In the televised leaders’ debates before the 2010 Election – back when David Cameron thought they were ‘essential to democracy’ – the mantra became “I agree with Nick”. For people like me, the mantra on this forum tends to be “I agree with Mick”.
Archive for March, 2015
The ultimate accolade for an Englishman – but one that so few of our Canary heroes have been rewarded withMarch 30th, 2015 by Russell Saunders | 7 Comments »
It seems cruel that so many of our finest hall-of-famers never got even a sniff of an England call, particularly so when you consider that Dennis Wise got 21 caps, Carlton Palmer 18 and the goal machine Emile Heskey a whopping 62 over an 11 year period.
The game was notable only for its lack of quality and it was somehow appropriate that it was won by the scruffiest of goals. But in a final who cares. The fact that Clive Walker chose to miss his penalty was also of no consequence on a day that was all about winning.
Would Norwich fans perhaps be happy to see our club fuelled with cash by an unknown quantity from the Middle East? Would we want to see a consortium of rich investors pool together and splash the cash in the search of success? I don’t think so.
Is the run-in to be enjoyed? Just endured? Or can the Class of 2015 calm the nerves of the Yellow Army?March 27th, 2015 by Kevin Baldwin | 2 Comments »
Forced to follow the Forest game at home via the unsatisfactory multi-platform experience of Canaries Wall, Final Score and the radio commentary, I spent the fifteen minutes after the Forest goal looking pained and clutching my head.
It is certainly true that Neil is willing to change his men and alter how they are deployed. In Scotland he preferred 4-1-4-1. With Norwich, he has had success with 4-2-3-1, the much-loved diamond (4-1-2-1-1) and several variants of the 4-4-1-1 he went with against Forest.
It seems he was a very hard worker – often shirking days off – and a man who racked up the air miles in pursuit of the foreign imports, which arguably eventually brought the club down to the Championship. But I’m guessing that his time in Norfolk will not be featuring in any future books
The greatest commitment to attacking football wasn’t under Lambert or Alex Neil, but under Neil Adams, yet he didn’t come close to inspiring the fans as we’re now inspired. There’s something else – an evident commitment, heart and team spirit that supercedes structure and style. And that, perhaps, is the ‘Norwich Way’.
They are pointless questions but ones that always comes to mind: would either Alex Neil or Paul Lambert have signed their inherited strikers if fate and timing had been different? And how different would the club’s fortunes have been if they hadn’t?
Forest began the day as one of the league’s form teams, just as Wolves were upon their arrival at Carrow Road in mid-February, but both were swatted away like irritating flies – City again perfectly taking on the role of flat-track bullies.