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  1. 49 points
    Hi all, This is Wooster’s daughter. I’m not too sure if I’m posting this in the correct place but I know my Dad had some friends on here and I just wanted to let you all know of his sad passing on Sunday morning. It has been a shock to all of us as we hoped he would have many more years left. I just thought I should let you all know how much he enjoyed the forum and hearing from all of you. He’d always tell me of the fundraisers you’d do together and the laughs he had with you all. I know he’ll be celebrating Norwich’s win up there. All the best to you all
  2. 21 points
    To perform an extremely complex operation to remove Ivan Toney from Grant Hanley's pocket.
  3. 13 points
    Last night I came on here to bask in the glow of being 7 points clear . What I found was squabbling and city fans calling each other out ? What’s the matter with you lot ? Zonal marking ? Who is the worst player ? Let’s meet up for a punch up? I’m a better fan than you ? We are top of the league for goodness sake (oh yes - “it’s a poor league” ) .And the Binners are having a shocker . Enjoy the moment .
  4. 13 points
    Yes the ones they wore to Wembley in 1978
  5. 11 points
    Somebody has lost their life so not too sure if that is at all relevant.
  6. 11 points
    https://www.alongcomenorwich.com/articles/the-lambert-diaries-final-edition/
  7. 10 points
    Absolute rock tonight.. MOTM without a doubt. Work rate amazing...
  8. 10 points
    Glenn was a true gentleman I met him at work once after he left city , he said he did his best also while at city he wrote personally to me after he found out I was seriously ill and encouraged me to get better . Not the best manager but a gentleman RIP
  9. 10 points
    Anyone know who the rest of the consortium are?
  10. 10 points
  11. 10 points
    Time to bring out the decades old classic
  12. 9 points
    This is such a shock and so very hard to take in. I'm really sorry for your loss you must all be devastated. Wooster one of our top PUPs and posted his pick as usual last Friday. He was romping the profitability league correctly predicting so many draws. Wooster's big heart shone through his posts on here and his communications with me. It's all so very sad. RIP Wooster
  13. 9 points
    Selling your club to Russian oligarchs wanted for war crimes and Far East conglomerates who have gone bankrupt 6 times already is so 10 years ago I don’t think we should settle for any less than: > An African warlord with child slave soldiers > A high up official in a country that isn’t recognised by the UN > Somalian Pirates > Caribbean Pirates > The Actual Vladimir Putin (that’d be wild!) > The Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel > The Ghost of Genghis Kahn Anything less just isn’t going to get us the ‘Gram followers we require, and let’s face it, that’s what modern football is all about.
  14. 9 points
    Well yeah, but I bet they made better substitutions.
  15. 9 points
    Jesus Christ, talk about glass half empty. How can you also be so derisory of Delia, calling her 'The Cook', after the way the club has been reshaped in the past four years? She is ultimately the 'owner' of this club and had the final say in that happening, not forgetting the relative (especially in comparison to our neighbours) success over the past 25 years. We've got a lot to thank Delia for.
  16. 9 points
    I thought after 70 mins it was Birmingham who looked tired. BTW Does anyone ever celebrate a win anymore? That's four wins on the bounce 67 points from 32 games (Have we ever had that many before?) If only we could go, enjoy the wins and then celebrate.
  17. 9 points
    Official club statement. Brentford FC have decided not to take 3 points from our home game against Barnsley. We took the decision as a group as we believe it's not having an impact. We believe our time on the pitch shows how much better we are than all the other teams and we're going to use our energies to further that belief.
  18. 9 points
    I genuinely don't understand how anyone can seriously criticise a player (especially a foreigner) before at least ten games. The current culture of instant judgement and projection of opinion is depressingly hollow and usually inaccurate.
  19. 8 points
    I've got one of his hosepipes!
  20. 8 points
    So tired that they played a lot better in the second half than the first.
