Happy days here again at City and about time!
PUBLISHED: 12:22 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:20 02 July 2010
You have to cast your mind back a long way to remember scenes like those that greeted the final whistle at Carrow Road last week. City are seemingly in unstoppable form right now and have been absolutely bombing along this term, but when all four sides of the ground are singing, dancing and partying in the manner they were last Saturday, you know that it's a special moment.
You have to cast your mind back a long way to remember scenes like those that greeted the final whistle at Carrow Road last week.
City are seemingly in unstoppable form right now and have been absolutely bombing along this term, but when all four sides of the ground are singing, dancing and partying in the manner they were last Saturday, you know that it's a special moment.
It was just the same when Chris Martin clinically converted Stephen Hughes' delicious cross in the final minute of normal time. The place was absolutely rocking.
We can only look forward to more of that to come in the next few weeks.
The game itself wasn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination, which, given what was at stake was hardly surprising.
Many's the time a top of the table clash has failed to live up to pre-match expectation, and although it was certainly an absorbing affair, the game never really sparked into life where it matters inside the penalty areas.
Word has it from up north that this was one of Leeds' better performances for a while now, and if that is true I reckon that they ought to be very concerned at Elland Road.
I thought that Leeds worked hard and enjoyed a certain amount of success by mirroring City's diamond midfield set-up, but some of their players looked as though they wouldn't exactly be prepared to put life and limb on the line for the cause if it came down to it.
Leeds have struggled badly in recent weeks and are in real danger now of losing out on automatic promotion. It's been an amazing turnaround in their fortunes, as it seemed as though they would have the league title sewn up by this stage of the season at one point.
If I had to put money on it, I'd guess that they will end up in the play-offs again.
The only sour note from last weekend were reports of trouble before and after the game, but that shouldn't detract from what was another fantastic result for the Canaries in what is almost certain now to be a truly memorable campaign.
t By the way, does anyone know what Leeds substitute Tresor Kandol actually did to get himself sent off last Saturday? I don't think anyone is 100% sure.
Was it a headbutt? Did he have his hands around a City player's throat…What was it?
I have to admit that I didn't have a clue at the time because I wasn't even watching the incident. I was too busy watching the incredible scenes around the ground as everyone celebrated Chris Martins goal!
Then again, having watched several re-runs, I still can't tell. The camera is too far away!
What I do know is that Kandol was a ticking time-bomb when he went on, because he didn't look at all best pleased with his boss Simon Grayson when he told him to get ready to go on with only stoppage time remaining.
He was one angry bunny. Less than a minute later the time-bomb exploded! But how?
t CROWD DIDN'T HAVE FOGGIEST
Tranmere tonight. The venue of one the most surreal experiences I ever encountered on a football pitch.
If you were there that night in '97, no doubt it was just as weird for you too. We were attacking the home end and scored a very well-worked goal only a couple of minutes into the game. As always, we were backed by a sizeable away following, but not a single cheer rang out the moment the ball hit the back of the net. The reason being of course that on account of being positioned some 120 yards away, no-one in the away end could see a damn thing because of the thick fog. As they eventually saw us all running back over the halfway line and preparing for the re-start, only then did the City fans realise that we must have scored. And that's when they started celebrating, and singing one of the wittiest chants ever…
“Stand up, we must be one-nil up, stand up…” Brilliant!
t CANARY FANS ON TO WINNER
So some of the bookies have stopped taking bets on City being promoted back to the Championship at the first time of asking, eh?
The way that City have been playing this season I'm surprised they have taken so long to do so to be perfectly honest.
But what is amazing though is that some people that stand to collect a tidy sum of money if City win the league, will do so having rushed down to their local bookmaker to put money on it happening immediately following the Canaries 7-1 opening day drubbing at the hands of Colchester.
It's funny that the longer the season has gone on, so the number of the people who claim to have one of those potentially lucrative winning tickets in their hands has considerably increased!
I'm sure that many supporters have wagered money throughout the current campaign on City finishing the season as League One champions, but did so many of you really stake money on it after that disastrous opening game?
If you did, I have to say that I don't know what you saw during those 90 minutes that convinced you that you were watching the team that would eventually finish the season as league champions, and when City had amassed the grand total of just one point after their first three matches I'm sure that even you must have questioned why you had parted with your money? But you deserve every penny that is hopefully coming your way.
I believe that 20/1 was the price quoted at the time, although I've heard that some got as big as 33/1. Now, the price quoted by the few companies that haven't closed their books is about 1/66 on it happening. Bookies rarely get it wrong, do they?
That's 66 quid you have to risk just to win a pound? Still, I might have a bit of that!
t Congratulations to George Francomb and Josh Dawkin who earned their first professional contracts this week.
The two of them are keen to learn, level-headed and very enthusiastic young men and their target now is to follow in the of footsteps of other Academy graduates Michael Spillane, Declan Rudd, Chris Martin and Korey Smith by establishing themselves in the first team squad.
Both of them have made appearances in the first team this season, and providing that they continue to work hard and maintain their current rate of progress they will give themselves the best possible chance of enjoying decent careers in the game.
They join their colleagues David Stephens, Sam Habergham, Jed Steer and Tom Adeyemi who have also progressed through the club's youth system into the professional ranks this season, making it a pleasing year all round for all of us at the Academy.