Everything posted by ......and Smith must score.
City Angel said, " I am really worried about our game tomorrow with Colchester being so confident at the moment ".
You''re not the only one. Pre-season Colchester were every pundits idea of relegation fodder. After the first five games and five defeats it looked like the '' experts '' were right and the U''s would be doubled by just about everyone. How wrong we were.
With the visitors having taken 20 points from their last 9 games, and our chronic injury list, it''s looking anything but a formality that we''ll get three points tomorrow.
The PG '' feel good '' factor is faces a huge test in the next two games.......
King of Latvia offered a little advice to Peter Grant to, " Take the blame when you get it wrong ".
I agree. Before Saturday''s debacle PG had said that he did not intend to play people out of their natural position and then, as other posters have pointed out, proceeded to do exactly that at the Britannia Stadium.
It would do PG no harm at all to acknowledge that, on this occasion, he didn''t practice what he preached and apologise to the fans for doing so.
Tomorrow night''s game against Colchester and Saturday''s against Sunderland have now assumed much greater importance. Rumblings of discontent can be heard already and come Saturday evening things could well have gone more than a little '' pear shaped ''.
PG would be well advised to keep us fans '' onside ''........
......and Smith must score. replied to ......and Smith must score.'s topic in Main Discussion - Norwich City
Heard the draw on Radio Norfolk which tailed off after King''s Lynn''s number was called. I was sure they called " No.3 " but when Trevor Brooking said " King''s Lynn " I assumed I must have mis-heard.
Now seems that the draw was a cock-up and King''s Lynn should have been drawn away to Dover rather than have a home draw against Lewes !!
Interestingly the draw hasn''t yet appeared on Teletext so we must wait and see.......redraw may be ?
PS ------ Just seen that the FA have now decided that they''re away to Dover or Bishops Stortford !!!
We don''t get many penalty shoot-outs. Full stop.
I can only remember four occasions since 1967. For anyone sad enough to be interested in this goldmine of information the matches were ( in no particular order ) : Play-Off Final ( lost ). Bolton (A) In the League Cup ( won ). Bolton (H) in the League Cup ( lost ) and finally Millwall (H) * ( won ) in the thankfully long deceased Zenith Data Systems Cup.
* Last nugget supplied by a friend who has currently exceeded 500 consecutive home games so he had to be there. Never mind.
MH, for some mad reason I was also at Vale Park last night and your account of proceedings is spot on.
The curious migration of the fans from one end of the ground to the other was something I haven''t seen for decades and was possibly the highlight of the game. Can only happen at grounds with very poor attendances and unreserved seating so if you weren''t there last night, then, unless we visit there again I''m afraid you''ll probably never see it .Weird.
I can confirm that Gary Holt was indeed at the game with his young son and the one and only David Lee who is currently on one of his periodic visits from Hong Kong. The three were sitting directly in front of us with the irrepressible Mr Lee engaging GH in much conversation whilst Mr Holt, Jnr, looked bored and spent most of the time playing games on a mobile phone. ( If I could have fathomed out how to make the games work on my mobile I probably would have joined him ).
Presumably Gary''s son is a Norwich fan from his Dad''s days at Carrow Road ? If not then he could well be charged with child cruelty wilfully inflicting last night''s slow torture upon a juvenile.......
I have to agree with MH.......this wasn''t Norwich''s finest hour ( or nearly three )
I''ve always felt in the past that it is counter productive to '' name and shame '' individual players but now I''m not so sure.
Peter Grant has been like a breath of fresh air around Carrow Road and I fully agree with his comments concerning Paul McVeigh,and, to a large extent, those concerning other players. I can''t imagine that NW would have analysed the performances as succinctly as PG and his observations regarding the first and second half performances was spot on.
I particularly liked the way PG gave credit to the backroom staff in persuading him to select Doherty rather than Fleming for the Birmingham game. He was happy enough to admit that they were right and to publicly praise them for it.
It''s early days but I quite like him......
We''ll be in big trouble ( with the authorities ) if McVeigh makes an appearance at Port Vale.......
Getting sent off against Cardiff for violent conduct means he has to serve a three match ban.