  21. 8 points
    We are doing something tactically different this year. Something quite brave. It links with the issue of subs. We are preparing for a higher level of football and have been for a couple of months. We have matured our game to the point where we are far from the ‘you score 4, we score 5’ rollercoaster of yesteryear - and indeed the fluid, attack-minded disrupt-you-by-attacking methodology that won praise - though few points - at the higher level. Thus a strategic dilemma. As the club’s stated mission is Top 26 - and ideally for all Top 17 - then do you jump the hurdle that is in front of you (a) or prepare for the hurdle that is to come (b)? Everyone will say ‘I want both’ though this requires a serious overhaul of tactical approach, something of a change of mentality, whilst naturally retaining all of the fundamental principles of pattern of play. 1. How does this translate into what we see in front of us? 2. What is the Manager doing differently? 3. What are the players doing differently? 4. Do we - as fans - need to change our thinking in any way as a result of 1,2,3? (4.1) How does this affect substitutions (as a small subset of the overall picture)? In basic terms this is the dilemma: Norwich were horribly exposed at the top level. Being brave, ‘going for it’, flooding forward, scoring lots of goals to win games, high volume wins, individual brilliance... were all over-shadowed by ....lack of weaknesses in any position, structural solidity, high levels of diligent athleticism (particularly vid defensive space-covering), set-piece specialists, highly professional approaches (‘gamesmanship’), tactical fouls, deeply-drilled structural shapes, squad depth, strong game-management, responsibility to the collective in almost all players some good, weapon players on every side, et al. How does what we see in front of us now relate to the above and the overall picture? i. We are playing a much lower risk form of football ii. We are retaining elements of our fluid forward play where appropriate (early, nil-nil ‘probing period’ or when presented with highly deficient opposition structure) iii. Once ahead we are sucking the life out of teams - and the game itself - via possession, tempo control (sucking time out of the game, defusing moments when the opposition has any momentum, obtaining ‘easy’ fouls, not trying to advance out of shape..) iv. Chris Goreham is wrong and Farke is right. The game is not ‘close’ at 1-0. It may be ‘close’ at 0-0 (though we are often well ahead on ‘points’ even at this stage) though the ‘fear’ so commonly expressed is subjective and - particularly yesterday - bears little ressemblance to the amount of on-field strategic control we exert. V. Football is a low-scoring game. One goal - as every good Italian knows - is a massive advantage, a huge disruptor to the opposition. They have to change (unless they play very low rent, low-possession, keep-it-tight-hope-for-a-set-piece or bit-of-luck and cannot change..like Rotherham yesterday) and you do not. vi. Change is not generally good in football. You spend enormous amounts of time setting up your structure, tactical plan, personnel interactions, minutiae that the average fan would scarcely believe. Change thus becomes an inferior Plan B (or it would have been Plan A). Things can work in your favour - though ‘bringing on Big Crouchy when they’re tiring’ is a luxury most Championship clubs don’t have. If their ‘Crouchy’ was better, he’d start. vii. ‘Rotherham’s Crouchy’ doesn’t start because ‘when you’re attacking you are defending’ and ‘when you’re defending you are attacking’. Every piece and action is inter-connected and affects the whole. Few fans have the inside knowledge, data, direct experience, direct contact with the psychology of the players or deep understanding of how disparate parts contribute to the whole. Adding one things costs another, which diminishes another, augments a different piece, all of which suits one player , makes it harder for another, increases stress on one part of the system, strengthening another....but how does that relate to your resources, what the opposition resources are, what the variables of the day are (pitch, conditions, league position, momentum, current dressing-room psychology)? Viii. We are thus not trying to score at 1-0. We will will if a great opportunity presents itself, if someone does something strategically low-risk though brilliant, the opposition makes a mistake or the opposition breaks its own structure too much in trying to recover a goal. ix. When you are ahead you don’t need to change (nb: assuming - like us - that your game plan is superior, repeatedly troubling the opposition and making it notably more likely that you will score - or not obviously concede via an apparent weakness). It isn’t