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.
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.
Season is deader than a dead thing in a dead place. And now plenty of scope for a cull of some dead woodApril 16th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 10 Comments »
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.
Reading on the beach? City playing with no pressure? Either way, a chink of light at the end of the NCFC tunnelApril 10th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 12 Comments »
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.
The four stages of our brave new world. Stone’s in, Webber’s on his way, who’s next through the door?March 27th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 15 Comments »
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.
The play-offs are unlikely but still vaguely possible and the flicker of desperate hope flickereth stillMarch 20th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 14 Comments »
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.
Only people who can sort this mess out are the Board. The rest of us have to suck it up and accept itMarch 15th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 20 Comments »
They have a lot of important decisions to make and indeed crucial appointments must be made. I too am hearing good vibes about Tom from some quite disparate quarters, although being me I am still deeply suspicious of him, mainly through his family connection and lack of backstory. but please give him a chance.
Owls of pain and derision but it’s as you were at City, even after Cam’s bold but unsubtle lifting of the lidMarch 6th, 2017 by Martin Penney | 11 Comments »
If I heard: “We tried our rocks off but lost to a better side”, I would be disappointed, but understanding. But I wouldn’t be as disgruntled as I feel right now. Sure, CJ has his detractors but his application and effort are beyond question. When a player like Cameron says things like that, you know things are seriously wrong.
The money is about to run out. The excellent Mitchell Dijks is highly unlikely to be here next season, and the admirable loyalty of the Murphy brothers (particularly Jacob, who gave a fantastic radio interview yesterday) is bound to be tested in the close season. Should either brother leave, they would go with my very best wishes.
A Brief Encounter: In a pub, in that Suffolk town, with two legends from that very same Suffolk townFebruary 23rd, 2017 by Martin Penney | 6 Comments »
One night I got home to Blofield and had my primitive fax machine billowing all over the floor with crude Suffolk Punches strangling Canaries and words I cannot repeat. I knew the EADT would be doing the “Well Done Bryan Gunn” badge long before they published it themselves.