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Patrick Bamford has the Premier League stage, the rest is up to him at Norwich City

06:45 12 February 2016

Norwich City new boy Patrick Bamford has a top class pedigree. 
Picture: Antony Kelly

Norwich City new boy Patrick Bamford has a top class pedigree. Picture: Antony Kelly

Archant Norfolk 2016

Patrick Bamford has the stage to shine at Norwich City to fire the Canaries to Premier League safety.

Tottenham’s prolific marksman, Harry Kane, failed to impress at Carrow Road after arriving with a similar pedigree in 2012, but City boss Alex Neil is not interested in comparisons to the Chelsea loanee who endured his own frustrating spell at Crystal Palace before Christmas.

Neil is urging the highly-rated 22-year-old to prove his class over the run-in.

“The million dollar question when you sign young players with potential is they might progress or they might stall in their development and never go beyond that level,” said Neil. “Harry Kane has shown what is possible when you can develop and get better. It is not even about the right coaching, people sometimes over-emphasize that. You can take the horse to water but they have to show the determination and will to prove themselves. There is no reason these lads can not become top players with a little help along the way.

“Patrick has not played a lot of games and of course that is something you take into consideration but to attract strikers who have been involved in the Premier League from other clubs, if they are playing and scoring goals you are simply not going to get them. So you have to delve into the ones who are not getting game-time.”

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60 comments

  • About the funny symbols, we have to let the kiddies have their fun.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Melbourne, had you written that in English, you would have been kicked off these boards. That's offensive. Shame on you and Archie for keeping this up for SO long. c====(=#O| ) ~~ ♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫¸

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • ●▬๑۩۩๑It doesn't annoy you does it Melby? Swiss is at it also? Progress is being made ๑۩۩๑▬●

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • @Melbourne, I like that little ship picture you've drawn there. Is it the SS Great Britain? It looks a bit like one of my old Churchman's cigarette cards. It's good that you and Swiss have acquainted yourselves with the Art of Arthur ASCII. This means that not all posts highlighted with hieroglyphs will be hokum. This is progress.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • Yes, that's fine Tommy. You've cleared up that particular ambiguity . Whilst I'm sure none of us would jump off St Stephen's Car Park roof if we were to go down, I'd have guessed that we'd be a little more concerned than you obviously are. But, as you evidently do not pay for your tickets, then maybe you have less of a connection than most of us, eh ?

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    Rick

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • Custard give it a rest we can all do designs on a keyboard here is one for you "اللعنة" custard "اللعنة"

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    Melbourne

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • Well said Silebydave. Sing your heart out tomorrow. Respect for your following. True support.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Swiss ! Brilliant, keep it up ! Your post was immediately noticeable. Search 'ASCII 1 line art' and join the brightside. Rick, you can search cached articles. I'd love NCFC to stay in the Premier League but I'll not wet the bed if we get relegated. I'll be there home and away EVERY game whatever the opposition and whatever the weather, whatever the day and KO time. Does it matter? To some. To the Board probably, to me . . . . bovvered, yes, lose sleep over it, no. Trip to Burton actually excites me a little. Good enough an answer Rick? It's not all doom and gloom to be relegated - honestly !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • OK so having followed City for over 54 years (and home and away for the past 40+ years) I guess I am progressing into the ageing supporters bracket and maybe that also explains why I don't seem to be able to keep up with the younger supporters who seem to sing every song at a 100mph? Perhaps if they slowed down then everyone could join in and add to the atmosphere. Even OTBC is not sung properly these days with the anthem finishing with "huh we scored" instead of "hurrraah we scored a goal". Supporters either don't sing in time together or sing completely different songs in one part of the ground to another. Come on City fans let's get our act together like we did in the good times and perhaps that might help the team in some small way! OTBC

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    Silebydave

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • 24 hrs to kick off and I am already starting to get butterflies, will this be the match in which it all comes together or will it be another flop? ^⨀ᴥ⨀^ (sorry about that)

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Now then Tommy. Perhaps we are getting to the bottom of your little problem. You really do need to learn that the things that you are 'just sayin' are not "the truth" . More "your opinion" . If you'd just get that into your head, we'd stop a lot of the unpleasantness on here. And, while we are about it, I note that you've ignored the little discrepancy I highlighted earlier in regard to whether it matters to you which league NCFC compete in. So, just to get this straight, what is your view on this ?

