Now let me get this right. The bloke from Birmingham, whose manager went Aston Villa, is coming in to replace the bloke who’s gone to Villa because they didn’t like the first bloke from Birmingham.

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Paul Lambert, Alex McLeish and Chris Hughton are, respectively, the bloke we all now don’t like as much as we used to; the bloke no one ever really liked anyway, and the bloke who is the greatest thing since sliced bread, even though Birmingham fans disagree.

We are fickle types, us football fans. Paul Lambert was number one world’s best person for three years at Norwich, but the minute he gives City the big elbow because he has a new love, we act like Jilted Johns. Hughton will leave on similar terms: he took Birmingham to the play-offs, but he’s been lured by the flaxen-haired beauty from the east and Blues fans will stamp their feet in a paddy and scream as only the lover scorned can scream.

McLeish was fortunate in a way: Blues fans aren’t bothered that he’s gone, only relieved.

So who’s got the best deal – Norwich or Villa? It’s not possible to include Birmingham in the list of possible answers because they, of course have yet to find a new manager. If they appoint Jose Mourinho then perhaps the argument is over. If they have to settle for one of the Usual Suspects, then I’ll reopen the case. For now, it’s between two.

It would be easy to have a dig at Lambert now that he’s gone - for example his media conferences contained more repeats than ITV4. But that aside, there is no axe to grind - there is certainly no repeat of the paring shots fired at Glenn Roeder. But how Lambert spoke to and dealt with the press is of little consequence to the supporters of Norwich City. His managerial record was what counted, and it was fantastic. No one denies that. Successive promotions and a 12th place finish in the top flight was magnificent. Which is why he is now Villa manager.

You do have to ask why he chose to leave City for Villa. Are they more attractive? They can conjure up more fans if they’re doing well, but judging by their fin al day appearance at Carrow Road, they can also produce thousands of dissenting voices when things go bad. History counts for nothing: a European Cup more than 30 years ago is irrelevant today. The stature of a club is, and Villa have that stature, although how you quantify it I have never worked out. Have Villa got a shedload of money to spend? Don’t think so - although Lambert has never really needed that much.

Have they got a massive fan base? Well, yes – they share Birmingham’s population of just over a million but last season’s average of 33,873 in a ground which holds 42,551 as a percentage was the third worst in the top flight. City were top. In 2011 it was 37,193, in 2010 it was 38,573 and in 2009 it was 39,811. Seems to me they’ve been losing fans year on year.

If Lambert can repeat his achievements they will come flooding back. It is a huge ask, but to be fair to him, he has answered just about every question asked of him to date.

And what of Hughton?

The only time I have seen him close up and personal was when he brought Newcastle to Carrow Road for a pre-season friendly two years ago. Newcastle, under his guidance, had just mullered everyone in sight to win the Championship. He was charming, polite and respectful.

He lost his job because Newcastle wanted a bigger name. It was pretty shameful and condemned all round, but Hughton retained his dignity and returned to the game a year ago with Birmingham, taking them into the group stages of the Europa League, the fifth round of the FA Cup (oh for a Cup run) and the play-off semi-finals.

There’s a comparison there - like Lambert, he has achieved results pretty quickly. At 53 years old he has more experience than Lambert at the sharper end of the pyramid - assistant at Spurs and Newcastle, manager at Newcastle and Birmingham. No disasters either.

He knows this end of things, whereas Lambert has more to learn. Was last season a flash in the pan for the Scot? Was he still riding that massive wave of momentum from League One and the Championship? And what if Lambert had stayed at Norwich: would second-season syndrome have taken him as well as the team?

Will a change of manager actually be a good thing? It may bring upheaval, but it may also fend off the view that City would be found out under Lambert second time around.

What if, eh? Easy to ask, tough to answer. But the truth is that while many mourned the departure of Paul Lambert, before some decided to take it personally, there was never ever any guarantee that year four would be as good as the previous three. Continuing the success would have been a massive ask and perhaps, with yellow and green tinted glasses on, it is better for City fans to wave goodbye to him now. To thank him now for the good times. And for him to leave on a high. It doesn’t happen very often. Usually it’s the fans who have the pointy elbows with which to shove aside a failing manager. This time it was Lambert’s call.

Lambert will always be a part of City’s history, but today’s man is Chris Hughton. A man who won’t be overawed at all by the task ahead of him. The fact that he has experience of the top flight, as a player, an assistant manager and as a manager, helps us all.

