New dawns have generally been the product of flat-track bullying at Carrow Road – with admittedly the odd exception – and have ended up being the false variety, with City’s away-day woes the result of an embedded inability to stand up and be counted when it really matters.
Born and raised the wrong side of the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Gary has Norwich City in his DNA. Part of a long line of Canary die-hards, he has been a Carrow Road regular since the age of 6 and a season-ticket holder in the River End since his injury-prone, amateur playing days ended. In a previous life he was a local government accountant, but in one Damascene moment decided to swap the thrill of the balance sheet for a career in writing. He now works as a freelance writer and editor, and has contributed to When Saturday Comes and The Huffington Post amongst others. As well as sharing our own Kevin Baldwin’s passion for all things yellow and green, he frequents the same hairstylist.
Ruddy’s brilliance ensures it’s a point apiece after a Carrow Road thriller with the Prem bound ToonFebruary 15th, 2017 by Gary Gowers | 9 Comments »
Something has changed since that spell that’s still painful to even think about. Where once there was brittleness and half-heartedness, now there’s durability and fight. Belief too has been added to an armoury that was deficient in many things, and for all the technical difficulties that again revealed themselves in the centre of our back-four, there’s still heart.
As has been pointed out by many, it’s fun to sweep aside those for whom mid-table is home but where City have fallen short this season is when going toe-to-toe with those who currently reside in the top six. That needs to change, preferably starting on Tuesday evening.
A point apiece but defensive frailties again cost the Canaries as the struggling Latics make life toughFebruary 8th, 2017 by Gary Gowers | 17 Comments »
That City conceded from two set pieces was no surprise and that the first came from a cross that was not properly dealt with was something that clearly irked Alex, but he continues to tread a very narrow path with his insistence on naming and shaming those who err.
A win on the road and a rise from Warnock! Away day joy for Y’Army as City make it three on the spinFebruary 5th, 2017 by Gary Gowers | 12 Comments »
That Dijks was able to come in at left-back after three days of training and equip himself so ably was a welcome bonus, and suggests those few days were well spent. He’ll do it differently to Olsson but hopefully with a similar level of success.
What became apparent quite quickly was that Moxey didn’t ‘get’ Norwich City – the most obvious and glaring example being the £25 tickets for the Southampton FA Cup game. And, for all the bravado, he’ll not have enjoyed being on the receiving end from the faithful.
City go Dutch in their quest to plug Olsson and Brady shaped gaps. But a good or bad or ‘meh’ window?February 1st, 2017 by Gary Gowers | 21 Comments »
Even if the left sided like-for-like trades have been successful, still there are defensive frailties that have been left unaddressed. Still we are only an injury to Timm Klose away from turning again to a central defensive pairing, whichever pair Alex chooses, that has proven itself unfit for purpose.
Two points from the play-offs and the trajectory is upward. But time now to crack the away day riddleJanuary 29th, 2017 by Gary Gowers | 12 Comments »
Eight defeats on the road, with a sprinkling of horror shows among them, is precisely what has afforded Delia, Michael, Jez and co a rough ride. And until that part of the equation is solved Carrow Road will continue to carry the air of a brooding, petulant teenager who’s awaiting the chance to kick off.
His potential arrival would signal the ‘domino effect’ Neil mentioned recently when quizzed about the timing of any window ins and outs and given City’s failure to land two Dutch left-backs this week he’ll be keen to get this one over the line.
A lively one at the Carra with thrills, spills and a late sending off to entertain the Canary faithfulJanuary 22nd, 2017 by Gary Gowers | 22 Comments »
For all the talk of hero worship amid a potentially acrid atmosphere, the Wolves manager was a peripheral figure in the afternoon’s proceedings, and the prospect of the bloodbath many had predicted was realistically quashed by Steven Naismith’s nicely executed 13th minute opener.