Chris Hughton urged everyone connected to Norwich City to bask in the afterglow of a memorable 1-0 Premier League win over Arsenal that finally got the Canaries’ league season up and running.

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Grant Holt’s third in his last three games secured the maiden top flight success of Hughton’s Norwich reign after two heavy defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea prior to the international shut down. City fully merited the three points after a frenetic display from the hosts backed by a raucous Carrow Road full house.

“The most satisfying thing is that this has been a long time coming because I felt some of our performances this season had warranted it,” said Hughton. “This is an unforgiving division and if you don’t produce when it matters, the rewards don’t come. I’m really pleased and delighted for all the team to get the result. This was a real, quality Arsenal team and I felt we could have maybe got a goal or two more. They had to open up and I felt we could catch them on numerous occasions on the counter and perhaps if there is one disappointment we didn’t make it a touch more easier for ourselves towards the end of the game. I thought we restricted them to minimal chances, which you have to do. You have to be a threat yourself.

“Keeping a clean sheet was important, but more so was the three points. We have got that now and we have deserved that. We’ll have a good week now. It is certainly enjoyable to have a good Sunday. We’ll enjoy this one, that is out of the way now and we move onto the next game.”

Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger conceded his side had been second best.

“First of all I must say that Norwich gave a good performance,” he said. “They defended very, very well. They were focussed and committed. On our side we had a lot of the ball but we did not produce a lot. We dominated for long spells but it was a very disappointing performance from our side. They defended better than us. We lacked a bit of sharpness at the start and we overall we missed today what makes success at the top level - that is focus and sharpness.”

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  • Ethered. And I wasn`t even going to moan, KevB. Though I would if I wanted to! Leeds fans` behaviour casts light on the nature of their inarticulate "guest contributions" to these boards. Points deduction, then hopefully we`ll never have to see them here again, Cup Competitions willing. superfan 59 is right - one swallow does not make a summer. We`ll probably need another 10 wins........ But there is a glimmer of hope now. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Flew in specially for this match, and what a performance, and what a brilliant atmosphere. Arsenal looked distinctly ordinary. Tettey and Johnson bossed the midfield, Hoolahan wove his magic. I have registered my doubt about CH. On this display, the team made me eat my words. Long may that continue...

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Great minds, Swiss? I planted a similar comment on another board only a few minutes ago! Plus the partly Bunn-funded Jordan Rhodes scored for Blackburn, while our bench-warmer-in-chief had a day`s respite from that onerous duty.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I think we should keep an eye on what our loaned out players are doing, but i do not see the point in mentioning every time a player that we were linked with scores, we did not buy them and the usual suspects of Rhodes and M-Smith are playing in a lower league against quality teams like Ippy Town, they may have been expensive Prem flops. Have I missed it or have we not loaned out Steer? Im sure plan was to loan at least one of the young keepers out, is the loaning to lower league window shut yet? as Steer, C Martin at least need to go out, they are not going to make more than the odd cup appearance for City.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • It wasn't your iPad, Ben Broom - it's a fault on this board - it ignores a forward slash. Many have fallen into the same trap! Brewer found a way - use a back-slash. That works - otherwise use a hyphen. Just remember - you can't slash on this board!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Well Yarco, he doesn't seem to be making it to the bench and it looks like he is playing as injury cover at the moment and must be a candidate for a move later on. He seems to operate well in the Championship but does not seem to be getting the attention at this level.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Huge win, outstanding performance and as I quote from my twitter feed, I congratulate "Graeme Holt" on his goal. Maybe we still are a bit unknown. Belief and positivity has risen amongst carra rud. OTBC.

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    Billy

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • Hi Crab! Must be a mutual admiration society going on; I cited "The Crab Fragmentation Method", which I used to circumnavigate serial ethering today. Tedious, but it usually works. I`m changing my e-mail address and logging on as S.A.Vile so I can post whatever I like, whenever I want to, as a Leeds supporter. That Kirkland bloke had it coming!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Pedantic! Brew, I'm 100% in favour. Have you noticed that since you've resumed your correspondence, a certain Dissaster seems to have disappeared?

