Norwich City caught up in dispute with Italian club who claim they didn’t lose 13-0 to Canaries

Russell Martin of Norwich City scores during the Pre Season Friendly match at Piergiorgio Perucca Stadium, Aosta
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20/07/2014 Russell Martin of Norwich City scores during the Pre Season Friendly match at Piergiorgio Perucca Stadium, Aosta Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd +39 333 1641678 20/07/2014

Friday, July 25, 2014
11:21 AM

Norwich City Football Club has been caught up in a pre-season row with an Italian football club about the identity of the side the Canaries beat 13-0 in a friendly on Sunday.

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City had originally been due to play Italian third tier side Novara, a professional side playing in Serie C, in a friendly at their pre-season base at the Piergiorgio Perucca Stadium in the Aosta region of northern Italy.

However that match was cancelled on Sunday and the Canaries hastily organised some new opposition, which they believed to be Italian Serie D side Saint-Christophe Vallée d’Aoste, posting an update at www.canaries.co.uk

Serie D is Italy’s highest non-professional football level and is split into nine regional divisions, so when City thumped their opponents 13-0, it was not much of a surprise.

But SC Vallée d’Aoste have since asked for the Canaries to make an official apology and correction, claiming that the players Neil Adams’ team played were a selection of non-professionals from the region of Valle d’Aoste.

The Italian club posted on their website, www.vda-saintchristophe.it, saying: “The company denies the news, reported on some sites and news football, having played a friendly match against Norwich, on retreat in Saint-Vincent, Sunday, July 20.”

Norwich City have this afternoon added a correction to the match report on their official website, saying: “In our original match report for this warm-up fixture, acting in good faith on the basis of information given to the Club, we incorrectly reported that we had played against local club side SC Vallee d’Aoste.

“In fact the game was against an Aosta regional select side and we are happy to put the record straight and apologise to SC Vallee d’Aoste and their fans for the misunderstanding.

“The game was convened at very short notice following the late cancellation of our previously scheduled match against Novara.

“The hospitality shown to Norwich City Football Club by the people in Saint-Vincent and the surrounding area has been excellent and our training camp there has seen the squad continue to build their fitness levels, as we gear up for our three forthcoming friendlies against top-flight European opposition in the shape of SC Bastia, OGC Nice and Celta Vigo.”

The Canaries are due to travel across the border to France tomorrow night, to the neutral venue of the Stade d’Honneur in Sallanches, to face Ligue Un side SC Bastia.

75 comments

  • ... and so endeth the erudition. Ps, who is this "venus in furs"? Is it a follow up to "Venus in blue jeans"? Or something that rhymes...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • What ho budgies. I have it on good authority that the whole thing was orchestrated by one K Lafferty. 1st of all he asked the Novara lads to give the game a miss in favour of helping him with a spot of cooking. I understand a delicate bird needed stuffing and roasting in its own juices and he hadn't quite mastered the blend of herbs and spices in his short time over there. He then asked a few of their dads to step in as said select 11 knowing NA would be to busy getting excited over hammering a team of OAP second stringers to notice him missing. Whilst the dads were gutted to miss the meal they were at least able to relive past non glories on the field. I'm told that Lafferty is also in charge of booking accommodation for away games and so far has you confirned in venus in furs in Wigan, Foxy Kittens in Leeds, Rampant Renees in Huddersfield and Garrys Girth Cabin in Brighton. I'm also led to belive he cost the club 50k in taxes having tried to sneak sevral cheeky reds and a crafty brunette through customs. On the upside according to the manager he's a big lad who holds his balls up well so he should look solid in pre atch training the night before.

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    TrueBlue

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • No prob, Igno. It`s all getting very literate on this board. References to Betjeman etc. Reminds me of the time when a (rare) EDP typo described a goalie "pucking" the ball out of the air. This started a Midsummer Night`s Dream-Fest. I kicked off with "Robin a Good fellow of the chance to score" and it took off, worldwide, with contributions from as far afield as Australia. Inevitably, there were a few references to Bottom, etc. The Aussie guy, responding to a grumpy contributor who disapproved of such erudite levity, said "you`re a Titania?" Brilliant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Bucket Bag and bucket chair come to mind, but Hyacinth still floats my boat........sorry about the Holt thing .....it just slipped out. I must have been tired and emotional.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • If our chairperson was a "ginge", we could call him Rusty Buckett. I`m sticking with Hyacinth.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Igno I reckon my eyesight is better than E McC's. Doubt I was as hard though:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Ah Cutty, have I found by Jonny Haynes replacement? My bowls club captain was reputed to have a tackle that could stop a cart horse from thirty paces, but since his brother (although an England international ) played for the tractor boys, I fear my search for SLOBS equivalent of Chopper Harris must continue...........

