There's only four teams involved in football's top honours these days, so what's it like to win silverware every season? This is the blog of one football fan who decided to, fully and unconditionally, do the unthinkable and change the football team he supported to spend one season at the top... AND NOW HE'S DOING A SIMILAR THING FOR EURO 2008 WITH A MATE BECAUSE THE SEASON'S FINISHED AND THEY'RE BOTH BORED

It's a sign

It's a sign

16/03/08

So, as you probably don’t remember me saying, all this Silly Season craziness made me come to the conclusion I needed break.

So I went to New York. A) because I’d never previously left Europe and, B ) Because I wanted to cleanse myself of football, and go somewhere where no one could get at me. Where most people think Fabregas is a soft drink, or something.

Now, I remember that my Norwich City-supporting mate had once told me a year or two ago about a bar in New York where ex-pat Norwich fans watched matches, but I’d forgotten about it.

Then, on the last day of the trip, I though I’d sit up at a sports bar, sample a smooth Californian pale ale (!) and try to work why America loves basketball so much.

So, it had to be a sign, that, of all the bars in all the gigantic metropolises, I had to walk into the George Keeley - just off Central Park in the Upper West Side - and be greeted with the iconic Canary.

To be honest, most of the people in there that day didn’t seem too focused on the plight of Norwich City. Heavily refreshed local Max wasn’t a soccer fan anyway (“I see Chelsay have taken Durbee 6 to 1 there, Matt”) – he was a Yankees fan.

Maybe it’s me… Maybe New York is that vast a city that there’s a bar for every football league club. Perhaps a couple of blocks away is the The United States Grimsby Town Supporters’ Club, and I just lucked out.


Barman Chris holds up the bar’s “Norfolk meets NY Folk” T-shirt

Either way, it made me wish I was a Norwich fan again.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying this European Cup and top of the Premier League stuff, but I just miss Norwich City. No real reason, not particular fixture, not because of any aggro from Norwich fans… I just do.

Proof I’m not talking crap (you’ve got to love the Ipswich On Fire badges): www.nycanaries.com

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Comment from: Richard [Visitor] Email
All this faffing around with Brum, Villa, Wigan and Boro is pretty hard to take. If Arsenal are to win anything this year, they'll have to beat at least 2 out of United, Chelsea, and Liverpool in each competition. I can't see us doing it in both.
Here starts the run of difficult games.

Also, on the subject of America, I happen to think (along with some former Derby owner) that baseball could be popular in Britain. I got hooked on it in Novemeber, and can't wait for the new season to start.

The Silly Season:
Yeah, the Arsenal fans I've been hanging around with think it's over. It'll be a memorable season if both cups are brought home though.

I think you're right about baseball. I've not 'tried' it yet, but only because I think it might end my relationship if I get hooked on another sport. The stadiums look amazing though...
http://www.baseball-statistics.com/Ballparks/NYY/yankee-pic.jpg
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Comment from: Ulysses [Visitor] Email
That's brilliant, thanks to you I know a place to visit for the hell of it, though I'm not a Norwich supporter. It's always good to see these kinds of places over here where it's not the usual hyped names.

The Silly Season:
You're in America! Blimey The Silly Season travels far...

It's a great bar, you can help yourself to popcorn and there's loads of really good ales on tap. Though maybe the popcorn thing is a feature of most US bars, is it?
PermalinkPermalink 17/03/08 @ 14:34
Comment from: Mark [Visitor] Email
Liverpool a lesser team? In the prem yes but don't underestimate them in Europe. Plus Torres is on fire. Although not literally as some daft commentator will probably mistakenly say at some point.

The Silly Season:

Oh, I've absolutely no doubt Liverpool will win. Especially after what I said earlier.

Knowing Benitez though, he'll probably 'rotate' Torres if he keeps scoring…

Don't forget, tickets go on sale for the first leg tomorrow!
PermalinkPermalink 17/03/08 @ 19:57
Comment from: Andrew Nickerson [Visitor] Email
Hi again,

I went to Glenn Roeder's Q&A last night - was
very good, very enjoyable and very informative.
I think it's events like that that make me
realise that I'd rather be a Norwich fan than
an Arsenal or Man Utd or Chelsea fan.

Sure, we're not going to be up there challenging for
titles, but it makes me feel as if this club
cares about its fans. I just can't see any of
the top four organising something similar.

Do you think being a fan of a top four side is
somewhat impersonal, compared to being a fan of
Norwich?

Thanks

Andrew

The Silly Season:

Very good point - I feel a new post coming on about this...

Without question Andrew. It feels like I'm the victim of unashamed capitalism being an Arsenal fan. The club doesn't feel like it belongs to me, if that makes sense. Norwich City does, but maybe that's because I've been a fan all my life.

I know the Arsenal fans I've been hanging about with don't like it much, but they say there's not much they can do about it. They feel like their club's been taken away from them a bit I think.

Tell you what, I'll ask them about it next week.
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