Norwich City Football Club (The Canaries) is an English professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk. The club was recently relegated from the Premier League, the top flight of the English league system, and will compete in the second-tier EFL Champions in the 2022/23 season.
The club was formed in 1902 after a meeting at the Criterion Café in Norwich and played its first competitive fixture against Harwich & Parkeston at Newmarket Road in September 1902. It was officially reformed in 1919 with Charles Frederick Watling as the event's key figure.
Norwich City is nicknamed The Canaries after the history of breeding the birds in the area. This is also behind their ionic yellow-and green kits.
The club also has the women's team, Norwich City Women, that competes in the Women's South East Combination League in the third tier of English women's football.
Norwich City is a public limited company with Delia Smith and her husband, Michael Wynn-Jones being the joint majority shareholders after purchasing their shares from Geoffrey Watling in 2003. The two also serve as directors on the club's board alongside Stephen Fry and others. Ed Balls was appointed chairman in 2015 but later left in 2018.
Originally, Norwich played their home matches at Newmarket Road from 1902 to 1908. In 1908, a dispute over the conditions of renting the Newmarket Ground saw the club move to Rosary Road, but with increasing support, the club finally moved to their current home Carrow Road in 1935.
Colors, badge, and kit sponsorship
The club's nickname, The Canaries, has long influenced the team's colors and badge. Initially, the side played in light blue and white halved shirts and was then nicknamed the Citizens. In 1907, the Canaries nickname became more frequently used by the national press. The following season, Norwich adopted the nickname and played for the first time in the Canary livery. Since then, the home colors have always been yellow and green, but the away colors have varied since the introduction.
The club's badge has also undergone several changes over the years to their current one, which is a canary resting on a football with the Norwich Castle and a version of the city's coat of arms in the form of a lion at the top left side.
Kit sponsorships have been passed from company to company over the years to the current ones, with Joma as the kit manufacturer, Lotus Cars as the main sponsors, and JD Sports as the sleeve sponsors. The three took over sponsorships in 20221.
Fans and rivalries
Norwich mainly enjoys their support locally, although there are several expatriate fan clubs, notably in London and stretching from Scandinavia to countries further afield such as the United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, and the United States.
The Canaries have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with East Anglian side Ipswich Town. The two have contested in the East Anglian derby 134 times since 1902.
Club honors and award
Norwich have claimed several honors over the years, including two League Cups, five EFL Championship titles and two Third Division titles. Their highest finish in the Premier League is third, which they achieved in the 1992/93 season.