your problem. You might proactively counter a move the opposition is going to make (‘bringing on Crouchy’), though - as with yesterday - not if all that can be offered is more of the same. Why would you then change? The pattern of play is showing that you (remain) far more likely to score than the opposition. X. In this context subs become a tactical weapon - like a set piece - and are actually used to disrupt the opposition momentum, defuse the last 10 minutes (subs at ‘85 minutes’ as written may actually play for 15 minutes note), ‘steal’ time from the referees watch and re-inforce key spaces as opposition teams overload. xi. The actual quality of ‘chances’ we are conceding is generally very low. Fans are conditioned to fear narrow leads (in England) and thus hold their breath ‘Goreham-like’ every time the opposition crosses the half-way line because of ‘what might happen’ in their passionate, partisan minds. Professionals must resist such subjective fear and contextualise it clearly with the empirical evidence in front of them. We are preparing - bravely - for a higher level. This is not ‘putting the cart before the horse’ , it is necessary transitioning and re-inforces Farke’s (and others’) observation that free-scoring promoted teams may - occasionally - keep scoring at the top level and survive a (lucrative) year, though teams that generally establish over a mid-term period (and thus are able to structurally strengthen) have far better defensive structure, are able to ‘see out’ tight games and resist ‘fear marketing’ when they are ahead. Like any really good (and he is excellent) coach he is managing to elegantly tessellate the immediate objectives with organic, persistent progression towards a deeper growth objective. Thus you use current circumstances to create ‘set-pieces’ that point your charges towards the future. You are hardening your players to perform, act and decide as if they were playing at a (far) higher level. Which they will be. Parma
  22. 8 points
    yep absolutely mental isn’t it? Ill take Farkes commensense over anyone on here thanks
  23. 8 points
    "Thank you's" all round for the concerned comments above. I'm hardly ever ill and when you get symptoms during such a pandemic it must be easy to add two and two. I'm now fairly sure I do not have the virus. All checks I've made (save for a test result) indicate not. There are the three key symptoms and I've not had any of those. The throat and stomach are much better after a 24 hour period too. Mrs S was never convinced either! I may as well take the mickey out of myself!
  24. 8 points
    Andy Townsend can be added to those two, he wiped his Norwich career from memory very quickly.
  25. 8 points
    A great player with an even better attitude, he deserves a dream move in the summer.
  26. 8 points
    A genuine all rounder (and a bloody good one) which means that people without a football brain will never see why he's valuable. He doesn't play so many games for Farke and get capped by his country so frequently for no reason.
  27. 7 points
    In case you had not realised we are in the middle of a pandemic and such gatherings are forbidden in an effort to curb further infections and deaths.
  28. 7 points
    All the talk about what we do after our inevitable promotion (ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves, but you can get some seriously good odds if you want to bet against it) has got me thinking. The togetherness of the current squad - the absolute trust and respect they have for each other - is the result of some incredibly skillful management. When did you last see two of our players having a disagreement on the pitch? When do you recall one of the players not working their hardest for the team? When did we last look less than the sum of our parts? I'm not party to the ins and outs of what went on between Farke and these players, but I can safely say that cutting them completely from the first team squad is absolutely part of the overall success this season. By creating a cohesive unit of players all on the same wavelength, who all know their precise role and exactly how it interacts with the rest of the team, Farke and his staff have pulled off a masterstroke. We can all fantasise about which players we'd like to sign or who we'd drop for who. But the job of building a team, getting them to gel and put in the workrate week after week is an incredible feat. At the start of the season I was struggling to imagine a midfield without Leitner being anywhere near as effective as our previous promotion campaign. I had no idea.
  29. 7 points
    I think the undertones here that Goss was a bit average are wide of the mark. He was early in his City career, perhaps, but in that 92 season and the Europe one he was immense and a club legend.