Getting a bit twitchy now as I can''t seem to find any '' yellow fever '' one-liner classics on the board as of late.
Has he been liquidated by the moderators ? ..........or just scuttled off down the A.140 ?
Anyone any ideas ?
......and Smith must score. replied to The Duke of Norfolk's topic in Main Discussion - Norwich City
Regarding Duke of Norfolk''s comments on Peter Grant''s appointment I agree that the Board are taking a big gamble here. But aren''t all managerial appointments something of a gamble ? If the board had gone for a really high profile '' name '' would that have been any guarantee of success ? Besides, such managers invariably demand that huge transfer pots are made available and Norwich City are not in a position to provide one.Then there''s the small matter of the hefty wages that the new man would almost certainly require.
There are numerous examples of clubs coming unstuck by the appointment of '' luxury '' managers. No, I think the NCFC Board have made their choice within a limited framework and will sink or swim by that decision. Personally I didn''t think that Peter Grant would be appointed, but, if and until things are clearly not working, then I would like to see him given time to show whether or not he will be good for our club. Should he not be the answer then the Board will need to act immediately to try to rectify the situation and not let matters drag on indefinitely. Clearly this happened last time.
One small crumb of comfort.......just think how many Carrow Road appointments have received, at best, only a lukewarm response, only to find that club successes following that change proved to be way in excess of peoples expectations.
We can only hope that the Board have picked the right man in Peter Grant.
City Angel asks, " who''s going and what''s your prediction ? "
I haven''t been to Loftus Road since the 70''s and only just got tickets for what looks a virtual City sell-out.
Will need a few pints as anaesthetic before the game but don''t intend to have a bet on the away team. Almost guarantees a City win then, don''t you think?
We''ll nick it 1-0
M@rtin suggests the vaccine Stamaril as a cure for this scourge of mankind. In my limited experience this, I fear, may only effect temporary relief
Yellow Fever is indeed an interesting disease.Treated promptly it''s chief symptom will remain at worst only mild irritation.
I suspect this poor unfortunate has advanced characteristics and may well be beyond the help of medical science. The wretched chap -- I assume he is male -- whilst probably not the holder of an Oxbridge 1st Class Honours degree in astro-physics does still, for the present at least, clearly possess more grey matter than a sea anenome, and may therefore yet be saved.
Crucially, and I think this is the crux of the problem, this patient displays a most abnormal fear of an institution set deep in the bowels of Suffolk -- Ipswich Town Football Club. It is interesting to note that should the subject of this otherwise insignificant place be brought into the message board arena Yellow Fever is so traumatised that he is unable to respond.
Yellow Fever --- Your only hope of a cure is to lay bare your soul here on this forum and post these simple words : " Ipswich Town mean nothing to me ". I know it will be difficult, no, nigh impossible, but the exorcism must be performed if you are to release the demons from your tortured soul.
Only them will you be truly cured.
Gazza the great wrote, " We have had many happy connections with W Ham in the past, Ken Brown for one, plus numerous players. I for one am happy to keep that connection.
Well said Gazza. If we have as much success as we did with Ken Brown and one of his predecessors, former Hammers team mate John Bond as our managers then let the good times roll......
Yellow Fever wrote, " the hope dies and the anger grows - even the the sleepy begin to wake ".
Blimey YF, were you Will Shakespeare in a previous life ?
No, I''ll bet you''ve been watching too many re-runs of that 1970''s David Carradine '' Kung-Fu '' TV series, eh, Grasshopper ?
I think that if a City player has applied it is likely to have been Dion Dublin.
No factual evidence but his name has appeared in the long odds section of some bookies lists at prices of at least 20/1.
Nothing against the guy but I''d be only marginally more surprised if Elvis Presley got the nod..........
Today''s '' Times '' reports that last night Kevin Bond signed as manager of Bournemouth AFC. The news will have been greeted with some relief by the majority of City fans
Although very much an outsider for the Carrow Road job the announcement may not have not been so well received by East Anglian press copy writers, some of whom still fondly remember the days of father John who provided many a corny headline.
All would not have been lost however had he taken charge of one of the Basildon teams.
That would have given us all something good to write on.......