24 MARCH 2013. New Twitter account for Scottish Canaries. Go to @ScottishCanary
06 MAY 2018. Up next? A break, then hopefully a much freshened squad regrouping for next season. OTBC!
06 MAY 2018. Fixtures out on 21 June. OTBC!
07 MAY 2018. James Maddison is Scottish Canaries Player of the Season. Grant Hanley was a very close second, and Harrison Reed was a close third. OTBC!
09 JUNE 2018. As usual, it may be best to use official NCFC website for pre season information, including signings and departures. OTBC!
15 JUNE 2018. The Canaries have drawn Stevenage at home in first round of League Cup. OTBC!
20 JUNE 2018. Good luck to James Maddison. A big THANK YOU for the memories. OTBC!
06 JULY 2018. KING'S LYNN TOWN 1 NCFC 2. Football is back! Forget that World Cup nonsense, and look forward to another season as The Canaries started their preseason with a victory at The Walks. Norwich fell behind on 50 minutes, but goals from Aransibia, 71, and Idah, 73, gave us victory. All about fitness, so many changes and a good workout by all accounts. OTBC!
07 JULY 2018. Next up? City visit Lincoln on preseason business on Tuesday. OTBC!
08 JULY 2018. Good luck to Simon Lappin in his new player/coach role at Wroxham. OTBC!
10 JULY 2018. Jordan Rhodes arrives on loan. OTBC!
10 JULY 2018. LINCOLN CITY 1 NCFC 3. Another pre season victory for The Canaries, this time at Sincil Bank. A Canary following of 249 in a crowd of 2,645 saw McLean put City one up on 41 minutes. Hernandez, 54, and Thompson, 58, completed our scoring, but The Imps pulled one back on 86 minutes when their ex player Raggett netted an own goal from all of thirty yards. OTBC!
10 JULY 2018. Up next? A closed doors game against Crawley Town at Colney on Thursday. OTBC!
12 JULY 2018. NCFC 2 CRAWLEY TOWN 0. Another victory for The Canaries as they build up for new season. This was one of those 120 minute games played over four 30 minute quarters. Match played behind closed doors at Colney, and Srbeny, 71 minutes, and Stiepermann, 79 minutes, secured the victory. OTBC!
13 JULY 2018. Next up? First game of German tour on Sunday. SC Paderborn 07. OTBC!
15 JULY 2018. SC PADERBORN 07 2 NCFC 3. After a decidely poor start City fought back to claim victory in the first game of their German tour. Paderborn took the lead on 30 seconds, and went 2-0 up on 40 minutes. That was how it stayed until the interval. Norwich stormed back in the second peroid, and goals from Srbeny, 51 minutes, and a Pukki double, 58 and 61 minutes, gave The Canaries victory. Good to see Norwich fans had made the journey, and good to see the team reward them with a victory. OTBC!
15 JULY 2018. Up next? Union Berlin on Tuesday in second game of German tour. OTBC!
17 JULY 2018. UNION BERLIN 2 NCFC 1. A first pre season defeat for The Canaries as the German tour continues. Berlin took the lead, against the run of play, on 41 minutes. Jordan Rhodes made it 1-1 on 57 minutes, but a Timm Klose own goal on 68 minutes sealed a win for the German outfit. OTBC!
17 JULY 2018. Next up? Vfl Wolfsburg on Thursday as German tour concludes. OTBC!
19 JULY 2018. Vfl WOLFSBURG 1 NCFC 1. The Canaries ended their German tour with a draw against Wolfsburg. City took the lead on 6 minutes through Hernandez, but the hosts drew level on 79 minutes. Norwich now return home to complete their build up. OTBC!
19 JULY 2018. Russ Martin has apparently been told to seek another loan this season. Obviously not part of Farke's plans. OTBC!
19 JULY 2018. Yanic Wildschut has gone to Bolton on a season long loan. OTBC!
19 JULY 2018. Up next? Luton away on 25 July in a friendly. OTBC!
24 JULY 2018. Welcome Tim Krul. OTBC!
25 JULY 2018. LUTON TOWN 1 NCFC 3. Another pre season game under our belts, and a good win to boot. The Canaries took a support of 433 to bolster the Kenilworth Road crowd to 2,957. The City following saw Norwich three up at the break. Hanley, 9 minutes, Rhodes, 14 minutes, and Pukki, 45 minutes, netted for City. The hosts pulled one back on 57 minutes, but Norwich will be pleased with the run out. OTBC!
25 JULY 2018. Next? Final pre season on Saturday -- Charlton Athletic away. OTBC!
28 JULY 2018. CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1 NCFC 0. A deflected goal on 59 minutes saw City lose their last pre season match. The League One outfit dominated the first period in front of 2,110 at The Valley. The Canaries following of 529 saw an improved second half, but no victory to round of our pre season build up. It's now just one week until the real thing gets underway. OTBC!
28 JULY 2018. Up next? Opening league fixture at Birmingham City next Saturday. OTBC!
04 AUGUST 2018. BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 NCFC 2. Huge drama at St Andrews as The Canaries scored at the death to salvage a point on the opening day of the season. A Y'Army following of 2,383 boosted the attendance to 22,677 and they saw a cagey first half that produced no goals, but did see Rhodes go close for Norwich on 13 minutes. Birmingham went ahead on 56 minutes. Norwich failed to clear a corner and Maghoma struck for 1-0. That's how it stayed until a busy last few minutes. Hernandez scored on 83 minutes for 1-1, and it was no more than Norwich deserved. Rhodes had again gone close just a minute before. Then, on 89 minutes, disaster. The Norwich defence looked very unsure, and Solomon-Otabor put the hosts 2-1 up. Spirits flagged, but on 94 minutes Canary hearts were soaring. Good work from Srbeny set up Hernandez for his second, and a share of the points. Possession of 29% / 71% in our favour. OTBC!
