The big man’s back – boots ‘n all
15:12 31 October 2014
Graham Lynch Photography
Well I’ve finally done it...I’ve come out of retirement!
I’ve dusted the old boots down, and believe me there was plenty on them after spending a good few years in the garage, and have started playing for Cringleford Vets in the Sunday Norwich Vets League.
I’m not the only former Canary who Cringleford have signed. Along with myself, Hucks, Adrian Forbes, pictured, and Graeme Murty have signed on the dotted line. Former keeper Scottie Howie has played for them for a few seasons now so we’ve got a decent team to be honest.
Hucks and myself have only played two games while Forbesy made his debut last Sunday in a very tough game against top of the table Quebec.
I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it, being in a changing room, having a laugh and a joke and getting myself ready for a game. The only thing I’ve not missed is the week it now takes me to get the stiffness out of my legs!
Hucks is still so competitive and really should be playing professional football. He doesn’t seem to have lost any of his electric pace.
In our first game, a cup game against Watton, we won 10-1 but it was hardly surprising with Darren causing havoc down that left wing. I managed to bag myself a brace and even though I don’t celebrate like I used to I still get that buzz when I see the ball hitting the back of the net.
As I said, last Sunday was a very tough game as Quebec hadn’t lost in the league for two years and having taken an early lead they thought that they were going to teach the old pros a lesson. But we came back to win 4-2 with myself scoring the first – a trademark back post header after a peach of a cross from Hucks. Hucks then scored two cracking goals and we added a fourth from the penalty spot just before the break.
It was very competitive but enjoyable. The only disappointing thing that occurred on Sunday was Darren tearing his hamstring 10 minutes into the second half which he thinks could keep him out of the team for eight weeks. A big blow for us!
Tonight it’s Bolton down at Carrow Road and it is a game the lads really could do with getting three points from.
Not only do they need to bring to an end this poor run of just one win in their last eight games, they need to start winning at home – something they’ve not done since August 19 when they beat Blackburn. They need to go out tonight and really start with a high tempo and really move the ball quickly and with purpose. You can’t always play in front of the opposition. Sometimes you have to turn defences and make them run towards their own goal, something they hate doing.
If anything, Norwich have become a bit predictable at home and need to mix things up. I am not saying I want them to become a long ball team but at times there’s nothing wrong with it, especially when you think of the height and the pace the team has got.
After all there’s more than one way to win a game of football.