Premier League survival will bring a new era for Norwich City

Chris Hughton could be handed a summer transfer budget bigger than any given to his predecessors as Norwich City manager - but first he must ensure the Canaries stay up this season. Chris Hughton could be handed a summer transfer budget bigger than any given to his predecessors as Norwich City manager - but first he must ensure the Canaries stay up this season.

Monday, February 18, 2013
12:01 PM

Norwich City have just returned from a warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi to prepare for a crucial phase of the Premier League season. EDP Canaries’ writer Paddy Davitt explains why the next few months could prove some of the biggest in their history.

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Norwich City’s proud heritage is framed by the stellar games and defining moments. It is no exaggeration to state what happens between now and May could eclipse them all. In the fullness of time, the achievements of Chris Hughton and his squad in their remaining 12 Premier League contests carries the latent potential to transform this 110-year-old Norfolk institution.

Finance is now the currency of choice in modern football. That might sit uneasily for the romantics reared on tales of Johnny Gavin’s scoring exploits, of the 1959 FA Cup giant-killers, of League Cup success in the 1960s and 1980s or even that memorable European excursion of the early 1990s.

This summer marks a watershed. The sums available from the next tranche of broadcasting deals to showcase the most attractive club football product on the planet dwarf the current deal which expires in May.

City’s television revenue grew almost ten-fold between the period covering their successful elevation from the Championship in 2011 and the completion of their first campaign back in the big time. Leave the pounds, shillings and pence to the accountants, but the new domestic contract will guarantee the club finishing bottom of the pile next year banks more than Manchester City did for lifting the Premier League title last season.

That is footballing inflation of the right kind and reason enough for Norwich to remain a member of the most exclusive clique in world football. Factor in the inevitable uplift in other commercial areas of the business from being a regular component of the Premier League brand and it is not hard to comprehend just how imperative it is Norwich do everything in their collective powers to escape the scrap for survival.

David McNally never wavers when questioned on the long term strategy. City do not have access to the bank accounts of billionaire benefactors – what they generate, they re-invest. A simple maxim but the co-operative model encourages a path to self-sufficiency.

Running counter to that is the management of expectations. Norwich’s fan base understandably demand visible signs of progress year-on-year. That is a corollary to annual season ticket figures which underline how deep the reserves of loyalty are towards a club which has tested such devotion in the not too distant past. It is also a by-product of announcing club record accounts just before Christmas which illustrate in black and white on the balance sheet the rejuvenating impact from the first influx of Premier League riches. Taken at face value those conflicting forces meet in the dual transfer windows, when a balance has to be struck between what the fan in the Lower Barclay wants and the board’s pragmatic stance on what they can actually afford. City’s intent during January was laudable, but in both the pursuit of targets like Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel they wisely opted not to over-extend the club financially.

Success on the pitch between now and May and the guaranteed extra revenue that follows will create a new set of circumstances that translates into a likely summer transfer budget never before bestowed on any previous Norwich manager.

The tantalising prospect is there. Just over the horizon, barely a third of a season away. City’s hierarchy will still need to act prudently if Hughton and his players complete their mission. Clubs like Portsmouth and Leeds act as an enduring reminder of the pitfalls when aspiration outstrips ambition, but running a club free of external debt with a strong, committed fan base is an envious foundation for further development.

The competition would remain fierce in all areas of the business, magnified by access to such a bloated new broadcast deal. Expectations would continue to rise ahead of a third consecutive top flight season, but those dilemmas are far more palatable than the alternative.

Not all that long ago, Bolton’s chairman Phil Gartside was one of the leading proponents of a ‘Premier League Two’ experiment which he insisted could help increase competitiveness at the elite end of the professional game. He has got it now and it is still called the Championship. The Trotters are finding out just how difficult it is to plot a route back amongst clubs with similarly heavyweight credentials like Leicester, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham to name but a few of many thrashing about at the top end of the Football League.

Hughton spoke in measured tones about facing such external pressure from the new broadcast deals earlier this season. The Norwich manager knows precisely the financial imperative of staying in the division – both in his short-term options and the longer-term goals for the football club.

Hughton and his coaching staff have so far managed to insulate Norwich’s squad from the same stresses. City’s deficiencies are obvious to all this season; an enduring lack of creativity to embellish their defensive discipline with a level of goalscoring potency that may have turned the ever-expanding body of league draws into victories.

