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Everything posted by MasterNagus

  1. I think you''re a little guilty of seeing a ''problem'' where there isn''t one, to be honest. How do you decide where to place players on such a photo? By height? Position played? Time at the Club? It''s just a common device used by photographers - look at any film / theatre / music promotion stills, the subjects are placed to create an image thats easy on the eye. For instance, on a film poster, you wouldn''t position someone like Danny Devito BEHIND a 6''2'' leading man. Does that discriminate against short people? It''s done simply to create as nice, pleasing and symetrical look. I''m sure if rascism existed among the players / staff at NCFC, we have enough former players (Nielson, Akinbiyi, Fox, Beckford to name just a few.....) who would have said something by now! Don''t go looking for problems that don''t exist.
  2. Don''t know about the coca cola, but have a feeling in my gut about the FA Cup. 3rd round draw: Norwich City (Last years First Division Champions) will play........ Ipswich Town. (Followed by much muttering by Hansen, Linekar and co......) Can see it happening, and see the Portaloo mob winning it just to be ruddy awkward!
  3. I am desperateto get two tickets for Man Utd away - my fiance has family in Manchester so we have a bed ten minutes from the ground. Does anyone know if it''s limited to one per member? Or, failing that, anyone with away season tickets who can''t go? Ideas anyone?
  4. I''m with the Cardiff camp on this one... That Birmingham game built me up, tore me down, ripped my guts out, broke my heart and then trampled them into the ground. I still remember the feeling at the end of the game. I was physically shaking, I couldn''t speak, I felt numb, drained physically and mentally, and simply destroyed. Compared to that, England losing on pens against Portugal was a piece of cake
  5. Football needs a fall guy, football supporters need a scapegoat, always will do. For City last year, it was Easton and Rivers. Before that, at various times, it''s been Newman, Sutch, even Gunn and the mighty Iwan at times. There are many more too, but you get the idea... In my opinion, Scholes, Beckham and Gerrard had distinctly average competitions, but that doesn''t make them bad players. Before the Portugal game, some would have you believing that Owen was finished, but in the space of 24 hours, that''s old news. As somebody once said, form is temporary, class is permanent. If you ask me, the problem is not Owen, Beckham etc, but a 6''4'' plank of a goalkeeper who only succeeds in encouraging the opposition with his inability to organise his defence and command his six yard box. James has always got away with those weak points because of his agility and shot stopping, but even those strengths seem a thing of the past now... Step up Mr Robert Green, your time is almost here.
  6. Nursery club, no, I''d never advocate that. But I wouldn''t say no to the young lad Clichy (I think thats spelt correctly) on the left for a season. Good competition for Drury, and very good going forward. Really can''t see him being picked above Ashley Cole at Arsenal. Just a thought.
  7. Keown? No, No and no. He is exactly the sort of player City don''t want. For every pound of talent he mave have (or rather did have) comes a lot more baggage, bad attitude and flaws in his play. He is short of pace, but that is not as much of a problem as his short temper and arrogance. Surely we don''t want a player who behaved so disgracefully against Van Nisteroy at Old Trafford earlier this year? No doubt he would still command a top Premiership salary - money that could be spent elsewhere. No one truly believed big Iwan was up to the Premiership because of his age, his lack of pace and his fouls. Keown is the same in a different position and the same principle applies. Only difference is Iwan is a gentleman and a true City legend. Keown is a past it thug with a bad attitude. ''Nuff said.
  8. I''m not a bitter, twisted man, and for a nano second the other night I displayed remarkable humility for all the teams that haven''t won the league... however... I want the Portaloo boys in the play-offs I want them to win the semi I don''t even mind them scoring a goal or two in the final... And then, losing the whole thing on penalties. 30.000 binners heartbroken, Royle on the dole, players sold, and Sheepshanks crying into his calculator and crawling to Dodgy Johns Loan Company. We had to take it - and they loved it. I want that revenge. Get to work Wizard.
  9. Would be a brilliant signing - classy, physical midfielder, and with the right kind of girly blond hair to go with Hucks, Svennson etc... But what do you reckon he''s on a week - 30 - 40,000??? Can we really see that happening?
  10. Interesting points all. Koumas i would go for, but with Brom virtually up with us, I can''t see Megson letting him go. Oster, Kanu...can''t see either happening, and quite frankly, don''t want to. I also don''t advocate the buying of ''experienced'' (ie, past it) players, as done by Portsmouth and Wolves. Their buying of Stone, Sheringham, Irwin, Ince etc. The one exception would be Roy Keane - rumour has it Fergie wants rid, but I don''t think it''s a realistic target. There was talk of Andy Reid from Forest at one point. Any thoughts on that? I think the way to go is firstly to pick up players with Premier experience as we have done this year - Hucks, Svennson,Edworthy - who for what ever reason are out of favour at their clubs, and alongside that looking for bargains from lower division and / or struggling clubs and developing them - Mackenzie, Francis, Drury etc. That, alongside the invaluable youth policy - Hendo, Green, Shackell etc - is the way I would go. But I''m not the manager, which you should all be very grateful for!