Optimism, sometimes misguided, has flown from my fingers every time I have written of a new manager - Nigel Worthington, Peter Grant, Glenn Roeder, Bryan Gunn, Paul Lambert and now Chris Hughton. Worthy did a grand job, Grant was the wrong choice, Roeder the wrong man. Gunn wasn’t qualified to try and turn around a club that was limping so badly it was close to being put down. Lambert was, I thought, a bit of a gamble. How wrong could one be? It was inspired.

I have a good feeling about Hughton. David McNally pulled off a masterstroke three years ago. Let’s hope the magic works again.

69 comments

  • I wish Rodent had fallen on the corner flag Swiss ...or preferably the Snakepit had stuck the corner flag where the sun don't shine...

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Good read, Mr Lakey. Only thing I dont agree is that although they are gutted, I dont think Birmingham fans are unhappy with Hughton himself.

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    Ghana Dom

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Were you a schoolboy bully Swiss? Your petty derogatory remarks won't deter me from posting where I see fit. I will continue to defend my corner like it or not. Like you said I have the Freedom of speech to write what I like. You also have the right to write what you like and I have the right to think its utter rubbish. Its the beauty of forums. Irony is I was starting to like you guys last season, but you've shown your true colours since we wanted Lambert. My only hope is the likes of swiss, timbo, brewer are the minority and not all fans are as sour as them.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Yes, I'm feeling good about things now after weeks of worry. Absence -- and distance -- makes the heart grow fonder. I like the sound of CH from what I've seen and heard; even if next season we end up 14th. to 17th., I reckon we're set for a long stay in the Prem with some good times and glory ahead. As a fan since near-bankruptcy days of mid-50s, I know it's dangerous to be overly optimistic, but I think Lambert's leaving for Britain's 3rd. (I prefer the Irish pronunciation) city could be a blessing in disguise. Sing up the River End and Never Mind the Danger!

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    atlanta canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • cup run @ birmingham hmmmm >Can we have one please Mr H. As for Boudicca she came to a sticky end about three miles up the road from here. Them pesky Romans.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • I don`t really think this `dialogue` is getting anywhere, MonkeyNuts. What we have here is a failure to communicate. In all the time I`ve been joining in with these forums, I`ve not come across anybody as determined to be disagreeable as you are. But don`t think it`ll stop my commenting because it will not. Enjoy next season. Why not emigrate to Birmingham?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • very objective and well written article

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    chopper

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Verocious is not a recognised word, Nuts. You are a buffoon. Go back to Aston before less civilised people than I am notice your crass contributions to what was our fans` forum. Why not just go back and be a typical boring brummie? ie average. Or dull. Or dim. You accused me of giving GR abuse. I did not. Regularly had a beer with the fellow. Nice man, you clearly are not. Go home, you are toxic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • as a life long aston villa fan (originally from brum and living in norfolk for years) i will be the first to acknowledge that villa arent the favourite club round here right now. but the article is fair and objective. McLeish, for villa, was just the wrong choice. Would Norwich fans embrace an Ipswich manager? Lambert has it all to prove at Villa, but at last there is optimism instead of despair. For Norwich, actually what would another season with Lambert hold ? Would it be better, another 12th place or, as many teams have found before, a season long struggle before slipping back into the championship. We'll never know. But what a fantastic replacement in Hughton. Staying up is all but a certainty.

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    chopper

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Villa and Blackburn Rovers share a similar ownership profile where the absentee landlord is the big boss.If that form of ownership suits Villa as much as it did Blackburn no manager can halt the slide.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • I suspect you`ll find the nature of Lambert`s contract here was as much of his wanting as that of the Club. He is a very ambitious man and served us well. It didn`t do him any harm, either. Unfortunately, he got way ahead of the "7-year plan" that he allegedly bought into with our Chief Executive and wished to revert to his own agenda. You will never know what that agenda is, simply because he won`t tell you! Unsurprisingly, it is certain to focus on Mr. Lambert`s personal goals, not those of Villa, which is another vehicle for his ambition. We knew the score here, but had rather hoped he`d stay another season or two to consolidate before jumping ship. When does Sir Alex Ferguson retire.....? Btw, chopper, you are quite right, appointing an Ipswich manager probably would not be popular round these parts, though I think we may have got used to gems like Sirs Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson! Villa appointing McCleish from (relegated) Birmingham was surreal in its ineptness.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • You should be fined for being there. I`ve been here for 64 years. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • That's funny Brewer, I can't sign in through my home IP address. What are the mods crying about now eh?

