The money raised by the NCFSC over 2015/16 season will help a team of local footballers with learning difficulties take part in this summer’s National Special Olympics in Sheffield.
What became apparent quite quickly was that Moxey didn’t ‘get’ Norwich City – the most obvious and glaring example being the £25 tickets for the Southampton FA Cup game. And, for all the bravado, he’ll not have enjoyed being on the receiving end from the faithful.
His potential arrival would signal the ‘domino effect’ Neil mentioned recently when quizzed about the timing of any window ins and outs and given City’s failure to land two Dutch left-backs this week he’ll be keen to get this one over the line.
Never the most ostentatious of celebrators, if Cam does find the back of the Brummie net you can bet a low key reaction from him will be the order of the day in due deference to the home fans who once cheered his efforts on their behalf.
Across the back four, fitness permitting, fans’ favourite Timm Klose appears a shoo-in at centre-back and it looks likely that Russell Martin and Martin Olsson – Sweden’s official man of the match in their midweek draw with the Czech Republic – will join him.
What glimmer of hope was gained from that precious point cleaved off a Manchester City side in the dying embers of the Pellegrini era, has to provide the spark. The Canaries have to go on a run of point gathering, one which has sorely eluded them since 2nd January.
On the back of three increasingly poor league defeats – and yes I do rate the West Brom loss below the Newcastle one – last night was a chance for some light relief with a no pressure run out at Goodison in the latest instalment of the Capital One Cup.
Our recent stint in the top flight showed that as the Premier League riches have grown, so has the accompanying circus of statistics and analysis. I still recall the sleepless nights I had, fretting over why we were the only team yet to score from open-play in the first 20 minutes of an away match.
“To do it all in front if the fans…. Just look at them. It’s just been an incredible season for me – and now this,” he added.
“So it was a case of ‘Calm down! The game is going to slow down, open up and that’s where our quality players will make a difference – and that’s ultimately what proved to be the case.”
“I just thought that Jonny’s penetrating runs could be bit of a highlight for us in the game – and it was when he got his goal. It worked up until that point.”
It is an occasion made for a fierce combatant of Neil’s ilk. In him Norfolk will place their trust – in itself an extraordinary compliment to a man few had ever heard of four, short months ago.
Now the 33-year-old has an opportunity to carve himself out a lasting place in derby folklore.
A three-match ban for Grabban might just be the least of Neil’s concerns as his best-laid plans for a £150 million ticket to the Premiership promised land threatened to unravel in front of him in unbelievable fashion over the course of two, crucial contests.
“It’s painful just now,” he admitted to BBC Radio Norfolk. “You never want to lose any game but particularly not one of the magnitude of that.”
“How much did they really want to get to where we all want to go? And credit to them as a group – they responded. And then some.”
“We went for it – and it paid off. And I would always do that rather than err on the side of caution. If you’re going to be aggressive and be bold, then a lot of the time you will get your rewards.”
“When he went up, I didn’t think he would actually be able to score because of the lack of pace on the ball but he generates so much power and the direction on it was fantastic.”
“Sometimes you have to mix it up and win ugly. Do whatever it takes really to get the three points. And in terms of the effort and the determination of the players, I thought we deserved to win the game. I thought we were the better side.”
“Over the course of these next seven games there’s going to e ups and downs – I can guarantee you that. Us and other teams. But, hopefully, if we can have more ups than downs then I think the top two is certainly achievable.”
“At this stage in the season, it’s about wins. And we didn’t do that. And from that point of view I’m extremely disappointed.”