City fan's songs to escape relegation

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:05 10 September 2010

Norwich City fans may be down in the dumps about the current plight of the club - but one teacher-turned-comedian is hoping his Canary-themed songs will cheer up the 'doom mongers'.

Norwich City fans may be down in the dumps about the current plight of the club - but one teacher-turned-comedian is hoping his Canary-themed songs will cheer up the “doom mongers”.

Canaries fan Andy Palmer has penned the extravagantly over optimistic "Magnificent Four" song in homage to the club's new management team and their efforts to ensure the club avoids relegation from the Championship.

The Sprowston Infant School teacher performs as his alter ego Bernard, a Norfolk pensioner, and will be a guest tomorrow on BBC Radio Norfolk's coverage of the Norwich City home game against Burnley.

The 35-year-old's tales of “Emos Outside the Forum”, “Who is Captain Canary?” and “No Jobs in Norwich” have been sent to places as far flung as Japan and are particularly popular with Norfolk troops in Afghanistan.

Mr Palmer said the song had had a good response when played on The Scrimmage radio show last week.

He said: “I went on Radio Norfolk before Christmas and played a couple of Norwich songs. Chris Goreham suggested I write a song about Gunny.

“I'm fed up of all the doom mongers so I thought about writing something 100pc positive.

“Of course I believe every sentiment of that song - except signing Kaka on a free - that's probably the only thing that won't happen.

“After what we have been through during the past few years we need some luck and this song is about what might happen with some luck and positive thinking.”

As a fan of the Canaries for more than 30 years, Mr Palmer this week also penned a new ditty “Lucky Pants”, calling for fellow fans to don their lucky pants, or thongs, for Saturday's crunch game at Carrow Road against Burnley.

He said: “After Watford's win I felt utterly miserable looking at the league table, with city in the bottom three. So I recorded and wrote my Lucky Pants message to the city faithful.”

Mr Palmer first started doing stand-up comedy in 2007 and is a regular guest on Future Radio's Daved and Confused show every Friday afternoon.

He also hosts a “Normal for Norfolk” cabaret night every month at The Birdcage in Pottergate, with the next night on Wednesday, February 25, from 8.30pm, featuring The Foster Kids.

t More of Andy Palmer's songs can be heard at www.myspace.com/normalfornorfolk.

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