Norwich City v Liverpool 3-1 (FA Cup match: January 6, 1951)


January 6, 1951
Key note: “Liverpool players sought tonic air along the sea-front at Great Yarmouth this morning as a preliminary refresher to the FA third round cup-tie with Norwich City at Carrow Road. Because of the ‘flu wave, an eve-of-the-match theatre visit was abandoned – the taking of risks was not in the itinerary. An additional incentive to lower the colours of this Norwich team, unchanged in the last 17 matches, and unbeaten in 22 successive games, and now leading the Third Division South League table, was the knowledge that Liverpool had an old sore to heal. In 1937, at this ground, Norwich beat Liverpool 3-0 in the Cup. To ensure no delay in the Norwich traffic, the coach with the Liverpool party was met by a police patrol at the city boundary and escorted to the ground. Liverpool’s FA Cup exit was accomplished in a manner that left no doubts as to the merits of Norwich City. Their fast movements had Liverpool guessing from the word go, and the Reds were never given the least chance of settling down to a studied game. But for the brilliance of Crossley and Jones, who alone of the Liverpool defenders seemed to be able to cope with the fire of the Norwich forwards. Liverpool’s cup of sorrow would have been more overflowing.” (Liverpool Echo: January 6, 1951)

Match: FA Cup, Third Round, at Carrow Road, kick-off: 15:15.
Norwich City – Liverpool 3-1 (0-0).
Attendance: 34,693.
Referee: Mr. A.W. Smith.
Norwich City (2-3-5): Ken Nethercott, John Duffy, Wilson Lewis, Don Pickwick, Reg Foulkes, Ron Ashman, Johnny Gavin, Noel Kinsey, Roy Hollis, Les Eyre, Tom Docherty.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Russell Crossley, Ray Lambert, Eddie Spicer, Jack Heydon, Bill Jones, Bob Paisley, Jimmy Payne, Jack Balmer, Albert Stubbins, Cyril Done, Billy Liddell.
The goals: 1-0 Docherty (63 min.), 2-0 Kiney (76 min.), 3-0 Docherty (80 min.), 3-1 Balmer (87 min.).

Ken Netherscott, Norwich City.

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