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2009–10 Norwich City F.C. season

Norwich City
2009–10 season
Chairman Alan Bowkett
Manager Bryan Gunn 8 August 2009 – 14 August 2009
Paul Lambert 19 August 2009 – 8 May 2010
Stadium Carrow Road
League One 1st - promoted to The Championship
FA Cup Second Round
League Cup Second Round
Football League Trophy Area semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Grant Holt (24)
Grant Holt (30)
Highest home attendance 25,506 vs Hartlepool United
(30 January 2010)
Lowest home attendance 23,041 vs Walsall
(5 September 2009)
Average home league attendance 24,755
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 season was the 108th season in the history of Norwich City. It was the club's first season in Football League One (third tier of the English football pyramid) for 49 years, following relegation from The Championship in 2008–09. However, they gained promotion back to the second tier as league champions with a club record total of 95 points, finishing nine points ahead of runners-up Leeds United. This article shows statistics and lists all matches played by the club during the season.

Board and staff members

Board members

Position Staff
Chairman England Alan Bowkett
Joint Majority Shareholder England Delia Smith
Joint Majority Shareholder Wales Michael Wynn-Jones
Director England Michael Foulger
Director England Stephan Phillips
Chief Executive Scotland David McNally

Last updated: 2 July 2009
Source: Norwich FC

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Scotland Paul Lambert
Assistant manager England Ian Culverhouse
First Team coach
Reserve Team manager
England Ian Crook
Head of football operations England Gary Karsa
Goalkeeping coach England Paul Crichton
Head of strength and conditioning England Alan Pearson
Sports Scientist Vacant
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 Vacant

Last updated: 19 August 2009
Source: Norwich FC


As of 8 May 2010.[1]

First team squad

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

No. Position Player
3 England DF Adam Drury
4 England MF Matthew Gill
5 England DF Michael Nelson
6 England DF Russell Martin
7 Wales MF Owain Tudur Jones
8 Scotland MF Stephen Hughes
9 England FW Grant Holt (captain)
11 Republic of Ireland FW Stephen Elliott (on loan from Preston North End)
12 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Doherty (vice-captain)
13 England GK Declan Rudd
14 Republic of Ireland MF Wes Hoolahan
15 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Spillane
16 England FW Chris Martin
17 England MF Tom Adeyemi
18 Northern Ireland MF Paul McVeigh
19 Scotland MF Simon Lappin
No. Position Player
20 England MF Darel Russell
21 England GK Fraser Forster (on loan from Newcastle United)
23 England DF Michael Rose (on loan from Stockport County)
24 England MF Anthony McNamee
25 England FW Luke Daley
26 Wales DF David Stephens
27 England FW Cody McDonald
28 England DF Sam Habergham
29 Republic of Ireland DF Danny Kelly
30 England MF Korey Smith
31 United States DF Zak Whitbread
32 England FW Oli Johnson
33 Denmark DF Jens Berthel Askou
34 England GK Jed Steer
37 England DF George Francomb
38 Wales MF Josh Dawkin

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
22 Wales DF Rhoys Wiggins (at Bournemouth until 26 March 2010)
36 England MF Damon Lathrope (at Bishop's Stortford until 31 January 2010)
10 England FW Jamie Cureton (at Shrewsbury Town until June 31)



Date # Pos. Name From Fee
16 June 09 7 MF Owain Tudur Jones Swansea City Undisclosed[2]
1 July 09 4 MF Matthew Gill Exeter City Free[3]
1 July 09 5 DF Michael Nelson Hartlepool United Free[4]
8 July 09 1 GK Michael Theoklitos Melbourne Victory FC Free[5]
22 July 09 8 MF Stephen Hughes Motherwell F.C. Free[6]
22 July 09 18 MF Paul McVeigh Luton Town Free[7]
24 July 09 11 MF Simon Whaley Preston North End Undisclosed[8]
24 July 09 22 DF Rhoys Wiggins Crystal Palace Undisclosed[8]
24 July 09 9 FW Grant Holt Shrewsbury Town £500,000[9]
30 July 09 33 DF Jens Berthel Askou Unattached Free[10]
30 July 09 32 FW Goran Marić Unattached Free[10]
4 January 10 6 DF Russell Martin Peterborough United Undisclosed[11]
4 January 10 24 MF Anthony McNamee Swindon Town Undisclosed[11]
8 January 10 31 DF Zak Whitbread Millwall Undisclosed[12]
8 January 10 32 FW Oli Johnson Stockport County Undisclosed[12]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £0,650,000


Date # Pos. Name To Fee
12 May 09 1 GK David Marshall Cardiff City £500,000[13]
18 May 09 29 FW Carl Cort Brentford Free[14]
28 May 09 7 MF Lee Croft Derby County Free[15]
1 July 09 26 GK Stuart Nelson Aberdeen Free
24 July 09 8 MF Sammy Clingan Coventry City £650,000[16]
6 August 09 24 MF Matty Pattison Mamelodi Sundowns Undisclosed[17]
1 September 09 6 DF Dejan Stefanović Released Free
3 December 09 32 ST Goran Maric Real Union Free
8 January 10 35 FW Kris Renton Brechin City Free[18]
1 February 10 11 MF Simon Whaley Chesterfield F.C. Free[19]
5 March 10 1 GK Michael Theoklitos Brisbane Roar Free[20]
  • Total income: Increase ~ £1,150,000

