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Saturday, April 28, 2012
We are down to the final furlong of a very hard and tiring season.
It’s the penultimate game at Carrow Road and after the disappointment of losing to Blackburn last Saturday, hopefully it will be business as usual again for Norwich City.
The lads were not at their best at Ewood Park, but having been in that position myself on many occasions, when you are safe and the team that you are playing against are fighting for their lives, it is always going to be very difficult.
Steve Kean’s men wanted the three points more as they are in a relegation dogfight, whereas the boys are all but safe – one more point ensures survival, although the bottom five teams aren’t going to take maximum points from their remaining games.
Today it is the turn of Liverpool to make the trip down to Norfolk in a game that I think the lads can definitely get something from. I think they will be saying that they owe you, the supporters, a performance after losing to Blackburn, especially those of you who made the long journey up to the north west.
Now I know that some of you will be asking why I’m so convinced that Norwich City can beat Liverpool.
I know Norwich have lost consecutive games, conceding eight goals in the process, but Liverpool’s form in the league has been extremely poor and inconsistent all season. They have won only one of their last six games and have lost four of those six.
Granted, they have won the Carling Cup and have reached the final of the FA Cup, but King Kenny’s men haven’t reached anywhere near those heights in the league.
The carrot for the lads is that if they do take the three points from the game they will go level on points with the Reds, and what an achievement finishing above the five-times European champions would be for the football club.
Last Sunday I ran the London Marathon for the very first time, and I have to say it was physically the most challenging thing I’ve ever done.
I was running as part of the Community Sports Foundation’s Sporting Light Appeal. I was part of a great team of eight: David McNally, Ian Thornton, Helen Southgate, Martin Colley, Pete Waters, Stephen Bumfrey and Craig Richardson, who was an inspiration to us all.
We finished the gruelling 26.2 miles in our own time and I have to say I’ve never hurt so much in my life. I met a couple of Canaries fans along the way, one of whom ran with me for a good few miles and helped me along when the going got tough.
The team also got some great support from some Norwich City supporters who were among the thousands of well-wishers that had made their way to the capital to support the 37,000 runners.
I heard a good few “Iwan, Iwan” shouts along the way, and believe you me, they did help.
We were out on our feet at the end, but it was all worthwhile as together the eight of us raised over £26,000, all of which will go towards supporting the local community. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to generously sponsor us and support us on the day. It was very, very much appreciated. Thank you.