Aston Villa striker Grant Holt ready for a ‘weird’ experience coming up against Norwich City

Grant Holt in Aston Villa action at Everton - his only Premier League start so far this season. Grant Holt in Aston Villa action at Everton - his only Premier League start so far this season.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
8:37 PM

Having once been the cult hero of Norwich City fans, Grant Holt has admitted it will be weird to come up against his former club, when they travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.

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Holt’s playing record over four years at Carrow Road is arguably unrivalled: three consecutive player of the season awards, leading scorer in all four seasons and helping City from the depths of League One into the established Premier League club they are now.

But having left for Championship outfit Wigan in the summer, Holt’s former Norwich boss Paul Lambert opted in January to lure Holt to Villa on loan for the rest of the season – and now the striker could feature against his old club this weekend.

“It will be very, very weird – it will be a strange game,” said Holt. “I didn’t think I’d be playing them as soon as I might be, but I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ll know quite a lot about them because there’s a lot of lads I’ve played with. But I’ve got to get in the team.”

Holt’s Villa involvement has been limited to one start, one booking and three appearances from the bench – with Holt an unused sub in the last two games. Asked if he would celebrate scoring against Norwich, Holt – speaking to the Birmingham Mail – smiled: “I’ve got to score first! I’ll worry about that afterwards.”

The 32-year-old’s decision to rejoin Lambert brought abuse on Twitter from some City fans. Holt added: “There’s always one. Everyone’s got an opinion. I’m sure back in the day when I was on the Carlisle terraces I slagged a few players off as well.

“I think a lot of people disapproved about the move on my Twitter account, but that’s football.”

• How will you feel seeing Grant Holt play against Norwich City? Tell us your views in an email to norfolksport@archant.co.uk

54 comments

  • Spot on Brew. I for one was angry with Lambo when he walked out on us and still would like to see him relegated. Holt had an Indian Summer with us but is now well into his autumn as a player. Sometimes players just fit at a certain club but are never able to repeat it elsewhere and that is true for Grant. The same is possibly true for Lambo and it is his loss as well as ours. However, they have both gone and I want CH to come out on top this Sunday, OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • My bet is holt wont start on sunday. But more to the point i really want the team to be up for this and get a result we all need one or three points

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Sometimes you have to wonder about the fickleness and mentality of our fans. To slag off either Holt or Lambert is infantile in the extreme. Lest ye forget, Lambert took us, with limited resources from a 7-1 home drubbing to the heights of the Premiership in consecutive seasons, and he did it with a striker of supposedly limited ability, who was Player of the Season three times and leading scorer in every season he was here. He left because he did not like the way Hughton wanted him to play, and because Calderwood has been as successful here as anywhere he has ever been didn't like him .Holt is a Hall of Famer and rightly so, and Lambert should not be crucified for wanting to move onwards and supposedly upwards for more money. Whatever your trade or profession, try telling me that you wouldn't do the same, and I will call you a liar. The two of them did more for this club than the present incumbent and his very expensive strikers will achieve in a lifetime. I will be there at Villa Park on Sunday, and I will be cheering my team on to hopefully a much needed win over the Villans, but I will also cheer and show my respect for two of this clubs finest

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Right up until a few weeks ago, I'd have been a bit wary of the old tyre-fitter battering into our frail back 4. But since the acquisition of the mighty Yobo we;ve become a totally different proposition defensively. I've got this down as a 1-1 draw with Holty coming off the bench to score a late equaliser + break our hearts in the 90th min. ( Sorry, but I can just see it coming)...

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Let's not forget Grant arguably did even more for our club in recne ttimes than Paul Lambert. Let's hope he has a real stinker if he plays...

