THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

30 April ~ Relegation-threatened Norwich could do with a repeat of their trip to Highbury on the opening day of the 1992-93 season when they visit Arsenal today. Things did not start well for the Canaries that day, however, when Steve Bould put the home side ahead with a glancing header on 28 minutes. It got worse ten minutes later when Kevin Campbell was afforded time in the box to turn and drill the ball low past Bryan Gunn.

Perhaps it was kicking towards a facade of cardboard supporters at Highbury that was putting Norwich off, because they turned things around in the second half. Substitute Mark Robins’ diving header started the comeback and three minutes later David Phillips capitalised on David Seaman’s misjudgement to draw the away team level. Six minutes from the end Ruel Fox ran clear to put Norwich ahead before, barely a minute later, Tony Adams slipped and Robins delightfully chipped Seaman.

It was a sign of things to come for Norwich that season, as they led the table virtually the whole time until December, when they were overtaken by both Aston Villa and eventual champions Manchester United. Still, that third place remains their highest-ever finish. Arsenal, meanwhile, finished tenth – though they did win the two cups that season, beating Sheffield Wednesday in both the League Cup and FA Cup finals.

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