By Ian Bred, Norfolk Correspondent
Desperate Norwich City have added owner Delia Smith’s latest award from the Queen to their own honours list.
The Norfolk club has won nothing of importance, so famously lists things like “UEFA Cup Participants, 1993-94” to its meagre roll of honour.
Now the club’s official programme has added Order of the Companions of Honour, 2017 to the honours list to try to make it look more impressive.
Owner Delia Smith picked up the honour from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace this week – and went on to stick the knife into poncey, chefy restaurants.
A Carrow Road insider said: “We have an inferiority complex about our East Anglian rivals, Ipswich Town, who have got league championship, FA Cup and UEFA Cup titles among their long-list of genuine achievements.
“So we have to be a little bit more creative, hence we have UEFA Cup participants in 1993-94 – and boast about our third-place finish in the Premier League the year before.
“Plus we crow about reaching the FA Cup semi-finals three times, although one of those was back in 1959 when we had to beat Ilford along the way and eventually lost to the mighty Luton Town.”
Football experts say the Norwich City honours list is an endearing piece of football trivia.
“Let’s not forget Ipswich also gave England its two best managers in Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson, and arguably two of its best captains in Mick Mills and Terry Butcher.
“At one point, most of the England, Scotland and Dutch national teams were made up of Ipswich Town players – but in total, Norwich players have only 16 England caps between them EVER.
“So it’s no surprise Norwich try to cling on to anything positive.
“But it’s a bit rich adding Delia Smith’s new Order of the Companions of Honour to its supposed achievements.”