Norwich City legend Ted MacDougall backs Canaries for a swift Premier League return

Norwich City Hall of Famer Ted MacDougall is paying a flying visit to Norwich this weekend. Picture:

Norwich City Hall of Famer Ted MacDougall is paying a flying visit to Norwich this weekend. Picture: Archant.

Alex Neil gets Ted MacDougall's vote to lead Norwich City back to the Premier League.

The legendary Hall of Famer, who was a prolific scorer for the Canaries in a three-year stint during the mid-1970s, will be in the Carrow Road crowd on Saturday to watch his old club host Preston as part of a flying visit to the city to promote a new autobiography.

Scottish-born MacDougall is tipping compatriot Neil to earn a second promotion at Norwich.

'They have stuck with him and I know they slipped down again last season but he has got them up there and competing and I like the job he has done,' he says. 'You can see how tough the Championship is already but I really expect Norwich and Newcastle United to go straight back up. I had something like 15 managers but sometimes you just find a manager who understands you and your game and can get the best out of you. John Bond was so important for me in that respect.

'Before I met him I thought I knew about the game and how to play football but he taught me so much in terms of making angles to receive the ball and creating space in the box. You have to have the natural talent and ability but that alone is not enough.

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'I see strikers now and they make one run and the ball doesn't come so they don't make another. You might have to take a defender away three or four times before you get that one chance.'

MacDougall's autobiography, 'MacDou-GOAL!' charts his lengthy career which included two notable spells at Bournemouth plus stops at Liverpool and Manchester United. The book has been written in collaboration with Bournemouth club secretary Neil Vacher.

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'Neil has been saying for the past 10 years he wanted to do it but I joked with him he was waiting until I died to so he had the prefect final chapter,' he says. 'We finally got there and it was great to look back on everything that happened.

'It is difficult with where I live and my job to come back to Norwich but I was here for the Hall of Fame dinner and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces.

'I have to give Ken Brown a ring when I get up on Friday. I think my wife and his wife keep in touch on Facebook. I didn't recognise the stadium when I was last here. It has changed so much but I am looking forward to seeing a few people and hopefully I get a good reception.'

• Read Friday's Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News for Ted's recollections on the debt he owes Norwich.

• The Scot will be signing copies of 'MacDou-GOAL! - The Ted MacDougall story' at Jarrold's on Saturday morning in Norwich city centre from 10:30am. The 320-page book, published by Pitch, is available for £18.99. Fans unable to attend in person can reserve a signed copy by ringing 01603 660661.

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