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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 March, 2005, 14:29 GMT
Delia defends half-time outburst

Norwich director Delia Smith has defended her half-time outburst during her side's 3-2 defeat to Manchester City.

Smith yelled into the public address system: "This is a message for possibly the best supporters in the world. We need a 12th man. Where are you? Where are you?"

And in a statement released on Tuesday, Smith said: "My message to the fans was a totally spontaneous appeal from the heart aimed at trying to do everything we could to get behind Nigel Worthington and the team."

However, Smith did concede that "maybe in the heat of the moment I didn't choose the best words".

And Canaries on the BBC's 606 message boards are divided on the wisdom of the celebrity cook's actions.

Meanwhile, Man City fans (not to mention the odd gloating Ipswich supporter) found the whole episode hilarious.

And a vote on the 606 homepage revealed that around 65% of those who responded found Delia's speech "excruciating", while 27% said it was it "funny". A minority of 8% viewed her attempt at motivation as "inspiring".

Here is a selection of comments from our 606 message board users, ranging from those who admire her passion for the club to those who view her outburst as an embarrassment.

I think she should resign on the back of that display at half-time. How can anyone take us seriously?

I don't really care what Delia does at half-time - it's her club, and without her we wouldn't even have TV cameras at the ground in the first place.
Victory In Munich

You will NEVER live it down, I'm afraid. Don't try and kid yourselves or anyone else that you won't be slaughtered FOREVER by supporters from REAL football clubs....

Ipswich fan here, Just wanted to let you no how uplifted and invigorated I feel after Delia's speech - not!!! You must be so pleased to have a chairman like her...

Without Delia Smith there would be no Norwich City - period - and you lot (Ipswich fans) would have to look to Colchester and Cambridge for your local rivalry. I am very proud of Delia Smith.

What on earth was all that about? Her passion for the club is obvious and cannot be knocked, but even I was embarrassed! I knew that the posters on the Norwich board would get a stuffing today because of that and guess what? They are!

It was very cringe-making and it's one of the reasons I feel so sorry for Norwich.
Blue Stocking

I love Delia, since her books taught me to cook. It was good to see a human side of her - at least she is passionate about her team.

Delia - back in the kitchen luv.
Gabor's disco pants

That was the most surreal half-time I've ever seen.

We love you Delia we do. More passion than some of the players...

I think she should stick to teaching people how to boil an egg in future.

Good old Delia. At least her little rant at half-time took some of the attention away from Norwich's Sunday League defending.

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