04 AUGUST 2018. Next up? West Brom visit Carrow Road next Saturday. OTBC!
11 AUGUST 2018. NCFC 3 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 4. Seven goals at Carrow Road, but no points in City's first home game. A crowd of 25,144 saw Rhodes put The Canaries ahead on 24 minutes, and The Yellows were looking good. Then it all changed. Krul brought down Gayle in the box -- luckily no card was shown -- and Rodriguez scored the penalty for 1-1 on 33 minutes. A foul on Hernandez saw City awarded their own spot kick, but a weak Rhodes effort was saved on 37 minutes. All level at half time. On 47 minutes Rodriguez put The Baggies ahead when Krul totally failed to deal with his 40 yard effort. A Barnes shot from the edge of the box saw WBA 3-1 up on 65 minutes. Pukki pulled one back on 70 minutes, but hopes were dashed when Robson-Kanu made it 2-4 on 79 minutes. Grant Hanley pulled back another on 82 minutes, but there was to be no glorious finish. Possession of 59% / 41% in our favour. OTBC!
11 AUGUST 2018. Up next? Stevenage visit Carrow Road on Tuesday for League Cup action. OTBC!
14 AUGUST 2018. NCFC 3 STEVENAGE 1. Norwich progressed to Round Two of the League Cup, but not before a lot of huffing and puffing against spirited opposition. The Canaries went in front on 27 minutes. Cantwell, one of many changes tonight, took a short corner to Leitner. His cross was headed home by Stiepermann. The visitors were level on 40 minutes. Ball scored a beautiful free-kick, after he himself had been fouled by Zimmermann. That was it at the break, and only as the second period progressed did City up the pace. McLean was through one-on-one with the 'keeper, but the latter made a good save. Srbeny also drew a good save from the Stevenage goalkeeper. Finally The Canaries got the breakthrough. Zimmermann made it 2-1 on 83 minutes in strange circumstances. McLean's corner was won by Pukki, and his header hit Zimmermann, who had his back to goal, on the heal and went in. Pukki himself added a third on 89 minutes with a good shot across the goal. Most of the 11,687 crowd went home happy, but credit to Stevenage for their fine efforts. Possession of 71% / 29% in our favour. OTBC!
14 AUGUST 2018. Draw for next round of League Cup takes place on Thursday. OTBC!
15 AUGUST 2018. Up next. Sheffield United away on Saturday. Let's hope the City team bus misses the traffic this year. OTBC!
16 AUGUST 2018. Away to Cardiff City in second round of League Cup. OTBC!
18 AUGUST 2018. SHEFFIELD UNITED 2 NCFC 1. A 50th birthday party -- not mine, sadly -- and poor internet access means a delay for this. Sorry! City took 1,217 to Bramall Lane to boost the crowd to 23,850. Sadly they saw The Canaries lose out to an added time goal. Egan had headed United in front on 9 minutes, but Rhodes lashed home a leveller on 26 minutes. All square at the break. Norwich then had chances to take the points. Leitner ended up one on one with The Blades 'keeper on 64 minutes, but the latter won that duel. On 67 minutes Rhodes struck the woodwork. Close, but no cigar! A point would not have been a bad return, but our fragile defending saw Sharp score deep into added time. Possession of 52% / 48% in favour of The Blades. OTBC!
19 AUGUST 2018. Up next? Preston North End, under Alex Neil, visit Carrow Road on Wednesday. OTBC!
22 AUGUST 2018. NCFC 2 PRESTON NORTH END 0. The Canaries finally got their first Championship win of the season, and perhaps it was made a little sweeter by beating ex Norwich boss Alex Neil's Preston. A crowd of 24,936 saw a very turgid first period when not much happened. The second period was also slow to get going, though the visitors drew a fine save from Krul on 49 minutes, and also struck the bar on 72 minutes. Just as the unrest was growing, Pukki fired Norwich ahead on 80 minutes with a fine cross shot from the left. A Tettey screamer on 87 minutes wrapped it up. Possession of 51% / 49% in our favour. OTBC!
23 AUGUST 2018. Next? Leeds United come to Carrow Road on Saturday. OTBC!
25 AUGUST 2018. NCFC 0 LEEDS UNITED 3. What a dismal day at Carrow Road. A full away end, but spaces in the home areas, meant a crowd of 25,944. The opening 20 minutes saw The Canaries on top, but fail to score. The roof fell in on 21 minutes. Krul could only parry a Leeds effort, and Klich despatached the rebound. Krul looked susoect on 26 minutes when he was beaten at his near post by Alioski. Norwich still had chances, but couldn't finish. The visitors sealed things on 67 minutes when Hernandez curled in from the edge of the box. Long before the end, Norwich fans were leaving and exposing even more gaps in the home seating areas. One of those days when Norwich looked very good when they played well, but very bad when they didn't. Possibly a long hard season ahead. Possession of 41% / 59% in favour of the visitors. OTBC!
25 AUGUST 2018. Up next? A trip to Cardiff City on Tuesday for League Cup business. OTBC!
28 AUGUST 2018. CARDIFF CITY 1 NCFC 3. Around two or three hundred Canary fans made the long trip to Premier League Cardiff, and were rewarded with a Norwich victory. Both teams made made changes, and an attendance of 6,953 told you all you need to know about the esteem of this competition nowadays. Norwich took the lead on 26 minutes with a wonderfully taken goal by Srbeny. That was it for first half, then Srbeny again was on the score sheet when he headed Norwich two up on 64 minutes. Eighteen year old Aarons fired The Canaries 3-0 ahead on 69 minutes, and it looked like The Bluebirds were well and trully beaten. They did try to come back, and a Manga header on 77 minutes reduced our lead. Reid then struck our post on 82 minutes, but we held firm. They had another couple of chances, as did Cantwell for us. A very good result. Possession of 51% / 49% in their favour. OTBC!
28 AUGUST 2018. Next up? Ipswich Town away on Sunday. OTBC!
28 AUGUST 2018. League Cup draw scheduled for Thursday. OTBC!
30 AUGUST 2018. It's Wycombe Wanderers away in next round of League Cup. Date to be confirmed. OTBC!
02 SEPTEMBER 2018. IPSWICH TOWN 1 NCFC 1. Another Old Farm Derby without defeat for The Canaries. A Y'Army following of 2,022 to boost the crowd to 25,690 saw a cagey first half. Tettey, Klose, and Pukki all had half chances for City, but The Tractor Boys came closest when they hit a post on 40 minutes. Huge amount of added time before the break following a nasty injury to a home player. The deadlock was broken on 57 minutes. An Edwards shot deflected of Godfrey and the hosts were one up. They had chances to add to that, but thankfully didn't. Tettey and Hanley went close for The Canaries, but it was Leitner on 71 minutes who drew us level. A beautiful shot from outside the box. All in all, a draw was probably about right, and hopefully Norwich can build on this. Possession of 45% / 55% in our favour. OTBC!
