What is the smartest and the silliest, the most telling and the most hilarious quote in the history of Norwich City?


Decades of drama have produced millions of words of wit, wisdom, fury and folly from a range of great characters including players, managers, directors, supporters, journalists, commentators and celebrities.


Perfectly positioned for more than 30 years on the sports desk of local Norfolk newspapers, longtime Eastern Daily Press Canaries correspondent and Norwich Evening News sports editor David Cuffley has amassed a wonderful collection of Canaries soundbytes which, all together, tell the story of the club. Talk of the City – A History of Norwich City in 1000 Quotes is out now!


David rates among his very favourites chairman Geoffrey Watling’s “If you fail the medical we’ll sack the doctor” – this to new signing Ron Davies in September 1963.


Or elsewhere on the chairman front, how about: “If Chris Sutton is not here at the start of next season, neither will I be.” This courtesy of Robert Chase, who promptly sold Sutton for £5m in 1994, but stayed in office for two more years!


Here’s a few more crackers to top up Canaries fans with pub/watercooler ammo. If you like these, rest assured there’s another 994 quotable moments of similar stature in the unmissable book.


  • “We’d be extremely disappointed if we didn’t go through now.” (Ian Crook after a 6-1 Coca-Cola Cup first leg home win over Torquay, 1995)
  • “I imagine there will be one or two transistors in the church. The one good thing is I’ll be in just the right place to pray for a Norwich victory.” (a family wedding means chairman Sir Arthur South misses the crucial last game of the season, 1981)
  • “At the time of the second goal they actually had a fan on the pitch. We called him the Milk Tray man because he was dressed all in black, if you remember the advert. If Gary Bannister hadn't headed it in, he probably would have done.” (Greg Downs on Sheff Wed pitch invasion, 1982)
  • “If it gives me a chance of making it to the semi-finals, I will sleep in it.” (Robert Fleck hopes an oxygen chamber will help cure two broken ribs, March 1992)
  •  “Yvette realises there are certain games that you have to go to.” (Ed Balls, politician and City fan, has a sympathetic wife)

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Talk of the City: A History of Norwich City in 1,000 Quotes