Ed Balls - Norwich City can win next year's FA Cup

Ed Balls hopes the Norwich City first-team can emulate the achievement of the Under-18 side and lift the FA Cup next season.

The young Canaries ran out 4-2 winners on aggregate after beating Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, to claim their first piece of silverware in 28 years.

And the Norwich-supporting Shadow Chancellor is optimistic about the club’s prospects after the Canaries ensured Premier League survival with a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

“It’s great to see Norwich winning trophies and we’d like to do it in the FA Cup next season too,” he said.

“It’s the first silverware Norwich have won for a very long time and we stayed in the Premier League which is fabulous.”

The former government minister regularly attends Norwich matches in London and felt the young Canaries were good value for their win over Chelsea.

“It’s the first time I’ve come to Stamford Bridge and seen Norwich win in quite a few years, but they deserved it and it’s great to see the stars of the future and such great support.” he said.

“Chelsea had so much quality and you could see that in both legs,” he added. “But in the first ten minutes Norwich withstood a big storm, held it off, and from then on it looked like they were going to win and they did.”

Balls, who is married to Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, also paid tribute to the supporters who roared Norwich to victory in both legs of the tie.

“They were brilliant, they were huge, at home we had 21,000 and today I think 21 coaches came from Norwich. That’s real support and the lads deserved it. It was fabulous.”

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