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