Wednesday 27 February 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
28 Feb 2005: A half-time message to the Norwich City fans from joint-majority shareholder Delia Smith was not enough to inspire the Canaries to victory against Manchester City, as they won 3-2 in an entertaining match at Carrow Road.
Norwich had taken a two-goal lead through Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie early on, but had been pegged back by goals from Antoine Sibierski and Robbie Fowler at the break.
Smith, who is a world-renowned TV chef as well as a majority shareholder at the club, took the microphone while on the pitch for a half-time presentation to urge the fans for their support.
She said: "This is a message for possibly the best supporters in the world. We need a 12th man. Where are you? Where are you? Let's be having you! Come on!"
However, while her speech may have inspired the crowd, it did not prevent Nigel Worthington’s team from conceding another goal to Fowler and going down to defeat.
The result kept Norwich in the relegation zone and they fell narrowly short of avoiding the drop at the end of the season, finishing one point adrift of safety in 19th position. Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City side finished eighth in the campaign, the highest Barclays Premier League finish they had achieved.