Some have been quick to cite his unhappy time at Selhurst Park, for which there will no doubt be mitigating circumstances, but I prefer to concentrate on the bloke who was last season’s Championship’s Player of the Season and whose loan services were much sought after in the summer.
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Going forward, of course, in my little world if you deliver free and ubiquitous wifi across a city such as Norwich, not only could Phoebe have pushed out a pic off her mobile, better still she could have broadcast a live, video update.
Units isn’t the word. Stoke City might have, unlike a leopard, changed their footballing spots a little over the last couple of seasons or so, but it wasn’t so long ago that you looked at them stood there pre-match and it was like looking at eleven massive fridge freezers all stood in a row.
Russ has been a fantastic servant to the club. He’s articulate and likeable. He has provided an effective link between the players and coaching staff. He’s a great ambassador for the club and, let’s not forget, a pretty decent footballer too.
No question, he is a very good poacher from within the five to ten yard range and has the occasional belter from further out in his locker. His two recent goals for Wednesday against Leeds were ‘classic’ Hooper. Others did the work and he pounced on the scraps from short range.
I’ve had exchanges with Ed Balls and Stephen Fry (good experiences) and Piers Morgan and Kyle Lafferty (not quite so good). I’ve sent a number of suggestions to David Cameron but I guess he must still be thinking about them.
As it transpired the failure of those around us to win yesterday meant the damage was limited but by the same score it was a chance missed to put clear water between us and the bottom six. And it’s too early to gauge the longer term psychological impact of yesterday’s five minutes of injury-time.
The Man Utd website includes options to go to equivalent sites in French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. The sum total of hits on these club websites now well exceeds 60 million per month.
A massive bonus for the Canaries is that Naismith will be able to hit the ground not just running, but sprinting. His Premier League experience alone is definitely worth the fee we paid.
The disappointing loss at Bournemouth seems to have stirred up emotions to fever pitch. If you took the time and trouble to travel down for the match, then you have every right to air your grievances albeit in a polite and humorous manner.
Telling players they’re an effing disgrace and should never wear the shirt again – especially when the player has been at the heart of our three promotions since 2010 – is beyond the pale.
The back four – the same back four that earned consecutive clean sheets over the Christmas period – creaked horribly and, while Afobe more than occupied Ryan Bennett and Seb Bassong for the duration, it was in the full-back areas that City were really exposed; the space and time afforded to Marc Pugh in the orchestration of the first goal being a perfect example.
He is, as those that have gone before him, a player who merits his selection on what he can do and the threat that he does offer. He’s a wildcard, a joker in the pack, someone you hope might just turn it on and, in doing so, turn a game.
Get a ‘Message’ from the Coach & Horses that they have got an offer on – as you read a match preview en route to the ground on a new and free MFW mobile app. Or an offer from the East of England Co-Op as you read the same preview pulling into Thorpe Station.
Grabban will be joining forces with Glenn Murray and now Benik Afobe, both failed targets for us last summer. Again grumblings from some Canaries have inevitably been aired.
City fans feel that the transfer dealings of last summer could have been better and with hindsight mistakes were made. However I don’t believe it was due to a lack of effort or endeavour on the part of those who run the club. Those same people are working tirelessly now to make sure that things fall into place.
Naturally it was one of those where City were up against it the second the draw was made and any hopes of Manuel Pellegrini affording us a sniff by making wholesale changes were dashed at 2pm when his team-sheet included the names Aguero, Sterling, Navas and co.
We’re often linked with big names, while knowing either the wage structure here isn’t going to make it possible, or we’re too far from the bright lights of London to make the move attractive (do they not know the A11 is now dualled?). But the hysteria is now not a small circus on screen. Instead it’s a big top on social media.
When Norwich signed Roger Gibbins from Oxford United in the summer of 1976, neither he or his club had absolutely no inkling of John Bond’s interest in him on 1st June. Yet, by teatime on 2nd June, he was a Norwich City player, with the first that I, and most Norwich fans, knew of it being when we picked up the following days EDP to see a picture of him alongside Bondy.
My strongest feeling is the hope that none of our players gets injured. The importance of staying in the Premier League, especially this year, is such that I can’t pretend to care over-much about the outcome.