Russell Martin has been involved in the Scotland set-up for a couple of years now, yet he is barely known north of the border – something the Norwich City star is desperate to change.

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The 27-year-old defender has regularly featured in Scotland squads but only has a handful of friendly caps to his name – something that should change on Friday, when Martin is expected to make his competitive debut during Scotland’s World Cup qualifier in Croatia.

Martin is yet to make an appearance under current boss Gordon Strachan, but has high hopes for the months ahead – and with it a little more public recognition.

“I get picked up from the airport all the time and the taxi drivers haven’t got a clue who I am,” said Martin.

“I’ll get in the cab and ask them to take me to Mar Hall (Scotland’s training base). They’ll say, ‘Oh that’s a nice place, what are you doing there?’ When I tell them I’ve come up to play football, they’ll ask, ‘Who for?’ It’s when I tell them I’m actually here to play for the country that they start asking who I am. And then they ask if Paul Lambert is still the manager at Norwich.

“It’s great in one way. But the other side of it is I’m not well known and it’s up to me to come up here and change that. I want to show people what I’m about.

“This time next year I want to look back and say I have been playing in most of the games and people will be saying, ‘He’s not too bad, he’s worth a place in the team’.”

Versatility has been handy for Martin’s City career but possibly hampered his international ambitions.

“Yeah it’s been frustrating really,” Martin told The Scotsman. “I’ve been in a lot of squads but only played four times, coming off the bench and stuff like that.

“I keep coming back and plugging away, and hopefully if I’m playing well for my club the chance will arise here. – hopefully it comes this week.

“I can play right-back but I prefer centre-half. That’s where I’ll probably eventually settle and say at club level, ‘I play there or I don’t play’.

“At the minute though I’m switching between both, which my manager tells me is a good thing. You do what you have to do for the team.”

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  • Sorree! Discounts for LOW BMI.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 7, 2013

  • I am actually conducting my own survey to try and ascertain the Mobility Scooter capital of the country. A long way to go yet but when it is complete the findings will be released on the Radio Four Today programme or failing that on one of our comments pages. Perhaps our other regulars also have some nominations? I have seen that old crone and the only thing that is slightly off character is that she doesn't weigh in at 22 stone. A small anecdote. Last year I took a train towards Peterborough and had a seat around one of those tables for four. After a while the ticket collector came to ask if I wouldn't mind moving so that two grotesquely overweight creatures could occupy two seats each either side of the table. I refused. The collector then berated me saying they were something to do with NHS. They each had a card dangling around their huge necks that said NHS Foundation Trust. I told the collector that I myself had one of those things from the Test Match at Trent Bridge but that did not make me a cricketer.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Okay guys I've been watching this for a while and can no longer resist. Epicentre: Anglia Squayer. Special award: The Heartsease. Highly commended: Mile Cross; The Larkman. Pub of choice, kept running by the DWP: The Whiffler (uncontested award winner). And guess what... we all pay for it, he he. Go on, someone mail in and call me a fascist.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • Fair enough. Every day`s a school day. Perhaps I`ve been rendered cynical by Keith Skipper`s brand of contrived clodhoppery. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 7, 2013

  • Ed Balls talks what it says on his tin. I think he has now funded a replica NCFC shirt & scarf set on Parliamentary expenses and has a season`s supply of happy-clappy posters as a gift from Fry. They should set up a TV double act; Fry and Balls. On location in the shadow of the incinerator. Theme? Barbecued Sweetbreads.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • It is encouraging to read that the contributors to this page have been brainwashed by political correctness!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • As a geriatric Norfolk-born person, I confess I`ve never heard the term "slummuckin", except maybe on "Lovejoy" or "Kingdom". Archers, even? Mawther, saartinly..... With the pressure on ground capacity @ The Carra, we should be actively encouraging slenderness. Delia`s Diet Pies. Discounts for high BMI, penalties for high BMI, eg pay for 2,3 or 4 seats as appropriate. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 7, 2013

  • Taxi drivers don't recognize me either.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Strong words from Russ regarding playing at CB.. will he at some point tell Hughton to play him at CB, or not at all?! Seems a bit forceful. Having said that, personally I agree with him and rate him as highly if not more than Turner as a CB.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Brew - whilst we are on the subject of 'good ol' Norfolk bois' I notice that luvvie Stephen Fry has twitted to his 5 million followers that Norfolk is beautiful. Headline news ! Surely there must be a story concerning our other major personality Mr Jake Humphrey ?

