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Sunday Bloody Sunday
Carrow Road (Norwich City FC)
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Carrow Road (Norwich City FC)
Date: 17/04/02, updated on 17/04/02 (166 review reads)
Advantages: Good Atmosphere, You can see Delia in the flesh, Good surrounding facilities
Disadvantages: Out of place South Stand
Ah I can remember when it was all fields, of course in my day's we all had to stand and the A-Team was still on telly every Saturday tea-time.
Well maybe that's not true as I'm only 23 but certainly I can remember the days when Carrow Road and the surrounding area were a bit run down. In fact there were large patchs of wasteland around the ground that have now been redeveloped in the Riverside complex, a mix of multiplex cinemas, bars, restaurants and small houses at high prices which have the added bonus of having a lot of noise and the chance of someone peeing into your letterbox in the early hours of the morning.
Anyway, Norwich City FC's ground is not huge compared to the likes of Old Trafford. Down in Norfolk we like our things small, not ike you big city folk. Over the years the ground has developed into a great little stadium and continues to do so. Over the years the corners have been sealed in to create more seating and all that's left is the South Stand which looks incredibly out of character with it's blue seating. In some way's the stand is a constant reminder to the financial situation the club find's itself in.
When the Premier League started Norwich were a team not given much of a chance by pundits. Yet no one could have predicted that by the end of the season the team would have finished in the top five and been possible title contenders. All this and the defeating of Bayern Munich was to come. The European run has been the highlight of Carrow Road in the past 10 years. Many fans will not forget the stunning Goss volley's that put out the big German side and few will also forget the time when Norwich put up a brave fight against an Inter Milan team.
Yet since that time we had a chairman more concerned with building facilities than investing in the team. As a result a manager was lost and the quick descent into Division 1 beckoned. Purse strings were tightened as debt set in and
season after unmemorable season has followed. As a result we have a South Stand that stands out like a sore thumb.
However this Sunday see's the culmination of a season that has exceeded expectations. Norwich are on the verge of the play-off's and a win against already relegated Stcokport is needed to have any real chance of making it. We need to rely on other teams doing us a favour but there is a sign of hope. For once Norwich are a team that seem to have some backbone in defence and only our poor away record has surely stopped us from already being in with a shout.
The club need's this financial boost as Carrow Road is one step away from being a real stadium. Plan's are underway to not only make it a football stadium but a hotel as well. It's not just the South Stand anymore but a chance to provide some financial stability to a club that could have still been in the Premiership if we had taken a chance.
So should you have the pleasure of visiting Carrow Road then you'll have the opporunity to sample a depressing defeat for your team and the pleasure of visiting some of the surrounding bars to drown your sorrow afterwards. Not only that but you'll also have the chance to see Delia Smith in the flesh and we all know that's what sells out the tickets on matchday.
You know, perhaps this opinion isn't strictly about Carrow Road in general but come 2.00PM on Sunday I truely hope the gods are smiling on us and West Brom as well.
On The Ball City !