The Norwich City Fans Social Club hosted an evening with four members of the Canaries famous 1993/94 Uefa Cup run squad, with Jeremy Goss, Ruel Fox, Rob Newman joining host Darren Eadie to reminisce about a pivotal spell in the club’s history.
Goss was the iconic scorer of City’s second goal in the Olympic Stadium as they became the only English club to record a win Bayern Munich’s old stadium. The Welshman gleamed as he recalled the circumstances that allowed him to strike the sumptuous volley to double City’s advantage in the tie.
Visible throughout the evening was a sample of the camaraderie that provided a foundation for the squad to shine – with the lads discussing stories on the team bus and a major flashpoint between the kit man and Chris Sutton prior to that famous victory in the German capital.
Underpinning that squad was the talent within their ranks, which manager Mike Walker moulded into a side that mounted a title challenge in the newly established Premier League. Constructed on a squad of academy graduates and shrewd signings, some supporters would point towards parallels between Walker’s squad and the current City vintage.
Fox was the Canaries dynamic winger, and he spoke about how Walker provided the offensive competitors with offensive freedom to influence games, although explained how he felt Inter Milan were fitter than City’s squad in the tie that knocked them out of the competition.
Newman, currently working with Manchester City’s scouting department, discussed his meteoric rise from being a central midfielder at Bristol City to emerging as a pivotal part of City’s squad. Newman was the butt of a number of jokes, with one supporter in attendance keen to remind the panel of a mazy run at the San Siro which impressed him.
Eadie’s progression at City was gradual and the European competition provided him with a platform to shine. The former England under-21 international offered the perspective of a young player breaking through into the Canaries first-team squad, and even discussed the initiation imposed on him by more senior members of the dressing room.
Overall, it was a fantastic evening brimming with insight and knowledge into a special period in the history of the football club. Everybody who attended left smiling after a night of humorous anecdotes, wonderful insight and classic entertainment.
We’d like to thank everybody for attending despite difficult circumstances and we wish all our guests, supporters and attendees all the best during the current climate.
We look forward to being able to do more in the future and to remaining true to our ethos of putting on affordable and entertaining events open to everyone.
We have no membership or fees at the Norwich City Fans Social Club, as our motto says, “You don’t join, you just join in!”.