2008–09 Norwich City F.C. season

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Norwich City
2008–09 season
ChairmanRoger Munby
ManagerGlenn Roeder 9 August 2008 – 14 January 2009
Bryan Gunn 16 January 2009 – 3 May 2009
StadiumCarrow Road
Championship22nd - relegated to League One
FA CupThird Round
League CupFirst Round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Leroy Lita (7)

Leroy Lita (7)
Highest home attendance25,487 vs Watford
(13 April 2009)
Lowest home attendance23,225 vs Preston North End
(8 November 2008)
Average home league attendance24,542

The 2008–09 season was Norwich City's fourth consecutive year in the Football League Championship. On 3 May 2009, the club was relegated to play League One football for the first time in 49 years after losing 4–2 to Charlton Athletic and finishing in 22nd place. This article shows statistics and lists all matches played by the club during the season.

Club sponsors[edit]

From 26 April 2008, it was announced that Flybe would be stepping down as the main club sponsor.[1] On 29 April 2008 it was announced that Aviva would be the new shirt sponsors, having signed a three-year contract. Aviva are the parent company of Norwich Union.[2]

Board changes[edit]

On 2 September 2008, Andrew and Sharon Turner announced that they were leaving the football club's board of directors. This left a £2 million hole in Norwich City's budget. On 4 September 2008, Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones announced that they would be injecting £2 million, avoiding financial problems for the club.[citation needed]

Board and staff members[edit]

Board members[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman England Roger Munby
Joint Majority Shareholder England Delia Smith
Joint Majority Shareholder Wales Michael Wynn-Jones
Director England Michael Foulger
Chief Executive England Neil Doncaster

Last updated: 3 September 2008
Source: Norwich FC

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Scotland Bryan Gunn
Assistant manager England Ian Butterworth
First Team coach England Ian Crook
Reserve Team manager Vacant
Goalkeeping coach England Paul Crichton
Head of strength and conditioning England Alan Pearson
Strengthening coach England Mark Garfoot
Academy manager England Ricky Martin
Under 14s coach England Neil Adams
Performance analyst England Liam Weeks
Physiotherapist England Simon Spencer
Head of player recruitment Vacant
Club doctor England Dr Peter Harvey
Chief scout England John Deehan

Last updated: 14 January 2009
Source: Norwich FC

First-team squad[edit]

As of 10 February 2009.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK David Marshall
2 England DF Jon Otsemobor
3 England DF Adam Drury
4 England DF Jason Shackell (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
6 Serbia DF Dejan Stefanović
7 England MF Lee Croft
8 Northern Ireland MF Sammy Clingan (vice-captain)
9 New Zealand FW Chris Killen (on loan from Celtic)
10 England FW Jamie Cureton
11 Australia MF David Carney (on loan from Sheffield United)
12 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Doherty (captain)
13 England GK Declan Rudd
14 Republic of Ireland MF Wes Hoolahan
16 Scotland MF Mark Fotheringham
No. Position Player
17 Scotland FW Alan Gow (on loan from Rangers)
18 Republic of Ireland FW David Mooney (on loan from Reading)
19 Scotland MF Simon Lappin
20 England MF Darel Russell
21 England DF Ryan Bertrand (on loan from Chelsea)
22 Australia DF Adrian Leijer (on loan from Fulham)
24 South Africa MF Matty Pattison
25 England GK Stuart Nelson
26 England MF Robert Eagle
27 England FW Cody McDonald
29 England FW Carl Cort
30 England FW Korey Smith
34 England MF Tom Adeyemi
36 England MF Damon Lathrope
37 England FW Luke Daley



# Pos Player From Fee When
6 DF Serbia Dejan Stefanović Fulham Undisclosed Summer
8 MF Northern Ireland Sammy Clingan Nottingham Forest Free Summer
14 MF Republic of Ireland Wes Hoolahan Blackpool Undisclosed Summer
17 MF Republic of Ireland David Bell Luton Town Undisclosed Summer
25 GK England Stuart Nelson Leyton Orient Free Summer
29 FW England Carl Cort Unattached Free December[4]
27 FW England Cody McDonald Dartford Undisclosed February 2009[5]


