Norfolk Enchants


Been a hectic week for me,even if it all looks a little laid back at Celtic Park. Yes,we are back in training.and even off on a trip to Austria for the first of some pre-season friendlies. But at the moment,the promised continuation of last season’s magnificent rebuild has yet to materialise.

We have lost the peerless talents of Tom Rogic since last season,as well as Nir Bitton. Granted,I found it difficult to take to the big Israeli,who in nearly a decade at the club failed to tie down a regular starting place-or position,even!-but his loss deprives us of a capable utility stand-in. 

Granted too that we have signed up CCV,but then,he was with us last season. So too was Jota,and even if the vibes are still positive,I want to see his signature on that contract! (Ask MIKEINTORONTO what the alternative offer is.) So as it stands,we actually have a weaker squad now than even two months ago.

It seems we have definitely signed Alexandro Bernabei,a 21yo Argentinian left back. Certainly according to the clubs anyway. He was even introduced to the public in the time-honoured jersey and scarf. But is there likely to be a further hold-up here to do with work permit problems? We have seen them before,after all. The fall-out as a result of Brexit has upended the whole work permit system,and that applies to non-EU nationals too. 

Apart from that-having never seen him play-my main concern remains his height. At 5’7” he is smaller than Greg Taylor,who we all agree is hampered defensively by his own lack of stature. But then,it seems he possesses a decent head butt,and I can think of a few deserving targets for him to practice on. As ever when I lack enthusiasm over a signing,I hope he rams my words down my throat!

There are constant rumours,as there always are at this time of the year. And we should remember that the window is still open for over eight weeks. But AP has always said that he prefers his new signings to be available for the off,ready for pre-season and adapting to new surroundings and new colleagues. 

The board should listen,rather than be booking their summer holidays.

There are another couple of rumoured departures,which brings me back to my opening paragraph. First night of the week was a Jolly Boys Outing to Margate-and a few other parts of northern Kent-via an initial drop at Heathrow. The rest of the week has seen me skirting the Suffolk/Norfolk border after an improving visit to Cambridge. Each night sees me in bliddy Lowestoft,as well as  driving a few yards away from Carrow Road. And this,it seems,is where one of the brightest hopes in years from our academy seems destined to sign up.

Everything that we heard from those inside Celtic,whether that be the senior players or the various coaches,had us all believing that we had the next big thing on our books. Yet he has barely figured for us since his debut over five years ago. There is no doubt that EVERYONE at the club wanted this lad to succeed,and that especially included the fans. We love our heroes at Celtic,and especially our home-grown ones. But it seems that to achieve his ambitions,he will have to start again elsewhere.

The thing is,I reckon,that none of us wanted Michael Johnston to succeed as much as he himself did. He was living the dream-the dream we’ve ALL had-and the world was his lobster,it seemed. The lad didn’t make the breakthrough he wanted,maybe,because he wanted it so much. It meant everything to him! You could see it every time he played in the last two seasons especially,a look that said-this time,surely,ffs!

Yes,the injuries also held him back,but maybe it was the weight of expectations that held him back. Ours and his own. I hope now,new club,new country,that he can dispense with that dead weight and get back to enjoying his football. I think it’s been a while since that happened for him. Make us wonder what we missed out on,young fella. You deserve that,and I wish you all the best.

Karamoko Dembele has a new club,Brest in Ligue 1. How a talent like his failed to make it at Celtic really is beyond me. Perhaps we need to look at our development process. Same goes for Luca Connell,so highly rated by his international side. Needless to say,we hope they flourish elsewhere.

The other impending departure from the fringes of the squad is Jullien. Though even at 29yo and in danger of seeing his career fizzle out,he still has too high an opinion of himself for Schalke’s liking. After a promising start,etc,you know the rest. Just like you know the rest when I mentioned Heathrow earlier in the article.

And back once again to the main point of the article? Don’t piss off Ange. Lovely humourous Australian fellas,from my own experience,don’t take kindly to being pissed off. Just saying,like…


Above article by BMCUWP

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The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 1:48 am

Well spotted, BAD!

Happy Canada Day to Bill and his big fat erse!

Now all we need is somebody to tell us his wife was called Poll Tax …

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 1:49 am

© Leopard Nimbhoy …

July 2, 2022 1:52 am

Morning all,

Didn’t get this played at Retirement do tonight but as they say

“ This song is not a rebel song” ………


Big Audio Dynamite
July 2, 2022 1:52 am

Werbenuik once downed 28 pints and 16 whiskies in an 11 frame match with Nigel Bond. 😯😯
Haha, that would cause my demise! 😂

Big Bill Werbeniuk
July 2, 2022 1:54 am

Well thank you lads 🙏🏻🇨🇦🍁
Just away to pour myself another Molson 🍺

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 1:56 am

‘Big Audio Dynamite:
Werbenuik once downed 28 pints and 16 whiskies in an 11 frame match with Nigel Bond. 😯😯’

Ah ha! So he’s been trying to keep up with BRRB all this time?!

Nae joy, Bill! 😁

July 2, 2022 1:56 am

BAD 28 pints and 16 Whiskeys Bigrailroadblues budgie drinks more

Big Audio Dynamite
July 2, 2022 1:56 am

Morning, Leggy.
First day of your retirement?

