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The Ginger Pele Retires

Ex City Defender/striker Gary Doherty has been forced to retire from the game at the age of 34.  Doc has not played this term after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.

His 17-year career spanned 501 games for Luton Town, Tottenham, Norwich City, Charlton and Wycombe, and he also won 34 caps for his country.

"It's the hardest decision for any footballer to have to make," said Doherty, who also played as a striker.

"You always hope you'll be able to retire in your own time when it's right for you, but injury has forced my hand and it's one of those things you have to deal with."

Doherty had only just returned following surgery for a displaced and broken forearm and a dislocated elbow, when he suffered the career-ending injury.

 

Good Luck Gary in all you decide to do

Old Boy Martin updated

If I am counting correctly, ex City boy Chris Martin picked up his 5th yellow of the season so far in last nights defeat to Chelsea in the Capitol One Cup,  which would mean he will miss his clubs next game, against City.  Derby also had a defender sent off so he will also be missing unless they can lodge a successfuo appeal in time.

 

awaiting to confirm this officially

 

I do believe we got that wrong about Chris Martin, as according to what I understand of the rules governing the FL the cut off sanction date was 30th November.

So Cuellar's back pocket. awaits for Martin to jump into

12th Day of Christmas..please give to Us

 

Canary on top of the championship tree

Grant Holt Has Not been Replaced

I am not a great lover of the term  legend,  I think the word has been used far to many times thus chealening it's meaning.

But every so often a Norwich City player rises above his teamates past and present and rightly gets that extra bit of praise,  among the many players that gone through the doors at Carrow Road some really stand head and shoulders above,  I am not  doing a disservice or belittling the others in any way. 
But the likes of  Darren Huckerby, Iwan Roberts, Adam Drury Dion Dublin had that little bit extra, one player who is included in my extras list returns this saturday with his loan club Huddersfield.  If you do not know who I am talking about then question  just who you follow...  Just in case....it is Grant Holt.

Holty must be one of the best buys ever, we all know what he brought to the team,  bagging 30 goals in his first season in a partnership with Chris Martin, then 23 in the championship and finally proving every so called expert wrong continued  in the top flight bagging 17 in his first season.  The second season saw him caught out a little by defenders but mainly his much lower total was because of the style of play the then new manager Chris Hughton forced on the club.

The was was much more to Holty than banging in goals, he was a leader, who lead by example from the front and would often be seen tearing back 60 or 70 yards to help the defence.   He rallied the troops, both on and off the field, steadied the ship on many occassions always seemed to have a grin on his face.  Now for me pound for pound he did more than most for the canary cause, I still hold onto my belief he should not have been allowed to leave, he epitomised everything that has been missing from the team since he departed.

OK he tried the age old trick of getting a better contract, so what many players have done this, more than we will ever know they will be keep secret.  I don't blame him one iota, he was over 30,  nearing the end of his career and in truth given the club back far more than they had paid out for him.   So I hold no grudge what so ever on that score.

He has said he holds one regret of not being able to say goodbye to the fans that worshipped him on the pitch, he has that chance saturday, 

I sincerely hopes that he is given the respect he earned while he was a canary by the whole of Carrow Road; before the game plus even after as he leaves the pitch, but during that 90 or so minutes he is nothing more than any other opposition player,  and I am sure he would not want it any other way.

I would not be against Neil Adams bringing the guy back as a bit part player, his leadership, fight and passion is solely missing..  Just like Iwan and Malkay were not replaced by Nigel Worthington when he guided us to promotion, The Grant Holt type of player  has not been replaced by either Hughton or Adams.. 

Perhaps Holt is the last of a dying breed....the game is a sadder place without them.

 

Good Luck, Holty in whatever you do for the rest of your playing time and what the furture holds for you.. but above all Thank You for being in my team

 

 

Are They Going to be Queuing For Ruddy ?

As you would expect the rumours are starting to fly the rounds, the major one this week concerns John Ruddy, with national newspapers suggesting that Neil Warnock (Colin to his friends) is going to renew interest in taking our big man to Selhurst park for competition with Speroni. 

  While Ruddy's old club Everton now managed by Roberto  Martinez  are thought to want him as replacement for American Tim Howard, who is thought to be heading home to the states to finish off his playing days.

I simply cannot see Ruddy wanting to go as understudy at Palace,  he is a number one keeper here why go down a notch to a club that is not that established in the Premier League, unlike Everton.

   I can see him jumping at the chance to go back to Goodison,  a case of perhaps unfinished business. 

Who would want to stand in his way ?  I certainly would not think any less of him if he does move to Everton or another established club, he deserves his chance, I do wonder if he will wait until the end of the season to see whether City are promoted or not,  a gamble but a thought he may consider.

But he isn't going to come cheaply as the reports have suggested, it will be considerably more than the £4 million suggested, he is still young, with premiership experience and an England International, who could easily break back into the scene being back in the premier.

So I do believe City followers maybe bracing themselves for this exit,  I know the big mans form has suffered a little of late, but he has not suddenly became a bad keeper over night,  he has saved this club far many more times than letting it down.   I feel that the recent treatmment he received may still play a part of his thinking when contemplating a move.

That is very sad if  it does as the guy has been a rock for City, one of the few who can righty hold his head higher than many,   I can honestly see other clubs queuing up for his signature

 

 

11th Day of Christmas..

 

Soccer Coaching for Dummies

 

For anyone who needs it

 

10th Day of Christmas ..

 

Public Relations For Dummies..Presnt for David  MCNally

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A sight of Stephen Fry in a City Shirt

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