1988–89 Norwich City F.C. season

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Norwich City
1988–89 season
Manager Dave Stringer
Stadium Carrow Road
First Division 4th
FA Cup Semi-final
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Robert Fleck

All:
Robert Fleck (15)

During the 1988–89 English football season, Norwich City competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Norwich were tipped by many to struggle during the season, but shocked the rest of the First Division by going top in September; by the end of October, they held a six-point lead over Arsenal, having played a game more. The lead at the top was maintained until December, finished the season in fourth - until 1993, this was their highest ever league placing. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing to Everton, which had made them unlikely contenders for the double of the league title and FA Cup this season - an accolade which had only previously been achieved five times in a whole century of league football in England.

Norwich's fourth place in the league saw them finish only behind champions Arsenal, runners-up Liverpool and third placed Nottingham Forest. They finished above a number of higher-spending and traditionally better-supported and more successful clubs including Everton, Manchester United and relegated Newcastle United.

Stars of the season included goalkeeper Bryan Gunn, defender Andy Linighan, midfielder Mike Phelan, winger Dale Gordon and striker Robert Fleck. However, it was the last season at Carrow Road for Phelan, who was then sold to Manchester United.

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Bryan Gunn
England DF Ian Butterworth (vice-captain)
England DF Ian Culverhouse
England DF Andy Linighan
Wales DF Mark Bowen
England MF Paul Cook
England MF Ian Crook
England MF Ruel Fox[2]
No. Position Player
England MF Dale Gordon
England MF Mike Phelan (captain)
England MF Trevor Putney
England MF Robert Rosario
Wales MF Jeremy Goss
Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend[3]
Wales FW Malcolm Allen
Scotland FW Robert Fleck

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England FW Alan Taylor (retired)

Reserve team[edit]

Youth team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Nick Brown
No. Position Player
New Zealand GK Jason Batty

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Results[edit]

First Division[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Barry Butler Memorial Trophy for Norwich City F.C. Player of the Year: Dale Gordon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norwich City » squad 1988/1989". www.worldfootball.net. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Fox was born in Ipswich, England, but also qualified to represent Montserrat internationally and would make his international debut for Montserrat in 2004.
  3. ^ Townsend was born in Maidstone, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in February 1989.