LEEDS UNITED and Norwich City have produced some pulsating encounters at Elland Road over the years, with tomorrow night’s encounter given spice by the return to his hometown club of former Whites captain Jonny Howson.
The two clubs, despite being some distance away from each other in geographical terms, have forged a mini-rivalry, none more so when they were both competing for promotion from League One and to the top-flight in 2010-11.
Earlier this season, the honours were shared at Carrow Road, with United, under the command of Darko Milanic, earning a point after an equaliser from Souleymane Doukara on 63 minutes just four minutes after Russell Martin gave the Canaries the lead.
Here, Leon Wobschall takes a look at the last five clashes at Elland Road.
1: LEEDS UNITED 2 (Becchio 16, Somma 75) NORWICH CITY 2 (Lansbury 45, Hoolahan 69). February 19, 2011; Championship.
A volley from substitute Davide Somma following Luciano Becchio’s knock-down earned Simon Grayson’s United a share of the spoils in a high-quality encounter with Paul Lambert’s Canaries.
The pair showed their promotion credentials in an end-to-end-affair, with Becchio - now a Norwich player - putting Leeds in front with a header after Max Gradel’s cross was flicked on by future Canary Robert Snodgrass.
Norwich levelled on the stroke of half-time when Henri Lansbury struck his third goal in as many games after Grant Holt headed down an Andrew Crofts cross and the visitors went in front midway through the second-half when Wes Hoolahan’s effort deflected in off Eric Lichaj. But Somma had the final say.
2: LEEDS UNITED 2 (Johnson 15, Beckford 90+2) NORWICH CITY 1 (Holt 38). October 19, 2009; League One.
Jermaine Beckford was the big beneficiary of a faux pas from future England keeper Fraser Forster, with his stoppage-time strike moving United to the top of League One in front of the Sky cameras.
Beckford obligingly tapped in after Forster made a total hash of a clearance, gifting the striker with an open goal.
Bradley Johnson, later to join Norwich, headed United in front on 15 minutes following a corner from Snodgrass, with the East Anglians levelling seven minutes from half-time when Grant Holt converted after good work from Simon Lappin.
3: LEEDS UNITED 1 (Healy pen 41) NORWICH CITY 0. August 5, 2006; Championship.
After play-off final defeat at the end of the previous campaign, Kevin Blackwell’s United opened up the new season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nigel Worthington’s Canaries.
The decisive moment arrived five minutes before the break, when David Healy provided himself with the perfect 27th birthday gift, netting from the spot after Lee Croft was penalised for a foul on Eirik Bakke.
Norwich had chances to level, with Rob Earnshaw hitting the post twice for the visitors.
4: LEEDS UNITED 2 (Hulse 20, Lewis 90) NORWICH CITY 2 (Hughes 57, McVeigh 75). March 11, 2006; Championship.
A stunning 90th-minute free-kick from US international Eddie Lewis secured United a survival point in a see-saw draw with City.
Rob Hulse ignored appeals for offside to put Leeds in front on 20 minutes with his 12th goal of the campaign and the lead lasted until three minutes before the hour mark.
Andrew Hughes, later to become a favourite of Leeds fans after heading to Elland Road, equalised following Simon Charlton’s pass and Norwich went ahead 15 minutes from time when Paul McVeigh netted after a clever pull-back from one-time United player Darren Huckerby. But Lewis saved the day for relegation-threatened hosts.
5: LEEDS UNITED 2 (McAllister pen 80, Palmer 90) NORWICH CITY 1 (Ward 36). May 6, 1995; Premier League.
Controversy reigned as United banged another nail in the relegation coffin of Norwich with a last-gasp win.
Norwich, led by caretaker-manager Gary Megson, went in front on 36 minutes courtesy of Ashley Ward and held onto a precious 1-0 advantage going into the final ten minutes.
But a huge moment saw referee Alan Wilkie point to the spot after Tony Yeboah went down uinder minimal pressure from Rob Newman, with the penalty award the prelude to furious Canaries players descending on the referee.
Gary McAllister ignored the protests to restore parity and salt was rubbed into Norwich’s wounds late on when Carlton Palmer struck the winner.
After the game, Megson was unrepentant, saying: “Leeds did not beat us; the referee did.”