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View of Carrow Road
Carrow Road, home of the Canaries

Brian Woolnough in the hotseat

Brian Woolnough, public enemy number one as far as Norwich City fans go, bit the bullet to come and see Carrow Road for himself - we couldn't resist the opportunity to grill him over his comments about the club.


Following Norwich City's 4-0 humbling at Chelsea back in December, Daily Star writer Brian Woolnough produced a Monday morning column that enraged Canary fans.

Contrary to Chelsea's Champions League winning manager Jose Mourinho's comments, Mr Woolnough said the Canaries were 'gutless', that they would 'stink the place out' with Premiership performances of a similar ilk, and that he 'Hopes they go down, and good riddance'.

And so the vacancy of Norfolk's public enemy number one was filled.

So, when it emerged that Mr Woolnough would be attending the Canaries' Carrow Road clash with Middlesbrough, BBC Radio Norfolk's sports presenter Chris Goreham couldn't resist inviting him onto the show during the build up, to what became a classic encounter.

Brian Woolnough, picture by Jerry Daws
Brain Woolnough. Picture by Jerry Daws

Here you can read an extract from that interview:

Chris: So is it still a case of goodbye and good riddance?

Brian: If they play like they did that day, yes, and I stick by that. But the reaction from the Norwich fans, 450 e-mails and the local evening paper getting involved - I think a lot of people got the wrong end of the stick.

My point was that, on that particular day, I thought they went to Stamford Bridge expecting to lose. That to me is not acceptable.

The reaction I got shows the kind of feeling the fans have for the club and the City. I just wish the team, on that day, had shown the same kind of commitment.

Chris: But it was Chelsea. Considering everyone thought we'd lose there, that was some harsh stuff to come out with.

Brian: It was, but I think if you're a smaller club (and I say that using inverted commas because Delia's shown me round this morning and it's a fantastic club) would you enter that game with the same 'it's Chelsea, we're going to lose' attitude if it was the fourth round of the F.A. Cup? I don't think so.

But that's how I perceive that Norwich approached that game within the players, not the rest of the club, but certainly they did on the pitch.

Chris: What would you like to say to the 400 or so fans that e-mailed you following the article?

Brian: I'd like to say that you deserved more than your team gave you at Chelsea. Looking around the ground you have a fantastic set up here, and you've come an awful long way in the years since you almost folded, thanks to some hard work behind the scenes.

I have a huge respect for Nigel Worthington. My message to supporters is to keep showing the passion that was directed towards me because it's that sort of passion that keeps teams in the Premiership.

To hear the full interview with Brian Woolnough, click on the link to the top right of this page.

That afternoon, spurred on by the Carrow Road faithful, the Canaries came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Middlesbrough within the last 10 minutes of the match.

Picture of Brian Woolnough courtesy of Albanpix.com

last updated: 27/01/05
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