Season has been a non-event

PUBLISHED: 17:03 29 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 14 September 2010

It is with some sadness, but also some relief that I have decided to stand down as the chairman of Capital Canaries, as this season draws to a close, after three years at the helm.

It is with some sadness, but also some relief that I have decided to stand down as the chairman of Capital Canaries, as this season draws to a close, after three years at the helm.

The last three seasons have given us all a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

I was lucky enough to be in the chair when City gave me my greatest season as a fan, in my 21 years of supporting the team, gaining promotion to the Premiership in 2003/04.

I remember one of our members turning to me at the last home game of that season, and saying that it does not get much better than this and we should savour this moment. How right he was.

I also look back fondly on that season, and remember the fact that Norwich so kindly won us promotion in London, at Watford and the Capital Canaries putting on one of the best parties I have ever been to after that game. It saddens me that in recent monthpeople have begun to unfairly criticise Nigel Worthington's role in that year.

Sadly, as we all know, it went so badly wrong in the Premiership and had it been for a little more ambition and belief I honestly think we could still be there now. It took me a long, long time to get over Fulham and I hope I never have to experience that again.

This season, my last as chairman of the Capital Canaries, has been a non-event as far as I am concerned. Never before have I been so disinterested in all things Norwich City.

As we all know the standard of football in this division has been very poor and no excuses can discuss the fact that we have not even been in the top six all season, and the fact that we may well finish seventh, means nothing to me.

With the squad that Nigel has and the support that this club has, I think the supporters have a right to expect more and I fully understand some of the rumblings around Carrow Road in recent weeks.

However, if Worthington is still in charge come the new season, I sincerely hope that we as Norwich fans can get behind the team, in what I think is a very important season in the clubs history, as it will be our last with the Premiership parachute payments.

Finally as I stand down, I would like to place on record a small list of thank yous to those who have helped me and the Capital Canaries in the last three seasons: Delia Smith, Michael Wynn-Jones, Andrew Cullan, the rest of the board at NCFC, the Capital Canaries Committee, Mike Grant (my driver), the guys at Northern Canaries, the guys at Archant, Iwan Roberts, Craig Fleming, Duncan Forbes, Bryan Gunn, David Stringer and especially to Roger Munby - who has always been a good friend of the Capital's and even drove some of our members back to Norwich station after one of our post match meals at the football club, so that they did not miss their train!

How many other football club chairman would do that?

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