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Norwich City stunned the world 30 years ago as they recorded their most famous victory as they became the first English team to beat Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in the UEFA Cup.

The Canaries had finished third in the inaugural Premier League season and found themselves playing in Europe for the first time, defeating Vitesse in the first round before being drawn to Bayern.

Jeremy Goss’ famous volley gave Norwich the lead, before Mark Bowen glanced a header past Raimond Aumann to double their advantage.

Christian Nerlinger pulled one back for Bayern, but City left with the first-leg advantage.

So why is this game so important to us?

Well, it was our first (and only) European campaign, achieved by our highest ever league finish in the club’s 121-year history. The result also capped off our “great success” era in the early 1990s. It was the ultimate David vs Goliath story and along came Norwich to spoil Bayern’s party.

It also helps that Goss scored arguably our most infamous goal – firing a spectacular volley after Lothar Matthaus could only head the ball onto Gossy’s cannon of a right foot.

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Mark Bowen’s header to put us two ahead sparked a memorable commentary line from John Motson: “This is almost fantasy football!”

“I can still feel the ball hitting my foot now,” Goss had said of his goal at the Olympic Stadium to the club’s website, arguably THE headline moment of our history that may never be topped.

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June 2024