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Canaries give Magpies a flying start

PUBLISHED: 12:03 15 July 2010 | UPDATED: 10:19 01 August 2010

Dereham shake hands with their Norwich City guests.

Dereham shake hands with their Norwich City guests.

Dereham Town chairman Mike Baldry was delighted with the success of the Magpies' latest friendly against Norwich City - and said it has set the club up for the new season.

Dereham Town chairman Mike Baldry was delighted with the success of the Magpies' latest friendly against Norwich City - and said it has set the club up for the new season.

The Canaries have become regular pre-season visitors to Aldiss Park in recent years and have been impressed with the pitch, facilities and competitive yet sensible opposition Dereham provide.

The fact that City boss Paul Lambert fielded virtually every first team player on Saturday was also testament to the faith Norwich have in playing at Dereham. The fixture also suits Dereham very well and another bumper 2,000 crowd has given a welcome financial boost to the Ridgeons League outfit.

Baldry said: “Everyone has enjoyed it and the day has been brilliant. Our boys did well and the game was played in a good spirit. We have always had a good relationship with Norwich City and today has cemented it even more. Paul Lambert and some directors have come and they are all impressed with the set-up here. I hope it will happen again.”

“It is very good for the club. The years we do not play Norwich, it is more difficult financially during the season. But this will set us up for the coming season.”

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