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Fun in the sun as big Carrow Road crowd enjoys Norwich Legends taking on Inter Forever

PUBLISHED: 15:45 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 May 2018

Marco Materazzi gave Bryan Gunn no chance with a superb free-kick.

Marco Materazzi gave Bryan Gunn no chance with a superb free-kick.

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Just short of 18,000 people showed their support for the Community Sports Foundation as Norwich City Legends were beaten 2-1 by a star-studded Inter Forever on an entertaining afternoon at Carrow Road.

The match was being held to raise funds for CSF’s new hub, The Nest, and to mark the approaching 25-year anniversary of City’s Uefa Cup run.

The community hub is under construction on the former Anglian Windows Sports & Social Club site off Holt Road, near Norwich Airport, and £2.5m in funds are needed to complete the £10.9million project.

MORE: ‘Incredible’ charity work at the heart of Norwich City’s legends game

Norwich started with nine players who were at the club during the 1993-94 season, when Mike Walker’s team were knocked out of the Uefa Cup in the third round by eventual winners Inter. Adam Drury and Phil Mulryne were more recent legends in the starting line-up, leaving plenty of energy on the bench.

Grant Holt of Norwich City Legends during the Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesGrant Holt of Norwich City Legends during the Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich . Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The visitors were playing the second match of their visit to England, having beaten a Chelsea Legends team 4-1 in front of over 28,000 at Stamford Bridge on Friday night, when a Giorgos Karagounis brace added to goals from Marco Materazzi and David Suazo, with funds going to the Chelsea Foundation and Crohn’s and Colitis UK in memory of Ray Wilkins.

With the sun beaming down and a great atmosphere, City keeper Bryan Gunn got the first big cheer of the game as he got his 54-year-old frame down to hold a Suazo shot from 15 yards in the sixth minute.

Soon after there was a moment of concern as Francesco Colonnese got a tackle all wrong and clattered Darren Eadie in midfield, apologising profusely as the winger limped away.

Spencer Prior’s cross from the right nearly drifted in but Francesco Toldo kept the ball out of the Inter net in the seventh minute and the former Italy keeper held a Phil Mulryne free-kick soon after.

A good sized crowd watch the action during the Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesA good sized crowd watch the action during the Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The Italians took the lead in the 15th minute when Materazzi powered home a superb 20-yard free-kick, in off the post and giving Gunn no chance.

The first of many substitutions then began as Gunn gave way to Scott Howie and Toldo to Sebastien Frey, before John Polston accidentally headed in a Houssine Kharja corner in the 24th minute to double Inter’s lead to plenty of amusement.

That prompted manager Mike Walker to turn to some younger legs, with Darren Huckerby and Grant Holt replacing Daryl Sutch and Lee Power and injecting some attacking intent.

Frey made a stunning save from a Holt header in the 36th minute after Huckerby swung in a corner but Inter countered and Gary Holt showed real determination to get back and nudge Suazo off the ball so that Howie could claim the ball.

Paul McVeigh celebrates pulling a goal back for Norwich City Legends at Carrow Road.  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesPaul McVeigh celebrates pulling a goal back for Norwich City Legends at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

There were pantomime boos for referee Dermot Gallagher on the stroke of half-time as he opted not to give a penalty when Grant Holt was brought down by Massimo Paganin, as the half finished 2-0 to the visitors.

There were big cheers as Youssef Safri and Iwan Roberts joined the action early in the second half, followed by the expected pantomime boos for Andy Marshall.

Huckerby so nearly found Roberts with a cross to roll back the years but Spencer Prior and Darren Kenton both had to make important blocks as Inter remained on top.

Grant Holt twice went close with his head as City tried to make a game of it, first nodding just wide from an Adam Drury cross and then heading over the bar after brilliant play from Huckerby to keep the ball in.

Iwan Roberts looks on ruefully after missing a chance.  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesIwan Roberts looks on ruefully after missing a chance. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Marshall made two smart saves to deny Inter, holding a Jurgen Klinsmann header well from a Karagounis cross from the right and then getting down well to parry a Karagounis free-kick.

The goal the Canaries deserved came in the 64th minute and it was a lovely team move, Eadie setting Huckerby clear on the left, whose cross allowed Roberts to be a nuisance so that Paul McVeigh could shimmy to throw the keeper and slot home from close range.

It brought a huge cheer but soon after Klinsmann hit the post as Inter remained a danger on the break, with Marshall forced into another fine denial of a Kharja shot in the closing stages.

