Dare to dream
PUBLISHED: 14:11 07 November 2010
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What is it with the "little Norwich syndrome" and associated beliefs within the club that seems to have been created at this club over the past ten years?
Reading various internet message boards and speaking to Norfolk folk in general the “old myth” created by the people at the top of the club seems to have filtered all the way down. Supporters yet again settling for mediocrity, mid-table being quoted as success in some quarters, and recently again expectations have been dampened down by the club.
When I look at our club it really frustrates me that people within think about us in this respect. We are currently in seventh position in the Championship being the seventeenth best supported team in the country with a young (ish!) up and coming manager with a more than competent team.
Looking through the side in more detail, defensively Russell Martin/Ward/Barnett/Drury providing a solid base and so far proving that they are as good as anything else in the division. In midfield we have the diamond formation which opposition teams are stiil struggling to come to terms with, we have personnel such as Crofts/Smith/Hoolahan having ample ability to trouble the best in the division.
Upfront for me is the position that could make or break us, the man, the beast Grant Holt not looking the player he was a year ago, granted (excuse the pun) it was at a different level but at times he looks truly out of sorts. Simeon Jackson, on the other hand, is on the upward curve and in recent weeks certainly carries our biggest goal threat, Chris Martin, although not scoring the goals so far he would have liked, I believe still has a major part to play.
The one player though who I believe is a cut above most in the division is Andrew Surman, who grew up in the same Southampton side as Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale and certainly possesses the ability to take us up a level. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships and with our team plus a couple of quality additions why shouldn’t we be positive and optimistic?
The manager and the playing staff have given us a great start to this season and I sincerely hope the board do everything possible over the next couple of months for us to really make that challenge to get into the Promised Land as we may not have a better opportunity.
Yes, I understand that finances are tight although this could be a watershed moment for the club if we do not attempt to take this chance. Finance dictates a lot but it’s about time the club secured some finance as more and more clubs in this division seem capable of attracting sizeable investment what is so wrong with Norwich City?
I for one believe in this football club, the city of Norwich and county of Norfolk and it’s about time we put this “myth” well & truly behind us.
• Don’t forget to get your NCISA Christmas raffle tickets which are due to be drawn on December 1st 2010 to have a chance to win one of the many prizes on offer. Also check out www.ncisa.co.uk for details on the Fans Forum with Kevin Drinkell and Ken Brown and overnight stays/discounts in Derby for the up and coming away fixture.