And so it came to pass. An ‘along came Norwich’ moment if ever there was one. I deliberately steered clear of Twitter last night; the little taster I had between the end of the game and 5 o’clock was sufficient to suggest that carnage was about to unfold. That’s not to say some of the […]
If the overriding emotion at 3:30pm on Sunday was frustration, then last night’s equivalent was relief. Of course there was no little joy to be had – and the old place rocked at times last night – but Daniel Farke’s first Championship victory also signalled a collective ‘Phew! Now we can get on with it’. […]
Frustration rather than anger thankfully appeared to be the overriding emotion after City’s home defeat by Sunderland, but seldom can I recall a walk back to the car that was so quiet. The sense of disappointment and anti-climax was festering but for most the ‘early days’ mantra prevailed. And inside the ground, other than a […]
The Carabao Cup rolls off the tongue only slightly better than the Milk Cup but still it’s a competition in which we have history – and we all love a bit of history in this part of the world. That City progressed into the next round of said cup by virtue of the 3-2 win […]
As #NCFC days out at Craven Cottage go I’d say that was right up there wouldn’t you? We didn’t win of course – that’d be a little too much to ask at Fulham… on opening day… with a new coach… and a new team – but for the Yellow Army to depart SW6 minus a […]
Not sure I’m altogether cool with these almost flawless pre-seasons. Part of me wishes there had been a reality check along the way in the form of a major cock-up. You know… a performance so inept and spineless that Daniel Farke would have been unable to mention ‘the guys’ without his features contorting in a Beast […]
Thanks to the wonders of the interweb I was able to watch both of City’s friendlies in Germany. And now part of me wishes I hadn’t. As has become my wont over any given City pre-season, I’ve been banging on over how little we should read into the results of friendlies – be they good […]
I didn’t venture to what was once known as the Abbey Stadium yesterday but by all accounts is was a robust affair, in particular the challenges that brought a premature end to the afternoon for Timm Klose and Alex Pritchard. The tone of Daniel Farke in his post-match interviews told of a head coach who’s […]
Despite not being big on pre-season friendlies I was unable to resist the call of what’s now known as the Amber Dew Events Stadium – the Crown Meadow to you and I. Rarely does a Lowestoftian (it’s a proper word, promise you) get the chance to watch City without experiencing the joys of the A146 […]
I bumped into a fellow River-Ender in the week. It was the first time we’d spoken since the arrival of Daniel Farke and a sizeable chunk of the Borussia Dortmund II backroom team, so we covered the usual ground and concluded, like most, that while there’s an undeniable tingle of excitement it could just as […]
Back in the day Ron Saunders would unleash the joys of Mousehold on his returning troops; pre-season back then not being compartmentalised into fitness tests followed by stuff that will make you even fitter. Things are of course vastly different now, even before Team Farke adds Germanic efficiency to the Colney fitness regime, and if […]
I struggle to generate too much personal excitement over the releasing of the fixtures. It’s probably an age thing and I was most definitely not “buzzing” over the prospect. The order in which we play our 46 games could become important as the season unfolds but as things stand it’s largely relevant. For me today […]
On the current Canary scale this week’s been a relatively quiet one. With Take That taking taking centre stage, even the signing of a centre-back (that’s a *centre-back*) found itself eclipsed; Gary, Mark and Howard taking plaudits by the thousand for simply doing what Jonny Howson has been doing once a fortnight for the last five seasons […]
Ordinarily, the summer months are something of a nightmare for the editor of this website. Scratching around for credible links and rumours that can be fleshed out to 800 words tends to be my modus operandi for any given June, the alternative being to take the Adrian Durham route and pen something deliberately controversial – […]
Given the events that unfolded in London late last night it feels a little puerile to be commenting on events at a football club, but in the spirit of not letting these bastards change how we go about our daily lives I’ll write it anyway. I appreciate it’ll be too raw for some to re-engage […]
My son’s 12 and as such his interest in football and cricket is shared with a love of playing against his mates on the PS4 (that’s a generation four Play Station for the uninitiated….. a Play Station? … oh, just Google it). Yesterday morning for him was PS4 time and, as always, I intermittently popped […]
We’re into the James Nursey season (like the silly season but a bit sillier) where rumour, gossip and ‘in the knows’ will offer us talking points aplenty as the club’s playing roster undergoes its biggest transformation for many a season. Let’s however brace ourselves and prepare for the majority of said rumours to be nonsense.
Seven years of service were given due recognition from all four corners and there was added poignancy to the pre-match and post-match hugs afforded the Big Man by his team-mates; warmth and respect being evident in every embrace.
He quickly established himself, alongside Russ, Wes and Holty, as a key figure on the pitch and in the dressing room, and on top of his dominant displays in goal none of us will ever forget his full-length-of-the-pitch sprint to join in with the celebrations when Jackson, Goreham and “utter chaos” collided.
The current squad, for all its undeniable faults, has an attacking edge that’s matched by very few in the Championship. To take a sledgehammer to that part of the squad threatens to throw a baby or two out with the bathwater.