Events off the pitch have made it a fine season for the NCFSC, who go from strength to strengthThu 20 Apr 17 by Gary Gowers
While it’s been a season to forget for Norwich City Football Club, for the Norwich City Fans Social Club it has been quite the opposite.
The NCFSC (as they are known) have delivered big time; the players and management coming a distant second.
Formed in the summer of 2015 from a group of twelve volunteers whose common thread was a love of their football club, the original aim of the NCFSC was to work with the club to build a social club through events and activities designed specifically to bring fans closer together. And all while supporting the club’s charity, the Community Sports Foundation (CSF).
They’ve succeeded, excelled even, in both of those aims.
Tonight they are hosting a ‘social evening’ in Carrow Road’s Top of the City lounge – their sixth event of a busy season – which will feature a cast list that includes the club’s new managing director Steve Stone, director Tom Smith, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Chris Goreham and former players, Terry Allcock and Cedric Anselin.
Their season began back in July when over 100 people attended an evening with Steve Stone, who was then the interim CEO, which was hosted by Darren Eadie – a regular supporter of the NCFSC.
This was followed in August by a Players Forum for which Jacob Murphy, Ivo Pinto and Jonny Howson were in attendance, and in November there was a Legends Evening, which lived up to its name with Darren Huckerby, Adam Drury and Terry Allcock (again) on the panel.
2017 was heralded in with a Pundits Night which featured Iwan Roberts, EDP writer and Mustard TV presenter Michael Bailey, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Rob Butler and again a certain Mr Eadie.
The annual Quiz Night was held in February and was the season’s big ‘earner’ with an astonishing £2,625 raised in one evening – a fine effort – making the season’s total around the £4,000 mark.
Clearly the team are hoping that tonight’s event will add to that impressive total, all of which will again find its way into coffers of the CSF.
As if to emphasise the value of their fund raising, the money raised over the course of the 2015/16 season, which amounted to over £3,000, will help a team of local footballers with learning difficulties take part in this summer’s National Special Olympics in Sheffield.
Tonight’s event begins at 7.30pm and attendees are asked to use the South Stand main reception entrance. Entry is free and everyone welcome to what is essentially an opportunity to dissect and discuss the events of the season with like-minded folk in an informal setting.
One of the club’s founding volunteers Diane Blazier told MFW of the NCFSC’s gratitude to the football club for its ongoing support and support too from BBC Radio Norfolk and Archant, all of whom have been “brilliant”. And long may that continue.
For more information on the social club and their work please go to www.ncfsc.co.uk.