March 31 2015 Latest news:
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I had a very pleasant evening on Tuesday night when I attended the Norwich City Hall of Fame dinner at the club, where eight more current and former players and associates were inducted to the club’s roll of honour, including two men who thoroughly deserve to be Hall Of Famers.
It’s taken Adam Drury a good few years to finally make it on to that great list, and it is fitting that in his testimonial year Adam has been given a well-deserved place.
He’s been a great servant to the club and is still performing week in, week out for the club after all the years.
Another man who took his place in the Hall of Fame on Tuesday night for very different reasons was club director Michael Foulger.
Michael became a director in 1996 and bleeds yellow and green.
I got very friendly with Michael in my time at the club so I know how passionate he is for Norwich City.
He’s pumped a lot of money into the football club and it was his investment that enabled Gunny to bring Grant Holt, another well- deserved addition to the list, to the Canaries.
Wolves are the visitors to Carrow Road and at present they are a club in turmoil.
They are bottom of the Premier League with Terry Connor in temporary charge after the sacking of Mick McCarthy, with the club being unable to tempt anyone to take his place.
It’s a huge game for both clubs as neither have won in their last five games. A win for Norwich would conceivably guarantee them survival while a win for Wolves would give them fresh hope.
Personally, I look at Wolves and their defensive record.
They have been very poor of late and have conceded five goals in three of their last five games, and that’s why I think that the lads will be too strong for them.
My debut for the club came against Wolves in 1997 in a very forgettable afternoon for myself; we lost 2-0 and I had a shocker, not making the greatest impression on all you Norwich supporters.
I played against Wolves on a few occasions after that and probably the moment that you all remember me for is the infamous stamping incident on the notorious Kevin Muscat right in front of the Snakepit.
I saw Kevin fall as I chased him down and immediately thought of the horrendous tackle he put in on Craig Bellamy a couple of years before.
I saw my chance for a bit of retribution and instead of jumping over Muscat I planted my right foot into the middle of his back with all my weight.
Believe you me, he was in quite a bit of pain and I got away with it as it looked like an accident!
Well, I did until the FA picked up on the truth of the incident in my book and banned me for three matches with a £3,000 fine!
Let’s all hope the lads can get their own reprisal against the side from the West Midlands.
• MORE MEDICALS ARE NEEDED
I think we were all deeply shocked after the tragic event that occurred at White Hart Lane on Saturday night.
I was travelling back from Craven Cottage when I heard the news that Fabrice Muamba had collapsed on the pitch.
I’ve personally never witnessed anything like that and I hope I never have to as I’m sure everybody does.
As we all now know, Fabrice suffered a cardiac arrest on the field and the quick thinking and the expertise of the medical staff last Saturday most definitely saved his life. As a professional player you have one major medical at a football club and that’s right before you put pen to paper, where the club’s doctor checks anything and everything.
To avoid a repeat of what happened to Fabrice Muamba I believe clubs should check their players’ health more frequently and thoroughly in order to avoid such an event recurring in a game again.