Questions we have to ask ourselves now

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries Hooray for match fixing. There - I said it. In a week where we have had little or no news of any note on Norwich City FC, about apart from Robert Eagle unhappy that that we have pulled out of the reserves league, along comes a story that blows everything out of the water.

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries

Hooray for match fixing. There - I said it. In a week where we have had little or no news of any note on Norwich City FC, about apart from Robert Eagle unhappy that that we have pulled out of the reserves league, along comes a story that blows everything out of the water.

We've had more news coverage and mentions in the nationals this week since Delia stepped out at half time on Monday evening live on Sky. At least it reminded the rest of England that we haven't slipped into the North Sea quite yet.

The worst thing about the news was that I wasn't really that interested. Who did what to whom, how often and for how much wasn't the main source of my concern.


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My main concern was my ambivalence to it all. This on reflection was a concern, in a double negative sort of way. Last season I would have read every report and opinion on the Derby game, scoured the message boards for an inside tip on what really happened, and even may have asked my father-in-law's opinion on how the betting markets moved and who really lost their shirt two weeks ago.

But I didn't do any of these things. All I did was googled “Argentina 6 Peru 0” and “Fix”, and found an interesting thread on the game detailing a myriad of dubious reasons why Argentina won the game by a tennis score and how this might have happened.

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This week I met a fellow Capital Canary at Holborn Underground station at around 6pm. I was there to hand over a London to Norwich rail ticket that I had for October 21, the date of the Wolves game.

It wasn't that I was thinking of not going, far from it; but I had to be in Norwich a little earlier than planned as I had received a sponsor's invite for the game.

As we chatted outside Holborn station my pal confessed to me that he was considering missing the match, and had only decided to go yesterday, which for him, was very unusual.

Another supporter, when offered the rail ticket had replied: “Have to say I'm not too tempted to go back again for a while after Derby”. While we were discussing the Wolves game it was also mentioned that another London based home and away season ticker holder was not that bothered if he stayed at home on the 21st.

When I start to hear comments such as these from supporters who will have accumulated well over 1,500 City games between them, I really start to worry about the health of our football club.

If these three can barely summon up enough enthusiasm for our game against Wolves, how must the other 23,000 or so who attend care about matters NCFC? I dread to think.

The fact that I'm sitting here, typing out my unpaid thoughts for a supporter's newspaper column after nearly 12 hours at work means that I must care.

The fact that my journey for a home match starts at 9.45am on a Saturday morning means that I really do care. Or that for a midweek game, I have to get into work early so I can sneak out at 4pm to catch the train to Norwich, getting back home at 1am means I definitely really do care.

Or am I fooling myself?

Or does it mean that I don't care and I do all these mad things for no other reason than obligation and that the real reason for going to Norwich is that it's a good day out where I can see a few friends and have a couple of beers?

I'm starting to ask myself these questions at the moment.

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