July 2, 2022 1:59 am

John Foxx Underpass.


Big Audio Dynamite
July 2, 2022 1:59 am

TLR, when you think how quick an 11 frame match can be, that’s a staggering (Literally!) amount to consume.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:03 am

Oh, I know, BAD, but back then they’d make an 11 frame match last all night just to get more beer in.

We all did as it meant more chance of a lock in 😉

July 2, 2022 2:05 am

U2 even better than the real thing – perfecto oakenfold mix


July 2, 2022 2:10 am

S.o.S band just be good to me


The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:12 am

HH, Leggy! ☘️

At my retirement do I’m gonna make sure there’s at least one song about Big Bill Werbeniuk’s arse, even if I huv tae force Half Man Half Biscuit tae get back together to write it.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:17 am

Leggy, did I see you & BRRB in the pool room above the Scotia in May?

I was caught up in a game and was too considerate to attempt to join your company.


Big Audio Dynamite
July 2, 2022 2:20 am
Big Bill Werbeniuk
July 2, 2022 2:24 am

Time for dinner 🥘 🍔🌭🥩🌮🍟
Bombardier Billy Wells has just rung the gong .
A shot of Crown Royal 🥃 in your honour gentlemen.

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:26 am

Quality track, BAD, but this was a personal favourite of mine, the live version was even better, twice the speed and madness

Funnily enough, I’d a mate who, every time The Oldco lost, he’d sing ‘There’s gonna be a riot down in Brigton tonight!’ 😁👏

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:31 am

Cheers, Bill!

A pleasure chatting with your stunningly large waistcoat once again!

One day we’ll all be following your ‘illness’ trick so we can all get 6 free pints tax deductible to ‘steady our shooting arm’ … 😉

Big Audio Dynamite
July 2, 2022 2:37 am

TLR, brilliant! Windy Miller 😆

July 2, 2022 2:40 am

Trumpton used to freak me out thought it was dead creepy

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:42 am

Aye, BAD, great stuff 👍🏻

Now to round off this night’s pool, snooker, and the good old fitba day’s palavers I have to end with this, as there is no better The Len Ganley Stance

Big Audio Dynamite
July 2, 2022 2:43 am

When the start of the day was way more energetic 😁

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:43 am

I agree, Nana, Trumpton freaked me out too.

It was almost like the people weren’t people …


The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 2:52 am

Never saw one episode of The Banana Splits, after the intro I’d be out the door like Daizen Maeda going for his last bus hame.

Then I’d get out and all my mates would be inside waiting for Wimbledon …

In the middle of a summer’s morning …

For four solid hours …

Ffs, no wonder I struggle with people sometimes 😁

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 3:08 am

Great sounds, LaNabbla!

Appreciated 💪

The Leopard’s Rimshot
July 2, 2022 3:11 am

‘Night all.

Cheers for the music & laughs 👍🏻☘️🇮🇪💪

Big Audio Dynamite
July 2, 2022 3:12 am

TLR, all the best 👍

July 2, 2022 4:04 am

Morning all

Naps thread will appear later. Please post ONLY on that dedicated thread.

First race is off at 1.25pm. Ensure you’ve posted prior to the off .

Standings after week 1:

16 Roads £10.00

St Tams. £6.50

Weet Weet Weet £4.00
Jungle Gerry £4.00

Lefty £2.88

Mahe £2.00

Minus £1:

Bobby, Jimmy NP, VP, ATOB, BP, GFTB, Bada, Twisty, Jim, Charlinic, Gordon, Leggy, Chalmersbhoy, BRRB, Craig, Hashadenough, Raymac, TRM, DRM, Danny M, McCaff, Jobo, CCB. CCE. Call me Gerry.

Call me Gerry, sincere apologies. I only just seen your post from last week.

July 2, 2022 6:22 am

Morning Twisty,

Working again today.

Will post on the dedicated thread about 12.

Enjoy your day and hopefully it’s a profitable one.


July 2, 2022 6:31 am

Morning Danny
Working today again on a Saturday? I hope it goes in quickly bud.

Absolutely filthy weather here this morning again. ( I’m at caravan at Seton) Hardly stopped raining for two days .

Yeah post when threads up – shouldn’t be long. I’ll see if Mick or Mahe can post it on a Friday night for us early risers.

Not that I’ll be making any ground up on leaders today as I’ll be choosing a 40/1 shot, but early enough in the competition to take some risks. Im convinced I’ll get a place on the each way extra markets.

GL with whatever your own selection is. 6 winning naps last Saturday. Hopefully we’ll see that beaten today 😁

July 2, 2022 8:04 am

Morning all,


It was someone else’s Retirement do I was at.
I retired 4years ago ( Yep, Lucky Bassa, me )

The Leopard’s Rimshot
Yes, that was BRRB and myself playing pool. You should have come over and introduced yourself.
Still always another time.
Only thing is BRRB, is so slow at Pool, he makes Eddie Charlton look like Speedy Gonzalez !!!!!

Enjoy your day everyone and HH 🍀🍀🍀

July 2, 2022 9:00 am
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