  11. Yup, I joined the sobbing brotherhood for a while tonight. But tell you what... ...Isn''t it better than the sobbing after Cardiff? In the immortal words of Del Trotter on landing his first million... We''ve only bloody gone and done it. How good does tonight feel........?
  12. its all about self control. I''ve drunk before games, not heavily, but enough to take the edge off a bit! But never, in a million years, would I dream of hurling racial abuse or swearing at fellow fans. We''ve all let the odd colourful insult slip out to players or officials, that''s part and parcel of the game and i don''t think anybody really objects. What I don''t get is people having a pop at other supporters? Not even visiting supporters? What''s up with that? Anyway, in the wake of such things as Kick Rascism out of football and similar campaigns, isn''t there some kind of legal framework in place whereby such supporters who are repeatedly drunk / rascist / aggressive / foul mouthed / generally obnoxious , can be thrown out of grounds and banned, not only from that ground but nationwide? I''m no expert, but does such a thing exist, and if so, why is it not enforced? Think it will be even more relevant next year when the Lower Barclay will be populated with ''fans'' of Man Utd et al. That is something the club really has to keep an eye on.
  13. Totally agree with the comments here The last thing I want to see is ''investment'' in ''flashy'' players from Asia, Africa or South America who know nothing of the club, the area, the heritage and so on. Players whose only concern is their 30 / 40 grand a week pay packet - not that we can afford it but you take my point. Players who may well raise themselves for a live Sky game at Highbury but don''t want to know when its a wet and windy Wednesday night at Ewood Park. One of the fantastic things this season is that every single player at Norwich has wanted to be at Norwich. The obvious example is Huckerby, but look at those who have been dropped or on the fringes for whatever reason - Cricthon, Iwan at times, Hendo, Mulryne, even Rivers and Easton - how many of those have ever gone public with their frustration, bad mouthed the club or slapped in sulky transfer requests? We don''t want to lose that spirit. Of the clubs to go up over recent years - Portsmouth, Wolves, Leicester - they have all packed their sides with non descript foreign ''stars'' and lost the very strengths that got them up. The obvious exception is Birmingham, and a few years before, Charlton - shrewd signings at the right time (ie Savage), team strengthing at the right price, but never sacrificing the things that got them there in the first place. But, anyway, we ain''t there for another 48 hours. Before I worry too much about next season, I''m going to damn well enjoy the rest of this one! Bring on the championship.
  14. Watching the Premiership tonight I caught another look at Shaun Wright-Phillips who I think is a far better option than Pennant in the wide right role. Of course, whether nice Mr Kevin would let him go is another matter, as is the transfer fee and wages, but you know, just a thought...
  15. Guys... Don''t think i''m complaining for a second, but I don''t actually believe we are talking like this. The question of how many wins / points we need to get up.... ....to get out of this godforsaken league, after ten years of anonymity, stress, misery and disappointment. ....to finally forget once and for all the Chase demos, the inept performances, the dull 0.0 draws on freezing January nights, the bad signings.... ....to finally put the play-off final to bed (I still can''t watch it!) If someone had told me what was going to happen this season, I wouldn''t have believed them. And it COULD be by next Wednesday. I''ve told my fiance to buy champagne, and work that I might not be in for a few days hehehe. We can''t possibly blow it now could we?
  16. Key factors this season: The Derby home win as others have mentioned. The Walsall away win which no one has mentioned - but for me that was the first time City looked like genuine contenders in ten years! Huckerby, Huckerby and Huckerby. The Rotherham away draw. We should have never conceded four I know, but the spirit and never say die attitude that day was stunning. Ipswich. Home and away. Svensson hitting form with absolute perfect timing. Equally perfect timing to start with three up front. A settled and disciplined back four, and keeper. Delia coming up with the hard cash! It''s sychronicity methinks - just everything gelling and going right at the right time. And if it can just continue for one more month...
  17. I have seen hundreds of far worse penalties hit the back of the net. Simple fact is a goalkeeper chooses which way to go and if he chooses right he has a reasonable chance of saving it. Had De Goey gone the other way the ball would have gone in and this wouldn''t even be a thread! No, it wasn''t a fantastic penalty, but it wasn''t as bad as some would have you believe. Still wouldn''t swop our Darren for ANY first division striker.
  18. OK...we''ve had Wizards First Rule taking over the boards forever, but now we are discussing cheese??????? This really is proof that the tensions of this season have become too much for us all. And I thought the lunatics were running the asylum when Chase was in charge. How wrong I was. I came here tonight to make a sensible (relativly speaking) post about the Stoke game but forget it...I''ll go with the flow. Anyone noticed just how much cheese it''s possible to eat after drinking lots of alcohol? There''s always cheese in the fridge. Much more so than under Hamilton. I think that says something. Rip it off Throw it down Cut a little Stilton. Keep it sliced Splendid Brie, Bravo, eat some cheese. On the board, the Barclay, Never mind the Wensum. Steady on, here he comes Worthy has mature.... ...Cheddar, Cheddar, Cheddar. Gawd, I need help
  19. I can see the logic in this. I''ve seen too many games where the victims of the boo boys turn in electric performances almost out of spite. Booing a visiting player can easily motivate them more than any manager - we all saw Hucks the ''victim'' at Rotherham! While I wouldn''t advocate a the red carpet for Darel and Ade, I would suggest that the negative energy in booing them would be far better spent as POSITIVE energy supporting the yellow and green.