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    Rick

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Ole Tommy, I can always tell when you have refused to take your medication Naughty Ole Boy. But you are right about the pathetic vocal support for our lads at Home Matches. You and I can both remember in the 40's and 50's .As a young shaver I can remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck when the singing of our Anthem used to roll down the terraces. Now it is an embarrassing squawk. Mind you, in those days the ground was really full. I can remember over 30,000 at an evening friendly for Bernard Robinson's testimonial. You could be right that one reason could be too many old lads in the crowd whose vocal chords have seen better days. But, a lot of us won't be here for much longer which will please the Department of Work and Pensions so just you keep taking the pills Ole Tommy in case you join us.

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    irongloves

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Hi all - just for the record, I've never said the over 65's and over 75's don't deserve their concession, just that it's not a "small amount" and the general atmosphere is affected, partly due to so many older supporters within our home season ticket members. Not a fault at all. Not a sweeping statement either tarring everyone with the same brush, but at all grounds, a family area will not make the same noise and effort as a Kop end. Just sayin' but it's the truth. Expanding Carrow Road could change that. I sincerely doubt the 2,000 (if that number is correct) on the waiting list are a majority aged 65 and over. Of course there will be some. Still it caused some debate. Which is good ! ٩(^‿^)۶ END ٩(^‿^)۶

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Happy as Larry cos the game is on the box here. Jerome and Bamford to share the strikers duties? Or dare I say it Lafferty for 20 mins?

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    Yellowfirebird

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • If Bamford gets a shout that would be a chance worth taking probably as a sub. Im not exactly inconspicuous Tommy. Next time you are in town youll see me Hope its not a massacre tamarra!

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    johnty

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Rick its not Custard's fault.He's got PMS, so he's a bit confused at the moment.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I was going to say that AN makes a great case for not picking him but if his mum and dad are coming then he must be playing. Mbokani can have the weekend off practising defending.

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    Linc's too

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Re censorship: There does seem to be more of it going on. Early this morning I tried to post something on the 'mental scars cop out' thread, in which I was politely and mildly critical of Archant for this 2nd or 3rd rehash of the same story. It never appeared. Re Bamford: I'm not convinced he is Prem standard yet, but there's only one way to find out ! Re: Tommy Custard : I wish he'd make his mind up. In this thread he has a nasty little pop at older fans who 'don't give a flying fig about what division we are in'. Then on another thread today he's waxing lyrical about the fact that he doesn't care if we get relegated, how life is good in the Champs, and how much he enjoyed the Lge One season. I know he's not a model of consistency, but you really could not make this stuff up !

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    Rick

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Custard , while I respect your right to post your opinion , I think you are either nursing a mega hangover or have had a bang on the head. There is little logic or sense in your 'rant 'I can remember crowds of under 15,000 for Div 1 matches in 70's& 80's , now we can get nearly twice that in Lge 1 ( Div 3 in old money ) perhaps you could explain why supporters paying less for their seats create less atmosphere than ' real rich ' ones.