03 SEPTEMBER 2018. Up next. Middlesbrough come to Carrow Road in a couple of weeks following international break. OTBC!
15 SEPTEMBER 2018. NCFC 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0. What a fantastic result for City, and one that many -- including me -- didn't see coming, especially with Hanley now out for a few weeks. No goals in first half, and little in the way of chances, but Norwich easily matched their high flying visitors. The majority of the 24,642 crowd were celebrating on 58 minutes when a deflected effort from Pukki found the net. Aarons had cleverly got the ball to him in the box. Perhaps the biggest talking point was the sending off that wasn't. Klose hauled down a visiting player on 79 minutes. A second yellow, followed by a red. The assistant referee then pointed out that he'd already flagged the Boro player offside before the foul -- Klose stayed on. Possession of 62% / 38% in our favour. OTBC!
15 SEPTEMBER 2018. Up next? Reading away on Wednesday evening. OTBC!
19 SEPTEMBER 2018. READING 1 NCFC 2. Three glorious points for The Canaries, and a worthwhile trip for the 919 Y'Army members who boosted the crowd to 12,822. Zimmermann had gone close on 8 minutes, but it was Pukki who fired Norwich ahead on 14. His shot from inside the box sailed past the Reading 'keeper on his left hand side. Krul made a good save on 32 minutes to deny a lacklustre Reading side. The second half saw Reading improve, and Bodvarsson levelled from close range on 72 minutes. City hearts were soaring again just a minute later as Vranic scored what proved to be the winner. A very good result, and hopefully we're building momentum. Possession 48% / 52% in our favour. OTBC!
19 SEPTEMBER 2018. Next up? QPR away on Saturday. Live on Sky! OTBC!
22 SEPTEMBER 2018. QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0 NCFC 1. City won their third game in a row with a gritty performance at Loftus Road. A Canary following of 1,526 in a crowd of 12,843 saw Pukki chest home a Stiepermann cross on 71 minutes to confirm the win. I'm in Sicily. Dodgy internet connection meant missing some of the game including the goal!! Could it be Norwich are really building up a head of steam? Possession of 37% / 63% in our favour. OTBC!
23 SEPTEMBER 2018. Up next? Wycombe away in League Cup on Tuesday. OTBC!
25 SEPTEMBER 2018. WYCOMBE WANDERERS 3 NCFC 4. Norwich progressed to the next round of the League Cup, but this game saw them at their best and worst. Rhodes chested City ahead on 12 minutes, then fired in a cracker for 2-0 on 14 minutes. Cowan-Hall pulled one back for the hosts on 17 minutes, but Norwich were playing some lovely stuff. Rhodes had an effort ruled out on 36 minutes, but a Trybull header on 41 minutes saw The Canaries 3-1 up at the break. City started the second period still full of intent, and Rhodes completed his hat trick on 51 minutes for 4-1. Just a minute before, Srbeny had hit the bar. Then came the Norwich bad side. A poor McGovern kick out, followed by a Godfrey foul, saw Saunders convert the penalty on 60 minutes. Norwich were reeling. McCarthy made it 3-4 on 75 minutes, and Norwich then looked vulnerable. Wycombe had the better chances late on, but couldn't convert. No official attendance, but 1,350 Norwich fans were very relieved when the whistle ended the contest. Possession of 47% / 53% in our favour. OTBC!
26 SEPTEMBER 2018. Next up? Wigan Athletic come to Carrow Road on Saturday. OTBC!
29 SEPTEMBER 2018. NCFC 1 WIGAN ATHLETIC 0. City are in the Championship top six after this hard fought win over The Latics. Dreadful internet connection here in Sicily means only the bare bones. Pukki had strong penalty claim rejected in first half, and it was another tackle on the Finn that earned a spot kick late on. Vranic scored from this award on 86 minutes to take the points. Attendance of 25,034. Possession 57% / 43% in our favour. OTBC!
29 SEPTEMBER 2018. League cup draw tonight. OTBC!
29 SEPTEMBER 2018. Next up? Derby County away on Wednesday night. OTBC!
03 OCTOBER 2018. DERBY COUNTY 1 NCFC 1. I only heard last 30 minutes of this as I continue to suffer internet issues in Sicily. A crowd of 24,236 at Pride Park saw Timm Klose head The Canaries in front on 69 minutes from a Buendia corner. Krul pulled off a fantastic save on 84 minutes to deny The Rams, but Bryson drew them level on 86 minutes when he kneed the ball home -- or possibly chested it, as it was a bit of a stramash! A good point though. Possession of 58% / 42% in favour of County. OTBC!
04 OCTOBER 2018. Next up? Stoke City visit Carrow Road on Saturday. OTBC!
06 OCTOBER 2018. NCFC 0 STOKE CITY 1. Only the bare bones as I was travelling. The Canaries dominated this game, but couldn't make it pay and lost out to an unlucky Klose own goal on 35 minutes. A crowd of 24,992, and the Norwich fans amongst them gave the team a fantastic reception, even in defeat. Obviously people are enjoying the way we are currently playing. Possession of 69% / 31% in our favour. OTBC!
07 OCTOBER 2018. Up next? Nottingham Forest away on 20 October after international break. OTBC!
07 OCTOBER 2018. Bournemouth away confirmed for 30 October. OTBC!
19 OCTOBER 2018. Still trying to work out why Tweets are no longer showing on home page. OTBC!
20 OCTOBER 2018. NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 NCFC 2. The yawn inducing International Break is over. It's back to the bread and butter of Championship competition. Today was the day that The Canaries hopefully made all the other teams look at them as genuine contenders. We must not underestimate the victory at The City Ground today. Forest are a very good side, and hadn't lost at home for a long while. It didn't look good early on. Ex Canary Grabban fired Forest ahead on only 5 minutes. The hosts then struck the bar on 17 minutes. The Canary faithful were worried. Things began to pick up. Hernandez struck the post on 23 minutes, and Norwich were starting to shape up nicely. The second period was all about Norwich. Klose powered home a header on 60 minutes for 1-1. The Y'Army following of 1,991 in a crowd of 29,427 were now believing a win was on. And it most definitely was. Timm Klose fired City ahead on 84 minutes. A parry from the Forest 'keeper set Timm up very nicely for that one. We even had further chances, but 2-1 it was. A worry to see Hernandez going off injured, but let's enjoy the victory. Possession of 44% / 56% in our favour. OTBC!
