It’s something they can only dream of happening for real, but Ipswich Town fans who logged on to the club’s new website were shocked to see Norwich City’s star striker Grant Holt among this season’s playing staff roster.

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But this was not an unexpected twist in the Canaries’ marksman’s transfer request saga, but a website blunder which left the Portman Road club red-faced.

Jonathon Ogle, the digital media editor at Ipswich Town, has been left embarrassed by the problems but said that the issue was down to the company who had created the website.

“It couldn’t get much worse really than having Norwich on there”, he said.

Mr Ogle explained how the new website was being rolled out across Football League clubs, adding that the dummy site was done on Norwich City.

He said he had worked very hard adding content to the new website, getting it in a position to go live, but over the weekend a lot of the content vanished and Norwich City content from the dummy site began popping up.

He said other Football League clubs had been affected in the same way.

Mr Ogle said: “It’s the provider’s fault and we have asked them to get it sorted. Obviously it doesn’t look good.

“We think most fans with common sense know we are not going to be stupid enough to put Norwich on the website.”

A spokesman for the Football League said: “This is a huge project, both in scale and in complexity and will see 86 brand new official club websites being launched within a matter of weeks.

“Many of the new sites have been well received and they will deliver a vastly-improved offering to the seven million supporters that use them on a regular basis.

“As with any project of this size it is inevitable that there will be some initial teething problems to overcome, both in terms of the technical issues faced and with the need to give additional training to club staff on the more advanced content management system that is being used.

“This work is already in hand and is deliberately being conducted during the close season and Olympics when the demands on club websites will be significantly reduced.

“We are very confident that supporters will begin to see an improved service in the near future and we’re grateful for their patience during the changeover period.”

Holt, who has netted 60 league goals for the Canaries, including a hat-trick against Ipswich Town, recently signed a new three-year contract at Carrow Road, ending speculation over his future after he submitted a transfer request in May.

• Make sure you get the Evening News and EDP tomorrow for reports on Norwich City’s pre-season fixture at Hull City.

12 comments

  • All those 1p5wich jokes comes to mind, but this beats them all, so I'll keep quiet for once.

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    atlanta canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Perhaps this is also where all the ethered comments are ending up too?

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Haha haha haha, what a priceless c*ck up. love it. top marks to the techies.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I blame Ged.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Website blunders are funny, even the EEN can't escape those. I remember the recent story about the Race for Life, featuring a girl who had favourable upper body proportions. The member of EEN staff that wrote the story obviously typed what he was thinking, making the title 'Rack for Life'. Glad I screen-dumped that one for future giggles.

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    cnb

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Ha ha ha ha ha - this is very funny - what a c**k-up. I wonder if it was sabotage ? I think they should change the logo on the new site too and replace the horse with a donkey, that would be very fitting !! Eeeaw, Eeeaw.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • All those 1p5wich jokes comes to mind, but this beats them all, so I'll keep quiet for once.

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    atlanta canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Oh, how this has made me chuckle over my Cornflakes this morning. Very entertaining for the Norwich fans, embarassing for the Ipswich fans one would imagine. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Now we understand why the new website is so slow. Quote 'its complex' which means slow and not user friendly. Some geeknerd has made a lot of money playing with the design with not enough thought for the end user.

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    andy

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • No comment from Warky's Tash, Liz Knott, Ged or even Rob Steroo? clearly the tide is running very low on the Orwell.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Which 'Lord' cutty, Zeus, Thor or Yahweh.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • The Lord moves in mysterious ways, but he's obviously a city supporter

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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