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    Victor Bullimore

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • el dingo: yes I have also come into contact with a couple of business people and when discussing Norwich City they say the same thing. The last excuse I recall for not doing anything was Mr Bowkett who couldn't see where we'd put the season ticket holders from the City Stand while work was in progress. He only needed to look at the plans and way Liverpool are expanding their main stand to see that this can be done without removing existing seats because modern building techniques allow for another tier to be built, complete with roof, over the existing structure. Building the new base behind the existing stand then cantilevering the new tier and roof is easily done. But in fact it is not just additional seating that is needed. Carow Road is getting more than a tad tired. Very cramped and with some less than adequate viewing positions in some parts, especially in the N&P corner of the City Stand. I had the misfortune to sit in the last row of the Barclay upper once and it was awful.. You can see the far goal but any ball that is in the air is totally lost. Access and again space made it a very uncomfortable experience. As for the scoreboards, they are a joke. There are clubs in Div 2 with better! If it came to a choice between expansion and moving to a new site I would be torn.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I have it on good authority that Mr and Mrs Bamford will be in attendance tomorrow. SO Hi to Patricks parents. I'm sure you'll be reading these comments. Sorry to have gone off on a tangent. Good luck Patrick. Show us what you can do and find that net.ᴴᵒᵖᵉ ᵗʰᵉʸ ᵈᵒᶰ'ᵗ ᵍᵉᵗ ᶠʳᵉᵉ ᵗᶤᶜᵏᵉᵗˢˑ ᵀʰᵃᵗ ʷᵒᵘˡᵈ ᵇᵉ ʲᵘˢᵗ ʷʳᵒᶰᵍ ᵎ

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Malaga and el Dingo I totally agree with all you have said. Frankly the likes of Custard and his mutterings prove the point admirably. OTBC and that 'C' certainly doesn't mean 'Custard'!!

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Whilst Liverpool fans did a 77th minute walkout last weekend, Ipswich bosses are urging their fans to do a 1st minute walk in.

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    OTFBC

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Tommy, I suggest you boycott the club in protest, I am sure they would soon act in support of you as their No 1 fan. I will ring Delia later today on your behalf. Better still, perhaps we should suggest that ticket prices be doubled for all next year so the players can all get a much earned raise in their paltry salaries, they are then sure to visit you personally after the match to say a big thank you.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Free tickets. Now THAT's a proper discount. The best.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • ^⨀ᴥ⨀^ IMO our season tickets are cheap for the Premier League . . . . so to discount over 65's (they pay 67.8% of the full price) and over 75's (61.2% of full price) is NOT a "small reduction", TK, actually. Fair enough I understand the youngsters being given an incentive to become life long supporters. Actually when I did buy away tickets I usually bought the cheapest where the grounds had bar code readers. That saved a tidy sum over the years ! ^⨀ᴥ⨀^ It worked at Wembley too ^⨀ᴥ⨀^

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Malaga I have to agree with you 100%. I attend certain games with my dad who is 76 and we are both members. He makes his way to The Mall on the day they sell tickets to members getting there approx 8.45 and is always 1st or 2nd in the queue. They then start selling tickets at 0900. H e cannot for the life of him ever get 2 seats together and for tomorrow's game we are two rows apart. How can this be. With approx 2000 seats available to non season ticket holders no one can tell me that they sell all seats together in the minute it takes him to get served. Norwich have been getting sell outs since League 1 but as you quite rightly stated have not invested in the infrastructure of Carrow Road one bit. More seating is a number one priority not just for me and my dad but for the future generation of supporters and indeed supporters of today who just cannot get a ticket.

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    Mark Drummee

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • No johnty. I don't think I would have seen you, what music genre do you sing ?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Whats are all these comments on here got to do with the article. Tommy I read KazaKanary,s comments and you seem to have gone of at a tangent , why don't you write a book about your thought,s " The thoughts of Ole Tommy " It would seem that i have more of a financial input to city than Tommy does with his free tickets . PB should be selected on Sat , we have nothing lose he looked ok at wembley give him a go

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    iMac

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Tommy theres nothing like a good chorus from the Barclay to rally the troops and my god they need something now. You may not know me but I can tell you I am a singerperformer ..you may have seen me in the city ive been there many times. Thought about writing a new anthem for the club but the on the ball is the quintessential best..have in the past sung to chris gorehams sonwhen I saw him with his mum Julie in Halesworth.

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    johnty

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • You give 'em whut for, el dingo! Don't forget, you have a dance date after the game... Watch out for the stiletto(s). Is this a dagger I feel behind me.... Beware!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I ma well over 65, saw Sir Stanley play at Norwich. I also hold a season ticket for which I receive no discount. I would suggest I was at Carrow Road before you were born so have paid my dues. I suggest being pedantic as you are with "facts", please be sure of yours before before pontificating on others. I think you are really a cowardly custard.

