What happens on pitch that matters

PUBLISHED: 13:33 25 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 14 September 2010

A great deal has happened since I last wrote in the Pink 'Un, which was on the Saturday after City's win against Brighton. We have seen some very undeserved wins, some morgue-like atmospheres at Carrow Road, the debacle at Crystal Palace, and then, out of nowhere, a performance at Leeds that stunned everyone.

A great deal has happened since I last wrote in the Pink 'Un, which was on the Saturday after City's win against Brighton.

We have seen some very undeserved wins, some morgue-like atmospheres at Carrow Road, the debacle at Crystal Palace, and then, out of nowhere, a performance at Leeds that stunned everyone. It was followed by a fantastic win against Sheffield United, a team who would probably feature third in a Norwich supporters' hate list, after them down the A140 and Wolves. And then there was Burnley.

My low point was undoubtedly the Palace game, where I paid the sum of £30 to see a performance worthy of 30 pence. Many regulars stayed away knowing what would happen. A fool and his money, as the saying goes, are easily parted.

And I felt conned out of my cash as I witnessed the desperate football on offer by the Canaries. I even stayed to the bitter end, hoping to see some retribution on Andy Johnson for last season's antics. Even that pleasure was denied to me by Iain Dowie, who substituted Johnson just as it looked as if it was getting a little lively.

Last Wednesday I went back to Selhurst Park to watch the reserves play, as if to try to exorcise the Ghost of Palace Past. It did not work. We lost and the entrance fee was £5.

Looking back a month, the club, the manager and the supporters were as divided as they have ever been since the days of the end of the Chase era. The meeting at St Andrew's Hall and the subsequent protests only widened the gulf between the fans and the board.

No matter how well a football club is run, and Norwich City is one of the best run clubs in the country, it is what happens on the pitch that defines the mood of the supporters.

Many differing opinions have featured over the past few weeks in the Capital Canaries column. Regular readers will know that there have been calls for an immediate change from some writers.

One of our founder members has a different view, which was aired on Anglia TV last weekend.

He would like to wait until next season to see if things improve. Others would like to see the season out and a decision made in the summer. Others are just happy that we have a football team to go and see.

Moods on the current state of play at Carrow Road change almost by the day, depending on the latest result or performance.

The recent optimism will have undoubtedly turned sour after last night's defeat by Burnley in the opposite way to which it unified supporters after our victory against Sheffield United.

I'm not going to pass comment on the merits or otherwise of the many differing opinions on how to improve matters at Carrow Road.

The Capital Canaries are a very diverse bunch, as evidenced by our views, ideas and even the age range of our membership.

Next Saturday on the train from Liverpool Street to Norwich, there will be an age gap of 83 years between our youngest traveller, my daughter, Gemma, and our most senior member, who will thank me for retaining his anonymity.

We may not all agree on the best way forward for the Canaries, but there is a real unity within the Capital Canaries about our passion for Norwich City Football Club. For the first time in a long while, this unity was in evidence last Saturday at Carrow Road among the 25,000 or so supporters.

Long may it continue.

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