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    Pierre

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Swiss Canary's typo was a red rag to a barking bull, but sadly Arch-Enemy was having none of it. It wasn't THAT bad, for Heaven's sake. But back to Sunday.....my big heart wants Hoolahan to play 90 minutes and score a hatrick if not a hat-full. But my little brain says his silky skills are more suited to the "silky skilful" teams nearer the top of the table. In fairness to last Sunday 's heroes, I would have the same starting one-up....with one exception : sorry, Ricky, you've got to lose that number 9 slot to Hoops. Meanwhile, a star-studded subs bench consisting of, inter alia, Hoolahan, Pilks and Howson will put the fear of God into Lambo. Let's hope that, if the need arises, CH uses them in the right place at the right time. COYY, we can win this one.....really, we can.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • No time for sentiment Norwich fans (do you think Lambchops or Holt will spare us any?). Beating Villa is essential in my view.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • The first weird experience I would wish on Holt is to witness NCFC finally vanquising Lambert's Villa. Next would be to see him playing for Wigan against Villa in the Championship. The third would be him returning to Shrewsbury to help his old boss rebuild his career.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Don't worry, FC. His kit will be covered up by a tracksuit for most of the game on Sunday.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I hope the pitch is soft I wouldn't like our hero to get hurt when he keep falling over

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    muddy

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • H did asses for the club. I expect that he will be brought on as terror weapon in the last quarter. However, I don't expect anyone to rise to the bait.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • The comments on this board give another slant on why CH gets such a hard time from the fans. Lambert the Legend was not sacked, he chose to walk out on us. Subsequently he has had a very public falling out with the club and when given the opportunity failed to show any sentiment for NCFC. Also Lambert did most of his good work in the lower divisions while CH has had the task of trying to establish us as PL regulars with limited means. That is not to say I believe CH has been an inspired choice but I do think it is time for both fans and the players Lambert left behind to be less daunted by his touchline presence. As for Holt, sure he did a good job for us but I would say his presence at Villa is a good reason why their fans might be asking questions about Saint Lambert.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • We HAVE to beat them - just because!

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    jigs69

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Hi, Preston. As I hinted in my last Epistle, I`m not really sure when the "Modern Era" started. Perhaps when Jimmy "The Chin" Hill chewed up the maximum wage? Or maybe when Bryan Gunn went back to what he does best; Golfing and Glad-handing? Oh, and eating. I now need to take Time Out. In my micro-brewery in the attic, I`m attempting to brew Beck`s. It`s for a TV programme due out on Dave. Warren awful idea.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Don't get me wrong, Lincs, I love your stats, and you do them so well. But doesn't it feel good to display a bit of raw passion, eh? Like a big d*mp for the brain after a big cerebral curry. Not sure about the "Hughton dynasty" thing, though. I would prefer a short interregnum.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • One start for Villa hardly justifies his wages, does it? But if Swiss Canary is to be believed, it may be his services off the field which he's being paid for. Leaving aside Grant's extra-curricular activities, I would be surprised f he starts against his old club, but I would be very surprised if he was not brought on as an impact sub,especially if (please God), Villa are one down with 15 minutes to play. That would spice things up and get the Holt End drooling (no pun intended). Likewise, although my big heart wants Hoolahan to play 90 minutes and score a hatrick, my little brain thinks his silky skills might be better used against one of the " silky skilful" clubs higher up the table. So, in fairness to last Sunday's heroes, keep the same starting line up with one exception...sorry, Ricky, I'm afraid you've got to lose that number 9 slot and give it to Hooper. With the likes of Hoolahan, Howson and Pilks on the star-studded subs bench, there's no excuse if CH fails to make prudent and timely changes if the need arises. It occurs to me, we really could win this one.......and I haven't opened or smoked anything yet.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Indeed Brewer. Many of the letters I typed never made it to the box (a bit like some of our attacks). Serves me right for not checking before sending it in.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • IF Holty gets off the bench he will have the likes of Yobo & Bassong to keep him company - so he is guaranteed a warm welcome ! Wouldn't it be poetic justice if Wes popped up with the winner - OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • It's possible, Swiss, that you're getting Holty mixed up with Justin.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Lambert and Holt both did a great job for Norwich City. But any board of directors faced with a manager or player who gets too big for his boots would prefer them to go away and wear out somebody else's carpets. And so it has happened. Read Villas fan sites and see what they think of Lambert. Majority want him gone.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • When Lambert wanted out, I wanted him to stay, even though I never understood a word he said. Now he's gone and discovered that the streets of Brum are NOT paved with gold after all. I'm pleased because ( like Mattias) I'm bitter. Also ( unlike Mattias) a bit twisted. There are many "must win" fixtures but the Villa game will always be the real "want to win" fixture for me. As for Holty, it's the other way round. I thought the time was right for him to move on, even though we haven't been able to find a talismanic figure to replace him as captain. However, I respect him and wish him well.......except on Sunday when I hope he falls over a lot and gets booked. I suspect that both he and Hoolahoop will only be given cameo roles in the last 15 minutes. And yes, Brouwbeck, that other comment was more than a bit "oops".....it was extremely oops, but I needed to know that you were paying attention to detail....and you were. Sorry about the spelling, the eyesight and the haircut which you cannot criticise. Best I go and Take 5.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • It's possible, Swiss, that you're getting Holty mixed up with Justin.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Our prolific precisist is a Polymatt, Steely! He knows no boundaries in that chameleonic Tardis of his. Currently, it takes the form of a Parisian P!ssoir parked in Paragon Place.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I'd be happy to see Holty score a late consolation goal and get applause from the traveling faithful. But 3 points is what really matters.

