Fans belong in the top flight

I enjoyed the game against Leeds, even when we were one down at half-time because we were playing football along the ground without resorting to humping it up the pitch.

I enjoyed the game against Leeds, even when we were one down at half-time because we were playing football along the ground without resorting to humping it up the pitch.

And Darren Huckerby was on fire in the second half, and on another day he could have scored a hat-trick.

While one swallow does not make a summer, I thought both Simon Lappin's and Mark Fotheringham's performances showed they are gifted players and will enhance the team.

David Marshall was solid and commanded his area well.


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While any of the bottom 10 from Burnley downwards could still feature in the bottom three at the end of the season, with a couple of good loan signings I am confident Norwich will not go down.

My committee colleague John Wilkinson raised the issue of renewing season tickets in this column last week, and on the back of some dire performances during the past two seasons we can only hope not too many supporters fail to renew.

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I find it hard to acknowledge that it was 50 years ago - on February 20, 1957 - that I was a schoolboy who helped to take a blanket round the pitch to collect half crowns, florins, shillings and sixpences thrown from the terraces.

That was after the then Lord Mayor of Norwich Arthur South made a passionate speech to our supporters, many of whom emptied their pockets to throw into the blanket.

That year we finished bottom of the Third Division South, five points adrift of the second-bottom side, Swindon.

Our supporters over the years have always responded to appeals from our club.

In particular, over the past 10 years we have contributed more than £250,000 through Friends of Norwich City Youth; more than £100,000 via the Ambassadors monthly draw; more than £25,000 through NCISA; and a staggering £2.4m through Norwich & Peterborough Building Society' Canary Account. And you can add contributions from the Shareholders' Association, the Supporters' Trust and the various supporters' groups up and down the country.

We may not be in the Premiership but our supporters really are top of the league.

If Peter Grant can begin to build on the Leeds win, it may be right in the near future for the board to consider a preference B share offer, paying 4.5 per cent a year with a 10 per cent bonus if the team reaches the Premiership within five seasons.

It would be cheap money for the club and a reasonable return for the supporters, with the possibility of a good return if promotion is achieved. It seems to make good sense all round.

Keep the Faith.

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