A week in the life of a home and away retired Norwich City fan

A week in the life of a home and away retired Norwich City fan

Saturday 7th April

Following on from an inept performance at QPR I headed to Carrow Road in hope rather than expectation. It has been a largely disappointing season and for 44 minutes against Villa it was largely the same story. With Maddison down injured I decided to beat the halftime queue for the toilets.

As I returned I heard the roar and saw the goal from Josh Murphy on the TV screen in the lounge and what a goal it was. With Villa chasing promotion and our frailties this season what would the second have bring? It was a very good performance from Norwich and you would not have thought that it was Villa chasing automatic promotion and a comfortable 3-1 victory with further goals for Srbeny and Maddison. 

Sunday 8th April

How refreshing to wake up on a Sunday morning having won at home yesterday, something that has not happened enough this season. Had lunch with friends at the Fat Cat and Canary before partaking in the quiz at the Rose. We finished appropriately in mid table so befitting of a Norwich City fan this season. 

Monday 9th April

So with case packed it is time to head to the train station and start my journey north. Even though we are playing Sunderland I always prefer to stay in Newcastle. Having checked in to the hotel it is time to frequent some of finest hostelries Newcastle has to offer and catch up with a couple of fellow Norwich City supporters. 

Tuesday 10th April

So with a good hearty breakfast consumed and a wander through Newcastle it is time to take the Metro to Sunderland and meet up with some of the travelling Capital Canaries in the Engine Room. After a few beers it is off to the Stadium of Light. Not being a fan of steps I head to the secret lift to take my place in the clouds. You certainly see the game from a different perspective from this angle. 

What a bizarre game it was. Both teams were guilty of careless passing but it produced an entertaining game albeit lacking in quality. The woodwork was hit a few times and a shot rebounding from the post led to Sunderland scoring the opening goal.

Sunderland are now on their way to embarrassing us by doing the double over us. Can we respond? With five minutes to go and still trailing I decided to go to the toilet in the hope that it would have the same outcome as against Villa.

This time it failed to work but not long after returning to my seat Pinto equalises for us in the last minute. After that, both Murphy and Maddison had opportunities to win it but a draw it was and at least we never had the ignominy of being doubled by Sunderland.

Back to Newcastle via the lift and Metro for a couple of beers. 

Wednesday 11th April

A nice relaxing day wandering through Newcastle and searching out a couple of new micropubs before heading to the 42nd Newcastle CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival. 

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Thursday 12th April

Today sees the start of the journey home. As I enjoy York and we are unlikely to be playing either Newcastle or Sunderland next season, unless it's in one of the cup competitions then a night in York it was. It also enabled me to visit a brewery which I attempted to visit on the way back from Middlesbrough earlier in the season allow it was closed for a private function on that occasion. 

Friday 13th April

A wander through the shambles and to York Minster before heading back across the river to the train station. With my train home from York at 16.02 then time to check out the offerings in York Tap. Finally back in Norwich a relaxing evening at home was much needed. 

Saturday 14th April

So after a win and a draw under the belt this week we now take on promotion chasing Cardiff at Carrow Road. In the away fixture earlier in the season, winning 1-0, we had a fantastic opportunity to make it 2-0 but alas decision making once again cost us and we lost the game 4-1 in the end. 

Cardiff started brightly almost scoring in the opening seconds of the game. We grew in to the game which was not helped by the number of free kicks leading to a stop start half. It was a typical Warnock side who were physical and whilst most challenges were firm but fair there were a couple that the referee should have taken action.

In the second half we continued to play well but as has been our problem on too many occasions we fail to offer a serious threat in front of goal. As a result Cardiff score two late goals and inflict the double over us this season.

So the week has resulted in a win, draw and a loss which pretty much sums up our overall statistics for the season. 

Missing in action..

Have you missed a really important goal by arriving later, being in the bar or toilet or maybe for another misdemeanour? I can’t remember who it was now but someone was in the loos when we scored in the Milk Cup Final in 1985!

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