Scottish Canaries
Scottish Canaries

 

24 MARCH 2013. New Twitter account for Scottish Canaries. Go to @ScottishCanary

 

25 August 2016. Interesting NCFC site. http://www.worldfootball.com/team/12  OTBC!

 

07 MAY 2017. Up next? A well deserved break. OTBC!

 

07 MAY 2017. Wes Hoolahan is official NCFC Player Of The Season. Well done Wes. OTBC!

 

07 MAY 2017. Alex Pritchard is Scottish Canaries Player Of The Season based on votes and opinions received. Well done Alex. OTBC!

 

25 MAY 2017. Daniel Farke confirmed as Head Coach, and Edmund Riemer as Assistant Coach. Welcome to Carrow Road. A new era has begun. OTBC!

 

31 MAY 2017. Ryan Bennett off to Woves. OTBC!

 

31 MAY 2017. Official Club website may be best way of keeping check on comings and goings. OTBC!

 

06 JUNE 2017. Welcome Angus Gunn. OTBC!

 

21 JUNE 2017. Fulham away on opening day. What could possibly go wrong? OTBC!

 

21 JUNE 2017. Midweek trips to Middlesbrough and Sunderland aren't even good for Canary fans in Scotland. OTBC!

 

04 JULY 2017. Cobh Ramblers away tomorrow in first pre season. Football is back. ON THE BALL CITY!

 

05 JULY 2017. COBH RAMBLERS 0 NCFC 5. The new season gets underway with a routine win in this friendly. Goals from Tettey, 5, Oliveira, 26, Vrancic, 28, an own goal, 34, and Pritchard on 82 minutes. Attendance of 814. Sounds like a nice gentle start. OTBC!

 

05 JULY 2017. Up next? Lowestoft Town away on Saturday. OTBC!

 

08 JULY 2017. LOWESTOFT TOWN 1 NCFC 5. A crowd estimated at 2500 for this friendly at Lowestoft. The hosts went ahead on 21 minutes, but goals from Jerome, 25 penalty, Naismith, 38, Watkins, 44, Oliveira, 58, and Vrancic, 62, saw The Canaries safely home. Hopefully building fitness and stamina nicely. OTBC!

 

08 JULY 2017. Up next? Stevenage away on Tuesday night. OTBC!

 

11 JULY 2017. STEVENAGE 2 NCFC 2. Scant information at time of writing, but Norwich surrendered a two goal lead in this friendly. An Oliveira penalty on 7 minutes put The Canaries ahead, and Pritchard doubled that lead on 24 minutes. Stevenage pulled one back on 33, and squared the match from the penalty spot on 68 minutes. Another step toward full season fitness. OTBC!

 

11 JULY 2017. Next up? The two hour game at Cambridge United on Saturday. OTBC!

 

15 JULY 2017. CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 NCFC 2. Another good workout for The Canaries as goals from Josh Murphy, 16, and Godfrey, 18, sealed the win. This was a two hour affair, with multiple team changes for the second goal free hour. A large Norwich following in a crowd of 2663, and another good workout. Main worry was seeing Klose and Pritchard both go off injured, the latter on a stretcher. OTBC!

 

15 JULY 2017. Up next? MSV Duisburg away on Wednesday. OTBC!

 

19 JULY 2017. MSV DUISBURG 0 NCFC 2. Another preseason win for The Canaries. Playing in Germany, The Canaries had Nelson Oliveira to thank as his brace on 58 and 63 minutes sealed the win. MSV had gone down to ten men on 27 minutes, and it sounds like another good workout for City. OTBC!

 

19 JULY 2017. Up next? Arminia Bielefeld away on Friday. OTBC!

 

21 JULY 2017. ARMINIA BIELEFELD 1 NCFC 3. Another good preseason workout, and another win. The Canaries finished their German tour with a well fought victory, and what appeared to be a step up in pace and quality. Naismith fired City ahead on 37 minutes, only for the hosts to level on 39. Jerome made it 2-1 from the penalty spot on 45 minutes, and there was some minor concern to see him hobble off injured in the second period. He also struck a post in that second half. A fair smattering of Y'Army faithful in the crowd of 4,166 saw Oliveira finish off the scoring on 86 minutes. OTBC!