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Arsenal were cancelled out, nullified, matched man for man. A massive performance by our boys in yellow! Fantastic each and every one of them. OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • Peter W- we did manage to score and then keep out the opposition twice last season; only Bolton & Aston Villa, though. Both 2-0. As a bonus, we thrashed Chelsea 0-0 too! ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Norfolk'n'good - you're just moaning about Kev moaning about other people moaning! The point is there was never any need for moaning at all ! Just a little patience was required - and may still be. We are, after all, only 8 games into the season, with 30 to go. We have lost only 3 of those games. Those 8 games have included 5 against teams who could be expected to finish in the top 8, and only 2 of them have soundly beaten us (and note that Chelski have dropped only 2 points from their 8 games, which puts our defeat into perspective). The game at Newcastle should easily have yielded at least a point (acknowledged by most commentators who know what they are talking about), and our dominance of the game at Tottenham was awesome - Spurs only managed to get the ball over the halfway line for around 5 minutes of the first half, and about 15 of the second, and they knew that they were lucky not to have been beaten by at least 5 goals. Even the goal that gave them the draw would not have been given if we had been any other team. - - - - So that's the watchword then folks - PATIENCE. In Hoots We Trust. OTBC.

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    The Crab

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • James Vaughan and Dani Ayala scored as Huddersfield beat Coventry and Forest beat Cardiff. JV has three goals so far and Simon Grayson says, he has something to prove.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Dodgy spelling of didgy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • All hail The Horse! Bet the neigh-bours wish they had a Holt

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    norniron canary

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • Listen guys, stop harping on about Vaughan and Ayala. They are doing what Hughton sent them out on loan to do; get much needed games and continual match fitness! CH has said nothing about them not being in his plans. They should come back to the club much better players for us. And as to last night, absolutely fantastic result and I am ecstatic!! Yes. I've wobbled in my belief in CH but deep down I have been sure that he is the right man for the job. Slowly it is coming together. This will have done their confidence no end of good. Hopefully we can now move forward and build on this!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • C.Martin didn`t do that well in the Championship, really. He was hampered by injury and I think managed 4 or 5 goals. His "Golden Days" were in L1 as part of that "Holy Trinity" with Horse & Hoolahoop. I think he scored 23 times in all competitions (excluding Boris Johnson`s P**spot Trophy). 4 were against non-league Paulton in the FA Cup, Round 2, but his winner in the 1-0 over Leeds was pivotal. I think he could and should be a good player.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • It was good to see more fire up front but more important those holes in our defense in previous games were closed off. It will be sweet if we win next week. OTBC from way down here

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    Adelaide Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • So this is what it feels like to smile on a Sunday....

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    Cannock Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • At long last there is something to comment on. Well Done the Men of Norwich City!..Well Done the Manager of Norwich City! For the First time this season he has selected a TEAM who can play together... For the First time this season he has built his Team around Hoolahan and Holt. He has been urged to consider doing just that from day 1. ..At long last he has listened to my voice and that of many contributors on here. “Blast my old boots”, he even gave “The Chevron” a try out (4-2-1-2-1). We will wipe the floor with Vanilla!.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • And on the subect of the Leeds fan's assault on the Sheffield goalkeeper - there's the message to Colin - you sew the wind and you reap the whilwind!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Cracking result! Carrow Rd was rocking! have to admit that Wenger actually sounds quite gracious in defeat. Bring on the Villa (and Lambert!)

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • Wenger is wanting, City are back, Holt is King, Hughton is God.....seriously, this was huge - well done lads. Good to see the blue donkey brigade rushing towards League One too ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • we ****** love grant holt

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    SussexYellow

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • So you're taking the credit for the "improved" performance are you waclor. Obviously nothing to do with Hoots being a professional who is in contact with all his players on a daily basis, and spends all week with them working on a game plan for Saturday, and selecting the best players to work that plan? No, of course not! - - - - I very much doubt that Hoots even bothers to read some of the drivel that frequently appears on these boards - and even if he does, he probably gets as much of a laugh out of them as I do! Incidentally, the performance wasn't even "improved" - they've actualy played in much the same way all season - just haven't got the breaks. See also comments about referees redefining the Laws, which are also valid.

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    The Crab

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • A great evening. City are on their way back to their best: There's still some way to go, but against such unimaginative opposition, it was just the simple, effective performance that was needed to steady the nerves of fans (and management) and reward the outstanding efforts of the players. A job well and truly done.

