Norwich City Thump Italian Minnows 13-0 In Pre-Season Friendly Only For Opponents To Deny Playing Against Them

Chris Wright

25th, July 2014


By Chris Wright

Norwich City’s pre-season tour of Italy is fast becoming farcical, with the travelling hordes of Canaries fans seeing their club’s first friendly fixture on Sunday evening cancelled and replaced by an ultimately underwhelming “open training session”.

Less than 24 hours later, Novara then also pulled out of a friendly scheduled for Wednesday night, with Norwich left scrabbling around for new opponents.

Thankfully, SC Vallée d’Aoste stepped in, with Norwich going on to win 13-0 against their Serie D opposition as per the match report on the Premier League side’s official website.

However, it later emerged that it wasn’t SC Vallée d’Aoste who stepped in at all, with the Italian club subsequently issuing a statement to flat out deny their participation in the game:

“The [club] denies the news, reported on some sites and football news, (of us) having played a friendly match against Norwich (at their) training camp in Saint-Vincent, Sunday, July 20th.”

Instead, it came to light that Norwich had indeed succeeded in trouncing a loose ensemble of local amateur players, with the Canaries duly altering their match report a victory, not over SC Vallée d’Aoste as previously stated, but over an “Aosta regional select side” – which, all of a sudden, doesn’t seem quite as impressive.

As for the rest of their tour, Norwich are now set to play SC Bastia, OGC Nice and Celta Vigo in Italy, though don’t be surprised if that those games actually turn out to be against The Dog & Duck, Renford Rejects and a local U10’s blind football team.

(Via Babb Report)

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  1. Robin Hood says:

    The Bastia game is being played just over the border in Sallanches, France, not in Italy. However, the way pre-season is going, it wouldn’t surprise me if City turned up in Sallanches, while Bastia stayed in Corsica, or vice versa!
    Even if they do play, Bastia will deny the game was against them if City win – Later revealing, in a press release after the game, that the side City played was just a group of ex-pat Corsicans, trialists, development squad players, local OAPs and an Italian truck driver and his mate who just happened to have stopped in Sallanches for a quick break before heading home to Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel.

  2. Fat Nakago says:

    Bastia showed up with a real squad and my Canaries beat them 1-1.

    A pity that we’ll have to inform them that the the Championship side they drew was really Lowestoft Town FC.

    On the ball, City!!

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