Memories of Norwich City
Charlton 2-1 Norwich City, 10th March, 1987
Many people say they attended the earlier rounds of the Full Members Cup in 1986/87, Birmingham in the 1st Round attracted 821 hearty souls and at the next round at home to Bradford the official Selhurst attendance was actually 817, although I reckon I have actually met in person at least 2,000 Addicks who swear they were there. Well I wasn't and who could have blamed me and others.
However I was drawn out of my pit, as if by curiosity more than anything else, one March evening to see the semi-final of the Full Members Cup against Norwich City after we made our way there by spectacularly beating Everton at Goodison in the quarters on penalties.
After all, it was a bloody semi-final see, you didn't/don't (*delete as applicable) get many of those as an Addick do you?
So a bumper crowd of 5,431 including some Canaries showed up that night obviously buoyed by our win over West Ham 3 days before on the same ground as we battled against relegation in our first season back in the top flight under Sir Lennie.
I had never seen a Charlton semi-final, which applied to most people around me in the Arthur Toilet stand under the age of 50 and there was an eerie atmosphere, well no atmosphere at all to be honest as the game kicked off.
For 89 minutes neither team took the game by the scruff of the neck and as the game looked to be petering out to extra time the tall Robert Rosario headed in what to everyone in the ground looked like the winner for Norwich.
But then after 89 minutes of mind-numbing football, drama suddenly intervened. With Addicks' fans streaming, well as streaming as 5,000 fans can be, for the exits, the ball bounced around a bit in the Norwich box and it fell to the trusty left peg of Colin Walsh who slammed it home. 1-1. Pandemonium broke out around us and it was game on.
The final whistle blew to signal extra time and a few hundred Addicks fans started to trickle back into the ground, those who were not already on their way home. The game kicked off again and within 3 minutes Johnny Humphrey burst down the right and put in a speculative cross and we all watched as Ian Butterworth stuck his leg out and deflected it past the stranded Bryan Gunn. 2-1, what was it that Brian Clough once said?
And as the game turned scrappily in our favour for the remainder of ET, the final whistle blew and it wasn't until we were stuck in traffic on the south circular that it all started to sink in.... Wem-ber-ley, Wem-ber-ley....Charlton
: Bolder, Humphrey, Reid, Peake, Thompson, Miller, Curbishley, Lee, Melrose, Shipley, Walsh.
Subs not used: Stuart, Leaburn.Norwich
: Gunn, Brown (Elliot 106), Spearing, Bruce, Phelan (Biggins 78), Butterworth, Crook, Drinkell, Rosario, Gordon.