NOR­WICH CITY 1981-82

SEC­OND DI­VI­SION PRO­MO­TION

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

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.

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