers would of course to go on to net an equally special strike against Reading later in the campaign, securing three more points with another 1-0 home win.