Carrow Road Stadium has been the home of Norwich City Football Club since it was completed in 1935.
Compact and bijoux by Premier League standards perhaps, Carrow Road generates a terrific atmosphere especially on derby day when Ipswich come to down, with away fans generally receiving the ground very well.
The stadium sits just a mile from the centre of Norwich and is in one of the more picturesque areas for a football venue, sitting right on the banks of the River Wensum.
In terms of stadiums attached to ‘local’ rivalries, this ground and Ipswich’s Portman Road are a fair distance apart at 43 miles, one of the longer trips for derby away fans.
Carrow Road Stadium History
Initially, Norwich City played their games at Newmarket Road, their home from 1902 to 1908. Quickly outgrowing that, the club moved to a place called The Nest but by 1935 their success in attracting people to football matches from around Norfolk had given them another problem.
That year, the club realised that The Nest was no longer able to support large crowds and so a new home was needed for the club. Around half a mile away, a new site was found at Carrow Road. The site originally housed a Sports Ground owned by mustard giants J & J Colman.
A friendly game was held at the new ground on August 26, 1935, while work was still ongoing but by August 31 it was ready to host the Division Two game between Norwich and West Ham.
Major and minor redevelopments of Carrow Road came in 1979, 1984, 1992, 2004, 2005 and 2010 to make it what it is today.
Carrow Road is one of the most recognisable football stadiums in the country, however many won’t know the numbers and facts involved. The ground is made up of the following things:
- Capacity: 27,359
- Record Attendance: 43,984 for Norwich City versus Leicester City in the FA Cup in 1963
- Pitch: 105m x 68m, made up of a Desso GrassMaster surface
Stands: The Regency Security Stand, The Barclay, Geoffrey Watling City Stand and the South Stand make up Carrow Road. Away fans are housed in the South Stand, close to The Barclay.
Carrow Road has hosted some wonderful games over the decades, but many fans now will remember their best efforts in the Premier League era. The Canaries’ nine seasons in the top division between 1992 and 2020 produced these classics:
Norwich City 3-0 Chelsea
In December 1994, Norwich welcomed The Blues to Carrow Road and while the away side was full of confidence, they were swept aside 3-0 courtesy of goals from Ashley Ward (2) and Jamie Cureton.
Norwich City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion
In May 2013, Norwich hammered a poor West Brom side to secure their own safety in the Premier League for another season. Robert Snodgrass scored first, while there were further goals from Grant Holt, Jonny Howson and an own goal from Gareth McAuley.
Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool
Norwich had spent most of the season just above the relegation zone in the Premier League when high-flying Liverpool came to town in January 2016. Having taken the lead through Robert Firmino, it seems The Reds were going to go on and win easily but this was a classic.
By the 54th minute, Norwich were 3-1 up, before Liverpool rattled in three goals in 20 minutes to go 4-3 ahead. When Sebastien Bassong scored two minutes into added-on time to make it 4-4 the home side thought they’d snatched a famous draw, only for Adam Lallana to go down the other end and make it 5-4 with seconds remaining.
As well as those top-level games, Carrow Road has also been the scene for some of the best East Anglian Derby games:
Norwich City 4-1 Ipswich Town
In November 2010, a fiery encounter left Roy Keane livid as Grant Holt’s hat-trick helped Norwich sweep aside their East Anglian rivals. Wes Hoolahan was also on target, while Ipswich’s scorer Damien Delaney was sent off.
Norwich City 3-1 Ipswich Town
Derby games don’t come much bigger than when a play-off final place at Wembley is up for grabs. After a tense 1-1 draw at Portman Road, a vociferous crowd cheered the Canaries on to a famous 3-1 win, 4-2 on aggregate, in front of 26,994 people.
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