  20. Svensson and Huckerby? McKenzie and Huckerby? Forgive me if I am being totally naive but... Why not Svensson, McKenzie AND Huckerby? We go to a narrow three man midfield, which I think would suit the play anyway as I don''t consider any of the potential candidates for the wide roles to be wingers anyway. The width can come from the full backs and from McKenzie / Huckerby pulling wide according to the pattern of the game. I really don''t see the point of sticking with so called wide players when none of them can consistantly cross a decent ball anyway! Could that lack of service be why Svensson isn''t firing? Yes, it could leave us over run in midfield, and it is a risk, but I think it''s worth taking. Surely now is the time to be brave and start scaring the life out of teams with attacking play? It''s us who are top of the league and have been for three months! We should fear nobody. They should fear us. Nige, much respect for what you''ve done this season. Now, take that final step. You know you want to!
  21. For me this is a good signing. It''s all about options. Bringing Cooper in gives more choices in midfield. If you perm two from Cooper, Hendo, Brennan, McVeigh or even Jarvis for the two wide midfield positions, that leaves Mulryne, Holt and Francis scrapping for two centre midfield positions. That can only be good. Not only does it give instant options from the bench, it also lets whoever might be first choice know they have serious competition. If you throw in Easton and Rivers as last resorts, thats ten midfielders fighting for four positions. I reckon most Clubs in the First Division would kill to be in that position! We already have four strikers vying for two positions, Briggs and Shackell offering good defensive cover (Shackell is more than cover in my opinion, but you get my point...) Not a bad position to be in is it really? And if Cooper doesn''t make the grade, he goes at the end of the season. A good signing.
  22. First Wizard: I have followed this thread with some interest, and have stayed silent. But now, you leave me with no other choice than to speak. As you will see from my name, I am also a practitioner of what the common man would call the dark arts. We know our similarities, and our differences, and I trust you have the same respect for my Magick that I have for yours. Although, as you will know, the Wizards First Rule is not part of my Order, I am aware of the text and its significance to you. I am also fully aware of its power. First Wizard, I urge you in the strongest possible terms not to reveal the True Nature of the Rule. The impact of the Knowledge on the common man could be too much for them to take, and we both know such actions could lead to a chain of events that even our combined Orders would be powerless to control. I am willing to work with you on this First Wizard, and in doing so unite our respective Orders for a greater good - if you wish to accept my offer, please contact me through the usual channels. If however, you choose to ignore me and unveil the Rule, it is my duty to point out that you will leave me with little choice but to invoke the Rite Of The Ninth Configuration. I do not need to warn you of the possible consequences should I have to do so.
  23. OK... I have never ever shaved before kick off on match days. Has it ever helped? No. Would i dare change this tradition? Again, no. Also, before the Cardiff game, I went to remove a necklace I''ve been wearing all season. Then I figured, wearing this necklace has got us to the verge of promotion, I can''t possibly take it off now. Sure enough, the very thought of removing it resulted in defeat. By the time we get to Gillingham, and that thought has been banished, we are back to a 3.0 win. There''s a message in that...
  24. This is what one might call a ruddy difficult one... I have never agreed with the booing of the team or individual players - even at the height of the Chase out campaign I applauded the players then vented my frustration AFTER the games - but, but, but....at times in the first half last night, it was impossible not to let the odd moan slip out. A couple of occassions even saw the ''f'' word slip out. It isn''t intended to upset the players or offend anyone around me, just circumstances you know! We are all way too nervous at the moment. The players, the management, the fans. We are so damn close to actually WINNING something (it will be twenty years ago next Summer that last happened!) that we are all getting panicky and stressed about it. I''m snapping at work colleagues, snarling at my girlfriend, drinking every night and scanning teletext every two minutes, all out of sheer bloody nerves at how close this is. If we feel like that, think how it must be to Hendo, having just misplaced a five yard pass. I don''t care who you are, what talent you have, or how much you get paid, that tension is going to get to you. Somehow, the likes of Flecky and David Nielson always made me feel better! Even when playing in a team fighting relegation, their raised fists and battle cries in front of the Barclay always made me happier and made me feel as if we could win the Champions League. I think Svensson, Holt and Hucks are natural successors in that role. When we see the players ''give it some'' we respond in kind - its always been that way. I think the supporters have a massive role to play this season - Carrow Rd this season is as intimidating as Ive ever known it to be and would certainly make me think twice about getting too loud if I were a visiting supporter - and its important we keep that up. Never a problem against the scum or West Brom, but it has to be just as passionate for the likes of Walsall and Stoke. Think of 59, Think of Goss in Munich...and then think how you felt after the penalty shoot out at Cardiff...then.... SING
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