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Norwich City Football Club (also known as The Canaries or City) is a professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk, England. The club currently participate in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.

They were first promoted to the top flight in 1972. The club has never won the top flight, but finished third in 1993. The fans' song "On the Ball, City" is regarded as being the oldest football song in the world which is still in use.

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Norwich City's nickname, "The Canaries", has long influenced the team's colours and crest. Originally, the club was nicknamed the Citizens ("Cits" for short), and played in light blue and white halved shirts, although the halves were inconsistent; "the blue was sometimes on the left-hand side of the shirt and sometimes on the right."

By February 1907, the nickname Canaries had come more into vogue. The following season, to match the nickname, City played for the first time in Canary livery; "yellow shirts with green collars and cuffs.


While the home colours of yellow and green remain to this day, the away colours have varied since introduction. A simple canary badge was first adopted in 1922. The current club badge consists of a canary resting on a football with a stylised version of the City of Norwich arms in the top left corner.

For the club's centenary celebrations in 2002, a special crest was designed. It featured two canaries looking left and right, and a ribbon noting the centenary.

The club's main local rival is Ipswich Town. When Norwich and Ipswich meet it is known as the 'East Anglian Derby', or, informally, as the 'Old Farm Derby'.

  • Football League Second Division: 1971–72, 1985–86, 2003–04, 2018-19. Play-offs Winners: 2015
  • Football League Third Division: 1933–34 (South), 2009–10
  • League Cup: 1962, 1985
  • The club's widest victory margin in the league was their 10–2 win against Coventry City in the Division Three (South) in 1930.
  • Their heaviest defeat in the league was 10–2 against Swindon Town in 1908 in the Southern Football League.
  • Norwich's record home attendance is 43,984 for a sixth round FA Cup match against Leicester City on 30 March 1963.
  • The highest transfer fee received for a Norwich player is £10 million, from Southampton for Nathan Redmond in June 2016.
  • The most spent by the club on a player was the signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel for £8.5 million (€10 million) from Sporting Lisbon. This transfer fee was then equaled by the signing of Steven Naismith from Everton in January 2016.
  • The club's highest league finish was third in the FA Premier League in 1992–93. The 2015–16 season was Norwich's 25th in the top flight of English football. Norwich have taken part in European competition just once, reaching the third round of the UEFA Cup in 1993–94 and are the only British side to beat Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium.
  • Ralph Arthur Robert Hunt (14 August 1933 – 17 December 1964) was an English footballer. A prolific forward, he scored 205 goals in 404 league and cup games in a 14-year career in the Football League. He began his career at Portsmouth, before moving on to Bournemouth in 1953. Two years later he transferred to Norwich City, and set a club record with 33 goals in a single season.

  • John Thomas Gavin (20 April 1928 – 20 September 2007) was an Irish footballer who spent most of his career in England. Born in Limerick, Gavin was working as a painter on the Irish railways and playing for Limerick when he was approached in 1948 by Norwich City manager Doug Lochhead. Holman would never play in Norwich's first team, while Gavin would go on to become Norwich City's record goal scorer, scoring 132 goals in 338 matches. Norwich had paid just £1,500 for his services and his club goalscoring record stands to this day. His scoring feats earned the attention of Tottenham Hotspur, who signed him from Norwich in October 1954.

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