The death of 'little Norwich'?

PUBLISHED: 14:28 05 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:59 10 September 2010

Gary Smith, NCISA

Not a week seems to go by in recent times without incident at our football club and this week has been no exception. All eyes were focused on Tuesday night and the Annual General Meeting and finance within the club obviously being the main item on the agenda.

Gary Smith, NCISA

Not a week seems to go by in recent times without incident at our football club and this week has been no exception. All eyes were focused on Tuesday night and the Annual General Meeting and finance within the club obviously being the main item on the agenda.

Now if you go by message board reports and word of mouth some people would have you believe this was a pretty tame affair although reading between the lines I do not believe that to be the case.

I myself was not present at the evening but it is clear to see that the majority shareholders are not running the show anymore with the chairman Alan Bowkett and chief executive David McNally driving this club forward not only off the pitch but on it also. How refreshing to hear genuine ambition around the corridors of Carrow Road once again and I would personally like to thank these two for the job they have so far achieved with restoring some pride firstly within the football club and secondly the city of Norwich.

The job is far from done which we are all aware but optimism about “fresh investment” from both parties certainly gives us all hope for the future in addressing the debt allowing the club to once again be competitive in the top two divisions of English football.

Obviously over the last few days we have been linked in the local and national media with multi millionaire & Air Asia supremo Tony Fernandes, I like many others wait with baited breath to see if anything becomes of these reports and rumours but at least we now seem to be “active” in attracting new funds. Perhaps we won't be “little old Norwich” forever....

On the football side of things congratulations to the coaching staff and players alike in achieving their own piece of history including eleven home wins and now sixteen games unbeaten, the form team in Europe - phenomenal!

The last two games at Walsall and the home fixture against Hartlepool were far from vintage performances but certainly great results after trailing in both games.

The toughest of our three fixtures without Grant Holt who we have sorely missed comes this Saturday at Millwall. For me, we will certainly have to up our performance to come away with a result but we are more than capable of this as shown at Colchester. It's an interesting week in the race for automatic promotion with Hartlepool entertaining Leeds and Charlton going to the other form team in the division Swindon Town - whoever thought League One was going to be so fascinating.

A special mention must go to our incredible support as I believe for the game we are taking approx a three thousand strong travelling army to The Den and I am lucky enough to be one of them.

In summary great foundations laid since the summer with the shake up in the boardroom being key, it has certainly focused the importance of the first team once again. The club with their new found stance can only hopefully once again benefit in the future.

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