‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ – A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
The two City’s Dickens famous opening line could aptly refer to were the Norwich City of 1984-85 that won their second League Cup and the other the side that finished 20th in the old First Division; a position which saw them relegated after just three years back in the top flight.
The Canaries – managed by Ken Brown – wore this Poll Withey Windows sponsored, Hummel-made kit for their big day out at Wembley where they faced Sunderland; the side who would eventually finish one place below them in the League.
In the 46th minute, Sunderland’s David Corner gave the ball away near his own goal. After a scramble in the box, the ball fell to Asa Hartford whose shot deflected off Gordon Chisholm and into the past Chris Turner. Norwich survived a penalty miss by Mackems winger Clive Walker to lift the Milk Cup in front of 100,000 supporters.
With a team including the likes of Chris Woods, Steve Bruce, Dave Watson and veteran Mick Channon, Norwich had the ability to keep themselves up, but in one of the tightest relegation scraps ever, Brown’s team came off worst of the seven clubs who finished within three points of each other in the fight to avoid the final relegation place.
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