Tamworth hope Lamb is not on the menu

PUBLISHED: 12:09 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 09:57 14 September 2010

Norwich City will have no cause to complain about 'dirty tricks' before, during or after their intriguing FA Cup encounter with Tamworth on Saturday. The popular perception is that the side next to bottom of the Conference will hire tractors to rut the Lamb Ground's pitch this week while staff dismantle the hot-water pipes in the visitors' dressing room as a prelude to the third-round tie, which is being screened live on BBC at lunchtime.

Norwich City will have no cause to complain about 'dirty tricks' before, during or after their intriguing FA Cup encounter with Tamworth on Saturday.

The popular perception is that the side next to bottom of the Conference will hire tractors to rut the Lamb Ground's pitch this week while staff dismantle the hot-water pipes in the visitors' dressing room as a prelude to the third-round tie, which is being screened live on BBC at lunchtime.

An unlikely victory over the Championship club would represent unprecedented progress in the competition for the home team after failing at this hurdle on penalties in a replay against Stoke City last season.

That result provoked accusations from the winners that the showers were not working in their dressing room among other barbed comments, but general manager Russell Moore insists that the visitors will find nothing amiss at the Lamb this weekend.

“I want to lay that myth about the showers to rest,” said Moore, a fan since he first stood on the grass banks around the ground and saw the team beat Torquay United in an FA Cup first-round tie in 1969. “The showers were working night and they will be in perfect working order on Saturday. We may have put a new lick of paint on the Stoke dressing-room wall last season that left a smell but there will be nothing like that.”

Despite a memorable FA Vase final in 1989 and an FA Trophy final defeat at Villa Park four years ago, Moore agrees with his chairman Bob Andrews that this will be the biggest game in the club's history. “With live television from the BBC it will be seen by millions, not just a hundred thousand had Sky televised it,” Moore said.

The part-timers will earn £200,000 from the run, minus costs for the Norwich game, which will attract a capacity of 3,800. However they will not be pushing the boat out for celebrity chef and Norwich co-owner Delia Smith. “We'll have a brunch, maybe a bacon sarnie, then a hot buffet afterwards,” Andrews said. “But if Delia wants to get here early and prepare something, that's different.

“We'll try to make her welcome and my wife Pam is particularly looking forward to meeting her. She tries to cook her recipes from Delia's books. No doubt she'll have a chat with her and hopefully pick up some tips.

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