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    atlanta canary

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Hi, Blaffen Wijs. Hope you enjoyed your tonsorial titillation. You did actually spell Brouwer as `Breuwer`. Since that qualified as an incorrectly spelt typographical error, I switched into `Pedantic` mode. Of course, it could be my eyesight that`s deficient, Was your Grant\Justin comment just a teensy bit "Ooops"? Good old Holty. We would not be anywhere near the Prem without all that he did on the pitch. Hopefully, Yobo & Co. will keep him under control - if he plays. Cannot see Lambo NOT playing him if only as a sub. Off topic; BeebGossip, from Daily Mirror, reports that Kyle Naughton wants to leave Spurs in the Summer, as they play him out of position on the left of defence. Many contributors see Right Back as a weakness for Naaaridge - how about it Chris? Got any contacts at White Hart Lane? What`s the betting Lambo`ll be in for him? Gok Breuwer, Pivoist, Pundit and Fashion Consultant Number Wan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Seem to remember Kyle N was good news at norwich Brew... Good suggestion but has he gone off the boil or is there trouble in the ranks at white hart lane?

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Dammit that should be "masses" not asses, damn site!

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Is it just me or does Holty look all wrong in a Villa kit?!

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    Flying Canary

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I don`t know what prompts that letter-deletion syndrome, Swiss. Possibly a fat finger hitting a key - maybe `insert`, `delete` or something? It`s a f******g nuisance anyway. Lost messages have tested me to the limit but I won`t let Archie win. jigs69, Naughton was playing on the left, I recall. He doesn`t feel comfortable there. A bit like our Robert, oddly enough.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • ha! My musical taste is massive (and quite good in my opinion) for a 28 year old! As long as its not this X-factor, boy bandgirl band tross im quite easy going with my old school, 80s, 90s music. I blame Carrow Road and the dated music taste pre match through my youth.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I will be there on Sunday, and I will applaud both Lambert and Holt. To slag off either is both childish and uncalled for, because both did more for our club over three years that the mighty Hughton and our very expensive strikers will manage in a lifetime. I will be cheering for my team as usual, wanting them to put it over the Villans, but rather than the fickle children on here, I will also show my respect for what those two in particular did for us.

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • If he gets on the pitch lets hope he forgets what kit he is wearing and plays for us. to be honest, he is and will always be a legend here at city but i do not think we have much to fear from him.

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • I don't know where these stories about Holt leaving because he didn't like CH style of play come from. Possibly Holt himself but he would say that when he gets told he can leave because he is not part of the manager's future plans. Yes he is a bit of a legend at Norwich but but he was eleveted to that status mostly on the back of brilliant performances from people like Wes Hoolihan. He created for him. Not much class came from Holt himself. He was almost 32 years old and his value was diminishing and Hughton knew that to get any money for him at all, he had to be sold and to be honest we relieved Wigan of £2million with the same ease in which Dick Turpin relieved his robbery victims, except we did it legally. A master stroke by Hughton. For me I would be more than happy for villa to play Villa against us. The other options are Benteke and Agbonlahor. How many people when faced with those options wouldnt prefer to play against Holt. Not many I dont imagine. Even the ones who love Holt would prefer he played against us. Holt will be bplaying non league football within 2 seasons. Roll on saturday coz i for one won't be losing any sleep at the thought of Grant Holt coming up against us