20 OCTOBER 2018. Next up? Villa visit Carrow Road on Tuesday. Live on the Red Button on Sky. OTBC!
23 OCTOBER 2018. NCFC 2 ASTON VILLA 1. Under the lights at Carrow Road! Live on Sky! Another cracking Canary display! There were 24,977 at Carrow Road to see Norwich perform another comeback to win all three points. Klose saw a header cleared off the Villa line on 16 minutes, then on 19 minutes Chester headed the visitors in front, having got to a well taken corner. City were looking a bit vulnerable, and Villa struck our post on 34 minutes. No further goals in first half. The second period most firmly belonged to City. A corner led to Rhodes heading home on 54 minutes, and Rhodes again scored on 73. He fired home with his left foot after a well built move that saw Stiepermann cross into the box. No further goals, and City rarely looked in trouble. A sad sight near the end as Thompson came on as a sub, but only lasted 15 seconds before being injured and subsequently replaced. Possession of 48% / 52% in favour of Villa, but they return to Birmingham pointless. OTBC!
24 OCTOBER 2018. Next up? Brentford visit Carrow Road on Saturday, which I believe is also Dundee Canaries Norwich trip for this season. OTBC!
27 OCTOBER 2018. NCFC 1 BRENTFORD 0. I was on a long lunch in Edinburgh today, and had no media access. Bare bones time. City ground out three points in front of 25,443 at Carrow Road. Buendia hit the only goal on 34 minutes, though Rhodes saw a penalty saved two minutes into first half added time. Brentford had one chance, but Maupay managed to hit the bar, with the goal at his mercy, on 72 minutes. Possession of 47% / 53% in favour of Brentford. OTBC!
28 OCTOBER 2018. Next up? AFC Bournemouth away on Tuesday in the League Cup. OTBC!
28 OCTOBER 2018. Lambert and Gill to Ipswich! It's a job for these guys, and rarely to players and staff have the emotional contact with clubs that we fans do. Let's remember what they did for Norwich City FC! OTBC!
30 OCTOBER 2018. AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 NCFC 1. The Canaries fought bravely, but exited the League Cup to Premier League Bournemouth. The cold reality is that City failed to capitalise on their domination, and failed to take their chances. Stanislas had put The Cherries ahead on 39 minutes, and in first period added time Srbeny struck the post as City worried their opponents. Vranic also struck a post in second half, but it was Hernandez who drew us level on 70 minutes. Norwich tails were up, but Cook on 72 minutes ended the scoring and ended our League Cup adventure. In added time Rhodes missed a very good chance , but the majority of the 10,331 crowd went home happy. Possession of 41% / 59% in our favour. OTBC!
31 OCTOBER 2018. Next? Sheffield Wednesday away on Saturday. OTBC!
03 NOVEMBER 2018. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 NCFC 4. Norwich go top of the Championship with a clinical performance against the struggling Owls. A crowd of 23,425 saw Dawson in the Wednesday goal save a Vranic penalty on 6 minutes. That was a worry, but City really went to town in the second period. Pukki put Norwich ahead on 51 minutes, and Buendia on 56 made it 2-0. Pukki again netted for 3-0 on 62 minutes, and substitute Srbeny sealed it at 4-0 on 80 minutes. This followed a dreadful clearance by Dawson. At least until tomorrow City are top of the league. Possession of 41% / 59% in our favour. OTBC!
04 NOVEMBER 2018. Next up? Millwall come to Carrow Road next Saturday. OTBC!
10 NOVEMBER 2018. NCFC 4 MILLWALL 3. Smack my ass, and call me Sally! What a game. We saw the best and worst of The Canaries, but at the end it was joy unleashed. City looked lacklustre at the start, and Elliott headed The Lions in front on 24 minutes. Klose drew a good save from Amos, then on 34 minutes he headed against the woodwork, though Amos may have got a touch. Zimmermann lashed home the rebound, but the ref had already blown for offside. In the second period City drew level on 49 minutes. Pukki fired home from close range and City were starting to click. On 57 minutes Norwich were awarded a penalty for handball, though I'm not sure it was intentional. Amos saved Pukki's tame effort. On 79 minutes Leitner fired home a wonderful goal for 2-1. Then we saw the worst of City. A Lewis mistake saw Leonard prod home for 2-2 on 81 minutes, then on 83 minutes Krul threw the ball directly to a Millwall player and Jed Wallace scored after a one two with ex Canary Steve Morison. Many City fans left, but the majority remained. There was a hint of magic in the air. And so it proved. Rhodes steered the ball home on 92 minutes for 3-3, then on 97 minutes Carrow Road erupted as Pukki sealed it at 4-3. Moments like this remind you why you love football. Crowd 26,289. Possession 61% / 39% in our favour. OTBC!
10 NOVEMBER 2018. Up next? International break -- YAWN -- then City travel to Swansea on 24 November. OTBC!
24 NOVEMBER 2018. SWANSEA CITY 1 NCFC 4. A long lunch, including much red wine, and only catching up with games around 24 hours later, so bare bones time. The Canaries looked very impressive as they thrashed Swansea at The Liberty. Van Der Hoorn turned a Pukki ball into his own net for 1-0 on 16 minutes. Buendia doubled that on 24 minutes, and Stiepermann made it 0-3 on 37. A blip on 41 minutes when Krul failed to hold a ball and James gave The Swans a glimmer of hope at 1-3. This Norwich side don't panic though, and Pukki on 60 minutes wrapped it all up. There's a feeling of possible magic in the air, and we're not talking about Christmas. Around 800 Norwich fans in a crowd of 18,780, and possession of 56% / 44% in favour of The Swans, but it's The Canaries flying off with the points. OTBC!
25 NOVEMBER 2018. Next up? Hull City away on Tuesday. OTBC!
27 NOVEMBER 2018. HULL CITY 0 NCFC 0. A dreadful night, weather wise, in Hull, and an under par Norwich meant little to shout about. A good away support in a meagre crowd of 11,420, but the journey back to Norfolk will probably be a quiet one. The Tigers went close on 32 minutes from Bowen, then on 39 minutes Hernandez saw his shot deflected wide, and Trybull squandered what looked like a free header from the corner. In the second half Krul saved from Irvine on 48 minutes. On 69 minutes Trybull again saw a header go close, and on 90 minutes Buendia shot wide from the edge of the box. Not much else to write about to be honest. Possession of 34% / 66% in our favour. OTBC!
