Friendship Trophy

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Friendship Trophy
Locale Norwich and Sunderland
Teams Norwich City
First meeting24 March 1985
Latest meetingSunderland 1–1 Norwich City
2018–19 EFL Championship
(10 April 2018)
Meetings total28
Most wins Norwich City (14)
All-time seriesNorwich City: 14
Drawn: 5
Sunderland: 9

The Friendship Trophy is a football match, contested on an irregular basis by just two teams: Norwich City and Sunderland. [1] The match dates back to the camaraderie forged between fans of the two clubs at the time of the 1985 Football League Cup Final that they contested. Norwich City won the 1985 Football League Cup Final, however at the end of the First Division Season, both teams were relegated to the Second Division. [2]


Mackem and Canary mingled and drank happily together. “The Sunderland supporters were magnificent and everyone seemed to mix, it was light-hearted and very nice,” judged Norwich manager Ken Brown after his team had lifted the trophy thanks to a Gordon Chisholm own goal. On the London Underground, Norwich fans sang “we won the cup”, while Sunderland’s retorted with: “we scored the goal”. [3]

Nowadays, the Friendship Trophy is awarded to the winning team in competitive matches between the two sides, and as such, Sunderland are the current holders of the trophy, having beaten Norwich 3–1 at Carrow Road on 13 August 2017 in the EFL Championship. [4] This trophy is only infrequently contested, as it requires both Norwich City and Sunderland to be in the same division, or to be drawn together in a cup competition, which last happened in 2009, when Sunderland beat Norwich City 4–1 in the Football League Cup. [5] The most significant cup meeting after the 1985 final was the semi-final of the 1991–92 FA Cup at Hillsborough, which Sunderland won 1–0. [6] [7]

In 2013, Talksport named The Friendship Trophy one of football's most pointless awards. [8]

Head to head summary

Norwich City2513572824+4
FA Cup
Norwich City100101–1
Football League Cup
Norwich City210124–2
Norwich City2814593029+1

Head-to-head fixtures

DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamCompetition
24 March 1985Norwich City1–0Sunderland Football League Cup
26 October 1985Sunderland0–2Norwich City Football League, Second Division
9 April 1986Norwich City0–0Sunderland Football League, Second Division
25 August 1990Norwich City3–2Sunderland Football League, First Division
15 December 1990Sunderland1–2Norwich City Football League, First Division
5 April 1992Sunderland1–0Norwich City FA Cup
19 August 1995Norwich City0–0Sunderland Football League First Division
14 January 1996Sunderland0–1Norwich City Football League First Division
30 August 1997Sunderland0–1Norwich City Football League First Division
28 January 1998Norwich City2–1Sunderland Football League First Division
29 September 1998Norwich City2–2Sunderland Football League First Division
6 March 1999Sunderland1–0Norwich City Football League First Division
25 October 2003Norwich City1–0Sunderland Football League First Division
4 May 2004Sunderland1–0Norwich City Football League First Division
4 November 2006Norwich City1–0Sunderland Football League Championship
2 December 2006Sunderland1–0Norwich City Football League Championship
24 August 2009Norwich City1–4Sunderland Football League Cup
26 September 2011Norwich City2–1Sunderland Premier League
1 February 2012Sunderland3–0Norwich City Premier League
2 December 2012Norwich City2–1Sunderland Premier League
17 March 2013Sunderland1–1Norwich City Premier League
21 December 2013Sunderland0–0Norwich City Premier League
22 March 2014Norwich City2–0Sunderland Premier League
15 August 2015Sunderland1–3Norwich City Premier League
16 April 2016Norwich City0–3Sunderland Premier League
13 August 2017Norwich City1–3Sunderland EFL Championship
10 April 2018Sunderland1–1Norwich City EFL Championship

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