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Please let me be MB! Guest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • `Epitome`, Nuts. Nice cliches. Thanks for your kind thoughts. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • now we know.the monkey is nuts.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • It was only in terms of scariness that I compared her Timbo. Though I do take your point that perhaps Boudicca is in a different league on that score since she burnt Colchester and sacked London.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • In trying to respond to you Simianmadness, I`ve been ethered 4 times now. I think this may be grounds for suspecting you are an Ar-chant insider. You certainly have easier access to the `forum` than I do. Btw, Has-forum. Have-forums.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • I would have had no reason to even comment on any NCFC topic but I wasnt prepared to sit here and take the abuse regarding my club that some of the fans of your club, including yourself had aimed at us. Emigrate to Birmingham? You need a visa to move there? You ever thought about moving to Norwich? Its a fine City you know.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Oh no, someone call Hellesdon, there's another one escaped. Come on Pidgeons, you have your own manager to worry about. Let's hope he doesn't get the same abuse poor Roeder did!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • Norfolk `n `Good, it`s a mystery to me. In an attempt to placate Monkeynuts, who obviously has an aversion to my sense of humour, a piece I posted seemed to disappear, until I noticed it was there as "guest". It changed IDs a few times and seems to have settled as MB again.... Oh no it hasn`t I`m "guest" again! IP postcode, N`n`G? You may well still be in Norfolk...Lowestoft is NR, after all. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Manager abuse, now there`s a concept alien to Aston Villa..... Btw, that `Pidgeon` reference. Was it to Walter Pidgeon, the late Canadian actor; `pigeon` as in a type of bird, presumably an attempted humorous reference to the Canaries, or just pidgin English? Or can`t you resist inserting a Big `D` into words, MonkeyNuts? It`s nice to hear from you again, thought we`d lost you. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz..........

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • olase feel free to copy and post one offensive forum post as all I have ever read is a come back from a vile City post. I can guarantee you have dragged our name through the mud more than we have disrespected your club. Funny how your siding with the Small Heath lot. Staying down and going bust. Maybe you could be twinned with them, like they could be your parent club? SOTC's.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Jon the stat is far from meaningless when it shows that you can't fill your stadium + that situation is worsening. I know Villa fans would prefer other supporters not to highlight their fading popularity ( we have a certain team down the road who would rather talk about 30 yr old trophies than their apalling home attendance record) but it is a significant factor in Villa's decline. We always knew Lambo would leave us one day + he has so good luck with him. I'll give him until a big club comes along + then gone !

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • I`m MB again..... Regards, Guest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Like it Timbo, Was Boudicca a flaxen haired beauty?? Or was she a scarier version of Mrs Thatcher? Maybe McNally, Delia and Bowkett should tattoo themselves and apply the warpaint ahead of next season. We could even get Captain Canary in a chariot.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Breaking News: Plane crases into Villa Park + causes £5 million worth of improvements. As our new found friends @ Bham City say SOTV !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • WHAT!!! I was there to hear it myself!! Don't come all righteous on here now, you would be making yourself look very foolish! You pointed out that we were verocious in our damnation of Mcleish and I was pointing out that its a case of Kettle and Black. Some of your fans DID chant negative comments regarding his health, you can deny this allegation as much as you like, I know you did. End of. This continued in the local pubs as well. Maybe a small percentage, but not everyone will be well behaved.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • If you'd a had McLeish at the helm then i would almost guarantee you would be of the same opinion that he had to go. I dont condone the abuse he got, i was embarassed, but he simply wasnt good enough. But poor Roeder, he was on a hiding from the start just as McLeish was. You gave him some abuse, even using his health as a weapon, now thats low.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • Still here trying to make friends LOL! Well right now troll my purpose is to wind you up + I seem to be making a good job of it. Fair comment Chopper. Good to see some Villans have got a brain.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Timbo & Preston; it is not acceptable to compare the Grantham Hoarder with a "hag". Hags cannot help being that way. Mrs. T. worked on her nastiness with a will!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • "We've dragged YOUR name thru the mud" ...LOL....Who's forum are you on here ??? Looks like you've chosen this fight not us ...Doh !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Go to the match and enjoy the football, but don't think you are watching a NORWICH team. In the modern game managers, players, etc, are all very mobile mercenaries.

