Norwich are set to beat local rivals Ipswich Town to the signing of goalkeeper Lee Camp on a free transfer.

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Sky Sports reported on Monday morning the 28-year-old is poised to undergo a medical with the Canaries later today after agreeing an initial short-term deal at Carrow Road until the end of the current season.

Camp spent last week negotiating a pay-off for the final six months of his contract at Nottingham Forest after Alex McLeish decided he was surplus to requirements at the City Ground.

Chris Hughton has identified Camp as experienced cover for Mark Bunn in the absence of injured first choice John Ruddy. Hughton revealed last week he would be keen to let Declan Rudd out on loan to further his education, if he opted to bring in fresh back-up.

Northern Ireland international Camp was named in the Championship team of the year for 2009/10 and Forest rejected a £1.5m bid from Swansea City last summer.

Camp has played for the Canaries before - on a three-month loan from Derby County at the end of 2006 making three appearances and unfortunately scoring an own goal in a 2–1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Most upset at the move might well be Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy, who had been hoping to sign the former Derby and Queens Park Rangers stopper as the Blues battle for survival.

“It was touch and go with regards coming to Ipswich,” said a source close to Camp.

“Mick McCarthy was absolutely brilliant when Lee spoke to him, but in the end Norwich came in and the chance to go to the Premier League was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

71 comments

  • I would have thought Craig Gordon would have been better competition for bunn than lee camp.

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    ole

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Phew thank goodness for that, especially after he was showing casing his 'skills' with a recent howler for Forest at Portman Road. I would have thought a striker was high on Hughton's priority list after Hooper's snub. Holt is certainly showing his lack of mobility and it appears he has been worked out by referees and the opposition this season. As for Morrison, it seems his star has also faded with Hughton not fancing him at all.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I agree with wivenhoebudgie 100%. "Young" Dec is just as "ready" as Jack Butland. Maybe more so. Also, he has the physical presence @ 6` 3" (and still growing? ;-) to command his area. I suppose the Murphy twins will soon be sent out on loan to Kidderminster prior to going to Chelmsford on free transfers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Got your agent yet numpty boy?

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • #GEDSaJOKE

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Holty to Celtic? That has merit. Holty could fill his boots goal-wise and win a well deserved gong or two. After all, Cumbria`s really a part of Caledonia, isn`t it? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • A deal to the end of the season wouldnt be so bad, Steer and Rudd need some match time and they aren't getting that sitting on the bench, let them out on loan.

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    Crazy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • NCFC is becoming a goalkeeper training school, but if all these Keepers are to get good training in, then they could do with some good strikers to take shots at them! We must also learn to sell players, what use is just letting them go, our wages are low so we don't have massive gain by off loading.

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Some good posts here and some rubbish. We could have gone one up so dont agree we were not in it from minute 1. From 20th min we looked bad. Bunn was not at fault for any of the goals. WHERE DID WE STAY THE NIGHT BEFORE. Its not only us that are going through mid season problems. We have a good run of better games coming up to get points. That will be the crux of what happens to us.

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    sharky

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • A few weeks ago Hughton was saying that there was better value in buying foreign players. Did he really mean Wales and Scotland? Id that the extent of our scouting net work. What happened to Robert Beric?

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    waclor

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Whoever posted this news a few days ago, well done, keep your finger on the pulse.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Mel Lacey has a valid point, but why Camp? `Cos he`s free? Then we give away players too; Lapps, C. Martin(?), next...... A whole lotta trolling going on today. Maybe we should have gone for Jerry Lee Lewis - or should that be Joe? I can`t remember if I thought before I typed that. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Incomprehensible.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Some of our fans... my word... Does it not seem obvious to you that signing a goalkeeper on a free is a tad easier in january than a £7m striker? Maybe a few extra negotiations in the latter eh? We are confirmed in for strikers and theres not a lot more the club can do now to speed those transfers up. It's in the hands of the selling parties now relax people and try and think before you type.

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    Steady On

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I agree with all of you, Whooton is utterly clueless. The last thing we need is a failed Championship keeper! Doe Whooton even watch the matches every week. I'm not going to start the Whooton out campaign, but I know a large group of fans that are. Clubsajoke. Ged - A legend and a better keeper than Lee Camp.

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • £19 on top of the season ticket for the Academy!!! Is that so we can produce more England capped goalkeeping youngsters who will never get a real chance?

