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There is only one game of the season played and already I'm sick to death of so-called footballing experts and other team's supporters writing off Norwich City's chances of staying in the Premier League.

In all of Norwich City's 117-year history, there surely can never have been such positivity among fans after a 4-1 defeat.

Ben Godfrey was an unused substitute the last time Newcastle United visited Carrow Road. Now he will be centre stage.

While it hardly seems five minutes since that glorious afternoon at Villa Park, the summer's transfer dealings suggest that, outside the money-bloated world of the Premier League at least, there is real change going on in the game, with Norwich City the main catalysts.

Norwich City's challenge is not merely to survive in the Premier League but to prevent the joy and optimism being sucked out of following the Canaries back in the big time.

The absurdity of making pre-season predictions has never been clearer than it is this year.

It's been an exciting few weeks for us all, with all the talk of Premier League football returning to Norwich City!

Editor David Powles says Norfolk Day was a great chance to turn off all distractions.

To paraphrase the late, great Brian Clough, you can throw your pre-season programme in the bin.

A dash of French flair to finish those Premier League preparations. Group Football Editor Paddy Davitt on what is in store at Carrow Road this weekend.

Given Ben Marshall impressed the last time Norwich City pitched up at Luton Town it is probably best to place the Canaries' slick friendly win in proper pre-season context.

Norwich City correspondent and sports journalist Michael Bailey signs off after almost 12 years with the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and with one final column.

Michael Bailey

Editor David Powles has this to say to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

There is plenty of talking points already for Norwich City as the Premier League planning steps up out in Germany. Paddy Davitt focuses on some key topics.

Frank Lampard strained reality this week when he was favourite in two very different betting markets in the space of just a few hours.

There's a new goalkeeper on the way - but what does it mean for those waiting for him at Norwich City? Canaries correspondent Michael Bailey takes a look at the situation.

Premier League promotion is not just a fresh challenge for most of the existing City squad. The same applies to Daniel Farke. Group Football Editor Paddy Davitt assesses how the head coach will handle the step up.

Chris Lakey has got the hump again - this time the humble penalty kick has set his blood boiling ...

Something curious is happening with Norwich City and the transfer window this summer. Yet Paddy Davitt gets the clear sense that suits most supporters.

This is going to sound like the biggest case of sour grapes this side of the Rhine - but get used to it.

Players are no different to supporters when the fixtures for the upcoming season are announced in the middle of June - it's something that we looked forward to with excitement for weeks, especially having won promotion to the Premier League.

It's a significant change to how supporters will follow Norwich City in the Premier League next season - Michael Bailey assesses the Canaries' new membership plans.

It was, said Ryan Walsh, a relaxing day down at the gym. The Cromer boxer was due to spar on Friday, but 24 hours earlier he was just ticking over.

While potential new faces grab the headlines, it's the group waiting for them that shows how healthy things at Norwich City really are - MICHAEL BAILEY looks into the Canaries' current contract state of affairs within their squad.

Journalists are supposed to be hard-nosed. It's part of the character that has been built up over the years but which, frankly, isn't true, and probably never has been.

The man, the legend, the GOAT. Teemu Pukki's goals told only part of a spell-binding story for the decorated striker. Paddy Davitt tries to assess how the Finn took the Championship by storm, in the latest of our City report card series.

The latest in our Norwich City EFL Championship report card series sees Michael Bailey give a thumbs up to the sort of loan signing that provides the best value - striker Jordan Rhodes.

Next up in our Norwich City report card series, Michael Bailey wraps a 2018-19 Championship season that would have been completely different for Norwich City without the whirlwind that was Onel Hernandez.

Todd Cantwell is a poster boy for Norwich City's academy. The lad from Dereham made his real first team breakthrough for the Canaries in a memorable campaign. Group football editor Paddy Davitt reflects on his progress, in our latest City report card.

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