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Five cracking goals from our Premier League clashes at Carrow Road

Thu 19 May 2022, 14:45|Tottenham Hotspur

Norwich City were third in the Premier League’s inaugural season back in 1992/93 and we've enjoyed some entertaining encounters in the 30 years since - here are five of the best goals we've scored in that time... 

Nick Barmby - Norwich 0-2 Spurs - 26/12/1994

What a rollercoaster season. It all began with Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham spearheading Ossie Ardiles’ ‘famous five’, but by November, Ossie had departed, and we’d slipped to 14th with a run of two wins in 11. Gerry Francis steadied the ship and six wins in his first nine lifted up us to sixth. One of those wins came at Carrow Road on Boxing Day, 1994, and included a superb team goal converted by Nick Barmby. It started with Colin Calderwood winning a header in our half, Dean Austin played up the right to Teddy Sheringham, who looked pinned by John Polston but managed to control and hook a reverse pass to Darren Anderton breaking forward. Anderton drove into the box and squared for Barmby to tap home - counter-attacking football at its finest. We went on to finish seventh, reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Klinsmann’s season was rewarded by being named Football Writers Football of the Year.

Michael Brown - Norwich 0-2 Spurs - 26/12/2004

Ten years on from Barmby tapping home a classic team goal, a thunderbolt from Michael Brown. The midfielder made his name for his goalscoring exploits at Sheffield United, not least a 22-goal season in 2002/03. ‘Browny’ joined us half-way through the following season in January, 2004, but found chances limited over the next couple of seasons before departing for Fulham in January, 2006. He scored three times in 64 appearances, the pick without question this stunning strike against Norwich. Picking the ball up from Robbie Keane 40 yards out, with little else on, Browny travelled for a few yards before letting rip, his strike flying past Robert Green. We were on the up again after a tough start to 2004/05, Martin Jol had taken over and six wins in seven lifted us from 14th to seventh. In the end, we finished ninth, a season later, we were challenging for the top four.

Gareth Bale - Norwich 0-2 Spurs - 27/12/2011

We were flying when we faced the Canaries at Carrow Road during Christmas in 2011. We’d started 2011/12 with back-to-back defeats, but a run of one loss in 19, including 14 wins, took us into the top four by mid-November and, but for one week, we stayed there until the end of the season. Gareth Bale was now a worldwide star after his displays in 2010/11, particularly in the Champions League, and was at his untouchable best here. After a close-range finish put us 1-0 up, Bale delivered one of his best goals in a Spurs shirt to secure the points. Picking up the ball from Luka Modric inside our half, the Welsh star took off, sprinting through the heart of Norwich’s defence, leaving three players in his wake before having the calmness, at full pelt, to dink the ball over John Ruddy. In the end, a run of one win in eight in March and April cost us third place, by a point, and heartbreak followed when Chelsea won the Champions League to take the final place in the competition in 2012/13.

Gareth Bale - Norwich 1-1 Spurs - 30/01/2013

Bale again, and an almost carbon-copy of his goal 13 months earlier. This time, the move started with Benoit-Assou Ekotto’s clearance from a Norwich attack, steered brilliantly by Clint Dempsey to Jermain Defoe. The striker directed into the path of Bale, breaking from deep. Bale picked up the ball 10 yards inside our half and turned on the burners, somehow stayed on his feet after hurdling Alex Tettey’s challenge, sprinted to the box, cut inside Javier Garrido and fired across Mark Bunn before Michael Turner could reach him. It was classic Bale in his best season in a Spurs shirt, 21 league goals, 26 in total, spearheading a run of three defeats in our final 26 games to lift us from eighth into top four contention - we finished fifth by a point.

Christian Eriksen - Norwich 1-1 Spurs - 28/12/2019

Christian Eriksen’s final goal of 69 in 305 appearances in a Spurs shirt came at Carrow Road in December, 2019. It was classic Eriksen, a free-kick curled over the wall and into the top left corner from 25 yards as Tim Krul grasped at thin air. We were sixth at the time and slipped down to eighth when lockdown struck and football closed down. On football’s return, an unbeaten run of six matches took us back up to sixth and a place in the Europa League.