Yet in good times and bad there has been no sense of a squad playing with fear. The fear that grips teams fighting for their lives at the bottom. The fear that one mistake or one bad performance at this advanced stage of the season could signal the end. The fear of managing infinitesimally small margins on a weekly basis when the latest league defeat seems to carry grave ramifications.

Norwich’s fans would have been able to identify the signs by now, given the bitter memories of 2005 and 2009. City’s 29 league points have afforded them a degree of protection, but it is the next 12 steps that will frame whether the Premier League second time around for the Canaries lived up to expectations.

Given Hughton’s Norwich boast home league wins over Arsenal and Manchester United and an away success at Swansea over the past few months, predicting the outcomes of their final set of fixtures would appear futile.

What you can predict with certainty is they have the opportunity to shape their own destiny by playing four of the six clubs beneath them in the current Premier League standings.

Accomplish that and it will be a feat that stands alongside any in Norwich City’s rich history.

70 comments

  • Steady On!..mjc75!....I think the time has come to ignore each other and allow sensible contributions to come to thre fore!...There is no place for bitterness here! We are all adults, both male and female....CUT IT OUT!!!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Apologies, waclor. My poor sentence construction resulted in a physiological misunderstanding. I`m sure you will not be revisited by acne, voice breaking, teenage angst or insecurity. Could you pass that message on to.........

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • What do you guys think will be the result of the extra money in the premier league? My thoughts are that the competitiveness of every club in the PL will increase with the extra money but only against teams not in the PL eg foreign teams and the Football League. The extra money will push players' salaries even higher and attract even more players from abroad. These players may well never agree to drop down to the football league at the end of their careers hence the gulf between the PL and the Championship will widen. In effect there will be twenty three PL clubs, of which three from a group of six will "Visit" the championship each year before changing places with the other three. International football will be financially unviable as the nationsl FA's will not be able to afford the insurance premiums to select PL players. Perhaps players will be able to sue referees for dodgy decisions as they could have an enormous effect on future earnings. Top teams will relocate to tax havens so that the Red Devils of Jersey will be playing the Real de Cayman Islands. Is this what we really want?

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    waclor

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • This will do nothing to quell the nervousness of the "old boy that turns up to the game on a ride on lawnmower and is generally very confused in his day to day life" middle class of NCFC support...

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    Steady On

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • There is no middle class in Norfolk; it`s classless. Aka, no class.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • I'll bet you're wondering how that got through that infernal machine!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • I'm accused of being crass then you accuse the club of signing a player as some sort of advertising ply based on, you guessed it, absolutely zero evidence. It's a slur on the club and is far more inciteful and hateful than anything I've ever said.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • I doth protest my noble Lord Wacs. Portaloo Rd is the perfect site for the new City stadium. The stadium is for our benefit, not that of the local populace. Anyway, if media reports of a few years ago were to be believed the men of 1p5wich have other things to occupy them on a Saturday afternoon. The local ladies of ill-repute were recruiting them in the car-parks on their way to the game. Well, anything's better than watching the faded glory of the Chumpionship tractors ...

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • MB , I've got no problem kicking brick walls , as for SO your not really a wall , more like a slightly annoying marshmallow that has been left out overnight and gone a bit stale , old and tasteless , but I'm always here for you . All clubs would take advantage of an overseas market , if Special K enables NCFC to access the US commercial market then so much the better . More money and new supporters , that ladies gentlemen and Steady On is what's called a " win , win " .

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • I`m sure you mean "you`re". You really should get that terrible cough seen to. There might, just might, be one or two of us who are concerned for your well-being. Take good care of yourself, now. Over to you, mjc75, it must be your turn.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • You HAVE morphed into a parrot S\O. If my comment is "libelous" I`m sure your fellow legal experts, the Moderators, will pass judgement. Are you weary of pestering mjc75? Note the `double l` in `libellous`, unless you`re from USA.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Stew , I accept the dressing down , you were quite right . However I felt I simply had to relieve MB of the burden , so have rejoined , if only to spare others , as a former soldier I'll take the flak from the irritation of SO .

