Search

After 48 games, two league titles and 180 goals, the remarkable unbeaten record of Norman Wanderers is brought to an end

09:20 28 October 2014

Norman Wanderers in action against The Pod at the Locksley School ground. Photo: Steve Adams

Norman Wanderers in action against The Pod at the Locksley School ground. Photo: Steve Adams

As their remarkable unbeaten record ends, DAVID FREEZER finds out how Norman Wanderers intend to bounce back

The stats

Previous defeat: March 4, 2012 (3-4 v Castlegate, Norwich & District

Sunday League)

Games: 48

Wins: 40

Draws: 8

Losses: 0

Goals for: 184

Goals against: 23

Points: 128

Ended with 3-1 loss at Acle Rangers, October 26, 2014

Having not tasted defeat for more than two and a half years, losing 3-1 at Acle Rangers on Sunday could have been a bitter pill to swallow for Norman Wanderers.

The Norwich & District Sunday League Premier Division champions were able to take the loss in their stride though, having enjoyed a remarkable run of form.

“In a strange way, I’m glad it’s over,” joked joint manager Dave Freeman. “Every team we’ve faced in the last 20-odd games, from last season to this, every one just gave that little bit extra against us because they were desperate to bring our run to an end.

“You really sensed that against Acle because they became a bit tense towards the end as they, quite rightly, wanted to beat us.”

The loss at Acle brought an end to a 48-match unbeaten run in which Norman, who play at Sloughbottom Park in Norwich, won 40 games and scored over 180 goals.

Freeman and Luke Durrant took over as managers in the summer of 2012, with the club’s unbeaten record starting with two wins at the end of the 2011/12 season, finishing sixth in Division 1A.

Eighteen wins and four draws later and the pair had led Norman to the 1A title.

Then with another 16 wins and another four draws in the bag, they claimed the Premier Division title after a second successive unbeaten league season.

The record continued with straight wins at the start of this campaign, before Sunday’s trip to Acle finally saw Norman reminded of the taste of defeat.

“I’d said to the lads before the game that you never get an easy game at Acle on a Sunday morning, it’s always difficult,” Freeman continued.

“Last season we went there on the last day of the season and hung on a bit (drawing 1-1) but on Sunday, we had quite a strong side out but we didn’t play well and we deserved to lose.

“I’d say the only time our record has been in real danger was on Sunday and the time we played away at Acle last season.”

Norman saw player-of-the-season Sammy Gauntlet join Anglian Combination Premier Division side Spixworth this summer and goalkeeper Stuart Palmer have a hernia operation.

“It is a bit of a transition stage for us at the moment,” Freeman added. “But we start again on Sunday, when we’ve got another of the teams who are up there in the division, Riverside Rovers.”

Acle Rangers were feeling ‘quietly confident’ ahead of Norman Wanderers clash

Related articles

1 comment

  • Norman Wanderers at Sloughbottom, brings a tear to my eyes. Can remember Norman Old Boys in the 1950's. Well done to all concerned.

    Report this comment

    cutty

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Yesterday, 06:30
Connor Ingram, left, went so close to being Gorleston's hat-trick hero last night. Picture: DAVID HARDY

Gorleston continued their impressive start to the Premier Division season by beating Walsham-le-Willows 2-0.

Tue, 06:30
Will there be more home celebrations like this in King's Lynn this evening? Picture: IAN BURT

A First Division derby is the pick of the night’s games in the Eastern Counties League.

Tue, 06:00
Elmham'’s Olly Hall on his way to 20 to go with his 4-51 bowling stint. Picture: MIKE WYATT

The penultimate week of the Norfolk League season saw many promotion and relegation issues sorted, although not all, writes Mike Ridout.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Damian Hilton will be back in the dugout as Wroxham look to start a FA Cup adventure. Picture: WROXHAM FC

Wroxham, Dereham Town and Norwich United will be aiming to ensure Norfolk enjoys a far happier FA Cup return this afternoon.

Most Read

Mon, 16:53

A man has been charged after an automatic sub machine gun and ammunition was seized in Great Yarmouth on Friday.

Read more
Mon, 16:44

A trial which could pave the way for the closure of public enquiry offices in Norfolk police stations will start next month, with library staff tasked with helping the public to report crimes.

Read more
Norfolk police
Yesterday, 06:45
Elderly residents were judged to be at risk in a Gorleston care home due to a problem with the home's water system. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Two care homes in Norfolk have been placed in special measures after being judged to be “inadequate” by a health watchdog.

Read more
Care Quality Commission
Mon, 16:25
English Heritage is appealing for the public’s support after a recent incident of vandalism resulted in broken windows at the historic Great Yarmouth Row Houses on South Quay.

The only remaining examples of Yarmouth’s distinctive ‘Rows’ have been targeted by vandals, with four windows being smashed last weekend.

Read more
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Landlady Suzy Fowler has turned The Three Tuns on Gorleston High Street into a wine bar.

Picture: James Bass

Landlady Suzy Fowler is turning her back on the traditional pub with a pool and darts team and looking to a more refined market.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 17°C

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up