Saturday, October 22, 1988

Norwich City FC

Norwich City U18 1 Tottenham Hotspur U18 1 - South East Counties League, Division One

Norwich is a city on the River Wensum in England. It is the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk. During the 11th century, Norwich was the largest city in England after London, and one of the most important places in the kingdom. Until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the capital of the most populous county in England and vied with Bristol as England's second city. It is the most complete medieval city in the United Kingdom, including cobbled streets and ancient buildings. Many medieval lanes and the winding River Wensum, that flows through the city, centre towards Norwich Castle. It is also home to the largest permanent undercover market in Europe. During World War II Norwich suffered extensive bomb damage, affecting large parts of the old city centre and Victorian terrace housing. Industry and the rail infrastructure also suffered. As the war ended, the city council revealed what it had been working on before the war. It was published as a book - 'The City of Norwich Plan 1945' or commonly known as 'The '45 Plan'– a grandiose scheme of massive redevelopment which never properly materialised. However, the ten years between 1960 and 1970 completely altered the city and significantly large areas of Norwich were cleared to make way for modern redevelopment. In 1976 the city's pioneering spirit was on show when Motum Road, allegedly the scene of "a number of accidents over the years", became the third road in Britain to be equipped with sleeping policemen, intended to encourage adherence to the road's 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) speed limit.

Trowse Training Ground 1982
I was already in Norwich to watch Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road in the afternoon. Accordingly, the scheduling of this match between the respective youth teams in the morning fitted in perfectly. The Trowse Training Ground was located in the village of that name and I recall it being relatively easy to stroll back to Carrow Road afterwards. At half time it was possible to nip out of the ground through a gap in the hedge to enjoy a pint in the pub across the road.

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