Dean Smith is a good manager at a club who thought they could beat the system. As a write this on the train to Sheffield, with a group of excitable young Norwich fans sipping from their first lager cans of the day, it’s difficult to see – on the surface at least – anyone unhappy […]
Going over the Haven Bridge in Great Yarmouth one sunny lunchtime in the 1996/97 season, on the way to Carrow Road for the first time, I asked my grandad who Norwich were playing that day. He said, “Bolton Wanderers.” I replied, “Belton!?”, pretty surprised that the Wild Duck Holiday Park had a professional football team […]
Thud. Thud. Thud. Followed by wheeling away doing the aeroplane celebration, innocently singing It’s Coming Home as I heard it on the radio in the car. That is one of my first real footballing memories. It was the summer of Euro ‘96 and I was kicking a ball against the side of the house Dad was […]
Farke out or shut the Farke up? Luckily, we’ve not quite got to that stage yet, but with the season already over in early March there is no hiding or masking of the fact that that is bitterly disappointing and not what any of us was hoping or expecting at the start of the Championship […]
I briefly had a taste of what it’s like to be in close quarters with Wes Hoolahan, and like so many defenders in the past decade, just get sidestepped with ease. Okay I’ll admit I wasn’t on the football pitch but meandering up Queen Street in the Fine City just a day or two after […]
This week, in order to get an inside track on all things Derby County we have been chatting to the good folk of DCFCFanTV: Hi guys, so what’s it like being a Derby County fan? Why do you always seem to be up there looking good for promotion and then fade away or never quite […]
After the hostility of Sheffield United fans last weekend, it was nice to have a friendly chat with a Bristol City fan ahead of this Saturday. I spoke to Simon Mann, who has been a regular commentator on Test Match Special since 1996. Here’s what he had to say: Hi Simon, firstly I’m going to […]
This column may ruffle a few feathers; I am completely comfortable with that. Unfortunately, throughout my life I seem compelled to state my honest opinion… some would argue far too often. But whatever facet of life we’re focusing on – whether it be relationships with your loved ones, politics or simply going to the football […]
I can sense St. James’ Park lurking behind me outside my window, as I write this. It’s hard to ignore it, as it sits atop what a Norfolk man would baulk at and say is a bloody big hill. Surrounded by a park and moors to the west and to the north, and the promise […]
It will take more than a couple of wins against Cardiff and Wigan to fix these various situations City have found themselves in. Meek acceptance of the status quo, being grateful it’s not worse and nobody asking the pertinent questions just adds to the cacophony of disgruntled voices from both sides of the broad church […]
Blackburn was a great example of how we *could* play this season. Wes and Naismith were nothing short of exquisite, as was Murphy, and with the fluidity of our attacking midfielders supporting AN Other up front we will be able to create a boatload of chances…
For what it’s worth, Robbie Brady has turned out to be a great buy… but even then we dallied about upping our initial bid in small increments even though Steve Bruce and Hull had named their price.
An electric atmosphere was helped by chants of ‘On The Ball City’, ‘Follow Follow Follow’ and a cheeky ‘This train’s too big for you!’ to the clutch of Boro fans at the end of the train. Then, a sea of yellow and red, streamlining into what is a magnificent stadium fit for a World Cup final…..and it was our cup final, the first in 30 years at Wembley.
Who else in this league could afford to have the likes of Gary Hooper and Nathan Redmond on the bench? I would say none. Even among the ‘regular’ subs, Declan Rudd is another promising England youth international and Carlos Cuellar has years of top flight experience.
Although it was played down post-Wolves, there is a bit of a symbolic achievement attached to successfully clambering back in the play-off places in mid-February, especially when you have been hovering outside of it since November.
I was pleased to be able to watch a weekend game at Carrow Road for a change, and when I saw the line-up it took me five minutes or so to try and figure out Alex Neil’s intended formation. As it turned out the 4-2-3-1 deployed worked a treat on the day.
The size of the step up is a big one, but I’m hoping, rather than expecting, he will have the galvanizing effect that Gary Rowett has had on a Birmingham side that has been rising up the table since their young boss joined from Burton Albion.
Adams has some tough decisions to make looking ahead to the Forest game, and indeed the next few weeks, but I would seriously think of giving Carlos Cuellar or Ignasi Miquel a chance at centre-back on Saturday.
Seeing John Ruddy launch the ball to Josh Murphy and then watch him hare towards the goal was more Roy of the Rovers than Blackburn Rovers. And that’s exactly why most of us go and watch football – sheer entertainment!
You want someone suitably qualified for the job, and I feel that as a First Division winner with Everton, experience of playing in the Premier League, and more recently taking a then largely unknown quantity to Stamford Bridge and winning the FA Youth Cup, Neil Adams certainly doesn’t have a bad CV.