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1993/94 saw Norwich City compete in European competition for the first time although they should have participated in 1985/86 following their Milk Cup victory but were victims of the English clubs ban following the Heysel Stadium disaster. Norwich entered Europe as the result of finishing third in the Premiership in 1992/93 behind Manchester United and Aston Villa. Chris Woods in the Sheffield Wednesday goal put Arsenal into the now defunct European Cup-Winners Cup and gave Norwich the final UEFA Cup spot. Under the guidance of Mike Walker, Norwich astounded all football spectators with the gallant efforts in Europe especially their victory over Bayern Munich.
A dream start to their European campaign was established with a 3-0 trouncing of Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem. Led by Gary Megson in midfield, Norwich scored 3 goals in 21 minutes in the second half to earn them a solid lead to take to Holland. Efan Ekoku opened the scoring and then Ian Crook turned provider again for Jeremy Goss. John Polson got the third on 71 minutes. Norwich were even able to enjoy the luxury of granting 18 year old Darren Eadie his debut.
The return leg in Holland saw an impressive defensive display with Bryan Gunn keeping out everything thrown at his goal. A hard and ill-tempered clash saw 4 bookings for the Canaries (Culverhouse, Polston, Ekoku and Newman) to add tot he 2 from Carrow Road (Megson, Crook).
Round 1 Vitesse Arnhem
1st Leg Norwich   2nd Leg Arnhem
15th September 1993   29th September 1993
Norwich 3 Arnhem 0   Arnhem 0 Norwich 0
Ekoku, Goss, Polston    
1 Gunn   1 Gunn
2 Culverhouse   2 Culverhouse
3 Bowen   3 Butterworth
4 Newman   4 Newman
5 Polston   5 Polston
6 Fox   6 Fox
7 Goss   7 Goss
8 Crook   8 Crook
9 Megson *   9 Bowen
10 Sutton #   10 Sutton
11 Ekoku   11 Ekoku #
Sub: Robins #   Sub: Robins
Sub: Eadie *   Sub: Megson #

Norwich became the first English club to beat Bayern Munich in Germany when they won 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium on 19th October 1993. Bayern's side was full of internationals and captained by Lothar matthaus yet the Norfolk club produced the shock victory. Jeremy Goss scored the opener after 12 minutes with a brillian 20 yeard volley set up by a poor clearance by Matthaus. After 31 minutes, they went 2-0 up through Mark Bowen. A Bayern goal on 40 minutes suggested a reversal of fortune but Norwich held out especially with Bryan Gunn denying Valencia on 75minutes.
The second leg saw Bayern draw level after just 5 minutes putting the tie in the balance. However Norwich still had the away goals advantage requiring the Germans to push forward for the additional goal they needed. Gunn again produced stunning saves and then on 50minutes Jeremy Goss got his third European goal. Norwich withstood a Bayern onslaught and were through to the Third Round.

Round 2 Bayern Munich
1st Leg Munich   2nd Leg Norwich
20th October 1993   3rd November 1993
Bayern 1 Norwich 2   Norwich 1 Bayern 1
Goss, Bowen   Goss
1 Gunn   1 Gunn
2 Culverhouse   2 Culverhouse
3 Prior   3 Polston
4 Newman   4 Butterworth
5 Butterworth   5 Newman
6 Fox   6 Fox #
7 Goss   7 Goss
8 Crook   8 Crook
9 Bowen   9 Bowen
10 Sutton   10 Sutton
11 Robins #   11 Eadie *
Sub: Sutch #   Sub: Sutch *
Sub: Eadie   Sub: Akinbiyi #

Faced with Italian giants Inter Milan and their strikeforce of Dennis Bergkamp and Ruben Sosa, Norwich's luck deserted them. A valian display saw Norwich only concede a goal after Rob Newman conceded a penalty on 80 minutes just after Goss was denied by the woodwork. Bookings for Butterworth, Crook and Culverhouse saw them suspended for the second lef in Milan.
With Norwich fielding a side of second stringers due to injury (Polston, Robins) and the aforementioned suspensions, Norwich were unlikely to get the two goals needed for victory. Despite dominating the first half, they had nothing to show for their efforts and eventually conceded another late goal to Bergkamp. It was described as a cruel result for a noble display but the Canaries could be proud of their first season in Europe.

Round 3 Inter Milan
1st Leg Norwich   2nd Leg Milan
24th November 1993   8th December 1993
Norwich 0 Inter 1   Inter 1 Norwich 0
1 Gunn   1 Gunn
2 Culverhouse   2 Bowen
3 Polsten   3 Woodthorpe
4 Butterworth   4 Prior *
5 Newman   5 Newman
6 Sutch #   6 Fox
7 Goss   7 Goss
8 Crook   8 Megson
9 Bowen   9 Ullathorne
10 Sutton   10 Sutton
11 Fox   11 Ekoku #
Sub: Power #   Sub: Sutch *
Sub: Eadie   Sub: Power #

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