Dedicated to former Norwich City Players from 1980
relegation in 2013/14, the 2014/15 season started promisingly under Neil
Adams but slipped into mediocrity in the autumn and winter, with thrashings
over Huddersfield and Millwall matched with disappointing performances against
Reading and Preston in the FA Cup. An inconsistent defence and frequent
changes to coaching personnel added to the mix. By January, Norwich had
slipped to 10th and Neil Adams resigned.
Alex Neil was brought in from Hamilton
and turned Norwich's fortunes around. Convincing wins away at Bournemouth,
Watford and Leeds were matched by home wins over Wolves, Ipswich and Notts
Forest. However the Canaries could not displace Watford and Bournemouth
from the automatic promotion places after points were dropped in home defeats
to Wigan and Middlesbrough.
Finishing third, Norwich were drawn against arch enemies Ipswich whom they had already beaten twice this season. A 1-1 draw at Ipswich (Howson) was followed by a 3-1 home win helped by the sending off of Ipswich defender Berra and a penalty converted by Hoolahan. Jerome and Redmond completed the scoring
Norwich were thus to play Middlesbrough in the play-off final at Wembley on Monday 25th May 2015. Boro had beaten Norwich twice during the regular season, a 4-0 thrashing in the North East in the autumn and a 1-0 win at Carrow Road in late April. Norwich blitzed the Boro and scored two early goals (Jerome and Redmond) from which Boro never recovered, thus securing City's return to the Premier League.