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    Robin Hood

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I see that our Leeds critics continued to cover themselves in glory at Hillsborough.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Interpretation Brew!... From my advantageous position (ESPN), I did say that he gave “The Chevron” a go....You seem to think we played “The Concord” also. You may be correct!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Morning Kev---One of your moaners here---O.K.--brilliant game ( as was Spurs )but can we do it more than once every 5-6 games ???? HOW BIG IS BASSONG TO OUR SUCCESS THIS SEASON????

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    superfan59

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Perhaps I meant 2 or 3 but my iPad failed me

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    Ben Broom

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • Personally Crab I am taking no credit at all. It was others who have also posted below who have consistently pushed for Hoolahan, Pilkington, Bennett and Holt to play together. I am sure Hoots is a professional but that does not mean he will be a success wherever he goes. Managers tend to have a style and a method which will work some places and not others. Norwich have had three thrashings before he worked out that his defence-first scheme was not right. I still think the Vaughan exit and Bunn arrivals were stupid as well. Who will play if Holt is suspended or injured? How many players will want away in January as they are not getting games? Today however should be the time to celebrate and plan the demolition of Villa.

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    waclor

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I remember Leeds coming to Carra Rd in the eighties. They got a thrashing but kept up chants of "We are the Champions, Champions of Europe" all through the second half. Really impressive. I can also see how upset they are by the loss of their midfield to Norwich but to applaud that neanderthal moron who assaulted Kirkland on Friday shows them in a different light. The Hillsborough tragedy may not have happened had the fans not been fenced in. Any idea why the fences were there?

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    waclor

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I`m not very good at geometry, Pa, but wasn`t yesterday`s formation more 4-2-2-1-1? Pedantic, I am. B****r formation! They played with spirit and purpose and I agree with you 100%. We moaners can be a force for good. Only a true friend will tell you if you smell funny. Let`s try and wipe the smile off Lambo`s face next Sat. Smile, what smile......? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I agree with your sentiments, Crab ol` pal. Specially Spurs, where the ref redefined the offence of removing Morison`s shirt INSIDE the penalty area as "That`s OK - Spurs are the Big Club at home" and v QPR, whose ex-England (& Norwich) goalie was allowed to handle freely OUTSIDE the penalty area instead of being Red-carded. But, sadly, we have lost 4 league games this season so far. Remind me what occurred with that didgy Spurs goal, I`ve forgotten!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Afternoon everyone just up after last nights celebrations .Question what IS Hughtons plans with Chris Martin ???????

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    yarco

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I didn't see it coming but well done CH and the boys. Let's get some belief and crack on from here

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    andys

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Hi Crab. Ethered! Used Crab Fragmentation Method earlier to overcome the prob., but it`s hard work - nearly every time. Regards, S.A.Vile, Leeds Fan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • It seems a little unfair not to be interested in how out loanees are getting on, surely you don't mean we should ignore them?...and don't call me Shirley, I know.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • GREAT COMMENT PA SNIPPS NO DISASSTER.

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    yarco

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Hi Guys great to have something to celebrate. I am one of the main moaners and offer the suggestion that perhaps the fans screaming out for a more attacking formation and prematurely calling for Hughton's head may just have had some influence in yesterdays team selection. Either way well done to all concerned. However yesterday's match has no importance because it's gone. The next two matches are the ones to think about and I am sure there is much more confidence now to tackle them. Good luck Hoots. OTBC

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    waclor

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • So where are all the moaners?? I am sure i saw hundreds of them the last 3 or 4 weeks ago?? Or have "them" supporters gone under all them stones again?? Typical!!! OTBC IHWT!!!

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    KevBarnbrook

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • credit where credit is due, great performance today. Grant Holt surely has to get a chance with England, he is so much better than Andy Pandy carroll. Well done to CH and the team.

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    Duncan Forbes

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • As much as I love you canarypostergirl, please don`t tell me what I may or may not "harp on" about! I just have a different view from yours, that`s all. I think Vaughan in particular, would have been an asset to us THIS season. Instead we have kept C. Martin who is not getting a look-in. Just a personal opinion. Lol, Harpo Marx.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Actually, I made a rare mistake Brew. The goal I was thinking of was the one Fulham scored against us that Jonny Howson actually cleared off the line. I was at both games and they were only a fortnight apart - and my memory had a senior moment when I wrote my remarks below. But your points about referees redefining the Laws in our games are perfectly valid, and I agree with you. We always seem to get the didgy ones!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Where are all the hughton haters now probably on match of the day with the rest of the bbc pundits. It's not like we should of won 23 games already.

