Day: September 26, 2011

Match Of The Week: Norwich City 2-1 Sunderland

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. Fifteen days ago, there was a tangible feeling of gloom around Carrow Road as Norwich City lost by a single goal to a West Bromwich Albion team which had hitherto hardly been setting the Premier League itself. This, we might have rationalise, was exactly the sort of match that Paul Lambert’s team needed to be winning if it is to have much of a chance of keeping itself above the dotted line come the end of the season, and it was an opportunity lost. Since then, though, the tables have turned and Norwich City are starting to look like a Premier League club in many senses. Last weekend, they came away from a trip to The Reebok Stadium – a venue from which more illustrious names have returned empty-handed – with three points, and this evening they took another three points from a match against another well-established Premier Club which means that Norwich City will begin October in a very healthy looking ninth position in the table. For Sunderland, meanwhile, disquiet has seldom been far from the surface so far this season. Defeat at Brighton in the League Cup was followed up by an insipid goalless draw at Swansea City and, while a home defeat at the hands Chelsea might have been expected, their win against Stoke City last week...

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A New Beginning – At Last – For Wrexham Football Club

Patience brings its own rewards, and the press release issued this afternoon confirming that agreement has now been reached to ensure the take-over of Wrexham Football Club by the Wrexham Supporters Trust is certainly news that has been worth waiting for. Over the last year or so, this club has been the source of one of British football’s hardest soap operas, featuring a series of twists and turns which has, at times, seemed so bizarre as to be scarcely credible. There has been cast list of rogues, tyre-pickers and ne’er do wells which has led to an ongoing feeling that there might just be one final sting in the tail for those that have worked so tirelessly of late to attempt to move the club into mutual ownership after years of mismanagement at the hands of a model of ownership which has consistently failed the club and its supporters. As recently as the end of last week, it felt as if the prize on offer may be slipping from the grasp of the WST, with hushed talk of contractual obligations which may have left the trust’s financial planning for the club in tatters. On Friday, the stark warning was given that the WST had until close of business today to to submit a non-refundable deposit, or the club’s owners would have no option but to start talking to other...

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