Manchester City travel to Norwich on Saturday with the aim of getting back to winning ways in the Premier League after the defeat to Chelsea on Monday night. Carrow Road has been a happy hunting ground for City in recent years and Manuel Pellegrini will be intent on keeping it that way come Saturday. City should be confident of getting a positive result after recording a remarkable 7 (seven) – 0 victory in the reverse fixture back at the Etihad earlier in the season.
In anticipation of the game, here’s a look back to a classic encounter between the teams from February 2005. The game is mostly remembered for the actions of a certain celebrity chef who happens to be a Director at Norwich rather than any of the football. That said, the game was quite entertaining. It was, of course, the night of Delia Smith’s infamous “let’s be having you” rant.
For context, the game was hugely important for Norwich as they were in the midst of a gritty relegation battle and were desperate for three points. The game started well for them as they lead by two goals after only 16 minutes. Despite their lead, Norwich were all over the place and Kevin Keegan’s City side fought their way back into the game before half time thanks to goals from Antione Sibierski and Robbie Fowler. The rest, as they say, is history…
Feeling the need to give the team a morale boost, a seemingly half-cut Delia Smith took to the field at half time to encourage the supporters to get behind their struggling team. What followed was extraordinary. Delia screamed through the stadium PA system:
This is a message for possibly the best supporters in the world. We need a 12th man. Where are you? Where are you? Let’s be having you.
Quite what the Norwich supporters and, indeed, the Norwich team thought of Delia’s comments I am not quite sure but to everyone else looking on it was as hilarious as it was bizarre. Rather unsurprisingly, the speech did little to motivate the Norwich players and, to add insult to injury, City scored a last minute winner to claim all three points.
In the week after the game, Delia released a statement to defend her actions. She said:
My message to the fans was a totally spontaneous appeal from the heart aimed at trying to do everything we could to get behind Nigel Worthington and the team. Maybe in the heat of the moment I didn’t choose the best words.
City’s Starting 11
David James, Danny Mills, Richard Dunne, Sylvain Distin, Stephen Jordan, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Paul Bosvelt, Joey Barton, Kiki Musampa, Antione Sibierski, Robbie Fowler.
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Written by Rob Toole