Sunday has felt somewhat dreamlike after another amazing evening in Norwich. Feeling much too nervous to listen to Chris Goreham’s Radio Norfolk commentary for the Saturday night game on my own I instead watched the Norwich vs Blackburn match with friends in the city. Norwich needed just a point to guarantee promotion but certainly did not start as if they were content with just a draw. They laid siege to the Blackburn goal in swashbuckling, confident, and actually quite beautiful style. Quickly taking a 2-0 lead with a Stiepermann strike and an absolute worldie from Vrancic. Blackburn pulled one back with their first attempt on goal and although there was a slightly nervy period in reality Norwich looked pretty comfortable and the 2-1 result rather flattered Blackburn, it could easily have been about 4 or 5-1.
Wild scenes on the screens and a celebratory atmosphere. What Daniel Farke, Stuart Webber and this young group of players have achieved this season is a football miracle. They also are playing the best football I think I have ever seen from a Norwich side. Daniel Farke is a hugely popular figure in the city and meeting a group of German fans later in the evening I mentioned that he has made me fall in love with football again. One of them said “I will tell this to my brother, he is Daniel Farke” !! Farke has created a real oneness with the staff at the club, the players, and a strong connection with the fans and with the work of supporters’ groups the atmosphere is quite special. There’s a powerful unity now and Daniel Farke is absolutely adored by fans and players alike. Thank you for this quite amazing season and making football so enjoyable and exciting again. There’s a sense of connection which along with the frequently stunning football makes us proud of our club. The recruitment has been outstanding (Pukki, Buendia, Vrancic, Leitner, Krul, McLean, Hernandez, Trybull, Stiepermann, Zimmermann et al.) and so has the faith in youth with many academy players establishing themselves with incredible consistency. I get goosebumps every time Farke orchestrates the Oles! with the fans, when have we ever seen anything like this? Good times.
Music seemed to be coming from pubs and clubs all over the city and football songs could be heard on the streets, there was a great atmosphere. I just managed to squeeze in a gig at the Louis Marchesi Crypt where live music was happening on various floor levels. Gladboy were performing when I arrived, as energetic and fun as ever and with the lineup seeming to continue to expand from the trio they were just a year back. George was getting through the guitar strings and Sonny was also really going for it on drums. I’m so looking forward to their headline show at Norwich Arts Centre next month.
I once again missed The Renadeans but heard no end of complimentary comments about their set. I hope to catch them soon. The night was closed by Marla, whose bassist Ryan put on this gig at very short notice.