  30. 7 points
    I don't necessarily agree. We've changed quite dramatically how we use the two defensive midfielders and our goals for and against columns are dramatically different from two years. We have more clean sheets with 13 games remaining than we did in the whole season two years ago. We are going to need to recruit well, 5 or 6 players including at centre-half, right back, defensive midfield, no.10 and striker. There will be an opportunity to do that with significant finance available should Max and/or Emi leave. From then on it's still an uphill battle but we do have some very good players capable of stepping up. It is possible for us to make a much better fist of it.
  31. 7 points
    They're an excellent side with a really good setup. I don't think there's anything wrong with having a bit of admiration for the way they're set up. I'd much rather see them go up than the clown car that is Watford.
  32. 7 points
    Gareth Ainsworth pleading for a penalty
  33. 7 points
    Just had my jab, Pfizer for me! There were loads in the 50 category and a few younger I’d imagine with conditions, but certainly all ages being vaccinated in the centre here at Kirkley. Really well organised and a big thank you from me for all those involved.
  34. 7 points
    Nah, a couple of wins and Evans will give him another 5 years, he's playing a blinder
  35. 7 points
    People are aware that the Championship is fairly competitive right? Also the fact it wasn't our best performance, but away from home on a cabbage patch ground out what was a comfortable win in the end? Genuinely not sure what people expect, especially given the horrendous conditions tonight? We're never going to blow teams away every week, but Swansea aside, have never really looked like losing in recent games.
  36. 7 points
    Very good post, and a lot of valid points. I suspect the correct argument will only be borne out of the results of the season, and given how things are going so far, I think it's fair to accept there is a method in Farke's seeming madness. I also think his use of substitutions seems to have improved this season, as has been shown by the match-winning changes he made several times earlier on in the season. Ultimately, as a manager, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. Had Farke brought someone on earlier and they struggled to adjust to the pace at a crucial time, or the cohesion of the squad had been upset so much that we ended up losing the game, he would have been smashed for it. Equally, he could have bought on Idah/Dowell earlier and we went on to win the game comfortably. Given that we had more than enough chances to win this and the Coventry game by a larger margin, yet still couldn't take our chances with probably our strongest 11, makes me doubt whether it's Farke's substitutions that are the reason for this. What does get my goat is when people act as if game management and substitutions is simple, and that Farke is an idiot who should just bring fresh legs on when things are getting a bit tight. I get that we are all fans, and some probably handle the pressure of a tight 1-0 game against Rotherham better than others, but I genuinely can't understand people who try and act as if it's basic stuff Farke is missing. There are, presumably, all other sorts of factors Farke is thinking about - squad cohesion, testing the key players within these pressure situations, match freshness and other things we are not privy to. Maybe, just maybe, given our current position in the table, is it not possible that Farke's "lack" of substitutions and determination to reduce rotation as much as possible are a major factor as to why we are where we are?! Anyway, I suspect none of us will ever be able to prove or disprove this one way or the other, but people pretending that because they have played a few seasons of Football Manager or watched Norwich for decades that this substitution malarkey is straightforward, easy and that he's "doing it wrong" is very silly IMO.
  37. 7 points
  38. 7 points
    Cantwell was superb tonight, back to his very best.
  39. 7 points
    I dont understand why posters on here think its Todd's responsibility to adjust his personal life on social media to cater for our thick fans who can't read, our bored fans who like to read into things because they've got nothing to do all day and our unsupportive fans who just like to criticise anything and everything Todd does.
  40. 7 points
    Well that's one in the eye for all those on this forum who were happy to hand the Championship trophy to Brentford during the week....with 18 games left....
  41. 7 points
    If Brentford rate him, sign him up. They are the best team in this division and will clearly storm the PL, probably winning it in their first season.
  42. 7 points
    What’s your view on streaming ?
