As Sky Sports have now commandeered most of the remainder of our fixture list, we face a Bertie Bassett array of kick-offs. The traditional 3pm on a Saturday that we all love will be a rarity.
This will create problems for those of us who, as soon as the games are announced, book holidays or prioritise our work diary in and around the football schedule.
But this is one the drawbacks of being involved in the final countdown for promotion.
In some ways, us fans have become victims of the team’s success. Some of us have hotels and train tickets booked, so thanks to Sky Sports for blowing our intricate planning out of the water.
So, yes, it’s a pain, but let’s take it on the chin. If the football wasn’t so entertaining, we would probably still be little ol’ Norwich, hovering around mid-table, trying to get a sniff of playoffs while Sky turn their attention to Leeds or Frank Lampards Derby… oh…
The revenue is welcome though and we are all praying for the season to continue in the same vein. Some though (not me!) already have their envelope stamped and think we’re signed sealed and delivered. Perhaps I’ll rest a little easier if we get the right result against Swansea on Friday.
Right now, every game seems like a cup final, even those we are not involved in! We’re constantly looking for teams around us to drop points and seeing if the chasing pack have a more challenging run.
What is certain is the camaraderie between this group of players and how this is a team with no large egos. It’s clear they all want each other to do well and their celebration of each other’s successes is living proof that there is no I in team!
This togetherness has filtered into the fans and the atmosphere is electric both home and away. Is this due to the work of Along Come Norwich/Barclay End Norwich, and their fantastic crowdfunding campaign that has the Lower Barclay emulating scenes from the Bundesliga? Or has the success of this been dependent on the play on the pitch? Could one influence the other? Are they down to symbolic interactionism?
Whatever the case, it’s a great time to be a Norwich fan.
Millwall away will stick in my memory forever, especially with the fans singing for the entirety of the journey. There was a united belief of something special is happening. Grown men were professing their love for Pukki, Emi, Stiepermann and even Daniel and his horse. There is a sense of togetherness from top to bottom.
I’m desperately trying to take it all in, enjoy it and stop the part of me that’s panicking every time a game looms. I want to enjoy every second, every minute, every hour.
I truly can’t face the thoughts of the playoffs and so, for me, we’ve got to take one of those two top spots.
I listen intently to Farke’s pre and post interviews and each time I swear he’s just come from a yoga class; always calm and philosophical. He certainly doesn’t look like a head coach that’s feeling the pressure. I think maybe I’m doing enough fretting for the both of us.
So perhaps I too should look at meditation to get me through the next eleven games if I want to enjoy the journey. And, while I’m at it, I also want a crystal ball to see where we will be, come May. Wishing the season could end now!
Perhaps, just perhaps, a few games down the line we will be in the position where I can relax and then I will be wishing for the season to go on forever. But, for now, I’m not going to think of what lies ahead. That P-word.
So let’s hold aloft our flags, scarfs and banners and roar these boys to victory. Let’s be that twelfth man. If social psychology and Farke’s philosophy join together, Carrow Road and the team will remain a real force and we could just do it.
Meanwhile, we’ll leave that other team in East Anglia – the rubbish one – to their negativity bias.
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