During the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight earlier this week, I came across a conversation in which the people involved were discussing what they thought has been the most beautiful piece of human engineering in the history of mankind.
It had been precipitated by someone claiming that the honour should surely go to the Spitfire. The shape, the lines, the symphony of that magnificent Merlin engine, a stylish symmetry of shape and sound.
Such a pity that mankind seems to reserve some of its greatest visions and creations to the art of war. But that’s another story, another place, another time.
But that original question is, you must agree, an absolute beauty in itself. And I’m not even going to try and answer it here.
But there is one question I’d like to ask that is based around that other one. And whilst I don’t think I could truly answer that one either, I do have a suggestion as to who, in my opinion, it might be.
And I’d rather like to know your opinions on the topic as well.
Who, in your opinion, is the single most important individual to have played a part in the life and history of Norwich City Football Club?
There will certainly be no shortage of contenders throughout the club’s long (and whatever that lot over the border might try to think) illustrious and rather splendid history.
Administrators. Backers. Supporters. Managers. Coaches.
And many supporters who, for one reason or another, have often gone way above the call of duty.
Plus, of course, there are the players. And what a rich mix of those we have had over the years. This was particularly evident when, back in May 2013, I asked, through this column, for people to nominate their greatest ever Norwich City XI. After going through all the teams and players submitted, and having counted up the number of different player names that had been given. I realised it totalled 87!
As I wrote at the time, that rather took me aback. However, given the quality of teams and depth of some of the squads that we have had at Carrow Road, it shouldn’t, perhaps, have been too surprising.
In historic terms, the furthest back that the poll went was 1947, the year that Ron Ashman made his Canaries’ debut, calling at all points in-between up until the 2012/13 season; the campaign that saw Seb Bassong, Michael Turner and Robert Snodgrass, all of whom earnt a place in at least one persons’ All-Time Norwich City XI, make their Canary bows.
That’s a span of 65 years, during which time a lot of football has been played, results won and lost and players either worshipped or written off-but, even so, it’s still a lot of players who have, one way or another, earnt the status as an all-time great in at least one supporter’s eyes.
And maybe one of those players will be the one who gets your vote. Or maybe not.
So this week I’m really handing my column over to you, the readers of the site and my weekly piece in particular, as well as Gary and all my fellow MyFootballWriter scribes, past and present.
Who do you all think is the person who has, for whatever reasons, been the most important and/or significant in the history of our club, and why?
I’m almost 100 per cent certain of what my answer will be. And, next week, I’ll write a piece championing that individual and why, in my opinion, they are worthy of the accolade.
But I’d like to see your thoughts on the matter first. And let’s spread the word. Let’s get as many voices and opinions on this one as we possibly can.
Who was, or is, our greatest?
The greatest Canary ever.