27 NOVEMBER 2018. Up next? Rotherham United come to Carrow Road on Saturday. OTBC!
01 DECEMBER 2018. NCFC 3 ROTHERHAM UNITED 1. Another Saturday, another boozy retirement lunch. Relied on text updates for game, so bare bones. Rotherham led after 11 minutes when Towell pounced on a Tim Krul spill to fire home. The visitors then struck our post on 19 minutes. A much improved City after the break. Cantwell made it 1-1 on 55 minutes, then Aarons put The Canaries ahead on 71. Pukki sealed the win on 84 minutes. Attendance of 25,858. Possession of 65% / 35% in our favour. OTBC!
01 DECEMBER 2018. Up next? Bolton Wanderers visit Carrow Road next Saturday. OTBC!
01 DECEMBER 2018. Ed Balls is stepping down as Club Chairman in late December. He will continue as a Vice President. OTBC!
08 DECEMBER 2018. NCFC 3 BOLTON WANDERERS 2. Another late show from The Canaries as The Trotters threatened to leave Carrow Road with a point. A crowd of 25,811 saw Vrancic fire City ahead on 39 minutes. Stiepermann made it 2-0 on 59 and The Canaries looked comfortable. How wrong that proved to be. Ameobi pulled a goal back on 63 minutes, and in the late stages it all got a bit silly -- in a good way. Beevers levelled for the visitors on 88 minutes, and many thought The Manager Of The Month Curse had struck again? Farke had won this award earlier in the week. Then it all changed. Ameobi earned a second yellow, and therefore a red card on 92 minutes. On 93 minutes Pukki flashed home a shot to send The Y'Army home very happy indeed. Possession of 68% / 32% in our favour. OTBC!
09 DECEMBER 2018. Who's next? The Canaries travel to Bristol City on Saturday. Live on Sky, so 5:30 PM kick-off. OTBC!
15 DECEMBER 2018. BRISTOL CITY 2 NCFC 2. The Canaries and The Robins shared the points at Ashton Gate, and that was probably about right as Norwich looked a little bit under par this evening. A Y'Army following of 1,395 helped boost the crowd to 19,851 -- not bad considering pre Christmas, live on Sky, and Strictly Come Dancing final. Krul made two fine saves around the 32 minute mark as the home side threatened, but The Canaries went ahead on 39 minutes. Stiepermann used his left foot to curl the ball beyond the 'keepers right hand side, and Norwich fans were happy. On 45 minutes the hosts drew level. Norwich failed to clear and Diedhiou shot home for 1-1. The second period saw Pukki draw a fine save from the home 'keeper on 49 minutes, but on 53 minutes City fell behind. O'Dowda fired into the roof of the net as the Norwich defence again looked slow to react to events. Six minutes later Bristol City went close again, and Norwich wobbled -- just a little. On 78 minutes Aarons headed home at the far post from a Hernandez cross. 2-2. On 84 minutes Rhodes netted, but the goal was correctly chalked off for offside. A hard fought and well deserved point. Possession of 38% / 62% in our favour. OTBC!
16 DECEMBER 2018. Up next? Blackburn Rovers away next Saturday. OTBC!
22 DECEMBER 2018. BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 NCFC 1. Do not under estimate the importance of this result. Rovers have had a long period at home without defeat, and City weren't at their best. The home side also appeared to be using physical presence -- others might say dirty tackles -- as a tactic, and Norwich lost both Buendia and Leitner to injury. But the Y'Army following of 1,272 in a crowd of 14,202 saw that man Pukki strike on 86 minutes to bring the points home to Carrow Road. City started brightly, but it all faded as time passed, and the game got a bit turgid. Rovers dominated for spells, but they couldn't strike. Games like this define seasons, and just maybe there is a golden finish in sight for May? Possession of 39% / 61% in our favour. OTBC!
23 DECEMBER 2018. Up next? Nottingham Forest come to Carrow Road on Boxing Day. OTBC!
25 DECEMBER 2018. Merry Christmas from all at Scottish Canaries. ON THE BALL CITY!
26 DECEMBER 2018. NCFC 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3. Only a point for The Canaries today, but what a remarkable game. City, playing in front of 26,933, were three goals down with 13 minutes left, but turned it all round. Pukki had drawn a good save from Pantilimon on 9 minutes, and then Krul was called into action by a Fox freekick on 38 minutes. It looked as if there would be no goals in first period, but Forest went ahead in added time. Cash fired home after Aarons had lost the ball. City started the second half with intent, but on 58 minutes Krul made a very good stop from ex Canary Grabban. Norwich should have had a penalty when Robinson clearly handled in the box, with even the Forest players surprised there was no award. It was Robinson who put the visitors two up on 65 minutes, with the City defence again failing to clear. Spirits were sagging, but this Norwich team don't give up. Pukki went close on 73 minutes, but on 74 Cash fired in a third for Forest. The fans who left missed a Christmas cracker. Pukki drew another fine save from Pantilimon, but on 77 minutes a deflected Vranic effort made it 1-3. On 90 minutes an Aarons attempt was cleared off the line, but on 94 minutes Hernandez got a second for Norwich. Shortly after that, both Godfrey and Klose drew saves from Pantilimon, and his grin showed that he thought it was all over. It wasn't. Hernandez scored with a neat finish on 98 minutes to send Carrow Road wild. What a finish. Possession of 60% / 40% in our favour. OTBC!
27 DECEMBER 2018. Next up? Derby County visit Carrow Road on Saturday. OTBC!
29 DECEMBER 2018. NCFC 3 DERBY COUNTY 4. The Canaries unbeaten run came to and end as The Rams scored in added time to take all three points at Carrow Road. Norwich started very well, and goals by Godfrey, 25 minutes, and Pukki, 31 minutes, had the majority of the 26,886 crowd anticipating a Canary romp. It wasn't to be. Our defensive faults were again laid bare as Tomori, 36 minutes, and Mount two minutes into added time saw it all square at the break. Both sides created chances, and on 81 minutes Pukki fired City ahead. A win, again, looked on. A lengthy delay followed after a problem with one of the floodlights, and when play eventually restarted it was Derby who looked much the better side. It was 3-3 on 87 minutes when Jozefzoon scored, then on 92 minutes Marriott scored the winner for the visitors. City almost snatched a draw at the death when Rhodes hit the bar, but it wasn't to be. Possession of 62% / 38% in our favour. OTBC!
