That was the week that was for Norwich City in terms of them there comings and goings, wasn’t it?
Gibbo and Dimi confirmed as permanent additions to the squad was no big surprise to anybody and their comments on NCFC official afterwards were very pleasing on the ear. And it also looks like this will be the last time for a while that I will use the term *Stieperdude*.
I’m sure all of our readers will join me in hoping Marco has fully recovered from illness and goes on to end his career in style, albeit with somebody else and probably in a different country.
Mario Vrancic will be announced as a new arrival by Stoke City today. Now that’s not a bad signing on a free for a Championship side. It would be great if we got the Potters at home in a Cup competition so we could show our collective appreciation.
Oh and then there’s one Billy Gilmour, the Chelsea loanee who Samuel Seaman detailed in fine fashion on MFW yesterday, so I don’t feel I need to add anything about him. But his mother is worthy of a namecheck – it’s Carrie, by the way.
It slightly miffs a Celtic follower like myself to mention it, but Carrie, her husband and Billy’s younger brother turned up at Colney for the official photo and Mum refused to hold a green part of our scarf as, to her, it represented the Bhoys. Hubby later claimed she would only wear an NCFC top if it had no green on it, suggesting maybe one of our away kits might be her way forward for next season.
Everybody knows Billy’s allegiance to Rangers, but I have to give his mother 10/10 for attitude – that was something else. She certainly got rave reviews on Rangers News and other Bluenose fansites anyway 🙂
Talking of kit, the worst-kept secret in Norfolk football was revealed midweek when Spanish company Joma were formally announced as the successor to Errea. If the travel kit sported by Billy G, Teemu, Ben G and Dimi is anything to go by it looks promising in extremis.
I was interested to read NCFC’s comments on the link-up, which included this line from head of commercial operations Sam Jeffery:
*When we took the decision to survey the market, we met every supplier with four key objectives we wanted to achieve: complete creative control of design, an outstanding commercial agreement in line with our self-financed model, a brand with a firm track record within football, and a partner who wanted to support the wider Norfolk community.*
There’s no concern here, just a question regarding the foremost key objective – that of wanting *complete creative control of design*. Back in the day adhering to corporate identity was [quite rightly] an important part of my job writing and designing publications for BASF – all issued from our HQ in Ludwigshafen but so straightforward and simple as in: this is the logo [badge], these are our base colours [black, white and cyan in this case rather than yellow and green] and the contact details at the bottom of page 16 or 24 or whatever must be exactly *like this*. It was the same for every single country in the world.
And that was it. Otherwise, be as personally creative as you like and – fill your boots.
So are Joma given free rein with the design of the couture itself or does somebody at NCFC totally dictate it? I don’t overmuch care either way but I’d kind of like to know.
At the end of what has been a great week for City in the transfer market and the England national team on the pitch as well, I was slightly saddened to come across an article in the Pink Un concerning our former academy goalkeeper Fergal Hale-Brown, who said that because his dreams were shattered by being released he had gone directly from loving football to hating it.
Fergal seems to be getting himself together and fighting back via the non-League pyramid. Others like Ian Wright, Jamie Vardy and our own Grant Holt have done it so let’s hope Fergal can manage it as well.
The shattered dreams of youth are not always easy to recover from and I think a few comments from folks who have suggested *so what* are rather missing the point.
Back to the realm of the cheerful, what are you guys doing at 8pm on Wednesday?