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    GPL

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I don't know where these stories about Holt leaving because he didn't like CH style of play come from. Possibly Holt himself but he would say that when he gets told he can leave because he is not part of the manager's future plans. Yes he is a bit of a legend at Norwich but but he was eleveted to that status mostly on the back of brilliant performances from people like Wes Hoolihan. He created for him. Not much class came from Holt himself. He was almost 32 years old and his value was diminishing and Hughton knew that to get any money for him at all, he had to be sold and to be honest we relieved Wigan of £2million with the same ease in which Dick Turpin relieved his robbery victims, except we did it legally. A master stroke by Hughton. For me I would be more than happy for villa to play Villa against us. The other options are Benteke and Agbonlahor. How many people when faced with those options wouldnt prefer to play against Holt. Not many I dont imagine. Even the ones who love Holt would prefer he played against us. Holt will be bplaying non league football within 2 seasons. Roll on saturday coz i for one won't be losing any sleep at the thought of Grant Holt coming up against us

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    GPL

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Whatever he did or was is now well in the past. We should of course be grateful for his contribution at City but he is quickly falling into the category of a has been who still doesn't have the self discipline to get himself fit and win a regular first team spot either at Villa or Wigan. A pity really because with his limited football ability and pace with self discipline he could achieve so much more.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Ditto BP. Thought of you today while I was having a hair cut, my scalp being one of the few body parts which is still productive. Brewer says I can't spell his name in Dutch, even though I spelled it the same as he does.....or so I thought. Anyhow, better have the old eyesight checked out next week. Best not dwell now. Have tried writing pertinent stuff about the line up for Sunday but someone obviously thought it was so sensible that it should be kept secret so we can take Lambo by surprise. Either that or they didn't like the word play relating to the Holt End.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • MB, you know theres no truth in rumours but Kyle Naughton is exactly the type of player we should be after this summer. Russ is OK, Whits is OK, but thats it they are just OK players and thought Naughton was good for us.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Both Lambert and Holty did wonders for city and for that I personally will thank them but professional football is a very transient arena and everything except the fans move off very quickly.

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    goldie

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Pierre

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Holt's contribution to our change of fortunes was massive and to knock or mock him is as childish as it is senseless. He is a Hall of Famer at Carrow Road. I hope he gets a good reception from our fans at Villa Park on Sunday. Then I hope we beat them!!!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Swiss, did you find that, as you typed, letters were being deleted as you went along? Just happened to me. Nearly produced a few `Oops!` words in error. Almost a Magyar disaster (repeat in gratitude for your spotting my pun du jour yesterday). ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Agree with goldie. Football is transient except for the fans who want the best for their team. So right now it is CH, not PL. It is RVW, not Holt. We carry with us our fondest memories or pet hates. Goss scoring against Bayern. Huckerby's loyalty. Andy Marshalls treachery. Luton beating us in the '59 semi-final, Coventry the relegation cheats of 85. And hopefully, in five years time the Hughton dynasty.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Find it insnae how people use twitter, these forums to have a go at anymore personally. Yes we all say negative opinions but to verbally attack someone via the power of a keyboardphone its pathetic. In terms of Holts move, dont blame him. Wasnt getting a look in under the new manager at Wigan and was given the chance to work with a manager who no1# rates Holt, no2# trusts Holt to step in should the club get injuries etc, no3# unify the dressing room and be a leader & no4# its a Premier League side. Doubt anyone would turn that down. Not like he's joined Ipswich, just joined a club with someone he trusts. Good luck to him, just not against us. Still think its destiny he will score against us.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Btw, hear, hear!, Lincs. It is time we put PL in his place in the history of Norwich and moved on. He did achieve a minor miracle for us, but no doubt others, eg Culverhouse, played their part. Also, the players were really `up for it` and Holt was the right man in the right place at the right time. (Credit to Gunn for that!). If these factors had not gelled, many of those concerned may have long since faded from our memories. But it did happen, and I for one will never forget it. Lambert is now a `standard` mid-low table Prem manager doing his best with resources arguably more limited than Hoots`s? Yes, Johnty, 3 points would go a long way to help Chrissy banish Lambo`s ghost from his feast: `Shake not those gory Jocks at me...` The Scottish Play is over. Apology to the Bard of Avon. Break a leg. (Perhaps that`s inappropriate on a footy site!). Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Hoolahan I agree. I suspect it'll be the same line up as against Spurs. But Hopefully he will come on with time to change the game and be able to change the only headline I can see which will be how Holt & Lambert get one over on us again. Wouldnt surprise me if Lambert started Holt in this game. Typical Lambert. To the Villa fans it'll make no sense, but when did much he did make sense? Prediction 2-0 Villa with one of those goals being a penalty scored by......Grant Holt. :( Praying more than ever im so far off the mark!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Just wondering Brewer, what do you consider to be the modern era? As for Holt and Lambert, they were both fantastic for our club and gave it everything while they were here. For that I appreciate them, but I would still love to stick four past them on Sunday. It does add a bit of spice, and there is nothing wrong with that, especially as we don't have a local derby at the moment (sorry Liz, couldn't resist!). Anyway, here's to focusing on three points and getting some distance between us and the relegation zone.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Although Naughton did have a mare on Sunday.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • For a speedy service on sunday , call at Villa Park and your flat tyres will be replaced and \or mended. Ex hero goes back to his roots,