30 DECEMBER 2018. Up next? City first foot Brentford on Tuesday. OTBC!
01 JANUARY 2019. A Happy New Year from all at Scottish Canaries. OTBC!
01 JANUARY 2019. BRENTFORD 1 NCFC 1. A decidedly off colour City salvaged a point at Griffin Park today, and might even have sneaked a win. Pukki had a strong penalty appeal turned down early on, then Stiepermann went off injured on 18 minutes. The Bees then went ahead on 22 minutes with Jeanvier heading home a corner. Not much else to write about from first half. On 55 minutes Krul made a fantastic save to keep Norwich in the game, and thirteen minutes later Aarons drew a good save from the home 'keeper. Vranic went close with a freekick on 73 minutes, then Timm Klose headed us level on 83 minutes -- again from a corner. With time running out, Trybull again made the home 'keeper work hard, and Krul made another good match saving stop on 87 minutes. Srbeny fired wide as Norwich looked for an unlikely winner, but a point it was. A Canary following of 1,641 in a crowd of 9,524. Possession of 46% / 54% in our favour. OTBC!
02 JANUARY 2019. Next up? Portsmouth visit Carrow Road on FA Cup duty this Saturday. OTBC!
05 JANUARY 2019. NCFC 0 PORTSMOUTH 1. City slipped quietly out of the FA Cup with this home loss to League One Portsmouth. The Norwich cause wasn't helped when Hanley was shown a straight red on 15 minutes. Shortly afterwards Pitman should have put the visitors ahead, but the ex Ipswich man fired over the bar. Zimmermann went close for The Canaries on 21 minutes, but neither side really got into their stride. Pompey had brought a large following, and they saw their side go close again on 77 minutes. Norwich also created chances in front of a good FA Cup crowd of 23,201. In added time City were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Pompey area. McLean fired it into the defensive wall, and Portsmouth subsequently made their way down the other end for Green to net on 94 minutes. Game over. Probably good not to have a replay though. Possession of 56% / 44% in our favour. OTBC!
06 JANUARY 2019. Up next? A massive game at WBA next Saturday. OTBC!
12 JANUARY 2019. WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 NCFC 1. The Canaries slipped out of the automatic promotion places, but probably felt happy to leave The Hawthorns with a point. A sell out crowd of 26,544 included 2,723 Y'Army members, and the latter saw the hosts put City under the cosh for long periods. Gayle fired WBA ahead on 12 minutes, and many feared a going over. The start of the second half saw Krul make two good and crucial saves in the space of a minute. City were starting to create, but it wasn't one of their better days. Salvation arrived on 83 minutes when McLean fed Rhodes who drew us level. A sigh of relief for The Norwich Boys, and a very good point in the end. Possession of 49% / 51% in our favour. OTBC!
13 JANUARY 2019. Up next? Birmingham City visit Carrow Road on Friday, and it's live on Sky. OTBC!
13 JANUARY 2019. Good luck to ex Canary Russ Martin who has left Walsall to spend more time with his family. OTBC!
18 JANUARY 2019. NCFC 3 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1. Norwich moved back up to second with this win over Birmingham, and got their first victory since the weekend before Christmas. Pukki put the Canaries ahead on 13 minutes, appearing to knee the ball home from close range. A minute later and Adams had made it 1-1. Farke's anger was very clear to see under the gaze of the Sky cameras. Norwich continued to dominate, and Vranic fired them ahead on 22 minutes when he shot from outside the box. On 25 minutes it was 3-1 as Trybull headed home a corner. Pukki went close again, and Krul saved well from Jota. Sadly Buendia went off injured on 38 minutes, replaced by Cantwell. Norwich eased up a bit in the second period. Cantwell drew a good save from ex Canary Lee Camp, and Stiepermann was denied by a good tackle on 68 minutes. Adams tested Krul on 71 minutes, but there were to be no further goals. A good Friday night crowd of 25,932, and possession of 66% / 34% in our favour. OTBC!
18 JANUARY 2019. Next for The Canaries? Sheffield United visit Carrow Road on 26 January. A huge game. OTBC!
26 JANUARY 2019. NCFC 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED 2. In the end a draw was probably about right, but it means City lose more ground to Leeds United. Norwich started very brightly and Hernandez fired them ahead on 11 minutes after some very good build up play. It looked like that would be how the interval would arrive, but in added time Buendia conceded a penalty. Krul managed to get himself booked for foolish gamesmanship, which didn't put Billy Sharp off. Penalty scored, and 1-1 on 45+4 minutes. Early in the second half Sharp headed against the City bar, and home fans in the 26,844 crowd were growing more tense with each passing minute. Joy returned, however, on 56 minutes when Pukki put The Canaries 2-1 ahead. It wasn't to last. City seemed less cohesive after the break, and Sharp headed The Blades level on 79 minutes. No more goals, but Zimmermann was perhaps lucky to escape a red card toward the end when he pushed Sharp over. None of the officials appeared to see this. Possession of 52% / 48% in our favour. OTBC!
27 JANUARY 2019. Up next? Leeds United away next Saturday. Huge! Live on Sky! OTBC!
02 FEBRUARY 2019. LEEDS UNITED 1 NCFC 3. ON THE BALL CITY! One of the best Norwich performances in years. City entered the cauldron that is Elland Road, conquered it, drank the soup, and left the cauldron cold and empty. Vranic fired The Canaries ahead on 5 minutes. A direct freekick. A slight deflection. One up! Lots of Leeds pressure, though Norwich created as well, then on 35 minutes Pukki scored the second. A Vranic effort was deflected, the ball then passed to our wonderful Finn, and it was in. Even he thought he was offside, but he wasn't. In the first minute of added time Leeds netted, but correctly ruled out for a foul on Krul. A tense second period, but on 78 minutes Vranic netted his second, and our third. Many of the home fans in the crowd of 36,524 chose this time to leave. Only blemish came at the end. Just into added time and Bamford's deflected effort hit the bar. From the corner, Bamford headed home on 90+1. No matter. The points were ours. Possession of 63% / 37% in favour of Leeds. OTBC!