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    Jim

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • I'm pleased that Norwich have got a good replacement for Lambert, that it hurts the Blues is kinda nice too! Your use of the stat that Villa are third worst in the PL in terms of attendances as a percentage of capacity is like the stat Bluenose would trot out. It's meaningless when our average attendance, as bad as it was last season and the worst for years, is more than the capacity of their tinpot stadium. I can't compare to Norwich as I don't know your capacity. Good luck under Hughton hope you have a good season

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    Jon Law

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Now I`m back to MB. The pantomime season`s started early? Oh no it`s not......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • marc - there is no point in trying to have a decent conversation on these forums, for some reason they seem to be obsessed with our Season Ticket Holder stats. Thats all their argument ever boils down to. Lets just wait to the new season kicks off again with Villa on the ascent and lets hope we can celebrate when we visit their shed of a ground. I know i will. On the ball Villa!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • How about staying away from this forum then Monkey? The stats simply prove how fickle Villa fans are.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Laugh 'had to monkeynuts thinks Lambert will complete a three year contract. He will either go to a big club , or the absentee landlord will bounce him when vanillas form doesnt improve

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • The funny thing is that we have had decent and converstaions on this forum with Liverpool fans, Everton fans, Newcastle fans, Man City and ManU fans. Dare I say it we have even had respectful contributions from Birmingham fans post the Chris Hughton move. For some reason, ever since Paul Lambert left, we have been deluged by offensive contributions form Villa. The only one that was not offensive was someone who actually wrote and apologised for what had been said.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • What's occuring? I am that flaxen-haired beauty but my 1-night rolling contract does not allow me to divulge any information or to correspond with any other teams.

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    Sian

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Carrow Road: 27,033. 33, 873 is still 6840 more than your capacity. Your new manager is a decent coach, and you did well last year. But lets not get it twisted: last season was our worst ever premier league campaign, and worst EVER home record (see your attendance data). While you were in League one we were challenging for fourth, at wembely and winnning at Old Trafford.

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    Marc Croseas

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • I know 1p5wich is almost as easterly as Naaaridge, but I`m surprised you have IP postcodes in Japan, N`N`G. Or is it Nipswich? Sorry! V. un-PC. ;-) Guest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Back for more? So soon? You really must care.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • To be fair Jon you can find a stat to support any argument you wish to make. It's obvious why your attendances were down last year, you weren't playing well, u hated your manager and his style of football. This year, we all assume, will be different and good luck to u. It's defo time both our clubs moved on to what I think both sets of fans believe will be an exciting new era for their respective teams.

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    Jonny Fowler

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Since when has the EDP forums belonged solely to Norwich fans?

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Play ground bully boy Brewer. I'm from norwich you Buffoon, live a stones throw from the shed, so nice retort regarding your stereo-typical judgement of the people of Birmingham. You sir are the epitomy of everything wrong with the modern day fan. Way to go. Good luck in your chosen profession........

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • So yes indeed, things do make complete sense and Norwich City version 201213 is taking shape. Maybe (or maybe not) a couple of tweaks to the back room to follow but then it's all about the playing staff. So who do we think will be lucky enough to pull on the canary yellow next season? I think Curtis Davies is a strong fancy to replace Zak, but my fancy for a pretty exciting capture from CH's old club would be.......Nathan Redmond. Very well thought of and with a few high flying Premier League clubs keeping an eye on him I think we could now be in pole position to snap him up. Interesting to note the player was very, very quick off the mark to express his disappointment at the news he had lost his boss. Was that a come and get me plea I wonder?????

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    Jonny Fowler

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • This forum is primarily for NCFC fans. If you come on here giving it large, then expect to get plenty back of ye of little brain. I wouldn't mind if you were a Man Ure or Chelski fan but Aspirin Vanilla are a bad joke, as Lambert is about to discover. Right Nuts. Time you got back to your usual evening's entertainment of German Goo Girls + a box of tissues. Or are your Mum + Dad staying in tonite + will wonder why you've locked your bedroom door ...?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • LOL Preston- but please don't compare the Queen of the Iceni to that hag of a grocer's daughter from Gratham ! Sian I'll give you a 12 months roll anytime ...Jim don't understand your point mate? Are you saying all Norwich players should be Norfolk born? How do you define a Norwich team exactly?

