Time for team of 2015 to be Canary legends

Norwich City's Jonathan Howson (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates Cameron

Norwich City's Jonathan Howson (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates Cameron Jerome (left) and Bradley Johnson (right) during the Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi Final, First Leg at Portman Road, Ipswich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 9, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Ipswich. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos. - Credit: PA

What have these 31 names got in common?

Former Norwich City star Peter Mendham who is relaunching his coaching career. Photo by Simon Finlay

Former Norwich City star Peter Mendham who is relaunching his coaching career. Photo by Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Terry Anderson, Mark Barham, Jim Blair, Phil Boyer. Max Briggs, Steve Bruce, Geoff Butler, Mick Channon, David Cross, John Deehan, Louie Donowa, Duncan Forbes, Asa Hartford, Paul Haylock, Trevor Howard, Kevin Keelan, Doug Livermore, Ted MacDougall, Mel Machin, Peter Mendham, Johnny Miller, Peter Morris, Graham Paddon, Tony Powell, Clive Payne, Dave Stringer, Colin Sullivan, Colin Suggett, Dave Watson, Dennis van Wijk, Chris Woods.

I'm sure many of you have worked the answer out very quickly – and I know a few City fans who would have been able to name the elite bunch off the top of their heads.

If you haven't clicked yet, they are the proud group of men who have played for the Canaries at Wembley.

Their names will forever be written in Canary folklore having represented our beloved club in the league cup finals of 1973, 75 and 85.


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This Saturday gives the golden opportunity for the class of 2015 to ensure they can be etched into the City history books and in decades to come their achievements will still be talked about.

Just another derby?

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Yeh right.

Last Saturday was massive – this Saturday is phenomenal.

To give ourselves the chance to be within 90 minutes of heading to English football's top table and the £130m (or whatever the latest astronomical figure is quoted) makes the hairs on the back of all City supporters stand on end.

I have only seen my team at Wembley once. I was too young to see the defeats against Spurs and Villa and will never forget the triumph over Sunderland.

It is 30 years since that incredible day – and the chance to return to Wembley has taken far too long.

A generation of City supporters has missed out on a trip to the home of football.

The memories from March 1985 are coming back as I type this column – and I know Alex Neil will be drumming in to his players what a return to Wembley would mean to us all.

The atmosphere at Carra will be incredible, you can be sure of that.

We may need to be patient, we may need to come from behind.

I can't face the prospect of defeat – but am confident we'll be heading down the A11 on May 25.

Come on you players – make yourselves City legends.

I'm so excited about the other big game at NR1

As if watching my beloved Canaries hopefully beat the old enemy at Carrow Road and reach Wembley wasn't enough excitement for one week, I've also got a match on the hallowed turf to look forward to.

I reached the ripe old age of 45 this week but still can't stop myself behaving like a child when it comes to football.

Next Wednesday sees the re-match at NR1 between Plunky's All Stars and the #FNF Mercenaries.

The game is being organised by my good mate and top man Steve Plunkett.

He worked tirelessly last year to put the first match on and has done the same for the return fixture.

For the whole of the past 12 months, Plunky hasn't let us forget that he scored the equaliser to send the game in to a penalty shoot out which the All Stars then won.

It was a brilliant night with terrific fun and banter and I know next week will be the same.

The match is raising money for The People's Tree charity run by City legend Peter Mendham, who will be making a cameo appearance along with fellow ex-Canary Cedric Anselin.

I can't wait and hope it will cap an amazing week at Carrow Road.

I also trust that the nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out we had in our fixture last May won't be repeated in the Old Farm Derby this weekend!

HERO OF THE WEEK: One City player stood out head and shoulders above all others at Ipswich. Alex Tettey bossed the midfield magnificently and gave a near perfect example of what a holding midfielder should do. He won tackles, headers, broke up play and didn't let any Blue settle. Superb.

VILLAIN OF THE WEEK: I wasn't surprised to read that former ITFC midfielder Jason Dozzell was 'brought up to hate Norwich'. We've always loved him too. And I'm sure I won't be alone in raising a glass of JD to JD if we win at the weekend.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: I'm going to have to picture the scenes at around 2pm this Saturday and dream that we'll be celebrating reaching the home of football. The celebrations at Howson's strike and satisfaction at getting a draw away will be dwarfed a million times if Neil's men can do the business.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Was there anyone who didn't celebrate Alex Tettey's 'goal' on Saturday? We went nuts for several seconds in our local pub until some killjoy said it wasn't in. And I've heard the comedy scenes were repeated all over the region.

PREDICTION OF THE WEEK: I've thought for several months that 2015 is our year for Wembley – and I can't change my mind now. Saturday's going to be really tough – but we'll do it.

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