Friday, October 14, 2011
Once again an international break has created a hiatus in City’s season, filled by yet another insipid display by the national side as they sleep-walked through a performance marred by another mindless act of petulance by Wayne Rooney.
Once upon a time the thought of England playing in a key qualifier would have been an exciting prospect for me, but on Friday I felt completely detached. Watching millionaires phone in their performances in front of fans who had travelled halfway across Europe at great expense to support them just doesn’t appeal to me any more.
About the only uplifting thing to come out of a pretty turgid evening was Capello’s post-game interview in which he talked about using younger players in the upcoming friendlies. With Bradley Johnson reported to have been in the interim squad for this game and John Ruddy also rumoured to be on Capello’s radar, that could mean that City will have a presence in the next England squad.
That would be good, because to be honest I now take much more interest in Wales, simply because not only are they fielding two City players, but their team give the impression of actually having some pride and passion, rather than looking like they’re fulfilling some dreary contractual obligation.
At least the break gives me a chance to explain the new acronym at the head of this column. In the last break I mentioned NCISA’s forthcoming AGM and the changes that were being proposed, and I am delighted to say that these have now been passed, resulting in a revised constitution and a change of name to the Independent Norwich City Supporters Club. While a few wits have noted that this is a bit like the scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian which revolves around the minimal difference between the Judean People’s Front and the People’s Front of Judea, the fact is that we needed to draw a line in the sand separating NCISA’s past from the new set-up’s future. In terms of personnel and purpose we have changed significantly and we needed to demonstrate that in a tangible way.
The results of the changes have been encouraging, to say the least. We’re seeing a steady flow of new members, helped by our presence on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, the use of which is also allowing us to have a much more interactive relationship with our members. We have also announced our next event, An Evening with Craig Fleming, details of which can be found on our website (www.incsc.co.uk). While we normally make a charge to non-members for such events in order to defray some of the cost of room hire we will be making this free to all in order to encourage people to come and find out about us.
It should be a great evening and we’re very grateful to Craig for agreeing to take part. As an integral part of the City squad during our most recent Premier League season he is well qualified to talk about playing at this level and I’m sure that we will have a big turnout for the evening, which is intended to be the first of a series of events involving ex players and members of the media.
By the way, talking about ex-players, we were recently asked to review a copy of Chris Sutton’s autobiography, and that review can also be found on our website. With Darren Huckerby’s book also being launched there will certainly be no shortage of potential Christmas presents for City fans to drop hints about.