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • My Dad could speak Italian , ( well . use harsh language in it actually , picked up from guarding PoWs in Somaliland and Kenya in the last to-do ) but we'd need a seance to obtain his assistance now , and his limited linguistic accomplishment in that tongue might be a case of throwing fuel onto a fire . . . . . . . Can someone advise me when SC Bastia , OGC Nice and Celta Vigo became " Top Flight European opposition " ? I mean I'm sure they are stout stuff , but . . . . .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Breaking news, the SLOBS have put in a bid for RVW. I'm looking forward to feeding him the right through balls said mid field general cutty. It's going to be a tough season but we're up for it.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Come friendly bombs and rain on Slough... bottom Park? That's the SLOBS effed then. . Might be a good thing:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Ps don't be tardy if you wish to incorporate lardy. Yeah I'm tired.!

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Ok Brew let's have a new one for Bowkett. Hyacinth, although amusing, etc... I believe Divot should remain (take that any way you wish! )

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Enigmattias. A whole new word devoted to our Arch-précisist Matt! Not sure if it`s a noun, verb, adjective, adverb or what. But it`s worth a place in the Norfolk Edition of the OED. I think it`s probably a noun, defined as "the condition of being overtly mysterious". ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I accept the challenge, Igno. You Betjemanaged that brilliantly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • hes off this week thankfully pal!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Hope Adrian Durham doesn't get hold of this - Heads Gone!

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    Konrad54

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Next they'll be telling us the team City thrashed 9-2 on aggregate in 2010-11 were not really professionals but a useless bunch of amateur no-hopers. Oh sorry, they were - Ipswich Town.

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    Outside The Box

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I know we were looking for a new club secretary but didn't realise Chris Hughton had got the job.

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    Piranha24

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • "Come friendly bombs" then is it Mr. Brewer? ....The bucket, sponge and beer tokens are yours sir.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I can neither confirm or deny. Side note: can we complain and get the relegation we suffered removed from the record books as it was under that plonker Hughton. Surely thats valid enough reason to banish it from memory and active records.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • All this talk of Slough and Sloughbottom brings on a touch of despondency. I decline the offer of the Captaincy, but I`ll happily be i\c the Magic Sponge and the beer. Like the way you slipped `dis` in front of `organized`, Igno..

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Morning El Dingo - I'm all in favour of right footed left backs as I believe they are more devastating in the sliding tackle I feel sure that you will adequately fill the Eddie McCreadie roll. We will of course, be playing the tried and tested 2 - 3 - 5 system which, I feel sure, most of our squad will recognise. Still searching for a budding Jonny Haynes and Ron Harris. Are there any SLOBS out there who could fill those roles?

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • el dingo, although of Argentine Nationality, Luca is of Italian descent. He even has an Italian Passport. Chances are, he can speak a bit of Italian? His family apparently ran a restaurant business in Argentina but sold up and joined their son in Europe. He has a younger brother, Mathias..... I`ve long suspected that our own Mattias333 is responsible for Luca`s osso buco lunches at the Colney Canteen, but Matt denies this - in fluent Italian, of course. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Were you really in goal for Tasburgh, billybluelight?? I think it was 1966 or `67-ish. I actually scored my only competitive goal in that game - and records were deleted! It was only a Reserve team game in League `nnn`.... zebbee, it was Watney, Combe & Reid`s Mortlake Brewery - not far from Chiswick. The Young`s and Fuller`s beers were very nice...! I "played" cricket for Watney`s 2nd XI. Couldn`t bat, couldn`t bowl, but I ran around a bit in the field. Also, you got fed and there was usually beer on offer - Watney`s Special Bitter (Wuzbee) by the jugful. Happy (clappy) Days... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Also have Norwich really been caught up in a 'dispute'? I can't see any mention of Norwich insisting that they did play this team from Serie D. You gotta love journalists

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    WiltsCanary1972

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Can we be sure that any of this is actually taking place? There may be footage but people are still disputing the moon landings - this can go down as the biggest cover up in the last 21 days

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    WiltsCanary1972

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Parlo italiano un po'. Posso aiutare la squadra.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Parlo italiano un po'. Posso aiutare la squadra.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Bring on Foggo: I don't think Benchio would help much... as an Argentine, I guess he speaks Spanish:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I wanna joing the SLOBS. Right footed left back usually but could play emergency striker if I lost 35 years. Played there a fair bit. If Hughton was manager he'd play me CB (I'm 5'9").