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    Ben Broom

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • What connection are you suggesting Pa?

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    The Crab

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I think there was something didgy about the Spurs goal, though, Crab. Free kick or throw in wrongly allocated? My Senior moments are getting more frequent. But Ekotto being allowed to stretch Morison`s shirt so blatantly without punishment was a wimp-ref`s home decision. Holty conceded a penalty vs Swansea last season for a relatively slight "tweak". But he`s Holt and Swansea were the darlings of the media (Swansalona etc).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Fantastic victory for the lads! It goes to show that when the team is set-up right and the belief is there, we can give any team in this league a good game. I hope the lads can carry that concentration into the coming games. It's the perfect result to head to villa with next week.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Please all lets put this into perspective this result was MASSIVE, not only for the way the team was set up, CH knowing who he could trust to do a job, Michael Turner at last showing what he can do, after all the critics, surely this was a brave performance, and the confidence that this result will bring, the players know that they can compete, and finally we shipped 4 goals at Stamford Bridge against a very good Chelsea side but we were not that bad, the proof of this was yesterday also Chelsea put 4 past a very good Spurs side at the Lane, keep the faith

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    Colwyn Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Kev, you're just moaning about other people moaning. Does that make you any better? I think not.. Any moaning that has past, was with good reason. You're just moaning because people aren't moaning now... Opinions..we all have them, don't expect them to all match yours. The lads have shown what they are capable of. Lets hope they can keep that steady. OTBC!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Good point, yarco ol` pal. His (C. Martin`s) contact expires next Summer (I believe) and he`ll be over 24 by then, so we stand to let him go free, gratis & for nothing. He does not seem to be on Hoots` radar, which makes the loaning out of Vaughan even stranger. Vaughan has scored 3 times for Huddersfield & provided a couple of direct assists already. I half expected Crystal Palace to come in for him after last season`s loan spell, but it was not to be. Yet, anyway. Everybody knows he`ll be a freebie unless he is given\takes a contract extension. Or maybe he`s being groomed as a future goalkeeper?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Where's the Weeds Poodle + his mentally challenged morons this week? All gone quiet over there ! Great win for our boys. Absolutely excellent ! One swallow doesn't make a summer tho + Hoots will need to win a few more to convince me. I did say give him till Chrismas tho. In the meantime, I look forward to Feeds United fans being banned from very away ground in their division. The applause they gave the moron who assaulted the Wednesday keeper spoke volumes about their retarded mentality. The songs they were singing about Dave Jones were disgusting as well. "Marching on together" ??? Limping on to a substantial fine + a heavy points docking more like !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Great result that's what we wanted! Watched on MOTD - what a relief...Team selection helped maybe as well as the gunners not being at the races. 3 points from next 2 games would be good. On another note delighted with the absence of LUFC trolls on here this week - maybe they're too embarrassed...

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    JMH

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Congratulations to Chris Hughton on his first Premiership victory of the season.Brave display at the back where Turner seemed to have his defenders' head back on.Being able to score and then shut out the opposition is a feat not achieved last season but it could be the key to our survival this.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • A Moaner here. Much, much better. Tettey\Johnson pairing spot on. (BJ never needs motivating v Arsenal either). Pilks & Benno`s defensive contribution was excellent as well as their attacking work. Wessi looked a free man with that midfield behind him. A glimmer of hope. Seeing those Leeds "fans`" behaviour helps us understand the moronic stuff they sometimes plant on these boards. Points deduction needed there. Mark Bunn`s bottom must be the most expensive bench warmer in the club`s history. Or since Earnshaw.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Now we need that same performance and commitment next week.... Watch out MR paul lambert......

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • At last. I am delighted for the team and for Chris Hughton. So many players giving it everything and even Trapper Tony turning out to see what's what. Who's next? Hmmm, oh yeah that big club and their performing monkey...........

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • wow! Got to be honest, didn't see that coming. Great result by the boys. Tettey and Bassong, in particular, were immense. Is this the start of our season?

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    CovCanary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

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