Capital Canaries

Capital Canaries

QPR vs. Norwich City FC - 16th October 2010

BY ELLIOT COOK (helped by Uncle John)

My name is Elliot Cook. I am 9 and live in Hemsby. I am goalkeeper for Hemsby Hornets. I don't live in London but Uncle John (who doesn't live in London either) is a Capital Canary. He lives in Ipswich (Boo!) He takes me to home matches whenever Tim (Capital Canaries Home Transport Officer - Tim Allman) has a spare ticket. He also took me to meet Darren Huckerby at Carrow Road.

It was a big surprise when Uncle John told me I was going to be mascot. I already had my own Norwich football kit apart from the socks which I borrowed from Duncan Forbes' grandson (bit of a name-dropper here...Ed).

On Saturday morning, Dad and I got on the train at Norwich. Uncle John got on at Ipswich (Boo!). I had never been to London on the train. Its a long way. The underground was very busy and I'm glad I don't live in London. As we were early we walked through Hyde Park and I chased the squirrels. We got back on the tube to White City and had a burger outside the ground. Inside the ground we met Mr McNally who spoke to us. Then we met a nice man called Brian who works for QPR. He showed us around the ground and the changing rooms. I met all the Norwich players and they signed my programme. So did Paul Lambert.

Then I met the four QPR mascots and Spark the Cat. I was filmed and my picture was on the big screen. I said we would win 3:2. The QPR mascots all said they would win, but we were all wrong! We went on the pitch and had a kickabout and did headers with Spark. I was better than the QPR mascots. Afterwards Brian gave me the ball which we had used as a souvenir. Spark the Cat took me to see the Norwich fans and some of them cheered me. Spark pretends to be nasty to away mascots but is just pretending.

Then I went back into the tunnel to meet Grant Holt. He is very nice and talked to me a lot. I came out of the tunnel first and you may have seen me smiling at the TV camera on the Football League Show (Dad recorded it for me). Grant Holt and I kicked the ball to each other, and then I met all the players and shook hands with the QPR players and the referee and linesmen. Lots of them ruffled my hair - which I don't usually like. Lucky I didn’t have my hair gel on.

Then I ran back off the pitch and we walked around the ground to our seats where Dad was waiting for us. You already know about the game. We played well and so did QPR. Wes Hoolahan missed a penalty but was still a good player. Away supporters are noisier than at Carrow Road and swear more (not Dad and Uncle John). I think we should have won.

After the game we went back to Liverpool Street Station and got a train home. Uncle John got off the train at Ipswich (Boo!) and I was tired when I got home. I had a great day.

Thank you Tim for telling Uncle John to put my name in. Thank you Dad and Uncle John. Thank you Capital Canaries, Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers. If you have a boy or girl who really likes football they will love being a mascot.