Tag: Norwich City

Off The Ball, City – Norwich’s End Of Season PR Calamity

This, there can be little doubt, has been a miraculous season for Norwich City to the extent that there is an element to the narrative of the clubs last three seasons. In August 2009, they were adjusting to their first season in the bottom two divisions of the Football League with considerable difficulty. A seven-one defeat at the hands of Colchester United on the opening day of that season, a result which brought about the end of former goalkeeper Bryan Gunn’s time in charge of the club. City acted quickly and brought in Colchester’s manager Paul Lambert as his replacement. It’s not unreasonable to say that this appointment changed the fortunes of the club on a scale that would have seemed unimaginable at the time. Promotion to the Championship might have been expected, but a second successive promotion into the Premier League certainly wasn’t and a comfortable first season amongst the elite that will end in a mid-table finish has been even less so. Considering all of this, we should reasonably expect there to be a celebratory air around the end of this season, but a sudden flurry of bad publicity is threatening to cast something of a cloud over any celebrations. Chris Brown in a seventeen year old IT student who supports Norwich City. On Tuesday night, he was looking at the source code for the clubs official website...

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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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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Norwich City

At the end of last season, it rather felt as if one of the more significant success stories of the previous ten months had been overlooked. As the nation salivated over Barcelona in the Champions League and cheered Wimbledon back into the Football League, Norwich City supporters could have been forgiven for feeling a little bit forgotten for having achieved something a little bit special – back to back promotions which ended with the club back in the Premier League. As the team takes the pitch at Wigan Athletic for their opening match of the new season, their opening match in League One from two years prior – a 7-1 home thrashing at the hands of Colchester United – may well feel like a million years ago. Norwich, they may well sing on that day, are back. The financial benefits of promotion are evident, even if the team can only manage one season in the Premier League. They will earn a minimum of £40m from television money, their commercial revenues will increase and match-day income should also increase. Even considering the dread possibility of next season being a one season only stay in the Premier League, they will continue to benefit from the plumpened parachute payments that now greet clubs relegated from the Premier League, which will be worth a further £48m over the four years following any relegation...

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How Cardiff City Handed Automatic Promotion To Norwich City

A bright, if blustery, afternoon at The Cardiff City Stadium, then, and what should be a routine day at the office for Cardiff City. They are still chasing the heels of Norwich City, but a home match against sixteenth placed Middlesbrough should bring home a comfortable three points today and keep the pressure on the Canaries as they travel to Fratton Park to play Portsmouth this evening. Within the space of twenty minutes, though, what might be a nervous evening for Norwich City becomes a pre-promotion party whilst Cardiff’s expectations of taking this battle to the last weekend of the season disappear in a puff of smoke. At the start play, Cardiff are a point behind Norwich with a superior goal difference of a solitary goal. On three minutes, Leroy Lita heads Middlesbrough into the lead with a goal so soft that the Middlesbrough players seem almost hesitant to celebrate it andthen , ten minutes later, they double their lead with another goal from Barry Robson. Eight minutes after this, Richard Smallwood who, as part of what may be a local May Day custom, seems to have been given the freedom of the Cardiff City penalty area, makes the score a scarcely credible 3-0. Mayday, indeed. The Cardiff City Stadium falls quiet in stunned disbelief. This is not how the script was supposed to play out. The home side...

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FA Cup Third Round Weekend 4: Norwich City 0-1 Leyton Orient

Josh Clarke supports Leyton Orient, but in his younger days was an apprentice with Norwich City. Sod’s Law meant that they would draw each other in the Third Round of the FA Cup, which meant an unexpected trip back to Norfolk for him. In what is normally the most romantic weekend of the English football calender, a week of deep introspection and soul-searching has left me unable to bask in the potential banana-skins, giant killings and Ronnie Radford moments that the FA Cup 3rd Round is capable of throwing up. The reason for my anxiety is that the cruel mistress that is the FA Cup draw, shoddily overseen by Noel Gallagher and Serge from Kasabian has slung together my two clubs. I’ve found out what happens when your home team, the team you know and love, comes head-to-head with your newly adopted local side. Indeed, it’s hardly a game to capture the imagination of the countries sporting press, but when Leyton Orient take the trip up the A47 to meet Norwich City, my usually unwavering loyalty may have an uncharacteristic wandering eye. Having represented the Canaries from a young age and becoming an apprentice for the club in my teens, I have a long personal history with the club from Norfolk. And for that reason, I should be supporting Norwich. I will be supporting Norwich. Yet the step taken...

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