Ridiculous ‘protest’ threats a figment of a little boy’s imagination

Anyone seriously thinking of protesting against these two is surely having a giraffe, unfunny as it

Anyone seriously thinking of protesting against these two is surely having a giraffe, unfunny as it may be. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It could be that my eyes and ears deceived me – and the memory too – but I swear I heard talk of a fans' revolt planned for Carrow Road this afternoon.

Revolting fans are nothing new. Every club has them. I recall groups standing outside the City Stand on a number of occasions, although I swear many of them weren't actually sure what was going on. It was a bit like the joker who stands looking into the sky – it isn't long before half a dozen people join him.

Glenn Roeder felt the City fans' wrath as, I believe, did Peter Grant. Nigel Worthington, inset, certainy did – he even got his own Worthy Out campaign and a 'public' meeting attended, if I recall, by just the one person who backed him, in public at least.

They were terrible times. not least because it saw fans of the same club bickering with each other. I still have the occasional argument over Worthy Out, if only because of the way the campaigners went about attaining their 'victory', rather than a difference of opinion on 'in' or 'out'.

Anyway, back to that memory issue: there have been suggestions that it is time to 'sack the board', and for the club's owners to sell up.


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First off, you can't sack yourself. Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones are not in a position to give themselves the boot. They own the club and employ people to run it for them. Without them you may not have a football club. They have a chief executive who is probably still learning how to pronounce some of the local place names (he's not alone) and a football manager who is pretty much still learning the trade, but building for a longer, better future.

City must attempt to buck the awful trend of knee-jerk reaction to failure in return for instant, but not at all guaranteed, gratification. Sometimes you have to be patient and allow the experts to formulate a plan they think is right. Being a supporter, however loyal, entitles you to an opinion, but does not mean you know more than anyone else.

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Therefore, the 'sacking the board' theory carries little weight.

And what is the gripe? That after five games, Norwich City are mid-table in the Championship? That, despite signing five new players, three of whom cost a combined £15m, the inability to get another striker in on transfer deadline day means the club is in the wrong hands?

I assume anyone suggesting a protest against the owners was busy looking to stir up trouble before the end of the school holidays.

The danger is dragging in the impressionables, who can't resist looking to the sky just in case there is anything there.

A touchy subject this, well nailed in a letter from Peter Stagg ...

Dear Sir

I would like to respond to your Fans' Zone Lee Payne regarding leaving your seats five minutes before full-time at Norwich City home matches.

These comments are always being raised by people who do not have a reason to leave early.

My wife, son and myself are season ticket holders for over 30 years. We also have a car park space at the ground.

On a number of occasions we have to leave five minutes before the end of the match for a number of reasons.

If we wait until the end of the match, it can take up to 30 minutes before we can leave the car park.

Then the traffic moves very slowly as there are no priority times at the traffic lights. We then have to give way to all the traffic coming out at County Hall roundabout. On average if we stay to the end of the match it will take us 45 minutes longer to get to Thetford.

In leaving five minutes before the end of the match, we leave the car park straight away, and do not get held up with traffic coming out of County Hall.

Many Norwich City supporters who attend matches do not live in Norwich. Like us many will leave early, for the same reasons we do.

Finally if you buy a ticket for a football match, cinema or theatre, it is entirely up to you when you leave.

Peter Stagg,

Grenville Way, Thetford.

For a moment I felt a little sorry for Sam Allardyce.

Just weeks into his new job as England manager and he had a World Cup qualifier to win. There was no time to have a look at his players in one of his formations. It was head first into a vital game.

So why did he scrap a planned friendly against Croatia three days earlier? It was a chance to get that first public appearance out of the way. Instead, he wanted to see his players in training. Which is absolutely nothing like the real thing.

So what we got was not the worst England performance, just a line-up that could have been picked by his predecessor.

He had the perfect chance to pick Marcus Rashford, and he blew it. Seems he wants players who are playing regularly for their clubs – but we are only three games into the new season!

When Allardyce was appointed I thought he might be the passionate driving force, the man manager England lacked. Hopefully we don't have a man who just picks steady Eddies at the expense of brilliant young talent.

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