Well, it came on Saturday. As it usually does around this time of year. Sandwiched between a bank statement and an AA renewal letter. Don’t worry, I’ll be on to the AA very soon to waste 20 minutes on the phone to get the obligatory 40 per cent discount. As you (have to) do. John […]
Feet of clay. It’s an old phrase, often misunderstood in this day and age but it’s meaning is still relevant to any supporter of football, whichever that club may be. “A flaw or vulnerability of someone who is otherwise admirable. In the Bible’s Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed that he saw a statue made […]
Okay class, sit up, pay attention and stop making silly noises on the desks with your rulers. Question one: What do Craig Revel Horwood, Keith Lemon and Cameron Jerome have in common? Question two: What links Russell Martin to John Bishop and Dawn French? Question three: What commodity do Ed Sheeran, JK Rowling and Nelson Oliviera all have […]
Today our lot head back to the ranch for the dreaded fitness assessments. I wonder what is going through their minds. And I’m not sure I even want to know what has been going through their physical systems during that glorious “month off”. With money to burn, many of them must have been sunning themselves […]
We all moan when CamJam blazes over from six yards and we’ve also known we have had a defence built on the foundations of a Rowntrees’ jelly for some time now. Michael McGovern scares the S out of me when he shapes up to take a place kick. Although all of that is surely about […]
Peaks and troughs. We’re all thoroughly aware of the concept and understand the implications. Indeed that great philosopher Ronnie Wood of Faces and Rolling Stones fame hit the nail smack on the head when he said: “Nobody likes a drought or a flood; we all want a gentle, warm rain”. Mind you, he was talking […]
Last week I read a great article by Steve Cook where he presented his “manifesto” for NCFC, included in which was an ostensibly sensible point about supporter representation on the Board. Steve suggested three re-electable supporters in the hot seats, which I will immediately shoot down by saying we’d be lucky to get one (if any). And […]
The first time I stepped on Spanish soil was in the year 2000, in Mallorca. Two of my three uncles chose the early part of that year to snuff it, and my dad had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. I had left my wife and two wonderful children over an ill-fated liaison with a […]
In sixth form at school, I was considered far too limited to study three subjects at A-level. So English and History it was. However, the lack of any third subject left plenty of free time, and my friend Si (in a similar situation) and I exploited it to the nth degree. He had a little […]
Today is May 25th – and you don’t need me to tell you what that means. Two years ago on this very day the yellow and green hordes pitched up at Wembley for one of the greatest days in our club’s history. For many of our younger supporters, it was probably the greatest – i.e. those who […]
There’s an exiled Binner further down the road who keeps a goose and a few ducks in his front garden. He’s always good value for a quick natter – he really doesn’t rate Marcus Evans and often expresses the view that we at City have nothing to worry about in comparison with his lot.
Ivo Pinto has to stay, I wouldn’t mind if we kept Timm Klose and The Beast should be retained if Ajax and his agent can be suitably persuaded. Likewise, I would hate to lose Jonny Howson and despite the Rangers rumours I would rather retain Graham Dorrans, who I thought was excellent on Sunday.
We also had the ‘gambles’ of Oli Johnson and Anthony MacNamee. Limited success is being kind, but at least their goals brought us wins over Southend and Stockport respectively. And believe me, those games could have otherwise combined to yield one point rather than six.
Make no mistake, Webber cannot achieve his objectives by being nice and gentle. For him to be successful, the olde worlde order at Carrow Road has to end. He will know that and is prepared to act on his intellect I am sure. He would never have joined City if he thought restrictions on him would be too stringent.
Naturally, Stockdale’s reception from the Barclay for the second half was rather appropriate. Quite apart from his ‘Suffolk connections’ he’s played a couple of blinders against us in the recent past so his luck had to expire at some point. And absolute praise for Messrs Ruddy, Martin and Bennett.
It must be said that Fulham employed every trick in the book to knock us out of our stride, but apart from a four-corner burst after Cameron Jerome’s goal, we didn’t really hit a stride of any particular note. But that counts for nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Russell Martin has had so much stick – some warranted, some not – this season, but the Barclay could see how much his goal meant to him. I really feel we should retain him in some capacity. More importantly, it’s simply not true.
No Pinto, no Dijks. Seems to me like a toss-up between Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker for either full-back role with Sebastien Bassong and Ryan Bennett in the middle. I reckon the Terriers could put under-18 strikers out against that shambles with no worries at all.
Finance may well dictate the futures of Timm Klose, Steven Naismith and John Ruddy. I wouldn’t be that sorry to lose any one of them to be honest; my worry would be how much would we get for the trio? Possibly less than for Rod, Jane and Freddy, I’m afraid.
I do not get why so many people on social media appear to want a manager, head coach or whatever you want to call him, in now. Why pick up what’s left after Derby and Forest have jumped like scalded frogs? We’re not going down and we’re highly unlikely to go up.