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    SummerD

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • It was only last season "No noise from the Snakepit boys" and vice versa was everywhere. Now it's as flat as a witch's. Probably because of what's happening on the field. Better atmosphere tomorrow hopefully - the West Ham sure won't be quiet, will they?

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Many of us seniors were playing the game during our early years and continued well into our thirties, then a few of us went into coaching and onto management. Having now supported NCFC for over 25 years I see little wrong in being given a loyalty bonus in a small reduction in ticket price. However, I am more than capable of shouting as loud as most people in the crowd and often see young heads turn in almost disapproval. I agree that a stadium expansion would solve this problem and then hopefully all who want to support could.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Patrick Bamford surely will start the game otherwise what was the point signing him.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • (¯”•.¸*♥♥♥ But seriously tho', without The Barclay, where is the atmosphere? At least at away games there's a smattering of vocal support throughout the allocation. The City stand is a joke for support. And this is the image that's portrayed across the globe. No wonder we can't shift the "little ole" tag. Morning dingo ! ♥♥♥* ¸.•”¯)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Well said that lady!

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    mojo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Well said that lady!

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    mojo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Cutty - just tried to agree with Malaga and got censored - was it cos I used the word "Blofield"?

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Malaga, I agree we seem to be missing the boat with stadium expansion. Our next generation of fans will come from casual supporters who attend some games then get the bug and want to go every week. Hard for the club to commit money but I would see it as us moving forward, even if we go down we would have a new stand underway, where as now we will go down and have nothing to show for it, apart from a couple of youngsters our squad will be no better than last season, maybe less as we lost a good championship midfielder in bradders. Then again if we didnt buy players and built a stand then many would be up in arms about lack of investment in the squad. Not an easy one but feel we could do more.

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    Jimhow

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Dingo, you could be right, maybe Archant should dress 'custard' in the motley and send him out on match day in place of Captain Canary to cavort for the fans. The club would make a fortune selling water bom*s and avoid putting the sprinklers on.

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    cutty

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Malaga when I lived in Blofield I spent many happy hours in the King's Head and one of the good friends I made was a property developer of gigantic status (not physically!). He said exactly the same thing as you - and that was back in the Worthington days! I bumped into him at PMI just after the Lambert PL promotion, we had a quick beer and he told me: "We will never establish ourselves in the PL while we have the current owners" and gave me his reasons, which I won't air on here. Suffice to say a lot of people who know much more about business than I do share your concerns. Now on to West Ham.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Lobbo you are not alone in your viewpoint. However all the flashy graphics can be done remotely, so who really knows. Tommy does drop clues in occasionally though (especially about poetry and the occasional pro-journalist comment) and I am pretty sure you are right. Considering the stick Archant gets on here you can't really blame them I guess. I think there is more than one person at work with "Tommy" and the other occasional usernames they employ. It does spice it up a bit I agree, but somtimes it really gets on my threepenny bits - other times it can be good banter. All part of life on t'internet I guess.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I don't know, just had a good lunch and get back to a right slagging off! Oh well it must be my positive sunny outlook that grinds OTBC. As for concessions - I'm in a concession free zone, then again it's a bit far to commute for games on a regular basis to warrant a season ticket

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    Kazakanary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • How many clubs would love to have sellouts with 27,000 at every home game? The problem we have in fact is that stadium expansion is years behind the need and that means we don't have enough seats for fans of every age. Also more seats should enable the club to keep prices down and to enable the next generation of fans to be able to get tickets and at affordable prices and on that our future fan based will be built. At the moment we are not even marking time in this respect. I do not buy into the argument that all available money should be sunk into the playing side. Any firm which wants to progress has to invest across the board, in both its staff, its equipment and facilities. I ran a company for a long time and we were always investing in all aspects of the business which, with due diligence and planning, always paid off. Unfortunately Norwich City, although currently in a major business environment, does not seem to subscribe to this philosophy; rather finds it easier to make excuses as to why things cannot be undertaken. As a Norwich fan I find this worrying.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Sorry 'Cornwall' our posts must have passed in the wires.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • and I suppose you're going to refuse any concession when you're entitled to it Mr Custard, that's of course if your brain holds out that long. On one hand your posts do add spice to these boards, on the other, you can be quite harsh on persons with an alternative view point. I've got you down as an archant troll personally.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I expect when you reach 65+ Custard you will want a concession ticket . Don't knock the 'oldies' most have them have paid full price for years.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • OTBC, You really mean to tell me that they don't wash the kit these days. I must be showing my age! Is there a concession for that?