Klinsmann then enjoyed the acclaim of the crowd as he hit the other post late on with Marshall beaten, as if he had done it on purpose, as Inter kept their foot on the pedal to see out the win on a wonderfully nostalgic afternoon.

A Norwich City fan makes it clear what he wants after the match. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesA Norwich City fan makes it clear what he wants after the match. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich Legends starting line-up: Gunn, Sutch, Bowen, Drury, Polston, Newman (C), Mulryne, Eadie, Prior, Power, Ullathorne. Subs: Howie (GK), Marshall (GK), Walton (GK), Kenton, Huckerby, Ekoku, Holt, Roberts, Gary Holt, Grant Holt, Safri, McVeigh, Akinbiyi

Goal: McVeigh (64)

Inter Forever starting line-up: Toldo, Zanetti (C), Bianchi, Berti, Kharja, Materazzi, Silvestre, Dabo, Suazo, Colonnese, Paganin. Subs: Frey (GK), Klinsmann, Baresi, Karagounis

Goals: Materazzi (15), Polston OG (24)

Paul McVeigh of Norwich City Legends celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal the Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich.
 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesPaul McVeigh of Norwich City Legends celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal the Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Referee: Dermot Gallagher

Assistants: Darren Cann, John Busby, David ‘Spud’ Thornhill

Attendance: 17,969

• For more about the Build The Nest campaign see thenest.org.uk

Iwan Roberts couldn't hide his delight as Paul McVeigh pulled a goal back for Norwich City Legends.Iwan Roberts couldn't hide his delight as Paul McVeigh pulled a goal back for Norwich City Legends.

• If you would like to support CSF, donations can be made at communitysportsfoundation.org.uk or you can text ‘NEST11£5’ to 70070 to donate £5

Paul McVeigh pulls a goal back to cap a fine team move against Inter for Norwich City Legends. 
Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesPaul McVeigh pulls a goal back to cap a fine team move against Inter for Norwich City Legends. Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

From left, Paul McVeigh, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gary Holt and Andy Marshall in action at Carrow Road.From left, Paul McVeigh, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gary Holt and Andy Marshall in action at Carrow Road.

Andy Marshall needed to make some important saves for Norwich City Legends.Andy Marshall needed to make some important saves for Norwich City Legends.

Darren Eadie on the attack for Norwich City Legends against Inter Forever.Darren Eadie on the attack for Norwich City Legends against Inter Forever.

Darren Huckerby gets past Alessandro Bianchi for Norwich City Legends.Darren Huckerby gets past Alessandro Bianchi for Norwich City Legends.

That wasn't very friendly! Inter Forever's Francesco Colonnese leaves a mark on Norwich City winger Darren Eadie. Picture: Paul ChestertonThat wasn't very friendly! Inter Forever's Francesco Colonnese leaves a mark on Norwich City winger Darren Eadie. Picture: Paul Chesterton

The players take to the pitch with Inter being led out by Javier Zanetti and Norwich by Rob Newman.The players take to the pitch with Inter being led out by Javier Zanetti and Norwich by Rob Newman.

Javier Zanetti and Rob Newman exchange pennants before kick-off.Javier Zanetti and Rob Newman exchange pennants before kick-off.

Grant Holt keeps a close eye on Inter Forever's Houssine Kharja.Grant Holt keeps a close eye on Inter Forever's Houssine Kharja.

Grant Holt shows there's plenty of life in those 37-year-old legs with an excellent leap at the back post.Grant Holt shows there's plenty of life in those 37-year-old legs with an excellent leap at the back post.

The scoreboard shows a very healthy crowd that raised money for the Community Sport Foundation's, The Nest, project.The scoreboard shows a very healthy crowd that raised money for the Community Sport Foundation's, The Nest, project.

Darren Huckerby celebrates winning the man-of-the-match award.Darren Huckerby celebrates winning the man-of-the-match award.

Darren Huckerby was at his threatening best all afternoon.Darren Huckerby was at his threatening best all afternoon.

Gary Holt in action against Inter Forever.Gary Holt in action against Inter Forever.

John Polston back on his old stomping ground, although he was credited with Inter Forever's second goal.John Polston back on his old stomping ground, although he was credited with Inter Forever's second goal.

Inter Forever's Marco Materazzi pleads with the officials.Inter Forever's Marco Materazzi pleads with the officials.

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