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Notice that Sterile Steroo has crawled out from under his stone again with typical stupidity that we have come to expect from a Prancing Donkey fan from Portaloo Road, why don't these idiots stick to their own site?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Looking objectively this is a shrewd move to get competition for Bunn, who people are still not sure of but it will enable Hoots to get Rudd and Steer out on loan which he clearly cannot do at the moment without leaving himself short of cover. Inexpensive way of doing business plus a ready replacement if bids come in for Ruddy???????? Doubtful!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • This says 2 things.... Ruddy`s off and Rudd aint good enough. This has to be a joke, does CH think Camp is that much better than we have got. OK sell Ruddy { should be a good few quid } and Forster , Curtis Davies , Hooper AND Graham in ..its our only real chance.

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    marcohendy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • So we sign players who are not considered good enough for the Championship. So much for ambition. Now all we need to hear is that Grant and Cinnamon are off on loan and we have completed the lunacy started in August. GIVE DECLAN A CHANCE.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Latest rumour is that Holt being offered in part exchange for Hooper, apparently he doesn't mind going to Celtic!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Yes we need to replace Bunn but I have thought the grape vine that a top London club want Ruddy plus 2 onther prem clubs

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • It's bad enough with 5 - 0 without this salt being rubbed into the wound. Or maybe CH has found a way of playing 2 goalkeepers.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Most of the clubs in trouble below us have made or are making significant, quality signings. Even Newcastle! I think QPR will escape relegation. Their last signing was exactly the quality of front man we should be looking for. If we fail to sign at least one proven goalscorer we will continue to struggle and could well go down. Incidentally, interesting that Pilks and Hoolahan are good enough to join the Ireland squad...but both sat warming the bench for us at Liverpool. What does that tell us?

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    malaga flier

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Why not try growing up Ged?

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    B Inners

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I've beenaway for a week, including an extra night of airport woes. Reading all this, it seems like the chaos has extended from Heathrow to Norwich. I think I'll go back to bed and hope that things are better when I wake up.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • wisemanthree - buying a new keeper doesn't mean we won't buy a new striker. We've put two bids in for strikers, which may well be upped. Bunn isn't good enough at this level - he's costing us goals and points. Everytime I've seen Camp he's looked good, so I think it could be a canny signing. Definitely need a striker to two though!

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    Daniel

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Looking back at various posts Hughton seems damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. At the start of the season "why are we signing a keeper, we've got Ruddy". Bunn saves penalty against Spurs "good old Bunny" last few weeks, "Bunn must go", now we're getting "why are we signing a keeper" or even "bring back Forster". I'm absolutely sure that Celtic would be delighted to let Forster go at a time and price that suited NCFC!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I once joked about playing an 11-0-0-0 system based on a `hendecagon of goalies`, one of whom is allowed to handle outside the area. So all we need now is to sign Rob Green. Jobsagood`un. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • The focus here should be about supporting Jed and Dec. They're great young prospects that really do need quality game time - so lets get them loaned out. Bringing in Lee Camp makes perfect sense as cover or competition for Bunn. We've all read that Ruddy's injury was very nasty and if we get to see him back in the side before the end of the season then that's a bonus. In the meantime we need to support our good prospects and get them loaned out to places where they can thrive and develop. No one will be looking to sign Ruddy with the injury he has at the moment, certainly not in this window. Now for goodness sake can we start looking at strengthening the places that really do need attention. Also, Chris can you stop talking about how good our competitors are and instil some confidence in our team that they can not only hope to possibly get a draw in games but can beat teams - home and away. We're a team that used to concern others with our attacking flair, now all we seem to be is a team consumed with concern with what others might do to us.

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    aeleven

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Do you know of any in NR4 ?

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    blue tractor

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • This does seem a bit 'left field' I hope its a cunning plan to sell Ruddy and bring in extra cash to buy another defender ,a creative midfielder and a striker. I like Ruddy and we have missed him but for the greater good of Norwich we need to strengthen in other areas.

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    andys

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Well I nearly got the score rite on Saterday. I said 4-0 with 1og.---- Now my frens think about this. Ill bet that there are a lot of our present squad who are jealous of Simon Lappin. He's FREE, and no longer has to put up with the I know best attitude of our present management set up. Let me stir the pot a bit. I say hand over all the trainig to Grant Holt. At least he'll try to attack As for goalies, wevw got enuff already. They down't win matches, thay just help to not lose them.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Ah! preparing for the Championship I see.