 

21 JULY 2017. Next up? Charlton Athletic away on Tuesday. OTBC!

 

25 JULY 2017. CHARLTON ATHLETIC 0 NCFC 2. Another step towards the season proper, and another win. A crowd of 2,650 at The Valley, including 480 'City fans, saw goals from Wildschut on 34 minutes, and Naismith on 55 minutes, seal the win. Reports indicate an impressive performance from Wildschut. Maybe there is a Carrow Road future for him? OTBC!

 

25 JULY 2017. Next up? Brighton visit Carrow Road on Saturday for our last preseason fixture. OTBC!

 

29 JULY 2017. NCFC 1 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1. The Canaries played the last of their pre season games in front of 12,907 at Carrow Road, and held Premiership new boys Brighton to a draw. The Seagulls had gone ahead on 21 minutes, but Watkins fired in a superb goal on 42 minutes for 1-1. A quiet second period, and now City and their fans can look forward to the real thing starting next week. OTBC!

 

29 JULY 2017. Next up? Fulham away next Saturday in our opening Championship fixture. OTBC!

 

05 AUGUST 2017. FULHAM TOWN 1 NCFC 1. An exciting and open game to open the season, and The Canaries earned a good point. A sold out visitors section boosted the crowd to 20,134, and City had some early chances. Fulham, however, drew first blood. A low ball fizzed into the box, and an unfortunate deflection off Russ Martin and City were behind on 25 minutes. To be honest, Russ could do nothing about the circumstances that led to the goal. The second period saw City as the better side, but Fulham had an effort disallowed, correctly, and struck a post. At the other end City had a good penalty shout when a Martin shot struck a Fulham arm. Nothing given. Just as the Y'Army were wondering if another opening day defeat was on the cards, Oliveira struck home on 88 minutes following a wonderful chip pass from Hoolahan. The Portugese, who had replaced Jerome, took his top off and appeared to remind the City bench that he should have started. I'd agree. All in all a very good point, and some promise for the months ahead. Possession of 49% / 51% in our favour according to BBC. OTBC!

 

06 AUGUST 2017. Next up? Swindon Town visit Carrow Road on Tuesday for League Cup duty. OTBC!

 

08 AUGUST 2017. NCFC 3 SWINDON TOWN 2. City progressed to the next round of the League Cup with a narrow win over Swindon at a rain soaked Carrow Road. The visitors went ahead on 25 minutes, stunning the majority of the 13,166 crowd. Jerome levelled things on 27 minutes, then Hoolahan, 39, and Maddison, 42, gave City a 3-1 interval lead. Swindon pulled one back on 62 minutes, and although City held on, much praise to Angus Gunn for some very important saves. OTBC!

 

08 AUGUST 2017. Up next? Sunderland visit Carrow Road on Sunday. OTBC!

 

13 AUGUST 2017. NCFC 1 SUNDERLAND 3. Oh dear! First home game, and a dreadful display. City disappointed the home fans in a crowd of 26,343, and were haunted by the return of ex Norwich player Grabban. Norwich passed and passed, and created pretty patterns. None of it was effective. Grabban put The Black Cats ahead on 27 minutes, and that was how the half ended. City sought a way back, but a thunderbolt on 60 minutes from McGeady saw them fall further behind. Grabban made it 3 on 71 minutes, and boos rang round Carrow Road. The Yellows were given a glimmer of hope when Grabban scored an own goal on 78 minutes, but apart from Martin striking a post late on, Norwich never looked like clawing their way back. Possession of 72% / 28% in our favour, but didn't matter a jot as we did so little with it. OTBC!

 

13 AUGUST 2017. Up next? QPR come calling on Wednesday. OTBC!

 

16 AUGUST 2017. NCFC 2 QPR 0. First League win of the season, and City fans left Carrow Road impressed by an all round decent display. No goals in the first period for the 26,082 attendees, but Oliveira put The Canaries ahead on 48 minutes. More chances came and went, but an absolute cracker from loanee Reed on 82 minutes sealed the points. Possession of 45% / 55% in favour of QPR, but the goals and points were all ours! OTBC!

