On the ball at Carrow Road Stadium

Sidney Ulph a resident at Caring Homes’ Ivy Court Nursing Home in Norwich rekindled precious memories last week and made some new ones as he and five other residents toured the Carrow Road Stadium.

As a Norwich City Football Club season ticket holder for over 60 years, spanning 1955 to 2016, Sid attended games on a regular basis, until he became too frail to visit the stadium. Understanding the passion Sid has for the game and the club, his family purchased a brick on the wall of the South Stand for Sid’s 91st birthday, which he had not seen.

Norwich City Football Club invited Sid and the additional Ivy Court residents for a tour of the stadium, including, entry through the Director’s Lounge, time in the trophy room, a tour of the players dressing room, then out through the tunnel and on to the pitch.

Sid was then taken to see his brick. A lifelong fan, Sid remembers watching the building of the Carrow Road Stadium and witnessed the move from The Nest. He attended the opening of the new stadium with his father and recalls it was a 4–3 win for city!  Decades on he still has an old press cutting which includes a photo of the team that played the opening game. 

No surprise of course to Sid, the club confirmed that the game was indeed a win, Norwich 4 West Ham 3. The team comprised of Harry Dukes, Tom Halliday, Sam Bowen, Bernard Robinson, Jack Scott, Doug Lochhead, Billy Warnes, Ken Burditt, Java Vinall, Harold Houghton, Cecil Russell. The goal scorer’s being, Lochead, Warnes & Vinall x 2.

Sid was delighted with his day and said, “I never thought this would ever happen. To see all the trophies and sit in the players dressing room. When I go home now, I can shut my eyes and have all the memories.”

Judy Trivett, representing the club said, “It was such a pleasure to take Sid round Carrow Road as it obviously meant so much to him.”

Since the visit Ivy Court are absolutely thrilled to have received 20 complimentary tickets for the pre-season international with Toulouse in the Community Sports foundation stand and would like to thank the club for a fantastic time that they say Sid and fellow residents will treasure for a very long time.

At Ivy Court we provide specialist residential, nursing and dementia care in a purpose built environment. We continuously improve the lives of our residents through offering wide ranging services, activities and events, both in and outside of the home involving members of our local community as often as possible.

If you would like to find out more about life at Ivy Court please contact us on 0808 202 0478 or email manager.ivycourt@caringhomes.org.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely