For all those supporters of other clubs – and indeed most of our own – our Championship triumph will have come as something of a surprise. To myself as well if I must be totally honest. And several of us here on MFW will surely feel the same.
Let’s face it, most of us were surprised at the outcome of season’s end. But even stranger things happen.
Mrs P and I went to LiDL on the Drayton Road roundabout on Wednesday morning to buy some staples – other discount supermarkets are available.
I saw this guy near the bread counter with Brasenose emblazoned on the back of his jacket in large gold letters, complete with the Oxford College’s crest which also featured on his tracky trousers, which I recognised. The crest, not the trousers.
Bearing in mind the venue I asked him if it was for real. It was – he was on secondment to the Sainsbury Centre and, while he originated from the central USA, we had a chat about Norwich City. His knowledge of our club hit me like a jackhammer.
Mind you, I only went to the UEA.
Our promotion was unpredictable, but what are the chances of meeting an Oxford undergraduate in a Norwich LiDL. During term time? Generally zilch I’d say.
The guy loved what we’ve achieved and got to see us against Sheffield Wednesday – which truly reinforces the fact that we’re going global. And we’d better get used to it – again.
There’s no concept of being under the radar anymore.
Recent transfer rumours regarding incomings have been frankly absurd. Clickbait at best. There is one I would give credence to but the other ten are surely rubbish.
The best deal of the lot so far has been Timm Klose signing on for three more years. We love him and he loves us. Plus he knows what he’s doing in the Premier League and I couldn’t bear to see him play for Glasgow Rangers (or whatever they’re called these days). Rumours that came to nothing yet again.
And in the reasons to be cheerful (part two) section, words such as Naismith, Jarvis and Wildschut will no longer be within the spectrum of the NCFC football writing community. Or part of our club.
There’s only Nelson to offload now – come on Reading, sort those finances out and buy him. I’ll bung in a tenner if I have to.
Our next-door neighbour in Norwich, Zoltan, (a Ferencvaros fan) was full of praise for us as well. I cannot remember the Hungarian word for congratulations, but I did understand that he likes the way we play. He speaks excellent English so for him to break into his native tongue these days is quite unusual.
And much appreciated.
I’ve had mails from Cyprus, South Africa and even Brundall wishing us well.
Whatever happens next season as long as we keep up the squad spirit, I really think we’ll be okay.
We’re big time on the global stage again folks – let’s enjoy the ride.