Friday, 18 February 2011
In 1906-07, eight clubs contested the competition. As well as the Citizens, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Hastings & St Leonards, Leyton, Luton Town, New Brompton and Watford also took part. Norwich's first game was on Monday the 3rd of September 1906, a 4-2 away win against Leyton. Willie Wood scored twice with one each from Duncan Ronaldson and Alexander Birnie. Six games out of fourteen were won as the club finished fourth in the final league table.
The following season 1907-08, the club did not enter the competition. It was a summer of discontent, with Norwich managerless following the resignation of John Bowman and many boardroom upheavals. However in 1908-09, with Norwich now known as the Canaries and re-located from Newmarket Road to The Nest, they played in the United League once again. By this time it was made up of Midlands based sides, namely Coventry City, Grantham Avenue, Lincoln City, Peterborough City, Rotherham Town and Walsall. Poor attendances however continued to be a problem and after taking into consideration the distance that Norwich had to travel to away matches, it could barely have been worth it financially. Increasingly trial players were given a chance - eight players used during the campaign appeared in the United League but not in the Southern League. City finished in third place, though only a point adrift of winners Rotherham. The last match they ever played in this league was on the 29th of April 1909 at home to Grantham Avenue. The score was 7-0 to Norwich, with Sam Gunton scoring five times, plus others from S Bacon and W Silor.
Thereafter City reverted back to playing just in the Southern League, with crowds and interest in football steadily increasing despite fewer matches being on offer.