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Maybe we never got relegated either, heck maybe we never appointed Chris hughton and it was all just a horrible dream.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • You must be mad AiG only a fool would take on the Busmen. And as a SLOB i'd dubbin my boots for your tour Igno.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • You'd think a team with a play called Luciano Becchio in it would be able to manage a bit of administration in Italian . Ho-Hum . I really cant see the point of travelling to a foreign country to play the equivalent of Tunstead Rovers and Heacham United , picking up injuries to what were supposed to be the new cutting edge of the team . I hope we are not going to start the season with a Gunn-Colchester debacle , once in the club's history was once too many .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Here's another suggestion for the 2015 pre-season, perhaps all of you former Sloughbottom players could re-unite for a tour of Berkshire. You could call yourselves SLOBS (Sloughbottom Old Boys) and under the captaincy of the Mad Brewer take on Marlow Bottom, Flackwell Heath, Stoke Poges Rovers and finish with a guaranteed thrashing at the hands of the mighty Slough Town (up the Rebels). Several local Inns serve a variety of excellent ales at not quite London prices and the language problem would be minor as I would be happy to tour as a non-playing interpreter.........maybe the NCFC management team could lend a bus and disorganise the trip for us?

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • The 2015 summer tour has already been announced. City will take a 9 day tour of Norfolk and will base themselves just outside the city of Norwich. Monday 21st will see them travel to the village side of Felthorpe FC. Wednesday 23rd will see the Canaries travel to Taverham to take on Sporting Longdale Reserves. The quality of opposition will then be cranked up as they take on Sunday League Div 1 outfit Dancing Farmers at the Sloughbottom Arena, before the tour culminates at Mousehold Heath (Fountain) to take on highly rated Norwich Busmen, from the NDSL Premier Division. Tickets available via the box office.

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    Adams is God

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • from a players viewpoint ,what no football, pass the chianti.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • This is straight out of 'The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro by Joe McGinniss, about a lower league Italian team who makes it to the top, full of wonderful vignettes like when the team are on a plane and someone starts making a call on their mobile. Everyone looks at him when the plane lurches to the left

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • MB. You presumeably worked in Chiswick for Watneys then. I used to play alot of cricket against the breweries around those parts years ago - nowadays my trips there are limited to the riverside pubs!

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    zebbee

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Cycle speedway zeb, did you ride for the Galley Hills Pirates? Tried out my first pair of football boots at Sloughbottom Brew. Hugh toe caps just like hobnail boots and nailed in leather studs, you needed a weighty pair of boots to kick a wet football.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Thanks Lincs Canary. Being called Normal is a compliment.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Here's hoping we do not suffer an opening day 7-1 humiliation like we did 5 years ago. But, if we do, we could always say this time that the team was a selection of non-professionals from the Anglian Combination.

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I wonder how much thie blame lies at the door of the local organisation who were offering the package. There are a couple of ways to react. Personally I like the City reaction of using it as a team building exercise. This is better than the reaction of a certain ex 1p5wich manager who threw all his toys out of the pram when the Irish organisation was less than he expected, mind you that improved their team spirit, they all united against the prima donna wally.

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • b------ me.perhaps we played a girls team.brew i remember that game well.i was in goal for tasburgh

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    bluelight

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • It`s a deal, dave123 - if you grow a vocabulary. Hi, zebbee! As a lad, I lived not that far from Sloughbottom. Plenty of footy kickabouts there. Like you, I have injury memories. My own brother up-ended me there and left me semi-paralysed with a back injury. The ground was rock-hard. It was only a kickabout!! I was lucky to be working for Watney`s King St. Brewery at the time (as a student on hols). They gave me sick pay. I never asked for or expected that. I even got a small cheque for my share of the Annual Bonus! No wonder I decided to go and work for them in London. Another memory of Norwich is fishing that stretch of the Wensum around Mile Cross Bridge. And Galley Hill. Pub. Where there was once a set of Gallows. I think it`s a Nail Studio or Massage Parlour now. Probably where the `real` footy players go for a bit of well deserved pampering. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Nice to see the usual moaners on here and armchair supporters again! Why dont you grow some B..!

