6 February 1909

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100 years ago today Norwich City, then members of the Southern League, went to Anfield to play Liverpool in an FA Cup second round tie and came away with a surprise 3-2 victory in front of a crowd of around 30,000.

Here is the match report that appeared in the Daily Mail for Monday 8 February:

“Norwich City sprang a big surprise on Liverpool on Saturday, and showing cleverness in every department gained a very fine victory by 3 goals to 2.

It was not only a good win, but it was well deserved on the run of play. The Southern Leaguers never hesitated. When they got the ball the opposing goal was their objective and they never threw a chance away. Norwich played a fine open game and with the inside forwards on the look-out for opportunities the Liverpool defenders got little rest.

Add to this the fact that the home backs were none too safe – Saul, indeed, being very weak at times, and the result is easily explained.

Norwich deserved to gain the honours of the day, and their first appearance in Liverpool was altogether a pronounced success.

The only score of the first half was a penalty goal scored by Allsopp, the Leicester cricketer, after Saul had handled, and Liverpool only showed anything approaching their form in the last fifteen minutes, when Roney made some fine saves.

Liverpool did better after the change of ends, and Cox equalised in twenty-five minutes, but Norwich went right away and got ahead through Tomlinson. Liverpool drew level again through Robinson, but in the last minute a good run by Allsopp led to Smith scoring, and the visitors gained a surprise victory.”

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