This coming Tuesday we get the chance to see two of our old boys in Chris Hughton and Jonas Gutierrez as we head to Carrow Road for an away trip we’ve historically struggled in; not so in one of our first visits in December 1936 when a Jack Smith hat trick helped us on our way to a 5-1 thrashing of The Canaries; that was in the second division and it was where Norwich languished for most of their early history with United only meeting them whilst down there themselves and in FA Cup ties, the scene of a miserable meeting in 1963 in the 4th round where 5 goals without reply were put past Newcastle United’s Welsh ‘keeper Dave Hollins. Norwich finally made it to the top tier of English football in the early 1970’s and the two sides met in the first division for the first time in February 1973, on that day it was a Malcolm MacDonald goal that settled it in a 1-0 victory for The Magpies, it was good news two years later for us as well when we edged the game 2-1 with central defender Geoff Nulty surprisingly managing to score both goals. United was turned over by the same scoreline back when both sides were in the second tier in 1981 with the goal that day coming from a young Chris Waddle who was making his breakthrough into the team during that period. The two sides met in March 1989 in what was to prove a rare bit of cheer in the relegation season for the travelling Toon Army when goals from Mirindinha and Liam O’Brien secured a 2-0 win at Carrow Road. United opened up 1994 in style by replying to a Mark Bowen opener for Norwich with goals from Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole which secured all three points in the maiden Premier League season, 1994 ended on a low point however at the same venue as we could only muster a Ruel Fox penalty in response to the damage done to two early Canaries goals; this game was to prove to be one of Andy Cole’s final games for the club. Norwich were back in the Premier League by 2004 and we played them in what was ultimately a dead rubber match in the aftermath of disappointments in Lisbon and Cardiff; our misery was compounded when Dean Ashton scored a last minute winner, Newcastle’s goal that night came from Patrick Kluivert. The most recent game of note came in December 2011 when we went down 4-2 to a battling Norwich side who scored all four of their goals from headers! Which was perhaps unsurprising when we were forced into playing a makeshift centre half pairing of Danny Simpson and James Perch; (Thanks Mr.Ashley!) our goals that day both came from Demba Ba and Dan Gosling was shown a straight red for a pretty horrifying two footed tackle.