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    59er

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • No washing kits these days 59er ! New shirts every game straight out of the bag. £40+ a pop too plus all the badges and letters. That must add up. I reckon that's £1,500 in shirts alone without the rest of the kit and caboodle (!) .............ʸᵉᵃʰᵎᵎ े ̡̡⍤⃝  ̢̢ेे ꒳ᵒ꒳ᵎᵎ

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Good for you dingo for supporting the academy too. Where else do over 75's have extra concessions than over 65's? I just think that's bizarre especially now we're living longer. Doesn't make sense to me ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • You're at it early today Custard!! However, after washing and hanging out the kit at Carra I would go down just to watch the shirts dry. MAYBE Icould use my concession ticket. Love your wind up as even you can not be serious.

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    59er

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Tommy has someone hacked you? Can't believe you posted that! If it is you, it's a bit rich coming from someone with their corporate tickets and all that. My ticket is around £520 a year and whilst it is good value it is NOT cheap. Why shouldn't there be OAP concessions? Or. U-21? Eliminate the young and the old so the ground is full of the right age group for fandom Tommy style? Sounds like an idea popular in 1930s Europe.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Resent the comment about cheap season ticket holders ruining things. My dad is 77 and goes to all the games and believe me, no one is more fed up than him when we don't perform. Building support from youngsters up is how you get the passionate base of fans that we have now (as Andy Cullen showed). I remember the days when we used to get 11 to 12 thousand for some games. Is that what you want to go back to. The people who spoil things for the club are the ones who moan all day long, create an atmosphere of fear at games, pick on individual players in public, never look beyond the end of their short noses and then call for the manager to be sacked when we lose a few games on the trot. Look at the bigger picture for goodness sake. See beyond where we are now to what the club is trying to build. Look at the fact that Alex is bringing in future stars as well as buying people like Naismith (there were plenty of other clubs who would have liked him and we got him because of Alex Neil). The players will play better if they feel they have our support. That is all we can do now to try and help. Whether 19 or 90 get behind the team and stop moaning. There are loads of fans who would love to be supporting a top flight team. Forget comparisons with Bournemouth - they have every right to compete if they got promoted whatever the size of their fan base.

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    Susan Gallant

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I don't get too many games, living in N.I makes that it an expensive venture. But I'd agree for the recent Spurs match that I managed to travel over for, the support was woeful, such a flat atmosphere. We were down inside two minutes I know, but even so!

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    N.I Canary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Maybe there is truth in the 'you can take a horse to water position...' but I go back to days of rallying in the past. The navigator never won a rally, but he could sure lose it. A coach cannot guarantee they can make something of a player, but they can sure obstruct their development.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Kaza, that's BS for a start. All in it together. You're having a giraffe aren't you, along with your lion and mouse. Our support at home is the ᗯorst in the league, and I'll tell you why . . . . concession season tickets for ᑌ-21, over 65's AND even over 75's, ᗰean we're swamped with fans on a cheap ticket who couldn't give a flying fig what division we're in ’’›(Ͼ˳Ͽ)‹’’

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Too true Cyprus, I fail to see a down side? None of our other strikers has made the position their own so give him a go for a decent amount of games, it's time to be brave. I'd rather go down like a lion rather than a mouse - we know we WILL be relegated if we are conservative, and we don't even need a long memory! We're all in it together, players management, supporters - Forget the past it's gone look to the future - stand proud and give 'em hell...........the season starts to day

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    Kazakanary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Not only play but play in his natural position - that goes for some others! NCFC seems to have the DNA of playing players out of position...OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • If he is to prove himself he has to play!!

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    Cyprus Canary

    Friday, February 12, 2016

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