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Can confirm this Ken. Friend I stay with when we play Villa who lives in Brum keeps telling me the fans are on the verge of turning. While I appreciate all Lambert did in his time with us he wasnt perfect. For every plus he had, like most people he had negatives to. Difference is he achieved great success for us in such a short time. At Villa they have no relationship with him, other than hes a bloke they struggle to understand and came from little ole Norwich. I dont like how it ended and to me it still feels like a really bad split with a partner. Im bitter, I want to see him fail etc....but we did share some great times. Need to move on now. Beat Villa and thats my closure.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Gorbalschev and The Tyre Fitter were, together, the best thing ever to happen to NCFC in the Modern Era (whatever that means). I can remember repeatedly defending Holt when people said "he won`t be good enough for the Championship" and "He`ll never hack it in the Premiership". Well, he certainly did hack it - until Bewilderwood trolled into town like a torus of toxic tumbleweed. Like a Superman, battling the debilitating effects of Colin`s Kraptonite, Holty still managed to be top goalscorer and chief workhorse. Top man. No Doubt. Don`t Speak ill of him (One for you there, Steely).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • The adulation on this board for Saint Lambert and Holt gives another slant to why CH has such a hard time from fans. PL was not sacked, he chose to leave NCFC for a bigger club. Since departing he has had a very public falling out with NCFC and when given the opportunity failed to show any sentiment for his former club. I am not CH's greatest fan but do recognise it is he, not PL, who has spent most time, with limited means, trying to lay the foundation for a prolonged stay in the top flight. Holt on the Villa bench by the way is one reason why their fans might have a less favourable view on St Lambert's capabilities. It is time fans and PL's former players became less daunted by his presence on the touchline.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Barking, how lovely to hear from you again and rejoice in the fact that there is nils desperandum amongst us. It'll be a slightly weird experience for me too. Two of our greatest heroes are about to be, dare I say Villafied. How fickle football fans can be. These two heroes rescued us from oblivion, lest we should ever forget. Respect is due, and I hate neither of them, though on this occasion, I do not wish success for either of them. I hope that perspective gains interest, once dust has settled on Villa Park and Carrow Rd. I once heard it said that football fans should pay half price, the reason being, that they only watch one team, indeed.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Found the reference Brew. I knew that you liked ZZ Top (its the beards) but didn't think everyone else on here would, especially young Matt.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I'm all set, ticket ready, bag packed, ready for trip tomorrow. If Norwich are winning, my song will be: It could have been u, could've been you, you, Oh Grant Holt, it could have been you!! OTBC, IHWT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

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