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • No comments, or nobody allowed to? Protected species, Paddius Platitudinus.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • What? Puberty is not permanent? Does this mean that our voices will get high again, our gonads will disappear and the acne will come back? Help, Worried of Brighton

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Good man, mjc! ;-) I don`t think Stew was, or I was having a go at you. You`ve been remarkably polite in your discourse with SO, who refuses to accept any Olive Branch from anybody. Thanks very much for taking over. I`ll do the same for you! Btw, I`ve been heading that brick wall.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Way out of date Brew. The C of E have now sold the land to Tesco. They're tearing that old building in Ely down. It's been up there for years anyway. Building a Tesco Express on that site. Apparently, there's a decent sized chunk of land in the middle of 1p5wich that's owned by the council....Portaloo something or other I'm told. Doesn't get used much (especially on a Satday afternoon). We're buying that + building the new Carra super stadium there. A sort of massive yeller + green cathedral in the middle of 1p5wich. They'll love that. It's just what they've needed for years. Later boooooooooy !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Say again Stew.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • See what I mean...

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    Steady On

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • here is something for our managment team to ponder.liverpool played three strikers yesterday.five nill.says it all dosnt it.

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    bluelight

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Another great article Paddy, no sarcasm intended. Thanks.

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    Piranha24

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Stop stalking me. I don't care.

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    Steady On

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Btw, I stand corrected, waclor. I should have said "the onset of puberty" or "the period of puberty". Have no fear, I don`t think it`s reversible (unless injections of juvenile hormone might do it?). Is there a Doctor in the house.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I can't get my head round this thing about temporary puberty. I hated the youth club and getting spots. Not again oh no.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Hi, waclor. Is that IMBWT a reference to Michael Bailey? Main post 503`d twice so I`ll take that as a message from the gods to give up on Steady On and pray for the return of mjc75 for his shift at brick wall bashing.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • "For instance, is KK a Footballer or a Marketable Image, with all the $$$$s that come with it? I hope he`s the former, but....." stupid comment, possibly libelous.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Oh yeah, I've lost it because I think Kei Kamara has been brought here to play football. Yeah, that’s the "out there" viewpoint. Why am I not surprised you've been "a fan since 1958 yadda yadda yadda zzzzzzzzzzzz"

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • You old smarty-pants, Timbo! You always have your fingers on the pulse. Pity somebody didn`t have theirs on yours - in the jugular region! (Only a jest, I know you won`t go all unsteady on me). Steady On, I`ll question anything I want, but my support is not on the list. It is very comfortable and I shall always wear it. ;-) Btw, just for you, "I`ve supported Norwich since 1958......"

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • We must remember the erudite and elegant lady Brum supporter, Madame Bleu Nez, Crab, ol` pal!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Sorry to hear that Ely cathedral is being pulled down to make way for a Tesco Express. I would expect them to at least cram a superstore into that space! ;)

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • I'll try to brighten up a dreary afternoon with nothing to excite us on the Football Front,except that anything Oldham can do, we shoud be able to do better. They had a decent no 7 playing for them, and that lofty fellow Smith was worth another look.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • I thought you liked me MJC. I'm gutted! Surely everyone wants to hear your miraculous opinions and not mine.

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    Steady On

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • The same generation that told their elders to “do one” now demands the respect of the youth of today. Ironic. Can’t wait for the Everton game.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • MB - I'm pretty sure, like others, Steady On is of the female persuasion. The accusation has been levelled before, but never denied. It would explain the illogicality, and vitriolic remarks when losing the argument. I say this in due deference to our more enlightened\educated\sensible female posters, for whom I have nothing but respect - and there are some! I know that sounds patronising and chauvinist, but I don't care!

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • mjc75

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Sorry Yarco & so many others - I'm keeping this up till they do something about Divot. I've even infiltrated the news section. Wll they notice? Ho hum. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Is it a full moon?

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    waclor

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Most of the time Lobbo, but its all free of charge!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Feel like a naughty school boy , again !!

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    mjc75

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • With regards to the article , yes it's nice to think about the money , but , everybody knows that the premier league clubs are getting a large amount of money so the asking price for players will go up to the January window levels , stupid money for average players . Steady On keep your opinion to yourself , no one gives a s#*t !!!

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    mjc75

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • here is something for our managment team to ponder.liverpool played three strikers yesterday.five nill.says it all dosnt it.

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    bluelight

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Point proven .

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    mjc75

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Some good ideas there. Scroby Sands as an offshore tax haven - like it, good thinking. Stadium in Ipswich? Poor thinking, why relocate an industry where it has failed before? There's no following for football in Suffolk at all really. KK being a marketing opportunity? So what? Great if he is and brings in some money, what is the downside, that he takes up a PL squad position. How many of the 25 named in September stood no chnace of getting on the pitch? I think he will be a good addition in both ways. Rock on KK and Rock on Brewer. IMBWT

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • That is the craziest goddam thing i've ever read...

