Wes Hoolahan is one of the stars amongst the playing staff at Norwich.  (Credit: Al Robinson)

Wes Hoolahan is bringing his Norwich City side to face Cobh in July
Published: June 07, 2017

First Division promotion chasing Cobh Ramblers have lined up an exciting mid-season friendly match against English Championship outfit Norwich City.


The Football League club will face Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park on Wednesday July 5th, kick-off 7.30 p.m.


Cobh boss Stephen Henderson gave this reaction to CobhRamblers.ie. “We're thrilled to host a club as prestigious as Norwich City. It's a great opportunity for our supporters to watch international footballers up close in the tight confines of St Colman's Park.


"Our players will really enjoy the occasion and once again we feel the match against a team of this stature further endorses the huge strides Cobh Ramblers are making as a club."


After playing 15 of their 28 League matches, Ramblers currently lie in a challenging second place in the First Division table, just two points behind Waterford.


Norwich City finished their 2016/17 campaign in eighth place in the EFL Championship, ten points off a place in the play-offs. Last month, Norwich recently appointed a new manager in Daniel Farke, who moves to Carrow Road from Borussia Dortmund. The German spent the last six years as coach to the Dortmund reserve team.


Speaking at the announcement of the match, Ramblers committee member Ian Ryan added. "We're delighted to welcome Daniel Farke and his side to St Colman's Park and we're looking forward to playing them.”


"No doubt Stephen Henderson and the lads will give the Canaries a good game as they prepare for the start of the Championship season."


Norwich can count on five international players in their ranks. In addition to popular Irish playmaker Wes Hoolahan, Portuguese striker Nélson Oliveira links up with Scottish stars Steven Naismith, Graham Dorrans and Russel Martin. 


The Ramblers encounter will be Daniel Farke’s first match in charge of Norwich who will be in Ireland for a five-day behind-closed-doors training camp in Ireland from Monday, July 3.

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John Manning began writing for Extratime.ie this year after retiring from the insurance industry. He has been a regular attendee at League of Ireland football matches since the 1970s. He has particularly supported Cork Hibs, Cork Celtic, Cork United, Cork City but has attended many other matches also.

He was formerly Webmaster of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland website (www.ppui.ie) to which he still contributes. He is currently Webmaster of the International Pitch and Putt Association website (www.fippa.org).

John broadcast Pitch and Putt on the airwaves from 1994 to 2005 – on CKR, KFM, KCLR FM, Midlands Radio 3, Radio Kerry and Cork 103 FM.

John held many administrative posts within the sport of Pitch and Putt
· Treasurer Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland 1992-93
· Public Relations Officer Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland 1994 – 2005
· General Secretary European Pitch and Putt Association 2000 - 2010

John Manning was the Editor of ‘Backspin’ – official monthly magazine of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland – between 1989 and 2005. He still currently contributes to ‘Backspin’.

He is a fervent supporter of the Republic of Ireland football team – home and sometimes away.

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