  43. 7 points
    I can’t get my head round most brexiteers all being like Alf Garnett, Till Death Us Do Part! I mean if they bought into Farage...... Classic part of their script! Sums up our Brexiteers on here.... Alf Garnett: Well, I mean, see if we go into Europe... Else Garnett: I thought we was in Europe. I mean, I thought we always have been. Alf Garnett: I know that, yer silly moo. I'm not talking about that aspect am I? I'm talking about the Common Market aspect of the going into Europe. Alf Garnett: Old Enoch's against it, in't 'e, eh? He don't want no more bloody foreigners over here. We got enough bloody foreigners here as it is. Bloody country's swarming with E****s and Kr***ts and Fr****es and Spa*****es and Brussel Sprouts. All coming over here and taking our jobs off of us, aren't they? Else Garnett: Well, we can go over there and take the jobs off of them. Alf Garnett: I don't want to go over there, do I? Else Garnett: Wish you would.
  44. 6 points
    Can people now see how hard we had it when we had a pile of centre-halves missing last season, with defensive midfielders helping out back there? Manchester City struggled for ages with a similar problem last season too even with all their riches. No wonder we were in trouble from the start of it.
  45. 6 points
    You just can't help yourself can you. If you have nothing useful to say why don't you keep your gammon gob shut you sour pipsqueak. And try reading what J actually says instead of making up lies about his intentions. I suggest you stop leeching money from the tax-payer to subsidise your staff's poverty pay rates, and stop exploiting NHS resources for your company's profits, before you start criticising people on furlough. Jaberry, I have no doubt you will be welcomed wherever you eventually end up, Norfolk people are typically a warm bunch and very unlike this buffoon. Good luck with your search.
  46. 6 points
    Not a big fan of his by any stretch but sorry to read of his passing at a relatively young age these days of such an awful condition to have lived with. Do you ever make a single post on here without it being vitriol towards other posters and staying classy on a thread such as this is beyond you ? I have no more to say.
  47. 6 points
    A rather pleasant little stat.
  48. 6 points
    If the next five are as enjoyable as the previous 54 I'll be more than happy
  49. 6 points
    Instead of constantly blaming everyone except those that you want to protect, why don’t you report on or even acknowledge posts with good news such as treatments and vaccine rollouts. Let me tell you some news you will hate, there were 2 proper new treatments approved for use last week, The Serum Institute of India is on target to produce their first 2 billion doses within the timescales anticipated, The EU took delivery of 12.5 million doses Saturday and are now cracking on, on their live vaccine counter ( which records doses in real time ) they have administered 256,000 doses between midnight and 11 am. And please don’t refer to me as your friend, racists and liars are the scum of the earth.
  50. 6 points
    That's pretty much how I see it too. I was for remaining in the EU but now feel a hypocrite for actually coming round to support Scottish and Welsh (and Irish) independence. Thankfully, the comments by Yellow Fever, Herman, Creative Midfielder help me to get a better understanding of my hypocrisy (being so behind being collaborative in the EU bloc with other states but actually starting to question whether the country should now split up). It's uncomfortable to imagine as a remain supporter, that if I was Scottish then I would definitely want out of the current UK set up and the kind of government we have. I've wondered if it's all about this particular administration and have come to the conclusion it isn't just that. Yet, if I put myself in someone else's shoes (always an excellent tactic) I can see it more clearly. As for "levelling up" that's just a political gimmick. If Johnson wanted that he wouldn't have donned billions of contracts out like his administration has in this pandemic. We are not and have never been "one nation" either. What the hell is a "One Nation Tory" anyway. It's a sick joke. Look at health inequalities, the history of jerrymandering, council tax and local government grant settlements etc etc. This current admin want a permanent Tory country. Rock the Boat did put his finger on it in a previous post. Labour will struggle to catch up. I also agree with @TheGunnShow who has argued before about PR very intellegently. Today, Polly Toynbee's piece looks at this through the prism of Brexit and US and argues a case quite well. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/16/two-party-electoral-system-factions-voters?
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