So, the fixtures are out and it’s Colchester, Exeter, Brentford, Wycombe and Hartlepool for Norwich City in August. One glamour tie after another I’m sure you will agree! If Canary fans didn’t know it before, they know now that life in League One isn’t going to be easy.
Long trips, small grounds, poor pitches and aggressive opposition are attributes that Norwich will have to face time and time again next season. It’s going to be grim. Even if we upset the football odds and do well, it is going to be ugly. Nothing wrong with that really, but it is going to take some getting used to.
For what it’s worth, I think Colchester at home is a decent game to start with. Any game at Carrow Road first up would have been welcome, but one against a team we hammered 5-1 not so long ago is even better.
Colchester will bring plenty of fans with them as well so it should be an excellent atmosphere. Considering I live in Colchester, I will be travelling up with them and sharing a few beers with them before the game. It seemed inevitable to me that we would get them in the first game. I’m confident of three points though.
As for who will be lining up for us on the opening day, well that has changed a bit since my last post. After I banged on about everything being quiet, we signed two players in quick succession. First up was Matthew Gill from Exeter and then Welsh international midfielder Owain Tudur Jones signed from Swansea City yesterday.
Both of these signings have experience of the lower leagues and even though they might not excite us a great deal, they can do a job for us. They both play in midfield, so perhaps this suggests that Mr Clingan will be on his way before long. We shall see.
Overall, it is a very strange time to be a Norwich City fan. I have absolutely no idea how we are going to do next season. I couldn’t even hazard a guess. The fixture list hasn’t altered this either. We will deal with the ‘different’ opposition well or we won’t.
Ask me at the end of August. At least I will know how many points we picked up against Colchester, Exeter, Brentford, Wycombe and Hartlepool then.