Norwich City fans react as relegation confirmed - and 20 tweets to cheer you up

Norwich City fans watch the Sunderland v West Brom match in the Murderers which saw the Canaries relegated. Richard Bomford has had better days.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Norwich City fans watch the Sunderland v West Brom match in the Murderers which saw the Canaries relegated. Richard Bomford has had better days. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Dan Grimmerdan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Thursday, May 8, 2014
9:52 AM

In the end, Norwich City bowed out of the Premier League not with a bang, but with a whimper.

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Three years in the top flight were brought to a crushing conclusion not on a dramatic day at Carrow Road, but on a wet Wednesday night when the Canaries were not even playing.

Sunderland’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion last night consigned Norwich City to the Championship, after a season which promised so much, but delivered only heartache for the yellow army.

Had Sunderland lost then the Canaries still had a chance. They would have had to beat Arsenal at Carrow Road on Sunday and hope Swansea sunk Sunderland on the same day.

It wasn’t to be, with one of the Black Cats’ goals scored by former Ipswich Town player Jack Colback.

City supporters now face the prospect of trips to play the likes of Blackpool, Bournemouth and Brentford, rather than to Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

At The Murderers pub in the city, some die-hard fans settled in to watch the Sunderland and West Brom game - with the pints initially bought to steady their nerves soon being used to drown their sorrows.

Richard Bomford, 25, of St Stephens Street, said he had decided to watch the Sunderland match in the pub because he could not quite bring himself to give up hope - until the final whistle.

He said: “There’s no real words to describe this season. This is what it’s like to be a Norwich supporter - highs and lows.

“It was just before Christmas that I realised we were in big trouble. We should have got rid of Chris Hughton then. I don’t know what the board were thinking in waiting.”

He said he would like to see Neil Adams made permanent manager and hoped youngsters such as Josh Murphy would be given a chance.

Jamie Hepher, 22, who lives in the city centre, said Hughton should have been sacked in January. He said: “If we can keep our players then I think we have got a chance of coming back up. The football Neil Adams has got us playing is better, but I’d like to see Malky Mackay as manager.”

He added at least Norwich could look forward to beating Ipswich again next season.

• What’s your view on what went wrong for Norwich City this season? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

19 comments

  • We all new that Hughton had to go back in january apart from Delia Smith and her board i think its time for Mrs Smith and the board to step down as they have mest up yet again when it comes to appointing managers they just have no idea when it come to making tuff decision. Now the club has lost millions now they have gone down the only big losers are the fans some players will leave and go else where the board still make they money . every one says we go straight back up but as we know its not that easy as we found out last time we might even do a free fall down the league like other clubs have done . Well done Delia and her board you got it all wrone again will they ever learn NO .

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • The board really need to take a look at themselves. CH should have went in December and we should have signed Zaha and Ince in January. Those are the facts. Thank you.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Delia has been very quiet this season, perhaps she Will put her head above the parapet now. The board needs to admit they made mistakes. However the real culprits are the players who have not performed. There needs to be action to weed out the ones we don't need to keep. Hopefully Andrew Surman and David Fox will get in the team, they have been missed. OTBC

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    Kathy Adams

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Just heard through the grapevine that The Red Lion pub team are interested in signing RVW for next season but it's still up in the air at the moment as it's taking longer than expected for them to count out their loose change.

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    57charles

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I blame Swarbrick for being scared of Josey.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • According to Rob Butler on this morning's Canary call ,McNally has done a brilliant job. That will please Slovenia. Mind you last week he said that Blaaffen's friend, Lily Savage, is a brilliant pundit. Scott Walker is that your name, or are you in awe of that singing legend?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • We're not down yet! Funny how the little boys from down the road have come out of the woodwork suddenly. I thought you guys were going up through the play-offs? pahaha

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • ....One more season like your last one and you'll back doen to Divsion THREE.... Town havent EVER been releagted to divison THREE....ncfc "premier league"?...YER AVIN A LAUGH !

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    Liz Knott

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • ha ha, Guess you must be an Ipsh@t fan then....you could of course spend more time actualy LEARNING to spell correctly. :- There SHOULD be their, but then a no-hoper like you wouldn't know that would you???. It's easier for NCFC to COME DOWN to your pitifully level than it was for you TO EVER RISE!!!!! to the premier league wasn't it.... Don't be so complacent.

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    FredJ

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • To Atlanta Canary: BeIn Sports USA carries two or three matches a week, so there's always a chance. You do have to pay for it, but DishWorld's Sports package is fairly cheap and includes English-language non-sports channels in addition to BeIn Sports and Willow. It won't be anything like NBC's coverage, but hardly anything has been.

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    Scott Walker

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • To Atlanta Canary: BeIn Sports USA carries two or three matches a week, so there's always a chance. You do have to pay for it, but DishWorld's Sports package is fairly cheap and includes English-language non-sports channels in addition to BeIn Sports and Willow. It won't be anything like NBC's coverage, but hardly anything has been.

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    Scott Walker

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • I'm rather glad this is all over to be honest. I haven't enjoyed much of our stay in the Premiership in the last couple of years, and enjoying it is what it's all about - whatever league we are in. My heart still skips a beat when I see the words 'Norwich City', and when I see the yellow and green - always has, always will. So yes, disappointed, but already looking forward to next year. I really don't care who we play, as long as we do, and we do it as a team from the manager, the players and the supporters. The sun has got to set, before there's another sunrise.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • A message to "haha ur going down". It's sad that football has to put up with semi-articulate little oiks like you. I was born in Norwich, have worked in all the continents, am far from being a 'bumpkin', and am happy to say that the vast majority of real football fans around the world wouldn't give people like you the time of day. Grow up.

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    Woody

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • See you all at Griffin Park, Brentford - and also looking forward to an away game 150 miles closer to me than every home game. Shame for the economy of the area, Premiership football must bring in millions. Good luck next season except when you play us!

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    Brundall Bee

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Fear not, folks. The Shaker of Old Arabee, Dubya Canary, is jetting in from Yabba Dabba Abu Dhabi for a Summit Meeting at the FA. He will ensure that points are deducted, as required, from Sunderland - and, indeed, from Cardiff and Fulham if necessary. He will not let us be relegated. Dubai has spoken. Bless Him!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Dan - so well run that a non-scoring striker was bought and then the Board made a complete 'wolfswinkel' of changing the manager.

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Dan, having a debt of 3.5 million is nothing to the income city have lost. Over three years in the top flight City were given around 100 million. Being debt free should not be the aim of a successful business. Investing and growing in success is the basics for any business. The Championship is notorious for the difficulty of promotion. On the footballing side ,this present City is extremely poor and will struggle whatever division they play in. We are not a well run club, we are run by a CEO and board who value money more than the football.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • A sad day, but hardly unexpected. For the exiled Canaries, no live coverage of games next season. OTBC.

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    atlanta canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • With no debt (worth £3.5m per year btw) and £15m of parachute payments, the club will be £18.5m better off next year than they were when they came 2nd. So there's a chance. It seems only well run clubs can get out of that league and City are a very well run club. Wage bill might be our biggest hurdle.

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    Dan

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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