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    Steady On

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Hi Brewer, sorry to keep you waiting for your answer; I've been out for the afternoon. The MB in "IMBWT" refers to your goodself. Keep the comments coming "Steady On". We need alternative views on here and as I have always said, I do hope you are right. I just fear a repeat of the 95-6 collapse when City threw away a bigger lead than they have today. Beating Everton five nil would reduce my worries enormously. How about it lads?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Steady On I had the decency to apologise a couple of days ago , I shouldn't have bothered as you are really quite ignorant . Stew that was very entertaining , well thought through and a damn good read , unlike Paddy's drivel above . Who's for 2-2 this weekend ?

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    mjc75

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • ….Are peace at last! The gates will be open for her 'walkies' between 2pm and 4pm.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • I really hope KK is a success. Sometimes, to promote a thinking debate, it is useful to play Devil`s Advocate. It is no surprise that this concept escapes those low down in the thinking "food chain". Blind loyalty and "support" for what is a purely commercial venture (pro football) is OK for some folk but not for everybody. The paying customer wants to see good football and be entertained. Just when I thought I could be no further disappointed by Steady On`s inability to get the point, he grabs my "I`ve supported City since..." bait as a starving perch would a worm. Hopeless. Anyway, I`ve supported NCFC since 1954 really,or was it...... Waclor, hello. Your finishing abbreviation `IMBWT`, is that a reference to Michael Bailey? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • lol, you dont have a point.

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    Steady On

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Mr. Divitt breaking news Dale Gordon leaving Jock land and coming back to Ormesby. L.O.L.

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    yarco

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Why is Mad Brewer so hung up on KK being brought in as some sort of US marketing gimmick? Was that all Landon Donovan was at Everton? No. Steady On - "For instance, is KK a Footballer or a Marketable Image, with all the $$$$s that come with it? I hope he`s the former, but.....". As a lawyer, I would say this is almost certainly not libelous. I'm not sure who is being 'defamed' by this comment - nor am I sure what loss to reputation there would be by suggesting a player might bring in more money for the club he plays for...??

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Roll on easter , i quite fancy a chocolate egg.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Hiding your contempt for the club behind "Questions" and silly names ala"Bewilderwood" - You should question your support.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Maybe not legally libelous, but certainly a slur on every management structure at NCFC if the accusation is that Kei Kamara has been brought in for any reason apart from to play football.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • While your being "devils advocate" *COUGH*ultranegativefornoreason*COUGH*blatantlythatblokethatwasoncanarycalltheotherweek*COUGH* the rest of us will get on with supporting the club through the run in.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • PADDY SAYS: Robert Fleck rumoured to join from Glasgow Rangers

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Indeed Wacs. I hear work has already begun on our new 100,000 seater Canary Stadium in Cambridgeshire, in preparation for City's relocation to that well known East Anglian tax haven the Isle of Ely ...

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    Timbo

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Timbo, old buddy, you have duff info there. The Board @ The Carra Kremlin are determined to keep the club based in Naaarfolk. So far they`ve looked at potential Tax Havens like Halvergate Marshes and have even considered using the Maketing revenues from Project KK to actually BUY Ely for Naarfolk. The project collapsed because the C of E have the only suitable piece of land (ie above water level) and there`s some sort of big church thing on it, which they are determined must remain. So the net has been cast further offshore and they`ve plumped for Scroby Sands. Though there just might be a water-level problem there, too. Nothing a bit of imported Abu Dhabi sand couldn`t fix. All good! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Ta, waclor. I think I sort of knew you were referring to me, but my intrinsic modesty would not allow me to believe it. I also believe we will stay up with a bit of a margin. I wish SO would stop ricocheting around getting SO angry with everybody. There are so many of we geriatrics out here wanting to help him through his troubles. Puberty is not permanent.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Is it a full moon?

