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Norwich City’s FA Cup Hero Errol Crossan Is Mourned

We are saddened to hear that Norwich City Hall Of Fame member Errol Crossan, who played a key role in Norwich City’s famous FA Cup run of 1958-59, has died at the age of 85.

The Canadian right winger played in all 11 games as the Canaries reached the semi-finals of the competition as a third-tier side before being beaten by Luton in a replay.

He weighed in with four goals as Archie Macaulay’s side made national headlines by overcoming the odds to come within touching distance of Wembley, netting in the 3-0 win over Manchester United in the third round and also scoring the goal that earned City a replay in the quarter-finals at Sheffield United.

Born in Montreal on October 6, 1930, Crossan moved with his family to the Isle of Man at the age of eight and played for Manchester City, Gillingham and Southend before joining Norwich in September, 1958.

He went on to make 116 appearances for the club in an eventful spell that also included promotion to the old Division Two in 1960, scoring 32 goals in the process.

He was transfered to Leyton Orient in February 1961 before moving back to his native Canada, where he finished his playing career and later worked as a supervisor for Canadian Forest products before retiring.

Crossan was inducted into Norwich City’s Hall of Fame in 2002 having earlier received a similar accolade in his homeland where he was named in the best national team of players who represented the country between 1912 and 1962.

A statement on City’s official website said: “The thoughts of everyone at Norwich City are with Errol’s family and friends at this time.”

O'Neil Contract Talks On Hold

Norwich City midfielder Gary O'Neil says he is not thinking about his future at the club and is purely focused on helping the club to stay in the Premier League.

The 33-year-old is due to run out of contract at the end of the season, but quite understandably Norwich have not discussed a new deal while they are battling to avoid the drop.

O'Neil has vast experience of life in the Championship and would be a valuable member of the Canaries squad should the worst happen, but he hopes it does not come to that.

"“I’ve not really thought about my future," admitted O’Neil. "“The relegation battle is all-consuming at the minute. The club haven'’t mentioned anything to me, and I don’t mind that."

"“I understand how it works. When you get to my age, it happens every year. I had it at QPR and West Ham. It’s just the way it goes"

“"But I'’ll be fully committed to the next four games and do everything I can so Norwich are in the Premier League next year, whether I’m here or not."

Arsenal Vs Norwich - Planned Home Fans Protest

Arsenal fans will have to wait to make their point - quite forcibly - to Arsene Wenger and all the other people who are upsetting them at the moment.  The game is the late start on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 5.30pm, although how many Arsenal fans will be in the stadium to see it is anyone's guess.

Prominent supporters' group REDAction is behind the protest and the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and Black Scarf Movement have also pledged their support for the public display of frustration.

The protest is not explicitly anti-Wenger - although Friday's outburst blaming a "difficult climate" at home games for the club's failure to challenge for the title will not have helped matters - but an attempt to show that fans want the club to take a different direction amid high ticket prices and stagnant performances.

Fans are already preparing the placards that will be brandished at the match later on, while a leading fanzine is also running a front page questioning whether Wenger should continue in charge:

 

Arsenal Vs Norwich - Pre Match Stats

Arsenal Vs Norwich - Some Pre Match Stats For You - And They Don't Look Great for Norwich Fans

  • Arsenal have won eight of their last 12 league home games against Norwich City (W8 D3 L1).
  • Norwich have won only one of their last 14 league games against Arsenal, losing seven and drawing six in this period.
  • This game will be Arsene Wenger’s 750th Premier League match in charge of Arsenal – only Sir Alex Ferguson (810) has managed more in the competition.
  • Mesut Ozil has now gone eight successive Premier League appearances without an assist but still has a league-high 18 in total this season.
  • Ozil has created a league-high 137 goalscoring chances for team-mates this season in the top-flight, more than any other player in a single Premier League campaign since 2003/04.
  • Olivier Giroud has now gone 14 Premier League games without scoring, his longest goal drought in the competition.
  • Arsenal have failed to win seven Premier League games they have led in at some point this season (D5 L2), their highest tally since 2004-05 (also seven games).
  • No team in the Premier League has a lower scoring top scorer than Norwich City this season – Redmond and Mbokani (five goals).
  • Arsenal have made the most touches in the opposition box this season (1158), while opponents Norwich City have made the fewest (569).
  • Of players to have had 10+ clear cut chances in the Premier League this season, Norwich striker Cameron Jerome has the worst conversion rate of these chances (2/12 – 16.7%).

 

Alex Neil's Thoughts On Relegation Run Down

Norwich City Manager Alex Neil spoke to Norwich City TV yesterday offering his thoughts on the run in and the relegation battle over the final four games left to play this season.

"The bottom line is that we're in a fight and we need to come out fighting,"

"There's been a lot of negativity as you can imagine, obviously with the fact that we were four points clear and now we're not, but this isn't the time to give up. It's the time to roll our sleeves up.

"We've been training hard and making sure that we're ready for the game, we need to make sure we go to Arsenal and give a good performance."

"What you've got to bear in mind is that there are four games left," he added. "Although people will see this one as being difficult, we've actually not done too badly on our travels against the bigger teams.

Wisdom & Klose's Seasons Closed Out

Norwich manager Alex Neil yesterday confirmed at his press conference for the Arsenal match that kicks off this evening at the Emirates that both Andre Wisdom & Timm Klose are out for the season

As a further blow for Switzerland international Klose he is expected also to miss Euro 2016 having been in good form for the club prior to his injury the other week.

However, Russel Martin is fit and available for selection again following the virus that sidelined him for the defeat against Sunderland 2 weeks ago and Alex Neil felt he had good defensive cover for the run in - I guess results will show whether that is true or not

Wisdom & Klose Out For Season

Norwich manager Alex Neil today confirmed at his press conference for the Arsenal match tomorrow that both Andre Wisdom & Timm Klose are out for the season

As a further blow for Switzerland international Klose he is expected also to miss Euro 2016 having been in good form for the club prior to his injury the other week.

However, Russel Martin is available for selection again following the virus that sidelined him for the Sunderland match and Alex Neil felt he had good defensive cover for the run in - I guess results will show whether that is true or not

 

Paul Lambert installed as bookies' favourite to become next Celtic boss

Paul Lambert has been installed as the odds-on favourite to become the next Celtic manager after confirming he will quit Blackburn Rovers this summer.

A former Parkhead captain, Lambert will activate a release clause in the two-and-a-half-year contract he signed in November following the final Sky Bet Championship clash with Reading on May 7.

And bookmakers immediately priced the 40-times capped ex-Scotland international as a shorter price than former favourite David Moyes to replace Ronny Deila.

Celtic’s board are currently working on a shortlist consisting of top targets Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Roy Keane.

A second, longer list incorporating the likes of Lambert, Neil Lennon, Michael O’Neill and Malky Mackay will come into play should the club fail to lure a crowd-pleasing managerial big beast north.

First-choice Moyes has yet to turn the job down formally. A return to Everton is the Glaswegian’s first choice despite reports south of the border suggesting Mark Hughes is now the top target of the Goodison club, and Brendan Rodgers is also odds-on to make a return to Swansea following his Liverpool sacking.

Keane turned the Celtic job down two years ago, but has yet to sign a new contract as Republic of Ireland assistant manager after admitting he wants to return to frontline club management after the Euro 2016 finals.

However, Lambert will also be carefully considered after enjoying a strong start to his managerial career, leading Norwich City to the Barclays Premier League after back-to-back promotions.