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Sunderland release eight – and I’d probably take four of them

Sunderland boss Roy Keane yesterday officially released eight players in Andy Cole, Ian Harte, Stanislav Varga, Stephen Wright and academy graduates Jack Pelter, Gavin Donoghue, Billy Dennehy and Jake Richardson. We’ve already been linked with Cole and as I said on Tuesday if he could be persuaded to move from his north-west base and didn’t […]

2007/08 Review: March – featuring Blackpool, Watford, Coventry, Stoke, Sheffield United, Colchester and Bristol City

March wasn’t one of the best months in City’s season. It started with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Blackpool at Carrow Road. Two goals from Stephen McPhee gave the Seasiders a 2-0 lead going into the break, and although Jamie Cureton’s penalty halved the deficit with twenty five minute to play there would be no […]

2007/08 Review: December – featuring Stoke, Plymouth, Sheffield United, Colchester, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Wolves.

On 1st December City travelled to the Britannia Stadium to meet high-flying Stoke. Darren Huckerby gave the Canaries a 5th minute lead before Carl Cort equalised for the Potters in the first minute of the second-half, and in the last minute Richard Cresswell broke Canary hearts with the winner for the home side. Three days […]

The Week in Review: 28th April – 4th May 2008

Monday 28th April 2008. On Monday I explained why all Canaries should have cheered on Southampton against West Brom, and had a final go on the BBC Predictor to make a few predictions. Tuesday 29th April 2008. On Tuesday I made a couple of (correct for once) predictions on the Champions League semi-finals and kicked […]

Incredible day in the Championship: Congratulations West Brom and Stoke, ta-ra Leicester

Today was a pretty exciting day in the Championship, even if the game at Hillsborough turned into a nightmare for us Canaries. Well done West Brom on winning the title; I’d say they were definitely the best team in the division so it’s well deserved. Well done Stoke as well. I’ve not been particularly kind […]

The Week in Review: 21st-27th April 2008

Monday 21st April 2008. On Monday we speculated on the reasons for Kieran GIbbs starting against West Brom, and looked at the possibility of Darren Huckerby staying at the club on a pay-as-you-play deal. Tuesday 22nd April 2008. On Tuesday we had a look at the week’s Champions League action, and pondered the future of Alex Pearce. […]

Poor old Southampton – and my god look at Stoke!

Now that we’re safe I can look at the Championship table in a relatively calm state. No longer am I peering at it from behind the sofa, or feeling the need to turn the TV over every time it appears on the screen. I’ve been playing with the BBC Predictor for a number of weeks […]

The Week in Review: 14th-20th April 2008

Monday 14th April 2008. We learned that Stoke would win the Championship, West Brom would finish second, the play-off places would be made up by Watford, Wolves, Bristol City and Hull City, Leicester would join Scunthorpe and Colchester in League One, and the Canaries would finish 14th. We also realised that by reminiscing over previous […]

Where does today’s action leave us?

Well, pretty much where we thought we were really. Things could have been better, but they definitely could have been much worse. A win next week against QPR will pretty much guarantee safety and a draw could be enough if other results go our way. I’ll have a play with the BBC Predictor again tomorrow, […]

Lucky Wednesday?

It looks like Sheffield Wednesday will get away with a fine from the Football League after naming six loan signings in their sixteen-man squad for the game against Stoke on Saturday. There can be absolutely no excuses from Brian Laws or anyone at Hillsborough. Everybody knows the rules, and the fact that Wednesday failed to […]

£5m for Ameobi? He’s all yours Tony…

So Stoke pipped us to the post for Shola Ameobi, but if Glenn Roeder’s right and there’s a £5m future transfer fee attached then good luck to them. In a recent column for Vital Norwich I said that I thought Ameobi could cost anywhere from £1.5m upwards, but £5m? The board have their critics but […]

Stoke Preview

Tonight the Championship’s Manager of the Month Tony Pulis brings the league’s second place side to Carrow Road. The Canaries will be missing the suspended pair of Gary Doherty and former Stoke man Darel Russell who were both sent off at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, and with Darren Huckerby still only rated at 50/50 […]

Confirmation Received: Football IS dead

Yes I’m afraid confirmation has now been received that football really IS dead. It came in an unusual form, but it is indisputable. Tony Pulis – Manager of the Month. I’ll say that again. Tony Pulis, you know, the Stoke City manager, has been named as the Championship’s Manager of the Month for February. Putting […]

How many Irons does Roeder have in the fire?

As I reported on the Vital Norwich site this morning, according to today’s Sun newspaper Scunthorpe‘s Martin Paterson could be on his way after the club were linked with the 20-year old forward. Reports on Sky Sports News suggested that Scunthorpe have already turned down an £850,000 bid from the Canaries. The 5 foot 9 […]

What we have learned this weekend – 5th/6th Jan 08

Cup upsets can still happen. Seven clubs (Blackburn, Everton, Birmingham, Bolton, Colchester, Swindon and Brighton) were knocked out and another six (Derby, Fulham, Newcastle, Norwich, Swansea, and Tranmere) held to draws by lower league opposition. Norwich need a striker. It’s obvious for anyone to see that Jamie Cureton needs a ‘big man’ to play off, […]