# Pos Player To Fee When
4 DF England Jason Shackell Wolverhampton Wanderers Undisclosed Summer
6 MF England Darren Huckerby San Jose Earthquakes* Released Summer
9 FW England Dion Dublin Retired Summer
12 GK England Matthew Gilks Blackpool Part of
Hoolahan deal
14 DF Spain Juan Velasco Panthrakikos* Released Summer
23 FW England Ryan Jarvis Leyton Orient* Released Summer
25 DF England Rossi Jarvis Luton Town* Released Summer
29 DF England Matthew Halliday Wroxham* Released Summer
31 DF Scotland Andrew Cave-Brown Leyton Orient* Released Summer
34 GK England Steven Arnold Grays Athletic* Released Summer
36 MF South Africa Bally Smart Kerkyra FC* Released Summer
37 DF England Patrick Bexfield Released Released Summer
11 MF England Luke Chadwick MK Dons Free Winter[6]
17 MF Republic of Ireland David Bell Coventry City 500,000 Winter[7]
16 MF Scotland Mark Fotheringham Released Released April 9[8]
26 DF England Robert Eagle Released Released April 9[8]

0* Indicates player joined club after being released by Norwich City

Loans in[edit]

# Pos Player From When Until
5 DF Scotland John Kennedy Celtic Summer January 2009
9 MF France Antoine Sibierski Wigan Athletic Summer January 2009
15 DF England Jonathan Grounds Middlesbrough Summer December 2008
18 FW Italy Arturo Lupoli ACF Fiorentina Summer January 2009
21 DF England Ryan Bertrand Chelsea Summer Season
22 DF England Elliot Omozusi Fulham Summer January 2009
23 FW The Gambia Omar Koroma Portsmouth Summer January 2009
27 DF England Troy Archibald-Henville Tottenham Hotspur Summer December 2008
44 FW England Leroy Lita Reading October 2008 December 2008
15 DF England Jonathan Grounds Middlesbrough January 2009 March 2009
11 MF Australia David Carney Sheffield United January 2009 May 2009
9 FW New Zealand Chris Killen Celtic January 2009 May 2009
17 FW Scotland Alan Gow Rangers January 2009 May 2009
22 DF Australia Adrian Leijer Fulham January 2009 May 2009
18 FW Republic of Ireland David Mooney Reading January 2009 April 2009

Loans out[edit]

# Pos Player To Until When
10 FW England Jamie Cureton Barnsley February 2009 November 2008
11 MF England Luke Chadwick MK Dons January 2009 October 2008
28 MF Republic of Ireland Michael Spillane Luton Town Season Summer
35 FW England Chris Martin Luton Town Season Summer

Results by round[edit]

Updated to match(es) played on 27 April. Source: Matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss


  Win   Draw   Loss


Date Opponents H – A Result
F – A
25 July 2008 Dereham Town A 1 – 2 Martin Goal 8'
28 July 2008 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 5 Cureton Goal 16'
29 July 2008 King's Lynn A 2 – 2 Daley Goal 9' Renton Goal 37'
2 August 2008 Colchester United H 2 – 2 Russell Goal 60' Goal 63'












FA Cup[edit]

Round 3 3(R)
Result 1–1 0–1

League Cup[edit]

Round 1
Result 0–1


  1. ^ "Flybe Step Down As Main Sponsor". Norwich City FC. Archived from the original on 28 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  2. ^ "Aviva To Sponsor City". Norwich City FC. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  3. ^ "First Team Profiles". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  4. ^ "Cort Joins Canaries". Norwich City FC. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  5. ^ "City Swoop For Mcdonald". Norwich City FC. Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  6. ^ "Winger Chadwick makes Dons switch". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  7. ^ "Norwich's Bell in Coventry switch". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
  8. ^ a b "Canaries release midfield duo". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2009-04-29.

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