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • A few weeks ago Hughton was saying that there was better value in buying foreign players. Did he really mean Wales and Scotland? Id that the extent of our scouting net work. What happened to Robert Beric?

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    waclor

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Signing another keeper is like looking through the wrong end of the telescope! It has been blindingly obvious that our focus must be for a proven goalscorer. Apart from anything else, this is a PR blunder because it flies in the face of fact and logic. It is like a train with no driver being given another ticket collector. I remember coming away from the two main pre-season games saying to a friend that it is obvious we lack the ability to score goals. Since then little has happened to change my mind.But over and above all this is my sense that the team no longer seems to be prepared to roll up its sleeves and battle in the way it used to do and in the manner that was the hallmark of our success over the past few seasons. We don't have the best players by a long shot. But we used to win games through determination, team spirit and total commitment from the first until the final minute. Where has that gone?

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    malaga flier

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • As a town fan who can reasoned and balanced I read both our sites with interest and quite enjoy some of the stick we get but labelling Steroo and his mini me Scott as one of ours is completely below the belt. Those two numbskulls just spew out bile and twaddle wherever they go! Ps Pleased you came in and "sntached Camp".

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    threenewknees

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • This story is over a day old now. Wouldn't Camp have signed by now if he was coming here. Having said that, it may depend on whether Declan Rudd goes out on loan at same time Camp comes in. John Ruddy is the only city player who would get into any other team in the Premier League.

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    Capri

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I give up, I'm going to support Bradford or something.

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    Billy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Maybe CH plans to re-invent Bunn as a striker!

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    CovCanary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Not needed and not wanted! We should be buying players to fill positions that are needed - strikers!

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    Bucky

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Tell Hoots to get on the train to Portaloo Road, a striker released for free! Jason Scotland.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I hateto second guess managers,but this seems crazy even if it's a free. Looking at big picture, it looks like March is the make-or-break month with fixtures against Southampton (h), Sunderland (a), and Wigan (h). A minimum of 5 points needed plus points from QPR in Feb. and from Swansea (h) and Reading (h) in April should see us safe before we "welcome" back PL in May. Please, don't leave it until the last game of the season, Man City (a)! But then, who knows?

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    atlanta canary

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Unfortunately Camp is cup-tied and will therefore be unable to play in Saturday's defeat by Luton.

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    blue tractor

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • So we do have a plan B---play 2 goalkeeper's-so much for supporters contributing to the acadamy --what about Rudd & Steer ??

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    superfan59

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Bunn is a good shot stopper but doesn't have the same presence as Ruddy coming for crosses etc, that's because he's not the same physical build as 'Big John'. I don't think signing Lee Camp will help this issue. That said Bunn was not at fault for any of the goals on Saturday, the team did not compete from minute 1.

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    Robert Rosario

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I agree that yes, we've made bids (or perhaps they were enquiries in all reality) for strikers, but this seems like the only deal that has so far been given the possible green light to go ahead. I worry because it seems that our signing of a striker is dwindling with each January day that passes. I agree with VictorM; Holt may be bullying defences and such, but he is proving to be incredibly slow out of the starting gate. He has been nowhere near as sharp as he was last season. I think that fans are allowed to be 'concerned' just as much as they are allowed to be wildly optimistic!

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    wisemanthree

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • If Camp has a decent left foot perhaps Hughton will play him as a left winger to provide crosses for our magnificent strike force. I cannot understand how Holt escapes criticism for our failings recently. He has only managed four goals this season which is pathetic for a premiership striker.

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    VictorM

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Btw, what do you mean "Even Mad Brewer"?? ;-) What we need is the footy equivalent of a "runcible spoon". Served as knife fork & spoon for the Owl & the Pussycat; possibly borrowed for the Mad Hatter`s Tea Party, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Brew, I did this post on the other article but it's falling foul, "I'm afraid that Benno is just one one of the many players we've brought in who has failed to take his skills to the next level."

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • STRIKER UPDATE! Birmingham have told Marlon King and Nicola Zigic they can go due to money shortage!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Yes, nice one Snott. With only 6 points between your lot and the bottom 3 I pressume that McGoldrick was Division One planning.

