Not much has changed regarding all things yellow and green. We’re doing reasonably well. We’re scoring goals. We’re still conceding them.
We’ve got Youssouf Mulumbu close to returning from an injury he picked up in pre-season. Dieumerci Mbokani is off the mark for Norwich, scored over the break for Congo, and continues to get up to speed which can only be a good thing. Now, we’ve got two winnable games on the horizon against teams I wouldn’t bet against being rivals to stay up this season. Newcastle and West Brom.
But, rather than talk about what’s to come, I’m going to talk about something that came out. Just a few days ago.
There’s a lot to like about being a fan of Norwich City Football Club. We’re not perfect, but I wouldn’t swap my team for anyone or anything. It’s been a crazy few seasons for us. Since 2004, we’ve been promoted three times to the Premier League, and once to the Championship, relegated to the Championship three times and relegated to League One once. We’ve one two divisions. Come second in another. And, of course, we won at Wembley. My point? It’s never boring being a Canary.
Therefore, it’d make ideal film material, wouldn’t it? Ups. Downs. Emotional rollercoasters. Thrilling finales. Twists. Turns. It’s had it all. And last season, that’s exactly what we got. Whether you know about it or not, I’ll start from scratch. City360, put together by the brilliant Max Bell, documents Norwich City’s season from all angles. We’re given behind the scenes insight and we get another perspective that fans of other clubs may never possibly get.
There were five episodes last season, with all of them released together on a DVD after that Wembley triumph. Quite honestly, it was a fantastic watch. I don’t think you even have to be a Norwich fan – unless you’re an Ipswich supporter of course – to enjoy seeing a unique insight into the journey a club goes on during a season, behind the scenes content and exclusive interviews with the manager and players. I think that’s pretty fascinating stuff. In fairness, it does help that Norwich never seem to have a smooth, boring season. There always seems to be something going on.
After the success of last season, there was no doubt apart from Wembley glory and all that lark, City360 was one of the highlights. Therefore, myself and I’m sure heaps of other Canary fans were delighted when we discovered it was returning this season. Episode 1 came out on Friday, providing us with the tales of pre-season, the aftermath of Simon Hooper’s staggeringly bad decision on the opening day, the fightback against Sunderland, Dieumerci Mbokani’s arrival, Bradley Johnson’s surprise exit and Russell Martin’s extraordinary Anfield day. Watching it, it was hard not to be in awe of manager Alex Neil. When he talks, you listen and you nod your head a hell of a lot. But there were other things, Martin’s day especially which made it a fantastic watch.
In truth, I suppose this is me just gushing about how good it is and recommending it to football fans far and wide. It really is the sort of thing I’d watch well into my twilight years. It documented last season in a way no bog standard season review could. I’m sure it’ll do the same this time around.