Not being able to get to Villa Park on Saturday, I settled myself down on the recliner with an endless stream of coffee in readiness to watch the anticipated match.
I was concerned that the marvelous travelling army would give Lambert the verbal roasting that many of us perhaps wanted to, but time has moved on and so have the teams, sadly the nasty bitter taste still rumbles on with the legal ramblings. City were warned by the League Managers Ass to keep their mouth's shut, while their client continues to have his little snipes and back handed comments in the media.
Seemingly that's fair.
As I said I was concerned that any jeering and overall nastiness would be picked up by the camera's and the listening pundits alike, that would have tarnished every City supporter whether at Villa Park or not; Tar and Brush come to mind.
But One Villa Supporting writer, made the following comment:
"Any hatred that Lambert was expecting from the travelling Canaries went quietly unheard. Instead Norwich fans voiced support for their current manger by chanting, “There’s only one Chris Hughton.” It would have been easy to target Lambert with hate filled chants but, the away fans refrains displayed a high level of respect for a man that had done so much in reviving the fortunes of Norwich City Football Club"
"One of the largest cheers of the opening exchanges came during the mandatory ‘Petrov 19th minute’ mark, where both sets of supporters warmly got behind the Villa midfielders continuing battle with Leukaemia"
So it was with great relief and no little pride that I heard and saw the Yellow Army singing and cheering Chris Hughton and the team, also standing and applauding Stiliyan Petrov on 19 minute mark. Showing as much respect as the home crowd, this didn't slip by unnoticed, I have recieved several e-mails and read various comments from Villa fans, praising the Yellow Army.
Some chosing to term the Yellow Army as the best away support they have seen and heard for a long while.
Those of us who cannot get to many away games for differing reasons are proud of our absolutely marvellous away following, and would not want them to get any bad press what so ever; they are a credit to our club
I know my praise means nothing in the scale of things, but I know it does give all supporters a warm feeling when they see and hear On the Ball being belted out in the vast stadiums up and down the premier league; then to hear other teams followers make such comments, is the best appreciation there is.
Long may that Continue in the Premiership or where ever City are playing.