Ebene Magazine – Spud Thornhill: Early days, but can City break that promotion record?

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Feet on the ground – Norwich’s head coach Daniel Farke with Andrew Omobamidele after their midweek win against Huddersfield
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd.

On Monday it will be 35 years since we beat Bradford City 2-0 at Odsal Park and won promotion to the old Division One.

Unfortunately, due to a dispute between TV companies and of the Football League has never seen video footage of this game this season about rights issues. My only memory of that day is seeing the BBC sports show grandstand on Saturday afternoon with my nans and grandpas. I remember seeing the old video printer typing and saying: Bradford City 0 Norwich City 2 ’. Below in brackets: Norwich City are promoted.

I celebrated by jumping around my grandparents’ living room. Most likely, me and my brother Martin went to nearby Waterloo Park to play soccer. I would pretend I was Kevin Drinkell and score the goals to get us back to Division 1.

April 12th is the earliest promotion we’ve ever won, and that was 1986, but Saturday could be another record broken by this wonderful team. At the time of start, Swansea City may not be able to catch us if they don’t win at Millwall. If Brentford didn’t beat Preston North End then we would just have to do our part at Derby.

Given what has happened this season, especially since we beat Stoke City and took first place back in February, it’s no surprise. Since then, Brentford has only had three wins in 11 and Swansea four wins in 12. We won nine of our 11 and we had a goal difference swing from 15 to 36. Tuesday’s football against Huddersfield was so good that I can’t say enough about it for that I have. Sometimes I was totally excited. I think I can honestly say that this was one of the best performances I’ve seen from a Norwich team in my nearly 39 years following them.

Maybe Huddersfield wasn’t at its best, but the way we played I honestly don’t think that many teams could handle us. Unfortunately, the Terriers faced a team that has threatened it so many times this season.

Add the frustration of the late goal at Preston and you could really feel it was going to be one of those evenings. Each player has played his role. Obviously, and rightly so, the top three received praise from Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell.

41: 4-0 #ncfc Tettey on the contact line does his warm-up. Clapped and yelled « more, more, more » to his teammates. Ruthless

First, Alex Tettey. Our Paddy Davitt tweeted that Tettey clapped 4-0 shortly before the break and shouted “more, more, more” as he warmed up. Inconsiderate, as Paddy put it. A minute later it was 5-0.

Our team is not just about the players on the field, but about everyone who is connected to it. It’s this tight, close-knit team that played a huge role two years ago when we had people like Jordan Rhodes giving similar encouragement.

Then there was Tim Krul in goal. On a very cold night, with the ball on the other end most of the time, Krul could be forgiven if he lost his focus. But no – he had to be at his best at least twice to save another goal.

And finally. Andrew Omobamidele. Unfortunately, I hadn’t seen much of him before the Preston game. I was a little concerned that he and Grant Hanley would not have the opportunity to train together since they were both on international service. Not that you noticed after his performance in the last two games. Absolutely fantastic.

Todd Cantwell takes on Juninho Bacuna while Norwich City beats up Huddersfield Town
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd.

The club academy’s Twitter feed has recognized the publication of pictures of him since he arrived three years ago. He has accumulated and grown just like Ben Godfrey. And seeing Daniel Farke speak to him right after Tuesday’s game was so heartwarming. Andrew is another player with such a great future. Like our football club.

And if the action is not sealed on Saturday, we just have to put the champagne on ice and wait a week.

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