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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Curious things happen in the life of a journalist – mostly things which leaves us feeling privileged to be part of the profession.

We all love a secret, some inside information – it’s what football fans, in particular, thrive upon.

The final game of the season is always something of a bittersweet affair because that cosily familiar weekend routine of the last nine months is about to be replaced by wondering what to do on a Saturday afternoon – and August seems such a long way away.

John Ruddy

I want to take the discussion out of Norwich this week and talk about a place in Norfolk also dear to my heart - Great Yarmouth.

United States

It’s the S word. It kept popping up time and again, and not just this season: Sunderland. It’s always been Sunderland.

Norwich City

At the end of one of the most frustrating seasons that I can remember at Norwich City in recent years the lads put on a performance that all concerned could be proud of against QPR, which meant three wins in their final four games for Alex Irvine’s men.

Norwich

I was reminded of a conversation with Alex Neil as John Ruddy and his family took their bow at Carrow Road.

Norwich

The fact that City can be irresistible going forward when the mood takes them but show less backbone than an amoeba when the going gets tough defensively is hardly news, so the loss of a three-goal lead at Elland Road will surprise nobody.

Every year around this time, Darren Huckerby comes to mind. A man who proved season upon season, to be the difference at Carrow Road.

There’s been a softness about this Norwich team away from home this season that even though they did so many good things at Elland Road was all undone once again by poor defending.

United Kingdom

So it’s been another quiet couple of weeks at Carrow Road since my last column then!

It’s absurd that some Norwich City supporters still persist with the idea that teams stop trying when the season reaches the point that neither promotion nor relegation are possible.

BBC

Don’t worry everyone - Dave hasn’t disappeared!

Boxing thrives on hype. From men jumping over cars to attack their opponent, to sinking their gnashers into unguarded legs at the now infamous head-to-head events.

Isn’t it just typical of City’s frustrating season that we’ve seen such a belated upturn in form?

Given people have finally stopped sending in emails about how Alex Neil’s name should be pronounced, it’s nice the same discussion doesn’t have to come up with Alex Pritchard.

Norwich

It’s not every day you win a game when you haven’t managed an effort on target, but that’s exactly what Norwich did last Friday when they beat title hopefuls Brighton 2-0 at Carrow Road.

Norwich

It’s more than three years since Chris Hughton was told to clear his desk at Carrow Road.

BBC

The biggest question over Wes Hoolahan used to be – can he play wide left? Then it became, is Wes a luxury?

US Federal Reserve

I suspect that many of us had to pinch ourselves when the final whistle blew at Deepdale after such a lacklustre showing against Fulham – but nevertheless it was good to see City record an away win, even if they suffered the customary wobble after Preston pulled a goal back, predictably enough from a free header at a set-piece.

Baseball had it all. It had Babe Ruth, it had one of sport’s greatest quotes (say it ain’t so, Joe). It had notoriety, glamour, history.

United Kingdom

It started with a picture – or rather a tweet. A beaming Sebastien Bassong holding the Barry Butler Trophy, alongside words to suggest the whole scenario was an aberration.

In his very first interview after being appointed Norwich City sporting director, Stuart Webber was asked what he thought was the main reason for the club’s struggles and failings over the last couple of seasons.

Europe

Anyone else think it seems like the end of term at school down at Carrow Road at the moment?

BBC

In the last six days we’ve seen the best and worst of Norwich City. An apparently irresistible force against Reading somehow transmuted into a side devoid of inspiration and riddled with errors against 10-man Fulham as the Carrow Road crowd got a taste of the sort of performance that has been all too familiar to City’s travelling fans.

You know that phrase that begins “if I had a pound for every time I ...”?

United States

I was recently present for a fascinating talk by Norfolk’s voluntary and charity sector by Jon Clemo, chief executive of Community Action Norfolk, a trade body for the voluntary sector.

United States

If ever there was a week to sum up Norwich City’s season it has to be the last seven days!

Norwich City

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