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Full League Record - Spurs v Norwich City

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   F - A  Pts
Home           8   4   2   2  14 - 7   14
Away           8   5   2   1  12 - 3   17
Total(Prem)   16   9   4   3  26 -10   31
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  16   9   5   2  31 - 14  31
Away (Div 1)  16   3   5   8  20 - 30  12
Total (Div 1) 32  12  10  10  51 - 44  43
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   3   0   1  12 - 5    6
Away (Div 2)   4   2   0   2   6 - 6    4
Total (Div 2)  8   5   0   3  18 - 11  10
Total(Prem)   16   9   4   3  26 -10   31
Total (Div 1) 32  12  10  10  51 - 44  43
Total (Div 2)  8   5   0   3  18 - 11  10
Grand Total   56  26  14  16  95 - 65  84

Last Six Premier League results:-

Norwich    -    DLLDLL

Norwich    2-2    Arsenal
S'hampton  2-1    Norwich
Norwich    1-2    Sheff Utd
Leicester  1-1    Norwich
Norwich    1-2    Wolves
A. Villa   1-0    Norwich

Spurs      -    WLWWLW
Spurs      3-2    B'mouth
Man Utd    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      5-0    Burnley
Wolves     1-2    Spurs
Spurs      0-2    Chelsea
Spurs      2-1    Brighton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs    19  8  5  6  34-27   7   29
20. Norwich  19  3  3 13  19-38 -19   12 

The low-down on bottom club Norwich

Congratulations to Norwich, who won the Championship title for the first time last season to earn their fifth crack at the Premier League. The "Canaries" did win the second tier title in 2004, before it was officially called "The Championship", and they also won the second tier title twice before when it was simply "Division Two"!

Norwich City were first established in 1902, and founding members of Division Three in 1920. They didn't play top tier football until 1972, after they first won the old Division Two title. They lasted two seasons in that first stint, which included the 1973 League Cup Final defeat to Spurs in 1973, when Ralph Coates scored the solitary goal. Since then, you have to describe Norwich as a "yo-yo" club, but they won that Division Two title again in 1986. Thereafter, Norwich had 9 seasons in the top flight and were founder members of the Premier League.

With former Watford and Colchester goalkeeper Mike Walker (father of our own Ian) at the helm, Norwich finished 3rd in that first Premier League season behind Manchester United and Aston Villa. One of their most famous results came in the 1993/94 season when the "Canaries" beat the famous Bayern Munich 2-1 away in a UEFA Cup 2nd round first leg game. Norwich drew the home leg and were knocked out in the next round by Inter.

German manager Daniel Farke (who has Borussia Dortmund credentials, having coached their second team, as did former Huddersfield managers David Wagner and Jan Siewart) led Norwich on a magnificent run where they lost just one Championship game in 2019, having been as low as 18th after 6 games in September. The chief provider of goals was Finnish International striker Teemu Pukki, signed from Brondby. Pukki scored no less than 29 goals in his 43 Championship appearances, and signed a new three year contract in summer. Pukki scored 5 goals in Norwich's first three games. In their one win of the games he scored a hat-trick against Newcastle. Norwich had played attractive but too open football in their first game which was a 4-1 defeat at Anfield.

Ever-present in the Norwich goal last season was former Newcastle man Tim Krul, who kept 13 clean sheets. Krul has only missed two Premier League games this season. Krul is now 31 and had his heroic times at Newcastle, for who he played 160 league games. Norwich had 6 other players who made 34 or more league appearances last season.

The first competitive meeting between these two clubs came in the Southern League in the 1905-06 season. Norwich played at Newmarket Road until 1908 and on April 14th 1906 they beat Spurs 4-1 at home. Vivian Woodward scored our goal, and scored two of our three goals in the return match played on 17th April when we won 3-0. Spurs finished fifth with Norwich seventh in that season's final table. In 1908 Norwich moved to "The Nest", before finally moving to Carrow Road in 1935.

Our last match against Norwich was at Carrow Road on Tuesday 2nd February, 2016. We won 3-0 (having won the home match by the same score on Boxing Day 2015) with goals by Dele Alli, and two from Harry Kane. One was a penalty and his second goal came in the last minute. The Norwich side featured former Spur Sebastien Bassong, who famously scored on his Spurs debut in a 2-1 win over Liverpool in August 2009. Bassong was on Peterborough's books last season, but made only one EFL Trophy appearance. He is now on the books of Greek side Volos, but has only played three games, and last appeared in early October. Spurs moved above Arsenal with that February 2016 win taking third place, where we finished the season after our challenge upon Leicester faded. Sadly, Arsenal took second place on the last day. Norwich were relegated in 19th place with 34 points.

Our best margins of victory against Norwich have been in home games, and all were by four goals. In 1938, in Division two, we won 4-0 with goals by Johnny Morrison 92), Ralph Ward and Fred Sargent. The Spurs team featured Vic Buckingham and Arthur Rowe. In February 1990 Gary Lineker scored a hat-trick and David Howells scored in a 4-0 win. Future Spur Tim Sherwood was in the Norwich side. Finally, on Good Friday 1993 we won 5-1 with goals from Neil Ruddock, Teddy Sheringham (2), Nick Barmby, and Nayim. Future Spur Ruel Fox was on the Norwich side.

Norwich have not won any of their last six games. The 2-2 draw against Arsenal was preceded by a good win - 2-0 at Goodison Park and their only other win (apart from the afore-mentioned Newcastle win) was the very memorable 3-2 home win over Manchester City. Prior to the Boxing Day defeat at Villa Park, Farke's side had scored in 6 consecutive games. Pukki scored three in that run of games with 21-year-old Todd Cantwell also bagging three. Those two plus midfielder Buendia are a danger against any side, so Spurs have to look out against a side eager for points backed by an enthusiastic and vocal home crowd. The "Canaries" have been plagued by injuries so far including the long-term absence of Swiss defender Timm Klose, who hasn't played since April and who will be struggling to return before May.

Another Norwich central defender Ben Godfrey suffered a knee injury after the draw against Leicester and is out till February at least. Forward Josip Drmic, signed in summer from Borussia Monchengladbach, recently suffered a thigh injury and is out till the New Year. Norwich also signed 26-year-old defender Sam Byram from West Ham 750,000 in the close season. Byram has played 90 minutes in the last three games and likes to get forward for set pieces.

Following Wolves' amazing 3-2 win over Manchester City tonight (Friday), Spurs have been pipped for fifth place, but a win tomorrow will put us in fourth place at least until Sunday when Chelsea play (Arsenal away) and Wolves play (Liverpool away). Man City host Sheffield United and there have been plenty of gripes about the schedule at this time.

A win tomorrow with Son, Sissoko and Winks suspended plus the availability mystery over Tanguy Ndombele will be more difficult and Jose Mourinho did comment about the physical drain upon our players who put so much effort into the second half against Brighton. I hope that Ndombele does make the game (and that he performs) when I expect he'll have to play next to Eric Dier. I'd like to see Christian Eriksen starting this game and also putting in a shift. Over-optimistic or not, my prediction is a 3-1 Spurs win.

Our match referee will be Kevin Friend, who we last saw when beating Burnley 5-0 earlier this month.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On this day 2009 we beat West Ham 2-0 with goals by Luka Modric and Jermain Defoe!

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