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    B Inners

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Threenewknees, with I comment like that I for one welcome you here, most of us like a good jibe and will take as well as dish out. The Trolls do at times amuse me whoever they support, but a couple of them are just an annoyance.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Hear hear! Cov\York Canaries.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I give up. I'm going to support Stockport County. Oh, maybe not .....

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    Timbo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Says Brenden of Sturridge and Suarez "Yes they linked very, very well" and then you look at all the other premiers club's "striking partnerships" and then you look at our striking partnership, NOT!!!!! Let's play with 11 goalies, that'll fool the opposition.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Or maybe Ruddy is poised for a shock January transfer to raise funds for a new striker?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Sarcastic, moi? Satirical maybe. My instincts tell me that there is some bumbling about going on here. We finished last season with one of the top 3 English `keepers and two of the most promising `young` ones. (When do we stop calling Dec "young"?). We have the England GK coach. Seemingly weird signing of Bunn "comes good" when Ruddy is injured. Loan spells for Jed & Dec fail to materialise, their career prospects stall. Now we`re after another slightly short keeper with Bewilderwood connections (however tenuous). And a strike force as sharp as the back of a spoon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Is he any good? I don't think he can be if Forest don't want him. I'd rather we spent some money and brought in Forster. I wonder how long Ruddy's going to be around? Some rumours going around Man U want him.

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    Oz Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Great decision from the NCFC staff, we traditionally have someone in that error-prone wage clogger role and we never disappoint. Surely by making micky mouse signings like this the feeling of our stature reciprocates to potential buys. Teams like Sunderland, Newcastle etc all buying pretty big, and there's us, signing Lee Camp. Surely the players we want to sign are going to be looking at the biggestmost advancing club, this does not do us justice.

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    Billy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • So let me get this straight... We have all been (very) publicly crying out for a striker as we are starved of options up front. Time and time and time again people have commented on our lack of fire power. Goals have been having to come from wingers and our defence of all places. Even Mad Brewer makes a sarcastic remark about 'how about we sign another goalie' which everyone laughs at. So what happens? It appears the likelihood is that the January window will consist of us obtaining... a goalie. ... ... I despair...

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    wisemanthree

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • A whole ONE INCH taller than Bunn...epic

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    YorkCanary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • At least it's short term. As far as I'm concerned the jury is still out on whether or not Bunn is capable of performing at this level. I have found his positioning to be dubious. I wonder if Camp is up to the challenge. We shall soon see. Have to say tho, if I was Rudd, I would be starting to have doubts about my future at this club. He needs to see some first team action otherwise we won't know if he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level. Come on CH, give the future a chance!

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    CovCanary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • He was briefly on loan at Forest while Bewilderwood was "manager" there, but returned to QPR when Calderdash was sacked. I hope he`s not another of CC`s choices. Seems to be a fair `keeper, lots of loan spells which seems to be the norm these days. Is this saying our 3 current fit goalies are not good enough? Or just the current 1st choice?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • We need Camp to replace Bunn - urgently! Bunn is just not good enough...

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    Mel Lacey

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • The best and worst thing about supporting Norwich, No matter who the manager is, logic is nearly always defied. over the years this brought huge success and epic failures, leaving thousands of fans with overly chewed nails!

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • This is a joke right? Or is it CH's way of saying "I made a blue with Bunn!"

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    rament

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • That`s it, Lobbo. The HENDECAGON. (Greek, 11-sided figure). Obviously DEC has to be a key component of that. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Note to editor, get someone with a bit more wit or intelligence to take the Steroo role, current one's a bit dull and uninteresting.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • @Warkys_Tash wasn't aware that Hooper had snubbed us; more that Celtic had rejected our initial offer. As far as I know, we are still in the hunt for both him and Graham. And I hope we get both. As for Lee Camp, seems very strange indeed!! Must be a reason for this somewhere though it's beyond my understanding at the moment.

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I dont believe it. You could not make this up. Declan Rudd would have been a great keeper for City. Hoots and co are keen on him getting experience, then play him best experience you can get. Declan is not a young boy now, he's now of an age when he should be playing .Didn't Hoots have a young keeper at his last club who just may be on the verge of a multi million move to a premier team. If the lad is good enough play him. Would those 'kids' at Liverpool have been played if they were at NCFC, I would like to think so but we do seem reluctant to play the youngsters.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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