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02.04.2016… Norwich (a)…

Norwich City 3 Newcastle United 2

Carrow Road… Saturday April 2nd… 3pm

Attendance: 27,137

Ticket: £30 (£10 Reduction from Away Fund) – Programme: £3.50

The first of two long Saturdays in succession…

An early(ish) start from the Midlands, changes at Leicester and Peterborough (Waitrose refuel), into Norwich for quarter past one. In hope rather than expectation…

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Pre Match: Newcastle Warm Up…

Then it was the usual story. A reasonable first five minutes, followed by forty minutes of dross. Even so, it looked as if we were going to go in level, until some bright spark amongst our support decided to keep hold of the ball at a free kick. When the ball was finally returned, Norwich swung it in and scored. The marking was woeful but the delay didn’t really help…

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first until the introduction of Mitrovic, within ten minutes his looping header made it 1-1. Almost immediately we fell behind for a second time before Mitrovic levelled again from the penalty spot. Into the final five minutes and we pushed for a winner, Cisse forcing Ruddy into a cracking save…

Into added time and Norwich scored a third, 3-2, game (and possibly season) over…

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First Half Action: Norwich Attack…

Another four hours back, much of it spent on another three trains (Norwich – Ely – Nuneaton -Home). Arrived back to find my Southampton ticket lying on the mat…

Maybe, just maybe…?

Norwich City; Ruddy, Wisdom, Bennett, Klose, Olsson, Jarvis (Redmond 75), Howson, O’Neil, Brady, Naismith (Hoolahan 81) Mbokani (Jerome 85)

Not Used; Rudd, Bassong, Bamford, Mulumbu

Goals; Klose (45+2), Mbokani 74, Olsson (90+3)

Newcastle United; Darlow, Janmaat, Mbemba, Taylor, Anita (Mitrovic 62), Tiote (Perez 46), Shelvey, Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Cisse

Not Used; Woodman, Sterry, Lascelles, De Jong, Riviere

Goals; Mitrovic (71, 86pen)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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18.10.2015… Norwich (h)…

Newcastle United 6 Norwich City 2

St. James’ Park… Sunday October 18th… 4pm

Attendance: 47,006

Ticket: £29 – Programme: £3

One of the strangest games I’ve ever seen, 6-2 did seem rather flattering…

Norwich came for the three points, no question, and early in the second half at 3-2 and pushing it felt as if that may be the eventual outcome. Even at 5-2 they pushed, two efforts of the woodwork, still thinking that they may be in with a chance if they could get one back…

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Pre-Match Warm Up…

Having been to Manchester City earlier in the month, the comparisons with our setup  made for a sobering trip. We may have a large ground and massive support but we’re small fry compared to the money on display in M11. The Etihad Campus is huge and the facilities are light years ahead of ours…

St. James’ is starting to look a little unloved, signage nailed on outside with the fixtures exposed, ditto the newish lights on the front of the Gallowgate and Leazes and the cheap TV screen. Our only possible avenue for expansion to be developed into something, anything, as long as there’s a cheque in it for the owner…

Sums up Ashley’s attitude to the club I guess, everything achieved for minimum expense and maximum profit…

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Newcastle Take a 4-2 Lead..

I’m not going to complain about the three points though, very much needed. Typical Newcastle too, concede six one week, score six the next. Four goals for the very impressive Wijnaldum too, I wonder where he’ll be plying his trade in eighteen months time…?

Anyway, next is the small matter of a trip to the dark place, rights to be wronged; I’m not expecting much other than apologies and excuses…

Unrealistic expectations? No expectations at all…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett (Haidara 65), Sissoko, Tioté (YC) (Anita 45 ), Colback, Wijnaldum, Pérez, Mitrovic (Cissé 88)

Not Used; de Jong, Lascelles, Thauvin, Woodman

Goals; Wijnaldum (14, 26, 66, 85), Pérez (33), Mitrovic (64)

Norwich City; Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson (Jerome 84), Dorrans (YC) (O’Neil 84), Tettey (Hoolahan 62), Redmond, Howson, Brady, Mbokani Bezua

Not Used; Wisdom, Rudd, Jarvis, Bennett

Goals; Mbokani Bezua (20), Redmond (34)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…