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My NCFC: Elland Canary



Next up in 'My NCFC', where we interview Vital Norwich members and learn a little bit more about our fellow City supporters, is Elland Canary.

How did you become a City fan?
Didn't become a City fan, I think I was born one. I was born in Hellesdon, moved down to Clacton in 1970, and although I kicked a ball around with other kids as most 8 year olds do, had no real passion for the game, then became subjected to peer pressure; all the other kids in Clacton seemed to be either Man Utd, Spurs or binner supporters and of course as the new kid got pressure from all of them to 'support' their team.

At that age didn't really even know where Manchester or Tottenham were and as for the other lot, well, I was from Norfolk so even at that age it was not an option, so I told them I supported Norwich. Only problem was at that time knew nothing about them, and with no computers then it wasn't easy to find out either! However, the more stick I took from the other kids the more determined, and more passionate I became.

What/when was your first game?
It was a couple of years later before I finally got to a game. It was a midweek cup tie against Chelsea in around 72/73. The game was abandoned with about 15 minutes to go with us winning about 3-0 (I think), how I cursed fog that night!

After that I went as often as I could persuade my dad or grandfather to take me, generally about once a month when we went back up to Norfolk to visit relatives (think I was being used as an excuse for them to escape the typical woman talk to be honest, but I didn't care, I was getting to the game, something the Man Utd and Spurs supporters at school weren't).

How many games do you get to?
These days while living in Scotland only manage 5 or 6 games a season. Should be moving down to Yorkshire towards end of the year/early next year, when the number of games should and will, increase.

What is your most memorable moment?
Most memorable moment has to be the amazing day in London for the cup final against sunderland. Such an amazing emotional day, having been their a few years previously and suffering the heartbreak of seeing us lose to Villa, that atmosphere and emotion when the cup was lifted was indescribable (although I couldn't actually see them lift the cup due to the people around me being much taller!)

Which (if any) Norwich players have you met?
Only players I've ever met were Graham Paddon. Just after he signed for us for the second time, was walking along the front at Yarmouth with my dad and just saw him there. He stopped and spoke for a while, was very pleasant to us, even signed my football for me!!! (an orange 'wembley trophy', anyone remember them?) and then a couple of years later was in a men's clothes shop in the city and Kevin Keelan was in there, seemed strange but was almost like he was working in there the way he was speaking to everyone who came in.

Who is your favourite current player?
Don't have a current favourite player, as long as they give 110% all the time. Have been impressed with Chrissy Martin this season, was a big critic of his before he went out on loan, but credit to him, he seems to have turned it around and now looks one to keep hold of, also thought Forster and Holt were very good.

Who is your favourite all-time player?
All time favourite player? Not a clue been too may good ones over the 30 odd years I've been following them. Keelan, Paddon, Big Duncan Forbes, Peters, Fleck, Robins, Goss, Huckerby...

What is your all time Canary eleven?
All time favourite team? Couldn't possibly pick one, too many good players for some positions, not enough players for others! Although would have to be Keelan in goal, Duncan Forbes would also feature, but then I start struggling, do I play Paddon on the left or Huckerby? Should I play both? Play Paddon on left and give Hucks a free reign? Similar choice issues on most positions...would be so much easier if I had only followed them for a couple of years...

If you could change one thing about the club, what would it be?
Change anything? Hmmm...would make it easier for non-season ticket holders who don't live close enough to just pop in to the booking office to get home tickets. Maybe they've tried by increasing the capacity for this season - not sure if they've increased the number of season tickets for sale.

Would like to see stability in the club on the coaching/management side, it does look as though we may now be getting that. I think the high turnover of managers/coaches over the last few years had been a factor in our decline.

Tell us your story!
If you want to take part in My NCFC this summer just get in touch by via the forum or the envelope icon to the right of the screen.

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Date:Monday June 28 2010

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