Justin Fashanu belter gets your vote as the best Carrow Road goal from a Norwich City player

PUBLISHED: 09:40 20 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:17 20 December 2013

Justin Fashanu's famous 1980 goal flies into the net at Carrow Road.

Justin Fashanu's famous 1980 goal flies into the net at Carrow Road.


Gary Hooper’s Swansea screamer may have been a worthy contender, but Justin Fashanu’s 1980 thunderbolt still retains the Carrow Road crown.

Poll results

Justin Fashanu v Liverpool, February 1980 - 33pc

Youssef Safri v Newcastle, April 2005 – 32pc

Darren Huckerby v Birmingham, March 2007 – 13pc

Gary Hooper v Swansea, December 2013 – 12pc

Robert Rosario v Southampton, September 1989 – 7pc

Other 3pc

That was the decision of Norwich City fans who voted in our online poll held earlier this week to determine the best goal ever scored by a Norwich City player at Carrow Road.

However, Fashanus goal of the season from the 1979/80 season was pushed all the way by another contender.

That famous goal claimed 33pc of the vote to narrowly claim the title ahead of the April 2005 piledriver from Youssef Safri.

The Moroccan midfielders 40-yard effort against Newcastle United received 32pc of the votes cast, losing out by just a handful of votes to Fashanus February 1980 effort during a 5-3 defeat to Liverpool.

But it seems Hoopers fantastic volley against Swansea at the weekend was a legitimate contender, and certainly one of the best goals seen at Carrow Road in recent seasons.

The former Celtic mans effort finished in fourth place with 12pc of the vote, just a few votes behind the March 2007 weaving wonder goal from Darren Huckerby against Birmingham City, which received 13pc of the vote.

That left Robert Rosarios arrowed left-foot drive during a 4-4 draw with Southampton in September 1989 in fifth, with 7pc of the vote.

Just 3pc of people voted for the other option and offered up some other suggestions for our shortlist.

Katrina Reeve emailed to say the January 2005 effort against Liverpool from Ryan Jarvis was deserving of recognition, scoring in only his third Premiership appearance, at the age of just 18.

Jarvis came off the bench with City already 2-0 down to provide late hope when he struck a rising shot from the edge of the area with his preferred left foot in the 88th minute, in a 2-1 defeat.

Tony King, from Roydon near Diss, wanted to look further back in the history books though, saying: The best goal I have seen at Carrow Road was by Ollie Burton, in 1963, I think it was a 5-0 win over Swansea Town (who became Swansea City in 1969).

Ollie hit a 30-yard drive which broke the net with the ball ending in front of the railings at the front of the Barclay stand. It must have been good if I can still picture it after 50-years!

The poll also attracted plenty of comments from readers on our websites. Here are a selection of the best comments, join in with the debate at

Mattias333 - No Steen Nedergaard?

Steely Dan - Will go for young Fashanu out of that list. Similar to Hoopers goal was one of my favourites by Dave Phillips against Forest in 1992. A win would put City on top of the first PL table. City were hanging on to a 2-1 lead. Gunny had just heroically saved from a clean through Scott Gemmill. The ball went out to Ian Crook just in front of the right-back position. He spotted big Rob Newman upfield and found him with a superb long diagonal ball. Newman adjusted his position and chested the ball down. Two bounces and Phillips hammered the ball home from outside the box.

Midnorfolkman - Bobby Brennans winner in the Carrow Road replay against Sheffield United during the Canaries 1958/59 cup run. Kicking towards the River End, Bobby raced down the left wing before cutting in at the corner of the penalty area and switching the ball to his right foot. In doing so, he wrong footed the United defence, before unleashing a fierce shot which found the net just beneath the far angle of post and bar.

Bill Puntons Bald Patch - Right, just for this particular post, Im reprogramming the Enterprises battle simulator, as Captain Kirk might have put it. In reverse order then, the second best goal that Norwich ever saw, was Gianfranco Zolas reverse side step back-heel flick past Robert Green at Stamford Bridge a few years ago. The best was, as Steely Dan quite rightly said, Justin Fashanus, Yes it did help if you were there, and standing in the Barclay at the time, and the youngsters amongst you will only have seen it in the flesh, if you are now into your forties, but Im not sure if it would be possible to score a better one. Even now, it still regularly pops up on the telly to remind us of what genius actually looks like. Had Claude Monet been born in 1940 instead of 1840, he would have said forget the blinking lilies, Im going to paint that goal, apparently he was very fond of Norwich.

Pondlife - Never mind Christmas past - Christmas future. Carlton Morriss sixth goal for Premier champions NCFC as they beat non-league Ipswich in a third-round tie only to get League One side Lowestoft Town (Suffolks top side) in a fourth-round tie. Gosh this mulled wine is strong stuff.

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