 

16 AUGUST 2017. Next up? A trip to Aston Villa on Saturday. OTBC!

 

19 AUGUST 2017. ASTON VILLA 4 NCFC 2. Oh dear! Another bad day at the office, and another pointless Saturday for The Canaries. Villa pounded us in the first half, and goals by Hourihane, 22, and Green, 42, saw them up 2-0 at the break. They'd also hit the bar between goals, and only Gunn was keeping it respectable. On 60 minutes, and against the run of play, Murphy scored for City. Hopes rose amongst the Y'Army in the 29,157 attendance. Dashed pretty quickly. Hourihane restored Villa's two goal cushion on 68 minutes with a deflected effort. Back came City again, with Oliveira netting on 79 minutes. A point even looked possible, but Hourihane completed his treble on 85 minutes for 4-2, though there appeared to be a handball in the build up. Villa struck the bar again in added time. City's first half had been dire, the second much better, but our defensive needs sorted, and sorted fast. Possession of 37% / 63% in our favour. DO SOMETHING WITH IT! OTBC!

 

19 AUGUST 2017. Up next? Charlton Athletic visit Carrow Road on Tuesday for League Cup duty. OTBC!

 

22 AUGUST 2017. NCFC 4 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1. After a very ropey start, City eased their way to the next round of the League Cup. The visitors had taken the lead through Novak on 5 minutes, and quite frankly Norwich looked a mess in the opening stages. Things changed when Murphy drew us level on 21 minutes, and that was how it stood at half time in front of 12,521 at Carrow Road. Murphy scored his second on 52 minutes, and The Yellows dominated from then on in, though Charlton had their chances. Watkins ended it as a true contest on 74 minutes, and Trybull on 89 minutes completed the scoring. Possession of 59% / 41% in our favour, and hopefully a confidence builder for Saturday! OTBC!

 

22 AUGUST 2017. Up next? Millwall away on Saturday. OTBC!

 

26 AUGUST 2017. MILLWALL 4 NCFC 0. I was flying to Spain, and on arrival switched on my mobile to find a deluge of increasingly bewildered and angry texts. This was a no show of huge proportions, and the 1,800 or so Y'Army expressed their fury with chants of "we want our money back" and "Farke out".  Goals on 15, 17, 42, and 72 minutes did the damage, but it was an apparent lack of ability to do anything that shocked my sources at the game. No word of total attendance, but possession of 28% / 72% in our favour. Did nothing with it. OTBC!

 

27 AUGUST 2017. Next up? Birmingham City visit Carrow Road on 9 September after international break. OTBC!

 

09 SEPTEMBER 2017. NCFC 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY 0. An Oliveira goal on only five minutes was enough to give Norwich the points today, and whilst not a classic match, or performance, maybe it will be enough to steady the ship and build for the future. Oliveira tapped in from a Klose cross, and for the rest of the game both sides found it difficult to create chances. The Yellows had made many changes, and hopefully this will generate positive squad competition, and remind players that there are no guaranteed starters. A crowd of 26,335 and possession of 42% / 58% in favour of Birmingham. OTBC!

 

09 SEPTEMBER 2017. Next up? Burton Albion visit Carrow Road on Tuesday. OTBC!

 

12 SEPTEMBER 2017. NCFC 0 BURTON ALBION 0. 24,841 at Carrow Road to see a dire City performance and a dire match. First half was sleep inducing, though The Brewers went close to scoring. A bit more pace in the second 45, but apart from Murphy hitting a post, it was all pretty predictable. Both defences looked solid, including a goal line clearance each, but Norwich lacked vision and ideas in final third. Possession of 69% / 31% in our favour. So what? OTBC!

 

12 SEPTEMBER 2017. Up next? City visit Sheffield United on Saturday. OTBC!

 

16 SEPTEMBER 2017. SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 NCFC 1. A rare away win for City after a gutsy performance. A crowd of 26,218 included 1,842 Y'Army members who saw Wildschut put Norwich ahead on 23 minutes. This proved to be only goal of the game, and for much of the time City were in backs to the wall mode. However, they held firm, and three wonderful points and a third clean sheet in a row. Possession of 68% / 32% in favour of The Blades, but three points for City. OTBC!