03 FEBRUARY 2019. Up next? Ipswich Town visit Carrow Road next Sunday. OTBC!
10 FEBRUARY 2019. NCFC 3 IPSWICH TOWN 0. Another resounding win for The Canaries, and all the sweeter for being against "that lot" from Suffolk. Norwich didn't play particularly well, but it's a good sign when you win when not at your best. Hernandez put us one up on 2 minutes, and many thought a romp would follow. It did, but not without some worries. The Tractor Boys actually dominated for long periods, but lacked any finish. There was mayhem just before the break. A terrible foul by an Ipswich player saw both benches involved in a melee. Even the police became involved. Ex Canary boss Paul Lambert was red carded as was City Performance Coach Chris Domogalla. In fact a big feature of this match was the referee's inability to control events and impose any authority. In my opinion, Ipswich were lucky to keep eleven men on the pitch. A lengthy period followed when City even looked vulnerable, but that man Pukki settled the nerves. He converted a wonderful through ball for 2-0 on 65 minutes, and stretched to poke the ball home on 80 minutes. The Finn had also seen another effort ruled out. The vast majority of the 27,040 crowd were now celebrating. At the end it was clear that this result meant so much for us. WELL DONE YELLOWS! Possession of 47% / 53% in favour of Ipswich. OTBC!
11 FEBRUARY 2019. Next up? Preston North End away on Wednesday. OTBC!
13 FEBRUARY 2019. PRESTON NORTH END 3 NCFC 1. The Canaries suffered their first away league defeat since August, and can have little complaint. Davies headed PNE in front on 2 minutes as Norwich failed to deal with a free kick. On 19 minutes the hosts hit our bar, but on 24 minutes it was 2-0. Gallagher netted a penalty after Buendia had downed a Preston man. On 32 minutes the 880 Y'Army following, in a crowd of 11,280, saw a glimmer of hope. A Norwich penalty, but ex Canary Rudd saved Stiepermann's effort. City were much improved in the second half, but found the hosts defending very well. Blocks! Line clearances! An inspired Declan Rudd. All conspired to keep Norwich at bay, and on 69 minutes they were three down. A Preston effort hit the bar, but Maguire netted from the rebound. The hosts had another effort ruled out for handball, and Norwich continued to work hard. Their only consolation was a goal from Pukki on 90+3 minutes. A bad day at the office, and hopefully a minor blip. Possession of 40% / 60% in our favour. OTBC!
14 FEBRUARY 2019. Up next? Bolton Wanderers away on Saturday. OTBC!
16 FEBRUARY 2019. BOLTON WANDERERS 0 NCFC 4. City bounced back from the Preston defeat to easily put The Trotters to the sword. Pukki opened the scoring on 8 minutes, and further goals by Stiepermann, 25, and Buendia, 34, put The Canaries in easy street and cheered up the 1,561 Y'Army followers in a crowd of 14,006. Norwich looked like they could score at will, but half time arrived without adding to their tally. A Pukki lob on 56 minutes settled any nerves as the hosts looked better after the break. However, our penalty jinx continues. Pukki was fouled in the box. Kenny McLean took the kick, but it was saved by ex Canary Matthews in the home goal. That's one kick converted from last seven. Possession of 30% / 70% in our favour. OTBC!
17 FEBRUARY 2019. Up next? Bristol City visit Carrow Road next Saturday. OTBC!
23 FEBRUARY 2019. NCFC 3 BRISTOL CITY 2. What a day. The high flying Robins brought to earth by the higher flying Canaries. A huge win, and a game that was gripping in the way it played out. A crowd of 26,338 saw The Robins edge ahead on 12 minutes through Paterson. Norwich weren't at their best, and Pukki squandered a decent chance on 25 minutes. It was our flying Finn, however, who set up McLean to level on 36 minutes. Joy all round, but then crash, bang, wallop. The visitors went 2-1 up through O'Dowda on 37 minutes. No further first half goals, and much concern that our sometimes dodgy defending was going to cost us. The second period saw Norwich up the tempo and the pressure. Bristol City struggled to cope, and on 55 minutes Godfrey scored for 2-2. Norwich finally went ahead on 66 minutes. McLean read the ball well, and his dipping half volley had most of Carrow Road in raptures. Pukki again went close on 78 minutes, and a minute later Stiepermann hit the bar. The Canaries had also struck the woodwork earlier in the game. Norwich saw the game out, and three hard fought, well earned, points were ours. The game also saw returns for Klose and Vrancic towards the end. Possession of 59% / 41% in our favour. OTBC!
24 FEBRUARY 2019. Next up? Millwall away next Saturday. If all goes to plan, I'll be following this from sunny Spain. OTBC!
02 MARCH 2019. MILLWALL 1 NCFC 3. Bare bones as I was in Spain, and relied on text updates. A hard fought Canaries win in front of 3,240 Y'Army members in a crowd of 16,478. Stiepermann put City ahead on 16 minutes, though Millwall were on top early on. The Lions levelled on 45 minutes through Williams, so all square at the break. Zimmermann, 69 minutes, and Pukki on 79 minutes sealed the points. Possession of 41% / 59% in our favour. OTBC!
03 MARCH 2019. Next up? Swansea City visit Carrow Road next Friday, and it's live on Sky. OTBC!
08 MARCH 2019. NCFC 1 SWANSEA CITY 0. A poor City performance, but three points. That's the mark of success. Buendia scored the only goal on 54 minutes, and that was City's only shot on target. Pukki hit a post on 88 minutes, and The Canaries were happy to see the game out. A crowd of 26,360. Possession of 48% / 52% in favour of Swansea. OTBC!
09 MARCH 2019. Up next? Hull City visit Carrow Road on Wednesday. OTBC!
13 MARCH 2019. NCFC 3 HULL CITY 2. Text messages from home the only coverage, so very bare bones. Hull hit woodwork early on, but Stiepermann, 11 minutes, and Buendia, 14 minutes, put us 2-0 up. Pugh pulled one back on 45 minutes. Buendia made it 3-1 on 60 minutes, and ex Canary Chris Martin scored on 87 minutes to make things more tense than they should have been. Attendance of 25,879. Possession of 61% / 39% in our favour. OTBC!
