Like a fine wine, sometimes three points really do get better with age. Sometimes, just sometimes, you do not come to realise the significance of a victory until you have sat back objectively and dwelled on it, relinquishing the emotion-fuelled and partisan antics undertaken the day before and instead dispassionately reflecting on it in isolation. […]
It’s 2018. The footballing festivities have reached their conclusion and the annual FA Cup third round weekend has just been contested. Manchester City are dominant in the Premier League. Theresa May is Prime Minister. Brexit is still happening. Everything, apart from one thing, remains the same. Alan Irvine is in charge of Norwich City. Meanwhile, […]
It’s half past four in Staffordshire. Darkness has descended and there is a tangible winter chill in the air. In Burton, there is a football match ensuing. The game is seventy minutes in at the Pirelli Stadium, a somewhat insalubrious location and one where Norwich City’s travelling faithful have so far seen their loyal support […]
It is well-documented that Norfolk boasts a proud record of nurturing Nelsons. Two hundred and twelve years on from that pivotal naval victory off the coast of south-west Spain at Trafalgar, memories of our own Horatio are still employed, appropriated and instrumentalised as a means of evoking popular notions of both local pride and national […]
It’s been over 750 days since Huddersfield Town appointed David Wagner. 750 days characterised by turbulence, progression and eventual jubilation, culminating in that calm Christoph Schindler penalty at Wembley to send Wagner’s side – and the 40,000 crammed behind that same goal that Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond penetrated two years earlier – into delirium. […]
Bravo Gareth Southgate. With resources wearing thin, injuries pervasive, and a daunting test against Neymar’s Brazil awaiting, England’s dignified manager was bold. The selection of City’s Angus Gunn revealed a manifold number of things, not least Southgate’s meritocratic values and Gunn’s growing precocity as our increasingly dependable number one. Angus deserves this. His call-up represents […]
The alarm sounds. You wake up. You rise, make yourself breakfast, have a coffee and jump in the shower. You scan your wardrobe for your desired yellow and green garment and throw it on. Tickets? Check. Railcard? Got it. The away day has started. Whether it be Durham or Acle, expectations are high as you […]
As I stood on my seat at The Riverside 13 days ago, bellowing that evocative cry of ‘Yellows’ at the top of my voice, I was confused. For the third time in ten days, City had won away. For us 423 travelling fans, Daniel Farke’s endearing side had successfully executed another tenacious defensive performance, assiduously […]
It’s been a painful year. A year of despondence, disillusionment and augmenting pessimism; a year of declining expectations and of seemingly unrelenting suffering. A year of woe. A year of sorrow. A year of hurt. 364 days is what it’s taken. Fifteen away games attended, three points accumulated, and zero wins obtained. The country has […]
The time was 05:30, the Norfolk sun was rising, and I was sat in my local watching Floyd Mayweather masterfully dismantle a spirited boxing debut by Conor McGregor. Despite the Irishman’s rapid deterioration of energy following his opening six-minute assault, it was an entertaining contest. Both landed punches. McGregor so boldly almost lasted the distance. […]
As Chris Martin and Coldplay once sung on the turn of the millennium, it was all Yellow. They were right: for City fans, things were – Bryan Hamilton’s side had just achieved an underwhelming twelfth place finish in the old First Division in a season characterised by Matt Jackson’s leadership, Darrell Russel’s midfield tenacity and […]
Strolling through Bishops Park on Saturday afternoon, baked in the south-west London sunshine amidst a sea of yellow and green optimism, I could not have been more content. Collectively, we were all aware of the significance of what was about to come; the opening of a new epoch for City, the beginning of a new […]
Much like a Daniel Farke training session, opening the batting in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance is no easy task. The bowlers are experienced, crafty and skilful. The ball is new, hard and with a pronounced seam that could so menacingly lead to some form of deflection off the unknown quantity that is the freshly prepared […]
It’s just been just over three years since Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored those two goals. Two years since our much-maligned forward miraculously scored twice in that emphatic pre-season game at Braintree. It was a warm Tuesday night. City had travelled to the insalubrious Cressing Road under the recently-appointed and relatively popular Neil Adams. Ricky’s ostensibly […]
Twitter is a brilliant medium for debate. A medium that engages the masses, fosters awareness of contemporary and pertinent issues and one that facilitates the visibility of a vast spectrum of views. It provokes. It angers. It shapes opinions. Such a medium invariably becomes increasingly active during periods of change, transition or importance. That intensification […]
My MFW absence over the past few weeks can be justified. Despite the advent of notable transfer activity and the arrival of significant, youthful promise among the City ranks, footballing notions have been regrettably subordinated owing to hectic foreign odysseys and dissertation proposal deadlines. Following the conclusion of my second year exams, the depths of […]
It’s been a couple of months since I provoked a vehement discussion on a WhatsApp group chat among a selection of my university mates. James Milner had just converted a penalty in front of a jubilant Liverpool travelling contingent at the Etihad to put his side a goal up. On Twitter, I’d read somebody allude […]
Naismith was superb, playing with energy and vivacity with the ball while harrying Leeds’ overrun midfielders like a terrier off it. Owing to his occasional lack of innovation, Naismith’s significance when City do not have possession has gone increasingly unnoticed this season.
Hughton is a man of dignity, integrity and principal. He never shied away from providing the fans with honest, sincere and forthright answers in times of adversity. In a long term sense, things didn’t work out for him at City. I – like many others I’m sure – wish things had ensued differently.
Russell Martin and Ryan Bennett were mannequins for the lively Jonathan Kodjia’s second goal. I don’t recall Alex Tettey playing a single pass that delineated any sense of directness, urgency or penetration. Steven Whittaker was daydreaming for the home side’s opener.