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Ed Balls talks what it says on his tin. I think he has now funded a replica NCFC shirt & scarf set on Parliamentary expenses and has a season`s supply of happy-clappy posters as a gift from Fry. They should set up a TV double act; Fry and Balls. On location in the shadow of the incinerator. Theme? Barbecued Sweetbreads.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Though "slummock" is a word I`ve come across. I think it means a lazy, clumsy sort of person. Perhaps they are related vernacular? They use Eastern Europeans to deal with "rogue" plants now, `cos they`re slim enough to get between the rows. No chance with the indigenous population.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 8, 2013

  • You can`t have been in `Benidorm` then, Steely! Nicely different take on immotility\immobility in that programme. The main protagonist of trolleyism is a skinny, leathery old chain-smoking crone, obsessed with what she can get for nowt. Beautifully written stuff. Skegness must be the epicentre, Yarmouth a close 2nd. Odd, as they`re both on the coast - there must be a lot of submarine scooters swimming about hidden from sight? Or amphibious ones?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • No tolerance for the overweight here then. What does the traditional Norfolk "slummuckin' grit mauther" do now? Be forced to watch Ipswich until her BMI drops below 30?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • There you have it, Cafu, you are a victim of your own versatility. Interesting that Russell prefers CH because it`s as a RB that we mainly see him. A player like him, who lets his football do the talking (apart from his Club Spokesman role..) and doesn`t do silly things or wear daft tonsorial confections on his head, will tend to be a bit anonymous. Don`t change a thing, Russ, we like you as you are. Good ol` boi!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • As no-one's yet called me a fascist I'll add this. One freezing day in January, heading along Plumstead Road East from Thorpe End to the Heartsease, were two fine specimens of the larger male on mobility scooters - one with HiViz, the other without as I remember. So what, you may well ask. They were riding side by side, on the main road, smoking away merrily and oblivious even to the loudest of HGV airhorns. True.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • ... or by the temptation to stick to the original topic. Perhaps this testifies to the anonymity of Martin!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • Dependancy Culture folk are morphing into the new ruling class. Aristocracy, meritocracy and all the other `ocracies` are blown out of the water by the Good Ship `DSSabled`. Makes you wonder how old fashioned, elderly and genuinely infirm people ever managed. As I say, the leather lady is a different take on the topic. I think Skegness and Yarmouth must be in the frame for your Motability Capital. Norwich, too. Is this 22 stone person you allude to anorexic? Only 22 stone; wasting away.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • NO! It`s "My better half"!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Maybe Stephen enjoys his speedway or is going to be drinking pints of Abbot down by the river. I forgot that we do have one more huge personality ,that failed politician and expenses scrounger Ed Balls. I think once when we had reached the PL he muttered that he had once seen City play and he thinks we were playing a team from Germany. He couldn't quite remember but thinks that we might even have won the game.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • PS Sorry Cafu, you're a great player and a sound lad - Jeez knows what you'd make of this thread if you read it (inserts 'embarrassed' smiley)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • Jake Who???? Apparently, Luvvie Steve has bought a lovely plot close to the planned beauty spot at Saddlebow. What AM I incinerating?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Brew - I read that Debenhams are introducing a Colossal Size for man something like XXXXXL. Maybe they can find one to fit our friend. Don't get me started on his wife as I may be ethered. My three bugbears at the moment are 'beloved' husbands ,the multiplication of mobility scooters on our streets and people in hi-viz jackets. On Mustard you can see Jake Humphrey on 'what Norfolk means to him'. Think I'll watch the French Open instead.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Slummuckin' was certainly a word used around the farms I used to work on. Especially in regard to the gangs that used to go and rogue (pull weeds) in sugar beet or peas. That was 30 years ago. I guess now they are all refugees from Eastern Europe.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, June 7, 2013

  • The Dead Wood stage is a-comin` on over the hill.... The Troll Cart (!) in Yarmouth has double doors. Just about wide enough - most of the time......

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • Sorry Brew as part of my research I just popped into one of those Premier Inn Brewers Fayre identikits. Thank goodness Mrs. B never referred to you as her beloved Brewer. Norwich is certainly up there in the rankings. I suppose the ultimate would be to see a thunderous ,ugly as sin trollop with a bright yellow hi-viz stretched around her ample curves riding on a mobility and telling all and sundry to keep out the way of her beloved husband who is riding shotgun.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • The wonders of Norfolk grammar. During some village event way back when, I was asked to look after a rather rambunctious toddler by a family friend and was told, "Do he do as he do do, do you let me know".

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, June 8, 2013

  • Steely, this is getting spooky. I live in an area where 50% of people seem to drive those DSS trollies, irrespective of age, though they are universally obese. It took a total of about 12 hours and 3 visits for 4 men in Hi-Viz jackets to replace my next door neighbour`s water meter. (I supplied the water for the half-hourly tea breaks). I even reworked Bernard Cribbens` "Hole in the Ground" lyric for a larff. Bell-tent sized replica shirts are now the commonest choice for footy supporters. What`s the female equivalent of a "hubby"? "The other half"? `Er indoors" (a bit pleb)? My dearly departed would laugh, as she loomed over me by about half a foot!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Brew - the trick is get yourself onto a mobility scooter and win extra benefits.Years ago if you saw someone with one you looked twice , now I expect everyone to be on them. We came out of the Wilkinsons store on St Stephens recently when a pair of grotesque ,obese creatures came roaring down the pavement scattering everybody in their midst. I recently had three weeks abroad and saw only one. It's another British disease.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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