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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Norwich City

Norwich City Reserves 0 Ipswich Town Reserves 0

Norwich City

This will be the Canaries last reserve home fixture of the season. Town, who completed their home fixtures with a 4-1 loss last Tuesday to Chelsea, have three away games left, and nine points to play for, as they look to avoid finishing the FA Premier Reserve League (South) season with the wooden spoon.

So, should I travel the 49.1 miles from Ipswich to Norwich for this crucial fixtures or stay at home and watch Chelsea v Liverpool in some highfaluting European Cup game followed by Desperate Housewives on Channel 4? An easy choice if you follow the “turn off your crap celeb infested tv and go and do something more interesting instead” maxim

Well the game ended goalless, with both sides missing opportunities to win the game in the second period, but it was worth the effort. Town lined up with five players from last weeks victorious FA Youth Cup winning side including Shane Supple. The young Irish 'keeper continued his excellent run of form making several good saves to keep the home side at bay towards the end of the ninety minutes while at the other end James Scowcroft, the ever impressive Dean McDonald and Liam Craig all had efforts scrambled off the line. The 3,668-strong crowd were on their feet in injury time when Paul McVeigh netted but the Norwich striker was well offside. The point lifts Town off the bottom of the table for the first time in six months and above Portsmouth who they face in their final match of the season on May 10th .

All credit to Norwich they really do do the business of encouraging youngsters to come along to their games and that showed last night with a good percentage of last nights 3,668 crowd being pre-teens and their mums. In fact a trio of mother, daughter and grandmother plonked themselves down next to myself for the duration.

Ground improvements at Carrow Road, which began with the construction of a new River Stand in 2003, were finished earlier this year with the completion of an in-fill at the corner of the South and River Stand (where my brother-in-law sits – but that’s another story) giving the Canaries home an overall capacity of 26,000.

No picture’s to show you of the current ground I’m afraid as my daughter needed the camera for the evening to complete work on an ‘A’ level Art project. However, I recently discovered the above picture, of Carrow Road circa 1935, and ‘borrowed’ it from this excellent site. The-Plunketts features some 3,600 black and white pictures of Norfolk’s County Seat taken over the past seventy-years.

Match: 71 (2004/05) 1,235 (Lifetime)

posted by chevblue at 10:30 pm






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