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Why I’ll be keeping hold of my fiver

Five Pound NoteThe main debate in Canary circles this week has been around City fan and former Waveney District councillor Iain Walpole’s “revolutionary” idea for supporters to set-up a “Norwich City Kitty”, with the money going into a separate transfer pot.

For those of you who haven’t come across it the details were published in Wednesday’s Eastern Daily Press (and is also available online at edp24.co.uk), but the idea is you set up a direct debit and pay in a monthly amount.

To quote the EDP:

On the basic premise that even a £5 a month contribution from just 25pc of City’s average home gate would, with interest, create a healthy six-figure lump sum exclusively for the use of the manager in buying players – and (Walpole) believes there is scope for getting past the £1m barrier.

This isn’t an original idea by any stretch of the imagination. Most of us have at one time or another sat round in the pub and wondered just what we might be able to do if everyone at a game donated £100 for example. The difference this time it would seem is that somebody actually wants to follow that through and take it to the next level.

I suppose for that reason alone Mr Walpole should probably be applauded. After all he is actively trying to generate income for the club. However as always there’s a “but”. A big one.

Believe it or not I don’t like to be cynical, and any plan which could potentially bring more money into the club should be investigated, but I don’t think this one will ever get off the ground.

I’ve read people refer to it as nothing more than a modern-day equivalent of shaking a bucket. I’d be inclined to agree with that but that’s not necessarily the problem as far as I’m concerned.

Apparently a lot of people ignore a direct debit of £20 or less leaving their account each month so in theory people should be able to afford it. Some people took particular exception to that statement, including me until Mrs Guru asked me yesterday morning why I had just received a statement for a mobile phone I’ve not used for over a year. On that basis I can personally vouch that I seemingly don’t miss £15.77 going to 02 every month for no apparent reason so I can have no complaints there.

To read the rest of this article head over to the Vital Norwich site.

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