Norwich City’s headline-making AGMs

In January 2003 Norwich City held their annual meeting outdoors in the Barclay Stand in the bleak midwinter. In January 2003 Norwich City held their annual meeting outdoors in the Barclay Stand in the bleak midwinter.

Thursday, November 22, 2012
11:33 AM

Past annual meetings at Norwich City have at times been stormy affairs. As the Canaries’ board of directors prepare for tonight’s AGM we look at some headline-making AGMs from Carrow Road over the years.

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• August 1973: Geoffrey Watling resigns after nearly 17 years as City chairman, just two days before the first game of what proved to be a turbulent season. Three months later, manager Ron Saunders resigns after a row with Watling’s successor, Arthur South.

• September 1982: Shareholders are warned “The financial life of this club hangs on a very thin thread” by director Ian Coutts after City report record losses of more than £500,000 and make a public appeal for cash. The following April, chairman Sir Arthur South tells an extraordinary meeting that City have rejected a £1m bid from a pop star to buy the club.

• September 1987: A possible move from Carrow Road is the bombshell dropped by chairman Robert Chase, who says proposed improvements to the inner ring road and Riverside would make life impossible with a “four-lane flyover” going past the main entrance.

• January 2003: City hold their annual meeting outdoors in the Barclay Stand in the bleak midwinter after 6,000 new shareholders invest in the club in the wake of the ITV Digital crisis. The 300 who turn up are told by Delia Smith: “This is going to be the best football club in the world.”

• October 2005: The “Charlton project” features in a 15-minute video as City look to model themselves on the London club they admire so much. Just 3½ years later, both teams are in League One.

• November 2008: City boss Glenn Roeder reacts to a shareholder’s lengthy question on tactics with the comment: “Sorry, I must have missed your tenure as England manager.” It may well have been his idea of a joke, but the audience weren’t laughing.

14 comments

  • Some of the scorelines against Leeds are more akin to Rugby, YorkCanary. Certainly their predicted dominance of the Championship under the Panto Dame has yet to materialise.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I wonder what Don Roberto`s real motive was in that 1987 flyover scare? Was he planning to inter some body in the foundations? For sure, he would never have any selfish reason. I imagine at Fakenham Races lots of horses with little people sat on them ran round in circles and bookies walked out at the end with loadsamoney. Do they have to jump over little hedges at Fakenham or is it just the even more boring `flat` thing?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Perhaps it was the Singing Postman, Yorky? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I expect him to be sacked by the new consortium. They should have the new nickname 'The Milksheikhs' in tribute to their owners and kit colour. P.S Who was the popstar who bid £1m?

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    YorkCanary

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Try a Leeds Utd site Billy the Bore

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    B Inners

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Funny not one story about what happened at Fakenham Races Tuesday, yet everyday, norwich,norwich,norwich,there are more sports then football

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Fridays news,.... David Moyles thinks Hughton will do well blar blar blar..

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Pop star with Norfolk connections... I can only think of Cathy Dennis, but in 1982 she was probably only about 12!

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    speech_uk

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Perhaps it was the Singing Postman, Yorky? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • That pop star; Boy George? He referred to gold & green in "Karma Chameleon". That was a hit in about `82\`83. He also mentioned red, but only to make the lyrics scan....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Indeed..there's always the Rugby they play at Elland Road

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    YorkCanary

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Seriously YorkCanary, I cannot imagine who that pop star might`ve been.1982, maybe Norfolk connections? I`ll ask a few old Naaaridge fans loocally. I suppose it COULD have been Alan Smethurst?....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Saturday's meeting at Huntingdon has been abandoned due to flooding.... I'm now taking over as evening news sports reporter

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • It seems the current form of our beloved Norwich City has left Billy with little to build a counteractive argument on, I's suggest he take a look at this site http:www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk their latest news letter should be of interest.

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    Demmen

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

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