Chris Hughton’s Norwich City are the next visitors to St. James’ Park with The Magpies looking to continue their strong record at home in this fixture, Norwich only claiming victory on Tyneside three times in their entire history. The first meeting of the two sides in 1934 ended in a 2-0 win for Newcastle with an own goal and Tommy Lang securing the points in the old Second Division, the most recent encounter at Gallowgate was a hard fought 1-0 last season with Alan Pardew’s side coming out on top, Demba Ba finishing off a lovely pass from Ben Arfa. The game also witnessed a skied penalty from Papiss Cisse after the regular penalty kick takers attempted to give the Senegalese striker some much needed confidence.
A newly promoted Norwich were welcomed to St. James after 9 years outside the top flight in August 2004, despite goals from Craig Bellamy and Aaron Hughes United inexplicably threw away a two goal lead in the second half which proved to be fatal for Sir Bobby Robson’s tenure, he only lasted another game before being given the sack. That meeting was the first since 1995 when we ran our 3-0 winners against The Canaries who were on their way to being relegated, on the scoresheet that day were Paul Kitson and Peter Beardsley who bagged two, the game best remembered for Pedro’s second a cross-cum-shot into the Leazes end goal, I think those who watched the genius from Longbenton over the years have a good idea whether he meant it or not! The Magpies suffered their only back to back defeats at home to The Canaries in 1988, losing 1-3 and 0-2 respectively, Paul Gascoigne getting our goal in the former and the latter occurring in our relegation season.
The two defeats in 1988 came on the back of a 4-1 win over The Canaries the year previous with a Gazza brace, Darren Jackson and a Neil Macdonald penalty giving us the three points. A hard fought encounter was edged by United 2-1 back in the Second Division in January 1982 with David Mills and Imre Varadi settling it. The 1970’s saw more joy against the men from East Anglia, with 5-2 and 5-1 scorelines going in our favour in 1975 and 1977, Alan Gowling scoring in both games with Supermac managing to score twice in the 1975 5-2 success. Macdonald was missing however when we turned Norwich over by 3 goals to 1 in 1972, his striking partner John Tudor filling the void with the likes of Terry Hibbitt and Stewart Barrowclough supplying the bullets.