Fitting, thankful and all too fanciful

The Man In The Stands One word: redemption.The act of buying back something previously sold. In this case, our club's soul.Twelve months ago the club was a rudderless ship stocked with too many half-baked loanees and a permanent squad resembling the living dead.

The Man In The Stands

One word: redemption.

The act of buying back something previously sold. In this case, our club's soul.

Twelve months ago the club was a rudderless ship stocked with too many half-baked loanees and a permanent squad resembling the living dead.


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Even then, we still had to endure being a national laughing stock for the first two weeks of this season.

And now those sins can be forgiven.

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We've all knew it would be fitting to formally right one massive wrong from our last trek to The Valley.

Plain and simple, it was our day.

The Man scoffed at enjoying the prospect of doldrums football because we'd do a Leicester anyway. We had dear Gunny in charge at the time, so understandable.

But from having a clueless manager and a flimsy bunch of players, one bold move turned us into champions. And it's been years since we've seen such initiative from the boardroom at Carrow Road.

It's not over yet. Next season is when Lambo gets to really prove he's as good as we all believe.

But he is the one we owe everything to this season, whether he likes it or not.

Him and David McGnarly did what they needed to at every point this season. They even sued the News of the Screws to get us our winning goals at Huddersfield.

They are the reasons why The Man finally believes the Stowmarket Two have learnt from what went wrong before.

And that makes it all the sweeter for them, for us and a club that should never have had the chance to teach the whole of League One a footballing lesson.

t So the Doc finally picks up a medal for something as a footballer - good on the bloke.

But for Michael Nelson, Saturday must've been the sweetest.

The Man admits he suggested a wee contract cancellation in the direction of Michael 'turning circle of a small island' Nelson after Ewe-gate.

But 'The Admirable One' has shoved those words down this face nicely.

The lack of pace didn't matter because he became a smack away anything within 10 yards defender, Orient apart - and he made up for that one at The Valley.

Stepping up to the Championship, now that might be something else. But signed as a League One player, Nelson reigns Norfolk again.

t Poor smarmy Parky, left to claim the Addicks didn't get what they deserved.

I think he'll find it's because we didn't roll over and die this time.

Considering they barely scraped 20,000 at The Valley on Saturday, The Man expects them to have as much bottle as Arsenal before preparing for a second season in the doldrums.

The Ewes are another we'll leave behind, although The Man admits to momentarily feeling sorry for those at Cuckoo Farm.

OK, so not Mad Cowling. But you get the idea.

t As this is officially one of those rare occasions where we've achieved something, can we please:

a) Not go shipping off good players who could do a job next season, only to bemoan their departure for years after;

b) Remember we're still in debit by at least 20 league places;

c) Make sure Paul Lambert is given what he asks for, without bankrupting the club obviously;

d) Turn up for the two derbies against the scum;

e) Enjoy it. Yes, it is the doldrums, but these things don't come along very often. Party time, buses, bring it;

f) We're going to win the league. And that is how it's done.

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