Perched in The Nest
It seems amazing that they don’t come tumbling down onto the pitch. With spectators crammed in to every conceivable space, Norwich City take on Sheffield Wednesday 78 years ago, in February 1935, at their old ground, The Nest.
The fledgling Canaries had only been recently formed when, in 1908, they left their Newmarket Road ground to play home games at a disused quarry on Rosary Road in Norwich.
The first game was a 0-0 draw with Portsmouth, on September 12, 1908. Soon, crowds of up to 14,000 were regularly turning up to watch The Canaries – after whom the ground was aptly named, The Nest. At one end of the ground was a large concrete wall, on which spectators would stand.
By the 1930s, however, it was clear that the ground was too small and cramped to host major sporting events. The match in the picture saw the record attendance – 25,037 – at The Nest. For the record, Norwich lost 1-0. City played their final game at The Nest that May.
Later that year a brand new stadium was built in just 82 days at Carrow Road, the club’s current home. For a while the site at The Nest was used by Bertrams Books for their factory and offices, but in recent years the area has been redeveloped for housing. In 2011 a sculpture was unveiled depicting a ball kicked between two tall posts.