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • According to the legend, when Boudicca lost the last game of the season against an Italian team, she fell on her sword. Now there's loyalty for you.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Mad Brewer you make no sense whatsoever. Maybe your ethered because you have the inability to write an unbiased, unjudgemental, well mannered response?

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • MonkeyNuts, the clue is at the top of the page where it says Norwich City, Lowestoft Town and Kings Lynn. Freedom of speech means that you have a right to say what you want. Common sense says that it is time to stop. Now why don't you run along and play with the other boys of your own age, or don't they like you either?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • I think MonkeyNuts is wound up and also jealous bless him

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    GrumpyMike

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • What`s occurring here? (2nd attempt). For a while my last effort was posted under "guest". My original comment about that was ethered, (a novelty), and now I`ve regained my true false identity.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • And now I`ve reverted to "guest" status!! Have I drifted into the Rouen Triangle? I never understood those "Matrix" films, now it`s as if I`m IN one!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Walter Pidgeon, MonkeyNuts? Or pidgin English? Perhaps you cannot resist inserting a Big `D`? Anyway, it`s lovely to have you back; everybody`s missed you terribly. So pleased you never abuse your managers at Villa Park. Did a pretty good job at Carrow Road recently, though!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • Monkeynuts, I'd say you were in the minority here..and it would be foolish to assume that these boards are not aimed at NCFC fans, to discuss our club. Saying that all clubs fans are welcome here. We do have a few trolls here and are used to dealing with them, so don't be surprised if people give as good as they get. About lambert, we are over him..history...He's a great manager, but we have a new great manager now that will guide our club into the future.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Another inane rant from Timbo. Keep fuelling the fire, your just proving my point of how very bitter and fickle you are. As for 'giving it large' that smacks of Mockney to me. Just what exactly is your purpose in life?

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Now it`s "guest" again. Please put me out of my misery, Ar-chant. Just ether me. I`m used to that! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Good pic with Chris Hughton (almost) disproving the old saying that " it's impossible to pick your nose + look intelligent @ the same time". Also the 1st time I've heard David McNally referred to as a " flaxed-haired beauty from the east "... Or did Chris Lakey mean the blessed St. Delia?... Or Boudicca? I think we should be told !

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Play ground bully boy Brewer. I'm from norwich you Buffoon, live a stones throw from the shed, so nice retort regarding your stereo-typical judgement of the people of Birmingham. You sir are the epitomy of everything wrong with the modern day fan. Way to go. Good luck in your chosen profession........

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • WHAT!!! I was there to hear it myself!! Don't come all righteous on here now, you would be making yourself look very foolish! You pointed out that we were verocious in our damnation of Mcleish and I was pointing out that its a case of Kettle and Black. Some of your fans DID chant negative comments regarding his health, you can deny this allegation as much as you like, I know you did. End of. This continued in the local pubs as well. Maybe a small percentage, but not everyone will be well behaved.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • PS I reckon Steven Fry would make the best Boudicca. He could go out and sack all the Camp Romans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • I'm actually living in Japan now:) you can take me out of Norfolk , but you can't take the Norfolk out of me;)

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Or is that what passes for English in Aston Cross?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Bimbo - read my past threads. I actually started of by thanking you for playing good football and how well your club has done. I have then had to put up with patronising remarks from people such as yourself slating the good name of my club.There is no smoke without fire. As for winding me up and being a troll, thats not the case. I can take as much as i dish out. I have put up with a lot worse from my dirty Blue neighbours, so a slanging match with a family friendly club is quite amusing. Does seem to be the same old names that pipe up time and time again. Like i said you lot are the minority, alot of your fans are sensible and realise its a progression for PL to come to Villa. He's lucky he will have such passionate fans and an understanding board who gave him a 3 year deal as opposed to a rolling contract. In Paul Lambert we trust. SOTC's.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Even the AV training ground has an eldritch sound to it; Bodymoor Heath?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • I cannot recall people picking on Roeder because of his health. I do remember how badly treated he was by West Ham after that health issue. Glenn Roeder was quite well received when he first came to Norwich; dug us out of a relegation hole. Then his attitude to the fans seemed to sour and vice-versa. I remember referring to GR`s health in the West Ham context, and wondered whether his treatment by them, and by Newcastle, may have embittered him. I do not abuse people on grounds of their health. Suggestions like that ARE low. I don`t know why you need to taint this fans` forum with that sort of poison.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

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