Your chance to question our new columnist, Spud Thornhill

Spud Thornhill

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Sprowston man David Thornhill, aka Spud, has followed the Canaries since 1982. He is a season ticket holder in the Snakepit and a member of the 92 club after completing the 92 grounds in the country in 2008. He also fancies himself as a City statto. Every fortnight he’ll look back on some NCFC memories, set our readers a tasty teaser and attempt to answer your trivia challenges.

Name five players from Norwich’s Uefa Cup run who were involved in European finals before or after our cup run?

Answers at the bottom

Back in 2001, ITV Sport Digital signed a deal to show live football leagues games.

It was available only to cable and Sky customers and showed live football league games and other items, such as a football quiz show called ‘Do I Not Know That’.


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The Norwich Evening News ran a competition for two fans to join four other City supporters to represent the Canaries in the show. Myself and fellow supporter Martin Eagle won the competition and joined Andrew Beasley, Nigel Brannon, Peter Cockburn and Barry Woodrow.

There were 108 English and Scottish clubs represented. The prize was holidays around the world, but with Ipswich being in the same group as us, all we wanted to do was beat them.

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It may not have been Mastermind and it may have had only a select band of viewers, but it was still nerve-wracking for people like myself who had never been on TV before. The presenter, Simon O’Brien, of Brookside fame (children, ask your parents about Brookside) tried to relax you by asking a simple question. My question was ‘who managed Norwich in 1995 and now manages Celtic?’. Suddenly my brain froze and at this point Barry encouraged me in true Duncan Forbes-style by kicking me hard in the shins before I correctly answered ‘Martin O’Neill’.

Fortunately, we beat Ipswich Town and won our group. We got through to the second round and again we did really well and got through to the semi-final.

At this point ITV Sport Digital was struggling both financially and with viewers and there was talk of the whole channel being pulled. Despite this they told us they were going to film the semi-final and final on April 28. Our first thought was this could clash with a potential play-off game.

We had to decide what to do – have the chance of TV glory or potentially watch Norwich City in the play-offs? We delayed the answer until a Malky Mackay goal against Stockport County confirmed Norwich as in the play-offs.

There was only one thing to do. We pulled out.

Some people said we were mad, but we beat Wolves 3-1 with goals from Mark Rivers, Paul McVeigh and Malky Mackay.

TV fame could wait.

Can you outsmart Spud with a Norwich City related question? Email norfolksport@archant.co.uk

ANSWERS

1) Bryan Gunn (European Cup Winners Cup 1983 Unused Sub) winners medal

2) Mark Bowen (UEFA Cup 1984 Unused Sub) winners medal

3) Ian Culverhouse (UEFA Cup 1984 Unused Sub) Winners Medal

4) Mark Robins (European Cup Winners Cup 1991 Unused Sub) Winners Medal

5) Chris Sutton (UEFA Cup 2003) Runners Up medal.

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