NORWICH CITY 1981-82
SECOND DIVISION PROMOTION
MARK BARHAM remains convinced that Norwich City were almost denied promotion by a fan scoring the winner in the final game of the season at Sheffield Wednesday.
The former England winger was part of the Canaries side bidding to bounce straight back into the First Division at the first time of asking.
And after a poor first half of the season they managed to put themselves in with a chance of joining Luton Town and Watford in the top flight by winning 13 of their last 16 games.
All they needed to do was get a result at Sheffield Wednesday – who ended up finishing fourth – but things started to unravel with the game closing to an end with the scores at 1-1.
“It was a controversial game,” Barham remembers. “Keith Bertschin equalised late in the game and we knew that we only needed a draw to go up.
“Then there was a big melee in the penalty area in the 92nd minuite and all of a sudden a fan came running onto the pitch and the ball went in to the net.
“Some thought the fan had put the ball in the net for Sheffield Wednesday but the goal stood and we went back to the dressing room feeling miserable.
“We were talking of an appeal but about five minutes later found out that our main rivals Leicester had drawn 0-0 at Shrewsbury and we were up.
“We went from being down in the dumps to ecstatic within about ten seconds.”
Barham says he sees a lot of similarities between the relegation Norwich suffered last season and the one in 1980-81 immediately before their Second Division promotion.
“What happened to Norwich last season was pretty much the same as in my era when John Bond was around and we were changing players.
“We went down as well. But back then it was a lot easier to keep players because you weren’t going to lose any money.
“So it was quite easy to for them all to play the next season and try to get back up again. I think we only added two or three players so it was pretty much the side that had gone down.
“We thought ‘We’ve got ourselves into this mess so let’s show everyone what we can do’.
“But we had too high opinion of ourselves. We started the season really poorly.We thought we were going to knock everybody over and that we were better than the people we were playing against.
“We were hovering between seventh and ninth for the first third of the season then we went on a winning streak.”
1. Ken Brown: Went on to manage Shrewsbury and Plymouth. He scouted for England and had a business interest in the Lakenham Leisure Centre. His son Kenny played for Norwich.
2. Ross Jack: Went to work for the SFA and was then High Performance Football Coach with the Scottish Institute of Sport. He has since managed Elgin City and Turriff United.
3. Joe Royle: Has twice managed Everton as well as Man City and Ipswich and is now helping oversee youth development at Everton. Has also worked in the media.
4. Steve Walford: After going into coaching at Wealdstone he has linked up with Martin O’Neill at Wycombe, Leicester, Aston Villa, Sunderland and now the Republic of Ireland.
5. Chris Woods: Became goalkeeping coach at Everton and Manchester United until May 2014. He is still working with the USA National Team.
6. Dave Watson: Has managed Everton and Tranmere Rovers then scouted for Birmingham. He was then youth coach at Wigan and is currently working for Newcastle United
7. Keith Bertschin: After retiring he became an agent and has since worked under Steve Bruce at Birmingham, Wigan, Sunderland and now Hull City where he is first team coach.
8.Dave Bennett: Is now working as a mortgage advisor in Kent and runs a company providing after dinner speakers.
9. Tim Sheppard: The physio inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame now runs his own private physiotherapy and sports injury clinic in Norwich.
10. Mel Machin: Went on to manage Manchester City, Barnsley, Bournemouth and Huddersfield and has scouted for West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham.
11. Mark Barham: Was a regional sales manager for a hire centre and then ran a tool hire company. He has been business development manager for the MITIE Group in Norwich since 2004
12. Drazen Muzinic: Is now back in his native Yugoslavia and runs a wine bar and restau-
rant in Brac. He scouts for his former club Hajduk Split
13. Mick McGuire: After going to work for the PFA he become Gordon Taylor’s number two. He is now managing director of James Grant Sports Management.
14. Richard Symonds: Managed Dareham Hobbies and since July 1983 has been transportation manager for Aspect Roofing in East Harling.
15. Peter Mendham: Worked as a fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance until serving a five-year prison sentence for wounding. He is now driving for Ecoglass and runs a charity, the Yellow Brick Road Foundation.
16. Clive Baker: Had an insurance job in London, and then took up an administrative role for a company run by former Ipswich player David Bingham which provides rehabilitation services.
17. Greig Shepherd: Became a publican before joining the Norfolk Constabulary and is police officer in Aylsham.
18. Mark Nightingale: Settled in Peterborough where he worked on the production line of electrical manufacturers Hotpoint.
19. Phil Hoadley: SLives near Norwich and has run Norwich’s Community Scheme. He has also managed a community owned pub, worked as a decorator, in sales and in the building industry.
20. Graham Paddon: Became assistant manager at Portsmouth and Stoke and scouted for Derby, Liverpool and Leicester before his death in November 2007 aged 57
20. Greg Downs: A former Hereford United manager, he returned to Norfolk where he joined the police and is now based at Yarmouth Police Station.