10 reasons why Norwich City fans can be cheerful (sort of)

These are bleak times to be a Norwich City fan, but there are reasons to be cheerful. Sort of.

These are bleak times to be a Norwich City fan, but there are reasons to be cheerful. Sort of. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2010

At times like these, with Norwich City effectively relegated from the Premier League, it's not easy to look on the bright side of life. But we thought we'd give it a go anyway.

Here are 10 reasons for Norwich City fans to be cheerful:

1. It's finally over. Norwich's descent to the trapdoor has had a crushing inevitability about it for weeks. But it was the hope that did for many a fan, who believed, against all common sense, that maybe, just maybe, there could be a great escape. We can stop clinging to that hope now. It's almost a relief. But still horrible.

2. We can beat Ipswich again. Personally, this reporter would rather we never played Ipswich again, if it meant we were in the Premier League and they were nowhere near it. But if we can beat them twice, scoring nine goals in the process, like our last season in the Championship, then that would be mighty fine.

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3. Cheaper tickets and more games. Season tickets will still cost the same (although you do get some extra games for your money), but, for the casual fan, match day tickets will cost you a few pounds less.

4. More chance of success in the Premier League Fantasy Football game. With Norwich City out of the top flight, it means you will no longer ruin your chances of doing well by feeling you have to pick Carrow Road favourites for your team. Who then get you hardly any points. I picked Ricky, in case you were wondering.

5. No Luis Suarez. You won't have to listen to pundits bang on about how many goals he scores against Norwich. He won't score any against us next season. Unless we get Liverpool in the cup, but we'll probably have lost to Fleetwood Town before we get that far.

6. More trips to the seaside. Away trips to Blackpool and Bournemouth await the sun-seeking away fan next season. Get your bucket and spades ready.

7. No Alan Shearer or Danny Mills slagging us off. You won't have to watch Match of the Day or Match of the Day 2 anymore. You can reacquaint yourselves with the insight of Steve Claridge and Leroy Rosenior instead. And while you might have to stay up later to watch the highlights, the plus point is that the Football League Show appears on the iPlayer quicker.

8. Fewer Sunday matches. With Sky no longer pulling the strings to mess up the weekend by making us play West Ham at 5.30pm on a Saturday or Stoke at 1.30pm on a Sunday, hopefully that will mean more 3pm Saturday kick-offs. WHICH IS WHEN FOOTBALL IS MEANT TO BE PLAYED.

9. A chance for the youngsters to shine. Hopefully some of our bright young Academy prospects, such as Cameron McGeehan, Ben Wyatt, Carlton Morris and Harry Toffolo will get a chance to join Josh Murphy in the first team.

10. We might score some goals. Please, please, please let us score some goals. We'd even be pleased to hear the Samba de Janeiro.