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One of the most common sentiments actors express in interviews is that they prefer playing baddies.

Nelson Oliveira

Acrimony, controversy, late buses and lack of respect – Michael Bailey grinds out six lessons from a not so quiet Norwich City win at Sheffield United…


Era: noun a long and distinct period of history.

Premier League

City head to Bramall Lane, the scene of the one and only own goal of my career, tomorrow.


It wasn’t the best example of the beautiful game on Tuesday night – but it will take more than that for football to shed its hard-earned monicker.

Norwich City

It’s good to see some old friends at the start of September.


Norwich City clearly used the break well – Michael Bailey tees up his six things from the Canaries’ Birmingham victory.

Norwich City

Another school term, another shake-up for one of Norwich’s biggest schools.


It wasn’t as emotional for me as it would have been for the men who inhabit it every day of the week, but as I left the Kickstop Gym this week there was a tinge of sadness at the possibility that I will never set foot inside the place again.

Norwich City

With no City game to write about I took the opportunity to chat with Doug Thomson, a West Yorkshire-based journalist and Huddersfield fan, about the parallels between the difficult introductions to English football encountered by David Wagner and Daniel Farke.

Premier League

Birmingham City – a team I managed to score a few goals past – are tomorrow’s visitors to Carrow Road in a bottom-of-the-table clash, with both clubs on four points, having won just one league game this season and losing their last two.

Northern Ireland

The fact there was no Big Ben chiming at 11pm probably summed it up.

Norwich City

Opinion: Motty – voice of a football nation for half a century

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“This is almost fantasy football.”

The old adage that empty vessels make the most noise rang true again when the transfer window closed last week.

Premier League

The Walks was a very pleasant place to be as King’s Lynn Town took their unbeaten league run to four matches.

Premier League

I mentioned in my very first column of the season that one key word for the season ahead would be patience.


Andros Townsend £27m. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain £40m. Neymar £200m. Ousmane Dembele £96m.

You would have got long odds on a Championship table that suggests Norwich City have the most porous defence and Preston the tightest.


Being paid to cover the football team you support is a huge privilege.

United Kingdom

After an afternoon that only raised questions about where Norwich City are headed, MICHAEL BAILEY tries to pin down six things learned after a desperate day at The Den.

Norwich City

I am not proud of the fact that the last time I saw Sir Bobby Robson I asked him to autograph a Norwich v Ipswich team sheet. It’s not the ‘done thing’ for a journalist, you see.

Premier League

While fans may all regularly repeat the mantra of “this is going to take time”, believing in it can be another matter when witnessing a substandard performance like that at Villa Park or the plethora of unforced errors in the first half against Charlton.

The biggest development this season has been my use of the hashtag #WIP – after all, in Twitter world Work In Progress just takes up too many characters given the countless times it seems to be required.

Norwich City

A good cup win in midweek was just what was needed after losing at Villa Park last weekend.


Norwich City are hit hard at by Aston Villa at Villa Park – and not for the first time. Michael Bailey brings his six learnings to the fallout table.

Norwich City

This Norwich City season should really have come with a health warning for those of a delicate disposition, because I’m sure that we can expect more of the peaks and troughs of this week as the new players and Daniel Farke’s systems continue to gel.


Sport is pretty much all about numbers. Goals, tries, good punches landed on someone’s nose, speed, distance, height. It goes on.

With just three games played in the Championship there are three clubs left with a 100pc record, one of which doesn’t surprise – and that’s Wolves.


Here’s a question for fans of the old TV quiz show Blockbusters; What ‘P’ is a well-known card game, a hit single by Take That and the most-used word at Carrow Road in the aftermath of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Sunderland?


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