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Norwich City A-Z: J is for the Just-incredible Carrow Road moments

Justin Fashanu in action during City's 5-3 loss to Liverpool in February 1980, when he scored his brilliant goal Picture: Archant library

Justin Fashanu in action during City's 5-3 loss to Liverpool in February 1980, when he scored his brilliant goal Picture: Archant library

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There have been many great goals scored at Carrow Road and in the latest of our alternative Canaries A-Z series, David Freezer decided J is for Just-incredible in honour of one of the greatest.

The Carrow Road faithful have witnessed some spectacular goals through the years but one strike in particular stands the test of time.

Justin Fashanu wrote his name into Canaries folklore with a stunning long-range effort against Liverpool in February 1980 which won the BBC’s goal of the season.

Sadly, the wonder goal is now often replayed in association with Fashanu taking his life aged 37 having been the first professional footballer to be openly gay – but it will forever be remembered as a great moment, during a dramatic 5-3 defeat to Liverpool in the top flight.

That was proved last year when we asked City supporters to vote in a poll of the greatest ever Carrow Road goals, following Jonny Howson’s majestic volley against Nottingham Forest in February 2017.

Justin Fashanu scored 40 goals in 103 games for the Canaries between 1979 and 1981 Picture: Archant libraryJustin Fashanu scored 40 goals in 103 games for the Canaries between 1979 and 1981 Picture: Archant library

Although that thunderbolt during a 5-1 Championship triumph being fresh in the memory may have been chiefly responsible for Howson winning with 33 percent of the votes, Fashanu’s goal was still second with 28pc.

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Another J put forward a contender for that shortlist last season as well, when Josh Murphy thumped home a superb effort from 30 yards against Aston Villa.

The academy product’s postage stamp effort comfortably won in the goal-of-the-season stakes and arguably helped him to earn a summer move to Premier League new boys Cardiff in a deal potentially worth up to £11million.

Jonny Howson's volley against Forest was another of those just incredible moments Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesJonny Howson's volley against Forest was another of those just incredible moments Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Plenty of other Js have weighed in with goals; Johnny Gavin, John Deehan and Jimmy Hill chiefly among them, and of course the 2015 Cameron Jerome goal against Ipswich which sealed a play-off final trip to Wembley.

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We can’t justify just focusing on the Js though so, while we’re here, let’s remember some of the other Carrow Road strikes which stand out.

A personal favourite will always be Youssef Safri’s ridiculous 35-yard rocket against Newcastle in April 2005, chiefly because of my view from the Barclay end as it flew into the top corner.

Josh Murphy's super strike against Villa was the pick of the bunch at Carrow Road last season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesJosh Murphy's super strike against Villa was the pick of the bunch at Carrow Road last season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Similarly, my seat in the South Stand ensured I knew Alex Tettey’s outrageous volley was destined for the back of the net the second it left his boot against Sunderland in March 2014.

There are many more we don’t have room to mention but as the fixtures are released today, thoughts can drift towards who could be the next to join the ‘just incredible’ club this season.

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