Ex-City keeper Lewis praises Delia Smith and compares her to current club chairman
PUBLISHED: 09:39 19 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:39 19 March 2020
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Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis has praised Norwich City majority shareholder Delia Smith for her close connection to the supporters.
The City academy graduate has forged a successful career since departing Carrow Road and has been at Aberdeen since 2016, making over 130 appearances for the Scottish top-flight side.
The Bury St Edmunds born shot-stopper remains a Canaries supporter, despite his commitments with Derek McInnes’ men.
Lewis joined City aged eight and signed a professional contract in 2004 but was largely used as an understudy to Robert Green for the majority of his spell at Carrow Road.
He signed for Peterborough United in 2008 in a deal that broke their transfer record. He made 167 appearances at London Road before signing for Cardiff City.
Aberdeen sit 4th in the Scottish Premier League, one point behind Motherwell.
Lewis has embedded himself in the Granite City and is playing regular football at Pittodrie Stadium and has compared chairman Dave Cormack to City’s joint majority shareholder.
Cormack announced a series of plans last week that included reducing the capacity in Aberdeen’s stadium to improve the atmosphere.
“There’s lots of football clubs where the owners and the people in charge don’t have that feeling for the football team.
“But we are lucky to have a chairman who is a genuine football fan and a genuine Aberdeen supporter.
“You don’t get that often enough and it’s down to the football club to make the most of that to make sure you capture the imagination of the younger generation.
“When I went to watch Norwich with my dad, they were doing initiatives like getting the kids in for a quid, to get as many of them as possible to the matches and they were well supported as a result,” Lewis told The Press and Journal.
“Delia Smith has done a really good job for that club as well so there is similarities. They are both great family clubs and the fact that they are both slightly isolated geographically means they have to be.”