After all the excitement of last Saturday's Wessi show, plus the delight of beating another example of Yorkshire's past glory in Leeds United, the Yellows head off to Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday for the final league encounter of the 2017/18 season, so we can finally get in some cricket in before the World Cup gets going and turns our football heads once more.
How nice was it to beat the Peacocks in the strangest 'testimonial game' where three points were actually on offer.
Hang on one second, there is a massive three points to play for this weekend, to ensure we can look down on Ipswich for yet another season. The 'Theatre of misery' will be hosting Middlesbrough, lets hope Jonny Howson pulls the strings and runs the blues ragged as the 'Boro heads for the play-offs.
Hillsborough has not been a great hunting ground for Norwich City, however my first experience there was one of City's greatest and most enjoyable defeats and one that was absolutely not for the faint hearted. Norwich had produced a brilliant run with Ken Brown at the helm with win 10 wins from 11 outings and just needed one point to go from the final game of the season.
A crowd of 24,467 which included more than 10,000 colourful Canaries were then housed in then terraced, infamous Leppings Lane End. I was on a National Express coach, one of the 30 plus vehicles snaking their way into Sheffield. We needed a result, went 1-0 down in the 60th minute through McUlloch and with four minutes of normal time left, Keith Birtschin for us to go loopy. In the 90th minute however, Bannister notched for the Owls, the game was then delayed as Wednesday hordes came onto the pitch to goad us City fans believing they had scuppered our promotion back to the top division.
Thankfully Leicester were beaten by Shrewsbury which meant we were still up. I have never been so happy after watching City lose.
This season, we had the delight of a 3-1 victory in December at the Carra with Maaders, Klose and Oliveria causing the damage, the last time we beat them away was in December 2001 when Daren Kenton, David Nielsen 2, Paul McVeigh and Gary Holt caused the devastation.
To date we have won 16, drawn 15 and lost 23 matches. Whilst we have eight points from our last six games, Wednesday have produced 10 and are unbeaten in their last three, beating Hull 1-0, Reading 3-0 and drawing with Wolves 0-0.
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One Wednesday player I have admired and has now come back from a long term injury is number 45, Fernando Forestieri, the 28 year old Argentinian since 2015 has produced 31 goals from 84 appearances plus a host of assists for his three million transfer fee from Watford. For me a brilliant striker, quick, can turn on a sixpence, shoot from inside and outside the box plus possessing a competitive streak to be successful. Let's hope our defenders keep him quiet on Sunday.
I'm going for City to draw 1-1 and Middlesbrough win 3-0.