The story behind Norwich’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea in 1994 with Ashley Ward bagging brace on debut

Frank Lampard is yet to taste victory as Chelsea boss ahead of their trip to Norwich on Saturday lunchtime.

The Blues have one loss and one draw to their name in the Premier League this season – a resounding defeat at Manchester United followed by a draw at home to Leicester.

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Lampard’s tenure as Chelsea boss has got off to a slow start
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They were also beaten in the Super Cup by Liverpool earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Norwich beat Newcastle in their first home match on their return to the top flight last weekend where Teemu Pukki scored a brilliant hat-trick.

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Failure to keep Pukki quiet could lead to a painful afternoon at Carrow Road for Chelsea like one they experienced at the hands of former Norwich frontman Ashley Ward in December 1994.

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Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by Norwich with Ward scoring two of the goals only two days after signing from old Division Two side Crewe Alexandra (League One in the modern game) – an astonishing step up.

It took Ward’s goal tally for the season to an impressive 19 which was more than Alan Shearer had at that point, although 17 of them came with Crewe.

But that didn’t matter to Norwich fans with a report from the Norwich Evening News stating that Ward “ensured his lasting place in Canary folklore” with his exploits.

It was a memorable day for the Canaries, however, they finished 20th in the division and were relegated from the Premier League that season while Chelsea finished eleventh.

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And what of Ward? Well the former striker scored 21 goals in 60 appearances for Norwich before moving to Derby County for £1million in March 1996 before going on to play for Barnsley, Blackburn, Bradford and Sheffield United.

Ward is perhaps best known these days for starring in reality TV show The Real Housewives of Cheshire as his wife Dawn is one of the mainstays in it.

Canaries fans will not be hoping for a repeat campaign should they get past Chelsea on Saturday.

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