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Norwich players have to drive old car if worst trainer

Norwich team spirit driven by fear of having to step into clapped-out car

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10:23 GMT, 21 April 2012

Norwich winger Elliott Bennett has revealed the secret behind Norwich's success this season – a clapped-out Porsche 924.

The Canaries have far exceeded expectations by nestling into mid-table in their first Premier League season in six years, and much of the credit has to go to manager Paul Lambert, who has clearly created a positive atmosphere behind the scenes at Carrow Road.

All together now: Norwich celebrate Bennett's strike against Spurs on Easter Monday

All together now: Norwich celebrate Bennett's strike against Spurs on Easter Monday

Bennett told The Sun of some of the club's morale-boosting forfeits, which include players having to drive into training in an old banger.

The summer signing from Brighton, who scored the winner against Spurs on Easter Monday, said: 'Every Friday we have a young v old match.

'If, say, the young lads win, they get to choose a player from the old lads who has been the worst trainer.

'Everyone votes and you then have to wear a 'donkey of the week' shirt and drive the banged-up car. We all clubbed together and paid 50 each as it cost 1000.

Working wonders: Lambert has done a fine job at Carrow Road

Working wonders: Lambert has done a fine job at Carrow Road

'It does not start all the time and
there have been a few problems. I have not driven it yet – thankfully –
but there are still a few weeks to go.

'Steve Morison gets voted a lot but much of the time, very unfairly. It seems to be the strikers more than the defenders who get voted.

'The players drive it to training. I am not sure if you would get it to the city centre.'

The white 1980s Porsche 924 looks likely to fail its next MOT, so Lambert's squad have decided to auction it off for charity.

Debut season: Bennett had never played higher than League One before this campaign

Debut season: Bennett had never played higher than League One before this campaign

The car has certainly served its purpose
though. Bennett added: 'The team spirit is massive. A lot has been said
about it this season and I’d say it was justified.

'No-one has been talked about individually.

'We have a good bit of fun on a Friday and the match is played at a good tempo.

'No one wants that yellow jersey and to have the drive the car.

'Although I wouldn’t call it a car to be honest. It is just something on wheels.'

David James fined for speeding in 500 car

Now that's a real calamity! Ex England stopper James fined for speeding in 500 car

David James has been convicted of speeding – in a 12-year-old Vauxhall Astra.

The former England goalkeeper, 41, was caught doing 90mph on a motorway in the V-reg banger, which typically changes hands for around 500.

He was caught on the M5 in Somerset between his family home in Chudleigh, Devon, and his current club Bristol City.

Calamity James: Former England stopper David James has been fined for speeding

Calamity James: Former England stopper David James has been fined for speeding

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa star – whose string of gaffes on the pitch gave him the nickname Calamity James – then failed to attend a speeding awareness course after being nabbed.

He was fined 275 after being convicted of speeding in his absence on Thursday at North Somerset Magistrates Court in Weston-super-Mare.

The court heard he was caught on the M5 near the town at 8.30am on July 22 last year. Police officers spotted him speeding at 90mph between the Wolvershill Road motorway bridge and the town’s Junction 21 roundabout. James was followed and ordered to pull over.

Banger: James was one pictured at his old club Portsmouth in a three-wheeled Robin Reliant

Banger: James was one pictured at his old club Portsmouth in a three-wheeled Robin Reliant

He accepted the option of attending an educational driving course to avoid receiving points on his licence – but failed to attend. The goalkeeper also failed to respond to the summons and Thursday's case went ahead in his absence.

Magistrates fined him 175 plus 85 costs and a 15 victim surcharge, and ordered his licence – which was previously clean – to be endorsed with three penalty points.

James won 53 England caps during a chequered career which saw him at times rated the country’s best stopper, while at others cruelly dubbed Calamity James.

He had held the record for being the player with the most appearances in the Premier League, before being overtaken by Ryan Giggs. His Bristol City side is currently fighting a relegation battle, with the Robins languishing in 20th place in the Championship.