Meet a City fan series - No.3

Meet a City fan series - No.3

Today’s spotlight is on dedicated City fan and Horsford resident Alex Evans.

Now retired and often found jetting around the world taking in the sights, sounds and tastes. When at home, he will be found following the Canaries and in the summer supporting his other love - cricket.

A superb wicketkeeper in his time, Alex now gives something back by ensuring cricket continues to be played in the beautiful village of South Walsham and in the pub at the White Horse in Upton.

How do you come to be a City fan?

When I attended Sprowston Junior School, most of my school mates were Norwich supporters, and it was quite normal that I should support the team as well.

What was the first match attended?

My first match was Stoke City at home around 1963. We won 6-0 with Jim Oliver, who was a reserve who scored a hat-trick - probably the highlight of his career. I went with a mate from school, we biked from Sprowston and left our bikes around his Uncle’s.

Around that time we also beat Newcastle 5-0 and Chelsea 4-1 but we also lost to Sunderland 7-1. Full value for money.

What was the first match you can remember?

I guess that would be the 2-1 win over Southampton. The Saints weren’t very Saintly that day having two players sent off, it could have been more!

The crowd were going mad, it was such a dirty game, they tried to bully us and lost. I think it was 1992. I got so angry.

I went with about five workmates from South Norfolk Council and stood in the River End.

What is your current match day ritual?

Going to the football with my wife, usually lunch at Riverside, arriving at the ground about an hour before and a drink and a laugh with friends. We take over a table in the Castle Lounge and take residence with long-standing relationships built over the years with hardcore Canary fans.

We are eventually kicked out by the wonderful stewards an hour after the final whistle as the shutters are drawn down at the bar. The results and league tables are reviewed on TV and plenty of post-match debate kicks off over a few drinks.

Who would you most like to watch a City game with? Past or living?

William Lawson Burgess who was the first chairman of Norwich City in their professional era in 1905.

Who is your favourite City player ever?

'Six foot two, eyes are blue... Duncan Forbes is after you!'

Who is your favourite City manager ever?

Daniel Farke, a sincere gentleman who has produced an excellent football team with minimal resources available to him.

What is the best game you have attended?

Beating Middlesbrough at Wembley.

What is your analysis of this season?

I am not surprised where we are, we have less money than anyone else, so it shouldn’t be surprising we are bottom. What has slightly surprised me has been our inability to score a few more goals which could have led to 7/10 more points.

What is the best outcome to complete this season?

I think the season should be finished, probably behind closed doors, and we will either stay up or get relegated, but only when it is said that it is safe.

If it means starting next season later, so be it.

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