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2013 2013 2013 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mx77cyY_mH8/TmjWSZDs5lI/AAAAAAAABz4/9V-qmAJ2OC8/s1600/post_header_18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mx77cyY_mH8/TmjWSZDs5lI/AAAAAAAABz4/9V-qmAJ2OC8/s200/post_header_18.jpg" width="200" /></a>Some readers will be of an age that they remember the days when the Canaries had a third team. They were called Norwich City 'A' and competed in the Eastern Counties League. It was always one of my first jobs on a Saturday evening to check out the Pink 'Un to see how they had got on that afternoon. In the late sixties/early seventies it meant a lot to me. Even then I had real desire to see any Norwich City team doing well and used to get a bit mardy if they lost. I also loved following all of the local sides, which included another Norwich team, Gothic FC, whose home ground was at Heartsease Lane, and I used to watch many of the best players when they performed again the next morning in the Norwich Sunday League.<br /><br />It was great back in those days because all three City teams kicked off at the same time. If the first team were away, you sometimes had a choice........the Reserves at Carrow Road in the Football Combination, or the 'A' team at Trowse. In fairness, the third team were never in the running to win any trophies. The side was made up of young apprentices and trialists and found themselves up against the very best semi-professional and amateur players in the region. Another problem they faced each week was so many changes to the line-up - and occasionally it even included the odd first teamer returning to action after a long lay off. At this time, sides were only allowed a single substitute on the bench which meant 'squad' players turned out regularly for the Reserves and a few found themselves on third team duty as well.<br /><br />The set-up did however produce some home grown talent. Players such as Trevor Howard, Clive Payne and Greg Downs came up from the 'A' team ranks. It was the fore-runner to more organised youth football, though still a far cry away from the splendid facilities that prevail today.<br /><br />Norwich City 'A' first joined the Eastern Counties League (which was formed in 1935-36 and is today known as the Thurlow Nunn League) in 1948-49. For the two previous campaigns, the first in which football was played after World War Two, City had entered a Reserves team into the league. But in 1948-49 the second team moved up into the Football Combination and the third string took their place. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Ipswich also joined with their 'A' teams that year which gave exciting new competition for the likes of King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth Town, Gorleston and Lowestoft Town. Former left back Maurice Tobin was one of the early men in charge of the team and it formed a vital part of the Carrow Road recovery from war.<br /><br />Membership continued until the end of the 1957-58 season when the Canaries withdrew from the league, but they re-joined again for the 1963-64 campaign. Eleven more years of existence followed for the 'A' team but they finally ceased when Norwich entered a youth team in to the South East Counties League. At the end of the 1974-75 season, the Trowse ground was suffering from severe drainage problems and their final games had to be played away from home.<br /><br />There are references to Norwich City having had an 'A' team at various times during the twenties and thirties. During the 1950's and 60's there was also a Norwich City 'B' and they played in the East Anglian League, which later helped form the Anglian Combination.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-size: x-small;"><b>[This item has been updated and re-published, having first appeared on Sing Up The River End! on the 23rd of September 2011]</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: yellow;">.</span><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mx77cyY_mH8/TmjWSZDs5lI/AAAAAAAABz4/9V-qmAJ2OC8/s1600/post_header_18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mx77cyY_mH8/TmjWSZDs5lI/AAAAAAAABz4/9V-qmAJ2OC8/s200/post_header_18.jpg" width="200" /></a>Some readers will be of an age that they remember the days when the Canaries had a third team. They were called Norwich City 'A' and competed in the Eastern Counties League. It was always one of my first jobs on a Saturday evening to check out the Pink 'Un to see how they had got on that afternoon. In the late sixties/early seventies it meant a lot to me. Even then I had real desire to see any Norwich City team doing well and used to get a bit mardy if they lost. I also loved following all of the local sides, which included another Norwich team, Gothic FC, whose home ground was at Heartsease Lane, and I used to watch many of the best players when they performed again the next morning in the Norwich Sunday League.<br /><br />It was great back in those days because all three City teams kicked off at the same time. If the first team were away, you sometimes had a choice........the Reserves at Carrow Road in the Football Combination, or the 'A' team at Trowse. In fairness, the third team were never in the running to win any trophies. The side was made up of young apprentices and trialists and found themselves up against the very best semi-professional and amateur players in the region. Another problem they faced each week was so many changes to the line-up - and occasionally it even included the odd first teamer returning to action after a long lay off. At this time, sides were only allowed a single substitute on the bench which meant 'squad' players turned out regularly for the Reserves and a few found themselves on third team duty as well.<br /><br />The set-up did however produce some home grown talent. Players such as Trevor Howard, Clive Payne and Greg Downs came up from the 'A' team ranks. It was the fore-runner to more organised youth football, though still a far cry away from the splendid facilities that prevail today.<br /><br />Norwich City 'A' first joined the Eastern Counties League (which was formed in 1935-36 and is today known as the Thurlow Nunn League) in 1948-49. For the two previous campaigns, the first in which football was played after World War Two, City had entered a Reserves team into the league. But in 1948-49 the second team moved up into the Football Combination and the third string took their place. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Ipswich also joined with their 'A' teams that year which gave exciting new competition for the likes of King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth Town, Gorleston and Lowestoft Town. Former left back Maurice Tobin was one of the early men in charge of the team and it formed a vital part of the Carrow Road recovery from war.<br /><br />Membership continued until the end of the 1957-58 season when the Canaries withdrew from the league, but they re-joined again for the 1963-64 campaign. Eleven more years of existence followed for the 'A' team but they finally ceased when Norwich entered a youth team in to the South East Counties League. At the end of the 1974-75 season, the Trowse ground was suffering from severe drainage problems and their final games had to be played away from home.<br /><br />There are references to Norwich City having had an 'A' team at various times during the twenties and thirties. During the 1950's and 60's there was also a Norwich City 'B' and they played in the East Anglian League, which later helped form the Anglian Combination.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-size: x-small;"><b>[This item has been updated and re-published, having first appeared on Sing Up The River End! on the 23rd of September 2011]</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: yellow;">.</span><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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