Loans in

Date Pos. Name From Expiry
24 July 09 GK Ben Alnwick Tottenham Hotspur October 9[21]
28 August 09 GK Fraser Forster Newcastle United June 10[22]
25 November 09 DF Russell Martin Peterborough United 4 January 10[23]
26 November 09 MF Anthony McNamee Swindon Town 4 January 10[24]
29 January 10 DF Michael Rose Stockport County June 10[25]
5 March 10 FW Stephen Elliott Preston North End June 10[26]

Loans out

Date Pos. Name To Until
1 September 09 FW Kris Renton Brechin City December 9[27]
18 September 09 MF Simon Whaley Rochdale 18 November 09[28]
21 November 09 MF Simon Whaley Bradford City 2 January 10[29]


      Win       Draw       Loss


Note: this section relates to first team friendlies only.

Match 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Result 7–2 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–2


Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Result 1–7 1–1 1–2 5–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 5–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 4–1 3–0 2–0 3–3 3–0 2–0
Position 23 22 22 19 10 10 14 14 14 9 7 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 3
Round 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result 1–0 3–1 5–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–2
Position 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Norwich had high expectations after a good pre season although no one expected what was to come as City suffered their record home defeat in 7-1 defeat to Colchester in their first game in league one. Although City beat Yeovil 4-0 in the Carling Cup Bryan Gunn was still sacked and Paul Lambert the man who masterminded Colchesters victory against Norwich was appointed manager. City draw 1-1 away at exeter and then lost away at Brentford. However in Lamberts first game City won the game 5-2 and then won their first away game of the season away at Hartlepool with City fans starting to see shoots of recovery.


After showing signs of recovery at the end of August, September proved to be a poor month for City. The month started off with a poor 0-0 draw against Walsall, followed by a 2-1 defeat by MK Dons thanks to a dubious penalty against the Canaries. After this City played second in the league Charlton and the Canaries were looking dead and buried going into half time at 2-0 down and the away side in control. However Wes Hoolahan recalled to the team scored just before half time and Grant Holt grabbed a last minute equaliser. City travelled to Gillingham the week after and were 1-0 down at half time and down to 10 men after goalkeeper Frazer Forster was sent off. However City showed fight and determination and in what some felt was a turning point Norwich grabbed a last minute equalised through Darel Russell. In the final game of September City beat Leyton Orient 4-0 after Chris Martins introduction in the second half inspired the win


October proved to be the month when Norwich really started climbing up the table. Days after their 4-0 win over Leyton Orient City followed it by a 5-1 win over Bristol Rovers before grabbing a hard thought 1-0 win away at Carlisle courtesy of a Wes Hoolahan goal. 3 wins on the trot and 10 goals scored meant Norwich were now in a play off place. Next up for Norwich was top of the league Leeds who already looked to be running away with the league. Some would argue City were the better side in this game and City looked to be heading for a point, however Frazer Forster's miskick meant Leeds won the game with virtually the last kick of the game. However City went onto win their next two games of October beating play off chasing Swindon at Carrow Road 1-0 and then a 3-1 away win at Stockport. This meant five wins out of 6 in October and Norwich were only 4 points off second placed Charlton


City only had three league games in November due to cup commitments and they went through the month unbeaten. They grabbed a 2-0 win over struggling Tranmere before drawing 2-2 away at improving Southampton. They followed this up with a 4-1 win over Brighton at home. Grant Holt, Chris Martin and Wes Hoolahan all scored and all three were beginning to rack up the goals for Norwich


Norwich again went unbeaten in December and really began to close in on the top 2. They began with a 3-0 away win over Southend. The game was 0-0 at half time but the canaries turned on the style in the second half and they then followed this up with a 2-0 home win over Oldham. Next up was what proved to be one of Citys most exciting game of the season away at Yeovil. Yeovil took the lead through ex-canary Dean Bowditch in what was a dull first half. However City came back with Chris Martin and Gary Doherty giving the Canaries a 2-1 lead. However Yeovil quickly equalised and looked to have won it after a 90th minute goal, however City diddnt give up and a Russell Martin show deflected off Gary Doherty to earn a hard earned point. Norwich followed this up with wins over two fellow promotion chasers firstly beating Huddersfield 3-0 and then beating Millwall 2-0 on boxing day leaving them just 2 points off Charlton.