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    waclor

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Also, Timbo, my proposal of an offshore development on Scroby Sands is now less attractive due to the imminent arrival, in the North Sea, of a massive shoal of giant mutated piranhas! That`ll put off all the paragliders & windsurfers etc. Also, the ball boys would be reluctant to swim out and collect stray balls. Hey-ho. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I enjoyed Stew`s off the wall entertainment. Miracle it got past the Moderating Machine. `Item Rejected. Reason:- Moderators didn`t understand it.` Sadly, the internecine squabbles between City supporters(?) are not abating. Main protagonist.... You are to be admired for your Crusade against the dark forces of smug mediocrity, as personified by De Vitt, el dingo. You are not alone. Also sadly, I share waclor`s gloomy view of the future of football. For instance, is KK a Footballer or a Marketable Image, with all the $$$$s that come with it? I hope he`s the former, but.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Sat game against Everton worries me.we need to pick up points. However CH will be telling his players and the media how good Everton are. This will have the players thinking they are better than us even before a ball is kicked.Calderwoon will then take his negativeboring tactics to the game, yawn yawn and instruct his players not to venture beyond the half way line, unless its for a free kick or a throw in, in our favour. Will it be a 4-5-1 or a 4-6-0 line up, I can only see another defeat with City getting even nearer to the drop zone.Please Ch go for the goals on Sat.

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    Essex yellow

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • I've been a Stew Pydsodd all my life. Thats not my full name. Stewpydsodd is my surname. My father was a Stewpydsodd as was his father, so as you can see, I come from a long line of Stewpydsodds . We all had middle names, but it was decided many generations ago to use them as our first names. My Grandfather was born in Bally-cum-Backwards, in Southern Ireland, and had the name Bigg for some reason. My Father was named Tish..Grandma couldn't spell very well. When my father married my mother who came from a family of English Pratts who had emigrated to Ireland,-they had christened her Cilla-, it got a bit complicated in the church..... The Priest said to him “Say after me, I Tish Stewpydsodd take you Cilla Pratt to be my wife..etc.etc”. He then said to her much the same, repeat after me, “ I Cilla Pratt take Tish Stewpydsodd to be my husband etc.etc.”. All said with a strong Irish accent. I was their first born, about three months later, weighing in at 12lbs..I was called 'Little Bigg' after my grandfather.....So as you can see my real name is 'Little Bigg Stewpydsodd..... But you can call me Stew. Next in line, 9 months to the day, came my sister and it was decided to call her 'Anne-Other' She was known in school as Anne-Other Stewpydsodd. My young brother was next born, and after much discussion he was given the name 'WUN '. Dad said he had no choice cos WUN Stewpydsodd came after Anne-Other.....Many of my extended family from the past, changed their surname for some reason and we have lost touch, If you think you could be a Stewpydsodd even with a name like Brown , or Blair, or Balls, or even ughton, perhaps this is your chance to come out. On is another name that comes to mind!. I'm in my 70s now, I'd like to find a girl, get married and have kids, and keep the name ongoing, but not having too much luck at the moment. So ladies if you're looking for a stewpydsodd...Look no further! Begin your journey by looking in the mirror!.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Crass was your choice of word here. Good one. Reference Landon Donovan, Putney, he did make a handful of appearances for both Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Munchen Gladbach too. Only 17 games in total for Everton. Not exactly a career. It`s amazing the bile a bit of conjecture can raise. Posing a question is NOT an accusation. At least it gives mjc75 a bit of respite. Hope you`re grateful, mjc!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Does this mean we (might) have a new era of Prolix Paddy`s Propaganda? More platitudes to please his paymasters?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Bluelight just give our so called 3 wise men a phone call and tell them as well please.

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    yarco

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Stew have you ever tried your hand @ stand-up comedy..? No..? Good.

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    Timbo

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • I really hope KK is a success. Sometimes, to promote a thinking debate, it is useful to play Devil`s Advocate. It is no surprise that this concept escapes those low down in the thinking "food chain". Blind loyalty and "support" for what is a purely commercial venture (pro football) is OK for some folk but not for everybody. The paying customer wants to see good football and be entertained. Just when I thought I could be no further disappointed by Steady On`s inability to get the point, he grabs my "I`ve supported City since..." bait as a starving perch would a worm. Hopeless. Anyway, I`ve supported NCFC since 1954 really,or was it...... Waclor, hello. Your finishing abbreviation `IMBWT`, is that a reference to Michael Bailey? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Oh dear! Steady On has really lost the plot this time. Completely agree with Putney that MB's words are not libellous (sp) - who do they libel after all? In any case, even if KK's loan were to prove to be simply a marketing ploy, would that not be good business provided that the profit on income was greater than the cost? As long as Lucy B get the goals it certainly would be good business in my book, and we have all had a bit of entertainment in the process.

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • SO(B), people think that you have lost it because you are rude, arrogant, ignorant and a general all round pain in the @rse. You also seem to be unable to read (as well as write coherently). I did not claim to have been a city fan since 1958, that was Mad Brewer; I was not even born until about four years later! Lunch over, time to go do something useful.

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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