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14 April 2016

Ex-Canary is now a fundraiser for the NNAB

JEREMY Goss admits it will be 'emotional' when he joins the Community Heroes on the pitch before this weekend's game against Sunderland.

Goss is set to be introduced to the crowd alongside Julie Lythgoe and Mark Smith, with the trio representing the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.

The City legend works as a fundraiser for the long-running charity and says the occasion will mean a lot to ardent City fans Julie and Mark.

"To be in that tunnel and walking out with the matchball will be a different feeling altogether," Goss told

"There will be plenty of people in the stadium at that time before the game who will show their appreciation for their dedication to people with sight loss throughout our county.

"We're delighted that we've been given this opportunity and we very much welcome this kind of publicity.

"To walk out on that pitch again is going to bring back some wonderful memories for me, and to see the crowd again is going to be quite emotional because I had a wonderful relationship with the fans when I did play."

Mark is the NNAB's Head of Leisure Services and regularly enjoys the audio description service provided at Carrow Road as he is blind, while Julie is about to clock up an extraordinary 40 years on the charity's staff.

Goss added: "That kind of loyalty is almost unheard of nowadays but Julie has been part of this association that long that she deserves all the plaudits that go her way.

"She's a huge Norwich City fan who goes week-in, week-out with blind individuals to watch the games.

"Since the day I've been here I've always spoken to Mark Smith about Norwich City and what their chances are!

"He's blind and makes his own way to Carrow Road for every home match and listens to the game, and he thoroughly enjoys it. He's a great example of if you are blind, it doesn't stop you doing anything."

Goss made 238 appearances for the Canaries between 1984 and 1996, famously volleying home in City's away victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in 1993 - possibly the Club's most famous ever win.

Speaking of today's team, he believes they have the unity needed to survive a relegation fight.

"I think Norwich's chances of remaining in the Premier League are high because they've got fighting spirit and desire," said the 50-year-old.

"They've got an enthusiasm among the players, a collective togetherness from what I've seen from a distance.

"If you are at home, you take the game to the opposition. You've got to be on the front foot, drive into spaces and close down quickly high up the pitch.

"An old phrase that was used in my day is that you get at them early on. With that magnificent crowd behind you, that should be the starting point of any game at Carrow Road.

"I desperately want Norwich to stay up and I believe they will do."

For more information on this weekend's Community Hero initiative, click HERE.

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