Ahead of tonight’s trip to Reading, Matthew Howman has been chatting to the excellent Tilehurst End’s Simeon Pickup… *** Thanks for joining us Simeon. First of all tell me about your history as a fan, what made you start supporting Reading FC and what have been the highlights? To my shame, for the first 10 years […]
When Matt met Jonny … MFW’s Matt Howman chats to a WBA counterpart to mull over what *might* unfold tomorrow… After a gutsy comeback against a spirited Birmingham, City face West Bromwich Albion tomorrow with both teams looking to achieve their first win of the season. A draw was probably a fair result at St. Andrews […]
It’s finally that time of the year when the world of football grinds to a halt and fans across the country gather their breath for another season. We were well and truly spoilt this summer with a tremendous World Cup, I was getting all too familiar with watching three games a day during the group […]
I’ve sat down to write this piece with the deafening boos of vehemently angry Arsenal fans ringing in my ears. I’ve been listening to the Arsenal vs. Man City game and for the Arsenal fans it’s same old, same old. I’m sure they’ll be having a post-match field day on Arsenal Fan TV. Wenger has […]
Barnsley come to Carrow Road on Saturday on the back of two victories and seven points accrued in the past three games. Norwich on the other hand suffered from the pressures of a hard fought derby day victory and a tense Carabao cup loss to Arsenal with three straight defeats to sit in a very […]
It’s back! With no major international tournaments to keep us occupied in the interim, the past few months have been barren of football. Painful. The new season has kicked off and I’m now officially happier than… Donald Trump using the words “fire and fury” to threaten a nation Jeff Bezos looking at his tax bill […]
Whether the injection of money into football has ruined the game is another debate. What it has done has progressed the sport into an athletic pursuit. The game is tactically more intricate than many would have thought possible. The speed of the Premier League is incomparable to the old Division One in the nineties.
Neil was clear in his post-match comments that he still believes in his ability, which to an extent I agree with, but the lack of tactical changes resembles the period he went through in the Premier League when his game-plans were first found out.
It was last season where the problems lie. Again, we are beginning to see how the transfer market is a more complex area to navigate than we perhaps thought but when we failed to breathe new life into a squad that had already been relegated two seasons previous we were setting up to fail.
Listening to Canary Call on the way back from the game on Saturday I found myself thinking more and more about the board’s admission that they did indeed try to sign players in the summer window but for undisclosed reasons those signings didn’t come to fruition.
We all know that there is some fine home-grown talent out on loan and with the prizes at stake in the Premier League I have no arguments with turning to experienced players to keep us afloat but I think it’s time that Norwich fans have a homegrown player to idolise.
For many years now City fans have had to prepare themselves for the disappointment of dropping out of the League or FA cup after a lacklustre performance at home or away to lesser opposition, with the most recent chance of a Wembley trip in the cup being thrown away to a poor Aston Villa side.
Little over two months ago we were celebrating one of the greatest days in Norwich City’s recent history, a day that may never have happened if Alex Neil wasn’t appointed when he was and 90 minutes into the new season there are fans willing to throw him out? Unbelievable.
Just two years ago Ricky van Wolfswinkel was seen as the player who was going to spearhead the City strike-force and drive them from a team constantly battling for safety to an established Premier League club under the guidance of one Chris Hughton.
Would Norwich fans perhaps be happy to see our club fuelled with cash by an unknown quantity from the Middle East? Would we want to see a consortium of rich investors pool together and splash the cash in the search of success? I don’t think so.