 

16 SEPTEMBER 2017. Up next? Norwich visit Brentford on League Cup business on Tuesday night. OTBC!

 

19 SEPTEMBER 2017. BRENTFORD 1 NCFC 3. City progressed in the League Cup with an extremely comfortable win at Brentford this evening. A large Y'Army turn out amongst a crowd of 4,868 saw Vrancic fire The Canaries ahead from the penalty spot on 10 minutes. The Bees then missed their own spot kick on 30 minutes, and there were no further goals in the first period. Vrancic notched his second for 2-0 on 51 minutes, and Murphy made it three on 68 minutes. In between those efforts, Brentford had struck a post. The only blip was allowing the hosts to score at the death -- defence failed to clear the ball -- which meant the chance of four consecutive clean sheets had gone. Possession of 46% / 54% in our favour, and a job well done. OTBC!

 

19 SEPTEMBER 2017. Up next? Bristol City visit Carrow Road on Saturday. OTBC!

 

23 SEPTEMBER 2017. NCFC 0 BRISTOL CITY 0. Not much to report on this as I wasn't able to attend, and had no media access for the game. Jerome had a first half effort ruled out for offside, and Vrancic struck a post in the first period as well. Gunn produced at least one good save in the second half to deny The Robins, but the majority of the 25,715 crowd were left feeling frustrated at full time. Possession of 49% / 51% in favour of the visitors. OTBC!

 

24 SEPTEMBER 2017. Next up? A very tough trip to Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening. OTBC!

 

26 SEPTEMBER 2017. MIDDLESBROUGH 0 NCFC 1. Get in! One of the best Canary performances I've seen in recent years. 428 Y'Army followers, amongst a crowd of 24,084, clapped long and hard at the end to acknowledge a fantastic 'City performance. Maddison fired the ball into the top right hand corner on 13 minutes for the only goal, and for the rest of the evening Norwich fought and scrapped for everything. Jerome did have a good chance just after the break, but one goal was enough, and the team held firm. Possession of 61% / 39% in favour of 'Boro. No points for them though. OTBC!

 

27 SEPTEMBER 2017. Next up? Reading away on Saturday -- live on Sky. OTBC!

 

30 SEPTEMBER 2017. READING 1 NCFC 2. So here's how it went. I couldn't go to Reading, but thought I'd catch it on Sky. Nope! Work night out. Had to follow game by text messages from Scottish Canary who was there. A wonderful Maddison free kick put City ahead on 10 minutes, but the hosts were level on 13 minutes. Jerome hit a post, and Reading also struck the woodwork later in the game. The winner arrived on 52 minutes when Jerome headed home in front of The Y'Army section. Nice to see Dundee Canaries flag on TV highlights today. Some tense moments for Norwich fans in crowd of 14,226 when Watkins got a red card near the end, but another wonderful three points. Possession of 54% / 46% in favour of the hosts. OTBC!

 

01 OCTOBER 2017. Next up? Hull City visit Carrow Road on 14 October after the international break. OTBC!

 

12 OCTOBER 2017. Good luck to Darren Huckerby for the future. OTBC!

 

14 OCTOBER 2017. NCFC 1 HULL CITY 1. The Canaries recued a point in the 96th minute against 10 man Hull at Carrow Road this afternoon. It was almost like a throwback to the Paul Lambert era when late goals were relatively common. Maddison had struck a Hull post early on, but City lacked something in the final third. The sucker punch arrived on 29 minutes when The Tigers took the lead. No further first half goals, but things looked up for Norwich on 57 minutes when Hull went down to ten men. Meyler was red carded for his second bookable offence. Still the breakthrough wouldn't come and the majority of the 25,666 crowd feared the worst. Joy erupted on 96 minutes. A Stiepermann long throw, a Jerome flick, and Oliveira scored. Could be a very valuable point. Possession of 72% / 28% in our favour. OTBC!

 

14 OCTOBER 2017. Up next? A trip to Ipswich Town a week tomorrow. OTBC!