Saturday 5th January 2019 saw Championship pace setters Norwich City, up against Portsmouth of League 1, in the FA Cup 3rd Round. The FA Cup may have lost some of its magic, but PCE Automation Ltd were proud to be the Matchday sponsors, on what was a tremendous experience for the PCE team, following a majorly successful 2018.
The PCE team were introduced to their host for the day, the legendary David Stringer (who arguably laid the foundations for City’s UEFA voyage in the early 90’s) and were welcomed to a champagne reception, a short tour of the stadium and a 3 course meal in one of Delia Smiths Restaurants, before taking up their seats in the VIP box.
On the pitch, Norwich saw themselves down to 10 men early doors, then succumbed to a last minute sucker punch, as the League 1 side advanced into the draw for the next round, in a 0-1 reverse for the Canaries. Off the pitch, the PCE were treated to the expert analysis of the former Norwich City Manager Dave Stringer.
Life long Norwich fan Steve Mortlock commented “What a great day, I was in my element. It was great to meet David Stringer, to unleash my mind full of sometimes useful football stats. It was also great to share memories from the era when I first started to follow Norwich”.
The experience included the opportunity for PCE to select the man of the match and for 2 of the team to present the post match champagne. The honours went to 2 members of the engineering team in Leo Stead (Left) and Jack Payne (Right), who you can see presenting MOTM Todd Cantwell with the champers. Leo Stead commented “It has been a great occasion and despite the result, we have had a brilliant day. To be able to present the MOTM award is a memory which will live with me for some time, being another lifelong City fan”.
Following the presentation, the team were led to the Gunn Club to enjoy some post match refreshments and were presented with a signed Norwich City Shirt by current club legend Alexander Tettey, who is the longest serving player at NCFC, where the Canary contingent took their opportunity for pictures and to deliver a pre-match pep talk ahead of the crucial next league match, as Norwich aim to cement their claim to an automatic promotion spot.
Each PCE team member were presented with a small memento of the day and rounded off with some more post match refreshment to celebrate.