I was one of the 18,000+ who made the effort to witness the recent and entertaining 'City Legends' game against Inter Forever and for me the opposition team name seemed far more appropriate than the one we adopted.
Initially, It was interesting to see who I could still recognise in a City shirt without seeing their name and number, some have changed far more than others in both appearance and performance. The 'standouts' for me were Hucks still looking exactly the same as when he last turned out for us and help by regular appearances for Cringleford veterans FC on alternate Sundays. Attacking, pace and not quite sure whether to twist, stick, cross or shoot, however still terrorising the defender as they backtrack in a panic.
Holt was aggressive as usual, making great runs and always looking for the ball.
John Polston pulled off his usual feat or providing an own goal.
Mulryne, Safri, Eadie and McVeigh still showed their inventiveness and vision. Andy Marshall, whose goalkeeping skills and athleticism was an absolute joy to watch, played Dick Dastardly to the stadium boos whilst the portly Gunny rose to the occasion as resident Court Jester and probably was first to the post game buffet table.
The question begs, just how many of the 26 lads in the egg and cress kit can really consider themselves to be Canary legends?
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