Protestors should just support team

PUBLISHED: 16:10 18 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:17 14 September 2010

Before commenting on the recent demonstrations at Carrow Road, perhaps it would be helpful to provide some personal background information to demonstrate my level of support for our beloved Canaries through good times and through bad.

Before commenting on the recent demonstrations at Carrow Road, perhaps it would be helpful to provide some personal background information to demonstrate my level of support for our beloved Canaries through good times and through bad.

I was born in Norfolk almost 76 years ago. My father, who had followed the club from its inception, via Newmarket Road and the Nest, brought me to Carrow Road in 1938 and I shall shortly celebrate 68 years of encouraging the boys in yellow and green.

My removal to London in the 1960s did not reduce the level of my support. Thirty one years ago, Bob (Greg) Peck and I were working hard to form the Norwich City London Supporters Club, later known as the Capital Canaries.

We ploughed up and down the corridors of the trains speaking to anyone with the merest suggestion of yellow and green about their clothing.

The London club since then has prospered mightily due to the devotion of its members.

Robert Chase was a businessman who made some good decisions for Norwich City FC but unfortunately, in my view, had a mote in his eye when it came to dealing with the extremely talented Martin O'Neill.

His actions in that direction I think put the club into reverse gear. So in this case demonstrations to change the administration were justified.

Today the Canaries have one of the best directorates in Football. Stand up everyone now who would exchange them for those at say Aston Villa, Sunderland, Southampton, Newcastle et al. The recent demonstrators outside Carrow Road have been misguided. Are these not the same people who joined us at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff?

Are these not the same people who applauded promotion to the Premiership? We have been in a trough of very bad results for some time so they have been demanding the manager's head.

They have in fact been telling us in no uncertain terms that they are there for the good times but not for the tough times!

I would say to them what the late great President Harry S Truman said to that ilk in his day, “If you can't stand the heat, get out of the Kitchen”.

I would suggest that there are plenty of loyal people waiting to take up their season tickets should they feel unable to support the Canaries in adversity.

I would ask do they bleed more copiously than the silent majority? Does the silent majority feel any less strongly than they do?

I sat in the bitter cold at Selhurst Park and beheld the dismal Canaries display, and I was gutted but at least I talked to people and overwhelmingly they remain loyal to the club and wanted no shouting from the rooftops, and here is the true point they spoke of - “Trusting the administration to act at the appropriate time as necessary”.

Now is not the appropriate time - that will be very early next season should things not improve - the silent majority know that, the board know that, the manager knows that and the players know that.

So why has the Norwich City Independent Supporters Association gone to the length it has in this matter, misjudging the situation entirely, thereby requiring a statement from the principal shareholders and a further meeting to bring peace when it was not necessary to break the peace in the first place?

This I find in strange contrast to their previously declared support for the board and demonstrates in my eyes what little confidence they have in it in difficult situations.

The whole matter should now be dropped, not just for a match or two, but completely, and those who have been wasting precious energy bawling their heads off in the street get back to supporting the club NOW enabling the Canaries family to take another step forward together.

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