The fact that Norwich City are even hoping for favours from other teams is a travesty

Swansea celebrate after Michu (right) scores against Norwich City last month. City fans will be reli

Swansea celebrate after Michu (right) scores against Norwich City last month. City fans will be relieved the Swans were just as happy against Wigan on Tuesday night. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It is impossible to leave the house these days without being told to 'Keep Calm and Carry On'. A motto designed by the government in 1939 as some early Second World War propaganda has been adopted by the makers of everything from shopping bags to mugs.

The now famous poster was never actually put on public display in wartime Britain. How proud those who came up with the slogan would be if they knew their attempts to keep the country's upper lip stiff during one of its most turbulent times would instead be used more than 70 years later on novelty bars of chocolate.

'Keep Calm and Carry On' owes its renaissance to being rediscovered in 2000 when a prototype poster was found in a box by a bookshop owner in Northumberland called Stuart Manley. I am guessing that he is not a football fan. To him the poster was a design classic which spoke of traditional British values.

Had a football supporter found it hidden in amongst a box of old programmes it would have gone straight into the recycling bin, written off as something which demanded unrealistic expectations.

Look at the Premier League table. Even those who maintained a quiet confidence that Norwich City would eventually edge clear of relegation danger have stopped keeping calm in the wake of a last-minute defeat to Aston Villa and, almost more crushingly, Wigan's comeback to win 3-2 West Brom.

Victory for The Swans has resulted in just a tiny bit of welcome extra breathing space for us, although in all likelihood Norwich are going to need to beat West Brom on Sunday in a match that proves that the phrase 'must win' is over-used about games much earlier in the season. This is the real deal.

The fact that Norwich City are even hoping for favours from other teams is a travesty. When West Brom ended the distant memory that was the Canaries' 10-match unbeaten run in December, City sat 10th in the table on 25 points. We were 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Wigan were in 18th on 15 points. Norwich have eked just 13 points from the 18 Premier League games since - relegation form I'm afraid.

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But all is not lost just yet. Norwich are not in the bottom three, even if it does feel like we are being rapidly pulled in that direction.

Perhaps Swansea's win is the momentum changer required, a catalyst to the big finish that we are all desperately hoping to see at Carrow Road in the final home match on Sunday.

As we say in Swansea, Ie, dim ond un Michael Laudrup. Translation: 'There's only one Michael Laudrup'. Any sceptical readers can check this with Iwan Roberts.


It was a wise decision for Norwich City to cancel the end-of-season dinner which was supposed to have taken place on Monday night.

I have been fortunate enough to host the event for the past two years and with promotion from the Championship and then Premier League survival both secured, the evenings have been jaunty affairs, a rare chance to see players, managers and board members in end-of-term, hair-let-down mood after a job well done.

With lots to play for, holding such a dinner with two games to go would have led to a tense and probably quite uncomfortable evening, a bit like being at a family do when you know some people there don't get on.

There will be a bit of careful balancing required at Carrow Road on Sunday with the presentation of the Norwich City Player of the Year award.

The supporters choose the winner of the Barry Butler Trophy and it is usually handed over to whoever yields the most votes before the final home match of the season.

Often that game can be a dead rubber, but with so much riding on the outcome of the clash with West Brom it may feel a little surreal to single out one player for applause when things have recently not been going well.

It is an important honour and tradition to uphold.

Perhaps it will act as a warm-up to get the crowd in the sort of brilliant voice they have been for the last two Carrow Road games, in particular.

While volume is often the unit used to measure support I saw a bit of inventiveness from someone in the front row of the City Stand which deserves particular mention.

It came just after Grant Holt had converted the penalty which levelled the scores at one apiece against Aston Villa.

Joe Bennett, the Villa defender who had conceded the penalty with a rash tackle on Robert Snodgrass, was involved in a challenge which sent the ball spinning out for a throw in.

Bennett was fortunate to escape a second booking for the foul on Snodgrass and one City fan saw his chance to make that point directly to the player.

As Bennett got up he made eye contact with this supporter who produced the cardboard clapper that had been left on his seat before the game and waved it at the player as an imaginary yellow card.

Bennett could not help but see the funny side and smiled back.

This seemed to wind our new friend up even more and his clapper transformed quickly from yellow card to sword as he waggled it in Bennett's direction as if challenging him to a duel.

With an imagination as powerful as that maybe we need to give the old boy a game as our midfield playmaker.