THE NORWICH CANARIES
1908 was quite early days for Norwich City. They had only recently adopted their nick name of The Canaries, having previously been known as The Citizens. They had only been founded in 1902, and had played as an amateur club until 1905.
At the beginning of the 1908/09 season the Club moved from Newmarket Road to The Nest. The Neast was an old chalk pit off riverside near Bishops Bridge, also known as Lollards Pit from these early Dissenters having been burnt there in the middle ages under Henry IV.
In spite of its relative novelty professional football was already a popular event in the county however. This Special Cheap Excursion train from Sheringham shows how just how popular it was. Not that Sheringham would have been the only station the train called at; it would have startes at Cromer and gone via Holt and Melton Constable to Norwich City, calling at place like Whitwell, Lenwade and Drayton on the way.
The match was played on October 24th against Coventry City; Norwich won 2-0 !