January proved to be a pivotal month for Norwich and they started it with a 1-0 win away at Wycombe. Although the Canaries dominated the game they failed to make the breakthrough. But Korey Smith struck a goal in the last 20 minutes of the game to send Norwich into second place. After this Norwich never looked back and followed this up with a 3-1 win at home to Exeter. Next up was probably one of Norwichs biggest game of the season at Colchester away. After the 7-1 defeat on the opening day of the season and Paul Lamberts departure the game was much anticipated. But it was Norwich who gained the ultimate revenge by winning 5-0 on an extremely waterlogged pitch. A Chris Martin double put City 2-0 up at half time before Gary Doherty, Grant HOlt and Oli Johnson made it 5-0 and Wes Hoolahan even missed a penalty! Norwich had now also closed the gap on top of the league Leeds and due to their cup commitments City could go top with a win over Brentford. The task was made more difficult after Grant Holts sending off but they won 1-0 thanks to a Chris Martin goal. Norwich were above Leeds on goal difference but Leeds had two games in hand. Norwich got a hard thought 2-1 away win at Walsall with two late goals from Chris Martin and Cody Mcdonald and with Leeds losing it extended Citys lead at the top to three points. City ended the month with a 2-1 win over Hartlepool meaning they had won 6 games out of 6 in January.


City got off to a bad start in February losing 2-1 away at Millwall in the process suffering their first defeat since October. However they bounced back with a probably undeserved 2-1 win away at Brighton. With City 1-0 down Lambert had four strikers on the pitch and it paid off as City grabbed two late goals through Holt and Doherty to grab the three points. City however again suffered defeat losing their first home game under Paul Lambert to Southampton, but they had a chance to put it right against struggling Southend. Southend were 1-0 up with just 1 minutes remaining but two Oli Johnson goals won the game for Norwich in dramatic circumstances and they followed this up with a 1-0 win away at Oldham. Even though Norwich lost a few games their rivals were also inconcistent and they had now built up a 5 point gap on second place Leeds and a 9 point gap on third place Charlton


March was one of Norwichs most important months of the season with 3 games against promotion chasers including a home game against second place Leeds. City began with an easy 3-0 win over Yeovil at Carrow Road but they now faced Huddersfield away who had yet to lose at the Galpharm stadium that season. City had a poor first half and were 1-0 down going into the break. However City produced a stirring comeback in the second half. Grant Holt who had a hand in all of the goals grabbed the equaliser before on loan striker Stephen Elliot scored two to give City a 3-1 win with many now feeling promotion was all but a certainty. They followed this up with a 1-1 draw against another promotion chasing team Swindon and it was then time for the big game against Leeds. The game itself proved to be dull but City scored another dramatic late winner with Chris Martin coming off the bench to head in the winner. The win meant that with eight games to go City were 11 points clear of second and third place with many feeling they were now champions in waiting.


With promotion and the championship looking all but sealed it was a case of finishing the job off. City faced struggling Tranmere away and it proved to be one of Citys more bizarre games of the season. Tranmere were awarded two debatable penalties in the opening 10 minutes scoring both with Frazer Forster also sent off for Norwich. Tranmere added a third with a clear handball. City got a goal in the second half but the damage was already done and the game ended 3-1. Norwich three days later faced bottom of the league Stockport. The game ended in a 2-1 win but Norwich were not at their best and Tranmere to the shock of many even equalised. A few days later City again had a home game against MK Dons in a fiery affair. The Dons went 1-0 up in the first half. City were denied a clear cut penalty in the second half and The Dons were picking up yellow cards for fun. Chris Marting salvaged a point though in the last minute. Promotion was looking as if it could soon be sealed but City lost 2-1 away at Leyton Orient however they had a chance to put this right at Charlton. If results went their way Norwich could be promoted with a win at the ground they were relegated at last season. City went ahead through a Michael Nelson header in the first half and after some terrific saves from Fraser Forster City survived the Charlton onslaught to seal the win and with results not going their way City were finally promoted back to the championship at the first time of asking. Considering the opening day defeat and the 15 point lead Leeds had once held it was a massive achievement. City only needed 1 point from their remaining three games to seal the title and they beat Gillingham 2-0 to seal the championship with two games left


With promotion and the championship already sealed it was a case of ending the season on a high for Norwich. They started the month off with a convincing 3-0 win at Bristol Rovers before surprisingly losing the last game of the season 2-0 to Carlisle. However this did not stop fans from celebrating promotion at the final whistle. Norwich ended the season with a nine point lead over second placed Leeds and a ten point lead over third place Millwall. Norwich also finished the season as highest scorers with a huge 89 goals scored all season

FA Cup

Round 1 2
Result 7–0 1–3

Due to being in League One City started n the FA cup in the first round for a number of years. They started off with a potential banana skin away at non league Paulton Rovers. However City made easy work of Paulton winning 7-0, although City would not make it to the third round of the cup losing 3-1 away at Carlisle

League Cup

Round 1 2
Result 4–0 1–4

Norwich once again failed to make any sort of real impact in the Carling Cup going out in the second round. They managed to pick up a 4-0 away win away at Yeovil with Grant Holt getting a hat trick in what proved to be Bryan Gunns final game as manager. Then in Paul Lamberts second as manager the lost 4-1 with Lambert putting out a below strength team. Wes Hoolahan grabbed the only goal. The game ended bizarrely with Michael Spillane sent off, Ben Alnwick was forced off injured so City were down to nine men and Cody McDonald was forced to go in goal.

Football League Trophy

Round 1 2 3 4
Result 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–2

See also


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