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    dave123

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Sorry, norman. Although I am sure you are quite normal

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I must say the omens are very good for promotion. I believe we'll be promoted and Neil will be chosen as the new England manager... following in the footsteps of that other famous Norwich manager, Mike Bassett.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Good point normal hall makes about whether NCFC are actually in Italy. That ground reminds me of a non league one in Lincs except it has a train station, not mountains, in the background. Could this be football's moonlanding conspiracy theory equivalent?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • This appears merely a case of too much Italian hospitality followed by some football lost in translation - pass the Chianti!

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    mardler

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I have a feeling the locals who lost 13-0 were recruited in the tratorias and ristorantes nearby.I'm sure if these friendly people were to receive the appropriate match fee,all will be resolved.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • What a disgrace.the whole lot should be called home immediately before they embarrass the club further. Schools are out so they can easily cobble together a team of 12 year olds to give them a game. Think I'll avoid Ipswich when wearing green and Yellow. Rather than a director who is an expert on communications (Twitter ) one with a Geography degree ( or a map) could perhaps have helped.

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    Union Jack

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • MB, I wondered why you often mentioned Sloughbottom. I too have many memories of it - tho not fond ones. Last time I was there, playing for Poringland Reserves, I got a bad hand injury from someones boot studs. The referee was concerned that treatment (the old bucket and sponge worked wonders!) was taking so long. He came over, looked at my hand and screeched 'where's your little finger?'. Quick as a flash, I replied 'its about 200 yards over there'. I lost it in a junior cycle speedway accident 30 years before! And it was never found!

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    zebbee

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • HAHAHAHAHA, even as a canary supporter you have to laugh. We didn't get any laughs sat year so the new executive committee decides to become comics as well. Apart from the Italian cuisine what a complete waste of time. I also blame the relevant reporters for the previous misleading reports on that result. Archant cannot get away without responsibility.

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    JB

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Immediately after the match the "Home" team had to rush off and finish their homework.

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    waclor

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • lol. Best bit of pre-season entertainment in a long while. What's a regional select side when it's at home anyway?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Embarrassing yes, probably just a confusion with language translation. Not Norwich's fault other teams pulled out.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I hope some of the players are making notes of this tour for their autobiography - you couldn't really make this stuff up if you tried.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Were N City actually in Italy. It would not be surprising to find that they were in an entirely different country. What a fiasco.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Actually, cutty, I was disguising the real event, which was Eaton Rovers Reserves beating Tasburgh Utd. Reserves 5-4 in a lowly Norwich Sunday League game at Tasburgh. I scored! Records deleted. Tasburgh withdrew from that league. Spooky so many similarities. Spent a lot of time at Sloughbottom.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Inept, embarrassing, fiasco come to mind, which is unlike our great club. OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • la squadra gialla non saprebbe fare nemmeno la 'O' col bicchiere

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    B Inners

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • ScotCan

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • It was Sloughbottom Park reserves against Norman Old Boys, the only game I ever scored in and was struck from the records.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • So the team we actually played was so utterly awful that this awful non-professional club was offended that we confused the two?

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    Pennsylvania Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • In short; f*** me, hooray.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I wonder whose coats were used as corner flags? I think ginger people are found worldwide. Unless it`s just a pigment of our imagination - or lack of. This does look like an amateurish mugger`s buddle. As long as it`s not the shape of things to come. This sort of occurrence is not unknown. About 50 years ago, Sloughbottom Celtic Reserves thought they were playing Tasburgh Ranglers Utd. in a Norwich Sunday League, Division 27, game. Having trounced that team 5-4, the result was deleted from the records. The opposition was just the local pub team, standing in for the real guys who were still in the pub. Not that dissimilar. Bring on the Trolls. I`ve done it all for them, already.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Why bother going abroad, there are plenty of teams who would love to give Norwich a game, to help get to match fitness. Just a glorified holiday for some

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • …..Don't think Norwich City will be arranging pre season matches in Italy anymore!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • There are regions of Northern Italy where ginger is quite common. Capelli Rossi.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • There are regions of Northern Italy where ginger is quite common. Capelli Rossi.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Somehow I feel our country cousins from south of the border might take the p*** over this.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • We don't even know who we're playing?

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    Cecil

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I keep seeing pictures of the long haired, ginger, no3. He couldnt look any less Italian if he tried!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • To avoid all this next pre-season perhaps they should Thomas Cook it. Bet NA and his coaching team can't wait to move on and pit their wits against the top sides they have still to play.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Wonder if anyone over there spoke Italian? Make the apology and draw a line under it fast I reckon.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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