I happened to fall in with a small bunch of Mags on their way back to the train station and they were just as elated as I was. They berated Benitez for not bringing on Dwight Gayle earlier, I responded by saying I’m glad he didn’t and we should have somehow found room for Alex Pritchard in the starting line-up.
Born into a Cockney family of rabid West Ham supporters, Martin had to swim against the tide from an early age. His mother was evacuated to Brisley in 1940 and frequent return visits to the Frost family began his affection for NCFC. He achieved his dream by moving to Norwich in 1988, and has held a season ticket in the Barclay ever since. He was Sports Editor of the Harlow Gazette at 23, spent three years in the Met Police, was a Sports sub-editor on The Sun and also wrote for the NME.
Forest done and dusted, now eyes turn to the Toon. Simple, “If we don’t turn up, we’ll get turned over”.February 13th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 5 Comments »
While we scored five, our striker didn’t feature on the scoresheet but let’s put this firmly into perspective. Nelson Oliviera worked his butt off, linked play superbly when he could and looked every inch the five million pound striker. We also had one Cameron Jerome on the bench.
We have what we have and now all we can do is hope City have enough for a decent tilt at the play-offsFebruary 6th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 17 Comments »
There is no real point in berating Alex Tettey for attracting the inevitable final yellow either. It’s the way he plays, bless him, and we have Ben Godfrey and Youssouf Mulumbu. One to play (hopefully Godfrey for me, give the lad his chance) and the other on the bench.
Dijks is close, City going toe to toe with Rams for Wildschut, but will anything concrete transpire today?January 31st, 2017 by Martin Penney | 7 Comments »
It also seems inevitable that Robbie Brady is off, which on paper should give us the funds for a left-sided wide player (a true replacement for Brady, and not an auxiliary left-back) and, whisper it quietly, a better centre back than – Timm Klose apart – we possess already.
Keep it civilised good folk of NCFC. Opinions differ, no two the same, but we all have one thing in common…January 27th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 10 Comments »
All the people I refer to go to Carrow Road because they want to be there – even the guy who cannot pick out which player is which. And he’s younger than me and doesn’t appear to need glasses. He might not know who the players are, but seems to enjoy himself nonetheless.
Three points from an afternoon full of colour but with eight days left in the window it’s over to the BoardJanuary 23rd, 2017 by Martin Penney | 3 Comments »
So, three points against a club that – let’s be honest – few of us admire. And what I believe is our first double of the season. Unlike some folks on social media I am not concerned about putting a spoke in Paul Lambert’s wheel. His tenure leaves me with fantastic memories and I wish him all the best.
I don’t always watch the Channel 5 Highlights show all the way through, but I did this weekend. The sheer exuberance of Leeds, the grit and endeavour of Preston and the way Fulham knocked it around for fun made me consider how proud I would be to support any one of those sets of players. Not our lot, I’m afraid.
Eleven days in. No senior players in, no-one out, and still plenty of square pegs in the Canaries’ squadJanuary 11th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 30 Comments »
We also have a top-quality international centre back who wants out and we own the registration of the kind of player most people would want up front for them in this league but is obviously thought of as not good enough for us by certain people.
Back in 1992, I went to The Dell for our quarter final. A 0-0 bore draw and we were shoehorned onto old trestles with ’seat’ numbers on the back. Anyone on a packed Sleazyjet aircraft who complains of sitting next to a large person on one side and a small child with an ear-splitting shriek on the other hasn’t lived.
We had the temerity to beat Wolves 2-0 and it was the night their wonderful fans decided to put half a breezeblock through one of the Club Canary coaches. Tucking my scarf under my Liam Gallagher parka, I walked back through the subway towards the Novotel. Tucking my scarf under my Liam Gallagher parka, I walked back through the subway towards the Novotel. I was confronted by half a dozen angry Wolves.