26
Jul

Norwich City apologize after claiming 13-0 win over wrong opponents

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Championship side Norwich City apologized to Italian club Saint-Christophe Vallee d’Aoste after the Canaries mistakenly thought they had played — and badly beaten — the Serie D outfit, 13-0, in a recent friendly match.

Huh? How could they not know who they were playing, you ask?

The error appears to have stemmed from a classic case of miscommunication.

Norwich were due to face Serie C side Novara on Sunday as part of their training camp in Italy, but the fixture was canceled and replacement opponents were called in — believed to have been S.C Vallee d’Aoste. In reality, the Canaries had only faced a regional select side.

It’s no wonder, then, that Norwich manager Neil Adams felt his side could’ve used more of a challenge.

"With all due respect to the opposition, they didn’t really give us the test that certainly we wanted at this stage of the season," Adams said before the team’s website claimed the double-digit win over S.C Vallee d’Aoste.

After the Serie D club notified them of the error, Norwich apologized in a statement:

"In our original match report for this warm-up fixture, acting in good faith on the basis of information given to the club, we incorrectly reported that we had played against local club side SC Vallee d’Aoste," the statement read.

H/T BBC.com

Image provided by Reuters.

10
Jan

Norwich twins wear different boots to help manager tell them apart

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When around identical twins for an extended period of time, one can usually begin to distinguish one from the other. But what about in a game, with 20 other players on the pitch?

That’s the problem Norwich City manager Chris Hughton ran into as he started to bring up the Murphy twins — Josh and Jacob — into the Canaries’ first team. Not to worry, though. The two 18-year-olds already came up with a solution: wear different color boots.

The twins have yet to play a senior game together, but in last week’s FA Cup match against Fulham, Jacob replaced his brother for his first senior team appearance. Josh wore orange boots, while Jacob’s were blue.

From the BBC:

"It’s something we spoke about a while back," Hughton told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"It’s not so much in close proximity, because there is a difference between the two and they have different playing styles so I can tell them apart.

"Certainly in possession games that we might play, it’s going to be more difficult to tell them apart."

Hey, whatever works!

H/T BBC

15
Jul

Soccer Fan Winds Up With Tattoo of Rival Club’s Emblem - For Charity

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People often make extraordinary sacrifices for charities, but this one might take the cake.

After committing to a 100-mile bike ride to raise funds for a local charity, lifelong Ipswich Town fan Andrew Glover jokingly promised to get the emblem of Ipswich’s rival, Norwich City, tattooed on his arm if he raised more than £1,000.

A bit unexpectedly, commitments poured in and Andrew raised just over that number, bringing in £1,136 for his cause, the Norwich-based Hamlet Centre Trust.

A man of his word, Andrew honored his pledge, and despite an initial reluctance, had Norwich City’s recognizable ‘Canary’ inked onto his arm.

Despite the psychological setback, Andrew’s perspective remains practical, as he was quoted after the tattoo session as saying, “I’ll be wearing long sleeves now when I go to Portman Road. And I’m going to have to get an Ipswich tattoo.”

(H/T: North Norfolk News)

29
May

Sebastian Bassong’s ‘Instagun’ flap

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He may have had an excellent season at Norwich in helping them avoid the Premier League drop, but defender Sebastien Bassong may have just landed himself a lot of trouble with some pictures he posted - and since deleted - on his Instagram account.

In the pictures, one can see Bassong holding a gun and readying himself to shoot it. Isn’t it about time these players had a bit of common sense about themselves?

The club have since released a statement confirming that the photos have been taken down, and also that the gun in the pictures is fake. Regardless, he should know better, surely.

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4
May

Premier League relegation battle

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With 2 weeks remaining, there are still 10 Premier League teams that can be mathematically relegated to the npower Championship. To say that every game left on the team’s schedule is a must-win would be a drastic understatement.

Here are just a few of the matches that could be the difference between survival and relegation:

  • 5/7: Wigan vs Swansea City
  • 5/12: QPR vs Newcastle
  • 5/12: Southampton vs Sunderland
  • 5/19: Wigan vs Aston Villa

19
Jan

Déjà vu? Liverpool smacks five past Norwich

Luis Suarez put aside the latest controversial episode in his checkered Liverpool career by doing what he does best, scoring in the team’s 5-0 thrashing of Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.

Watch all five goals here:

29
Dec

Harsh or fair?

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri was sent off in Saturday’s clash against Norwich after he was fouled by Sébastien Bassong (who received a yellow card).

Nasri confronted him after the hard challenge, letting his emotions get the best of him. The referee showed him a straight red card — but was it the right call? Let us know what you think. It seemed quite harsh to us.