14 MARCH 2019. Up next? Rotherham away on Saturday. OTBC!
16 MARCH 2019. ROTHERHAM UNITED 1 NCFC 2. Travelling back from holiday today, so minimal information. Another hard won three points for The Canaries, which would have delighted the 2,615 Y'Army following in a crowd of 11,026. McLean opened for City on 45 minutes, and that was how it stood at the break. The Millers levelled on 52 minutes through Ajayi, but Godfrey on 57 minutes won the contest. City just have to keep plugging away, and hopefully winning. Possession of 38% / 62% in our favour. OTBC!
17 MARCH 2019. Up next? A trip to Middlesbrough on 30 March. Internationals next week. OTBC!
30 MARCH 2019. MIDDLESBROUGH 0 NCFC 1. Not a classic Norwich performance, but a hard fought gritty encounter that produced another precious three points. There were 1,397 Canary fans in a crowd of 23,795 and at the end they acclaimed their heroes. The hosts had the better of the first half, though Pukki was twice thwarted by Randolph in the Boro goal. Early in the second period, ex Canary Ayala saw a header brush Krul's left hand post. Shortly after, Norwich scored. Hernandez scored a wonderful effort after the hosts, including ex City favourite Howson, failed to clear their lines. Norwich had chances to increase the lead, but failed to do so. It all got a bit squeaky bum, and Zimmermann made a wonderful clearance to stop Boro scoring as time ticked down. Cue relief and celebrations at the end. Possession of 40% / 60% in our favour. OTBC!
30 MARCH 2019. To put the game we love in context, we witnessed someone in the Boro end receiving CPR for around 20 minutes as the game started. No idea how it panned out, but not good whatever the result of medical intervention. Sadly there are more important things in life than football. OTBC!
31 MARCH 2019. Up next? QPR come to Carrow Road next Saturday. OTBC!
06 APRIL 2019. NCFC 4 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0. Any worries that QPR would be on a bounce after sacking their manager were quickly banished as City ran out comfortable winners. In truth, The Canaries could have hit seven or eight today. Buendia fired home on 6 minutes for 1-0, and then a longer range effort from Stiepermann made it 2-0 on 12 minutes. Norwich were in total control, and better finishing would have seen QPR blown away. As it was, Pukki ended his mini drought on 38 minutes with a neat finish from a through ball. The vast majority of the 26,796 attendance were really enjoying this, and as a measure of how far behind, in terms of general skill, QPR were, their fans started to celebrate when they won a couple of corners in the second period. On 57 minutes Krul even had to look sharp to make a save. The big blot on the afternoon for The Canaries was a straight red card for Buendia on 71 minutes. A reckless challenge, and the correct outcome. He'd had some harsh treatment during the game, and maybe frustration took over. QPR were quite lucky one of their players hadn't already seen red earlier in the contest. Pukki got his second on 85 minutes to round it all off, and possession of 67% / 33% in our favour told the tale. OTBC!
07 APRIL 2019. Next up? Reading visit Carrow Road on Wednesday. OTBC!
10 APRIL 2019. NCFC 2 READING 2. A roller coaster of a night at Carrow Road, and a last gasp goal from The Royals saw City drop two points. This wasn't a great Norwich display, and possession wasn't leading to chances. Reading had their first attack on 30 minutes, and Meite scored to stun Carrow Road. Pukki, twice, and Cantwell went close before the break, but Norwich left the field one down. The second period saw Trybull hit a post on 47 minutes, then a Hernandez effort chalked off on 52 minutes for offside. Pukki on 59 minutes drew a good save from the visiting 'keeper. Reading reminded us that they were here, and also went close on 66 minutes. It looked like being one of those nights as Hernandez again came close on 77 minutes. Then it all kicked off. A nice flowing move saw Godfrey level on 86 minutes with a shot inside the box. On 88 minutes Zimmermann headed home a corner. The majority of the 26,662 crowd were in spasms of delight. In added time, 91 minutes, Rhodes drew a good save from the Reading 'keeper, though perhaps he could have done better with his header. Then the roof fell in. Rinomhota on 97 minutes struck from inside our box. 2-2. Points dropped. Possession of 74% / 26% in our favour. OTBC!
11 APRIL 2019. Next up? Norwich travel to Wigan on Sunday for a high noon showdown. OTBC!
14 APRIL 2019. WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 NCFC 1. Just back from DW Stadium, and mighty relieved to have got a point. This was another nervy, stodgy Norwich display. Lots of possession, but little end product. A Norwich following of 5,300, in a crowd of 15,655, were in good voice, and looked forward to three points. Not to be. A dour first period ended with The Latics going ahead. A free kick struck Godfrey on the leg, then bounced up to hit his arm. Penalty said the ref. I'm not sure it would have been awarded against one of the "big" teams, but 45 on the clock and James fired home the kick. The second half wore on but salvation only arrived on 81 minutes. McLean sent a ball through, and Pukki dispatched it. Cue Yellow joy. City had chances to win, but couldn't get the breakthrough. Wigan had the ball in the net on 94 minutes, but flagged for offside. A point it was. Possession of 35% / 65% in our favour. OTBC!
15 APRIL 2019. Next up? Sheffield Wednesday visit Carrow Road on Friday. Scottish Canaries will be there for Global Canaries Day. OTBC!
19 APRIL 2019. NCFC 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2. A night of high drama at Carrow Road as City crawl to, hopefully, promotion. A crowd of 26,744 included a very vocal following for The Owls. Many thought the visiting 'keeper should have seen red for handling outside the box, but it was only yellow. This was the first of many strange referee decisions. City went ahead on 19 minutes. Stiepermann fired home from outside the box. Joy abounded. Wednesday drew level on 33 minutes, and it was a cracker. Forestieri fired home from around 35 yards, and even drew some applause from the home fans. All square at the break. Wednesday went ahead on 53 minutes -- Fletcher bundled home from close range. The officials were unsighted, if we're being kind, as TV clearly showed the ball was scooped home by hand. City huffed and puffed, but no joy. Then it all kicked off in added time. A free kick on the edge of the box, and Vrancic fired home on 97 minutes. Carrow Road went crazy. A point was better than none. Possession of 58% / 42% in our favour. OTBC!
20 APRIL 2019. Next up? Stoke City away on Monday. OTBC!