Norfolk Senior Cup

The Norfolk Senior Cup was the fourth competition that Norwich City Football Club played in during their first year of existence. Their history in this cup is not a long one - precisely two matches to be exact. On the 24th of January 1903 they played Lynn Town away, suffering a 2-1 defeat (and the goal was an own goal at that!). In the following season's competition they again played Lynn Town, on the 20th of February 1904, and again lost - this time 5-2 (goals from Horace King and Percy Gooch).

In 1904-05, Norwich City were embroiled in the FA Commission enquiry into their amateur status, so took no part in the competition and by 1905-06 had turned professional and joined the Southern League so made their bow from the Norfolk Senior Cup.

The Norfolk County Football Association was formed in 1881 and they introduced a senior cup competition straight away. The first winners were Norfolk & Norwich who beat King's Lynn 3-1 at Lakenham. The following year, the same two sides again contested the final, though by this time Norfolk & Norwich had changed their name to Norwich Wanderers, and King's Lynn gained revenge by 5 goals to 1. Other early winners, were Yarmouth Fearnoughts, Yarmouth Royal Artillery and Norwich CEYMS (who established their premier status in Norwich with four Norfolk Senior Cup wins between 1897 and 1902).

Other major winners of this cup are Gorleston FC who have lifted the cup 14 times (first occasion 1922) and Yarmouth Town 13 times (first occasion 1897). In 2009-10, Mattishall beat Norwich United 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. In 2010-11, Norwich City re-joined the competition fielding a youth side, the first time the club has participated since the mid 1980's. They lifted the trophy in 2013, beating Wroxham 2-0 in the final.

. A full list of Norfolk Senior Cup Finals can be found on the Blue & Gold Supporters' Trust official website

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