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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
So, as the Fat Lady clears her throat – the end of the season is almost upon us. And what a great season it has been. Even though there is no promotion to celebrate this year, staying up feels just as good as the promotions achieved during the previous two seasons.
Especially as we were the bookies and pundits favourites to drop straight back down to the Championship. To field a team of such inexperienced players – and mostly British players, the whole coaching staff at Colney deserve all the plaudits they get. To turn these players into comfortable Premier League players is a “triffic” feat. You only have to look at QPR to see how easy it is to splash the cash, but how hard it is to build a team.
It didn’t start so well though! A Premier League record created for conceding penalties in consecutive games, numerous errors and needless sendings off marred the first couple of months while the team were finding their feet in the big boys league. A good spell after that though saw us comfortably mid-table – a position that we have hung onto right until now.
Not only have I enjoyed watching Norwich though this season, I think the Premier League as a whole has been a better spectacle than recent years. The battle for supremacy between the Manchester giants has been great to watch, as has the soap opera that has evolved down the M62 at Anfield. There’s always a couple of suprises too – how many people had Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side so high up? Or Alex Mcleish potentially taking down a West Midlands club for the second successive year?
Alongside the actual football there’s the fans too. I’ve enjoyed reading very differing opinions on The Pink Un, Facebook Groups, Twitter and the many other forums and websites I visit. Then there’s the pundits blogs, Sky Sports News – the outlets for opinions are never ending. I don’t always agree with what I see being written, but I appreciate everyone for taking the time to analyze the games and putting their opinions in the public eye.
So to the future, what will happen over the summer break? I expect Paul Lambert has aces up his sleeves and has given the board a list of potential targets. Will he still go for the lower league talent? Will he go for another injured player (think Vaughan/Pilkington/Howson)? Will Grant Holt and John Ruddy return to the fray with England caps or an Olympic medal? Only time will tell, but I think there will be another fine chapter written in Norwich City’s history next year!
I also look forward to grabbing my new shirt on the next visit to the city, seeing friends old and new at a Canary Fans Charity Quiz, seeing what Global Canaries will offer and also keep firing my ideas to the committee of INCSC, who are doing a fantastic job. A club the size of Norwich City should have a fully functioning independent supporters association, it’s early days but INCSC should be massive.
As a parting shot, I thought it would be good to sum up the season as a whole in five words, try it – it’s not as easy it sounds. I’ll leave you with mine after I’ve wished you well for the summer – enjoy the Euro’s and the Olympics – see you next season!