I go back a heck of a long way with Norwich City transfers out. At 60 years of age I guess that’s only natural. I was gutted when Flecky was sold and really disembowelled when Mr Chase dispatched Chris Sutton through the door to Blackburn for £5 million despite his pre-sale denials.
Similarly, I did not want to see Andy Townsend go, or even Tim Sherwood. And when I thought Chippy Crook was going to become a Binner I freaked.
David Phillips was, in his own words, sold to pay for the Carra’s undersoil heating by aforementioned Mr Chase.
I wasn’t exactly delighted when Andy Linighan, Robbie Brady, Ashley Ward and Jon Newsome were moved on either. Nor was I pleased with the sale of Darren Eadie – ironically to Leicester.
But this latest departure is James Maddison and I feel totally different about it.
While I don’t use social media, I keep my tabs on it, and other football links, and I have not come across seemingly a single person who denies Madders his elevation. Okay, if you want to be financially clinical about it we have to sell him. But, equally, James deserves to be in the Premier League and he would not have got there with us. No way.
My wish would have been that he went to Liverpool or particularly Spurs, even if only because the latter are my much-loved second team.
The best thing to me now and surely others who trawl NewsNow or wherever don’t any longer have to read the repeated JM stats, which started to get on my threepenny bits.
Let’s just think back to our wonderful memories and particularly the spectacular strikes. I’m not going to list them as it’s been done to death and James’ father’s excellent video illustrates far more than my words ever could.
Leicester should be a good fit for Madders because he won’t be warming his butt on a bench. I’m glad he’s going to be closer to his family because he’s only 21 after all. But let’s not forget he coped admirably with a loan to Aberdeen. I’ve been there for work and the people are wonderful, but it does have that outpost of the universe feeling to it. James appears to be a very level-headed young professional.
I have to say with the whole saga it’s been a little like waiting for a relative (or indeed a pet) to croak. It’s a sad feeling but deep down you realise the departure is for the best.
I firmly believe that every City fan everywhere wishes Maddison all the utmost best for the future and hopes to see him in a senior England shirt sometime very soon.
I know Jimi wrote this song about an illegal substance, but I find at least the chorus quite appropriate.
How brightly your star shone for NCFC Mr Maddison.
Thanks to you from all of us.