Well-wishers from the worlds of sport, politics and showbiz have sent messages of support for Goss’s ride.
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb: “I will never forget the goal you scored at Bayern Munich. That gave enormous pleasure to so many people. Now you are doing something incredibly worthwhile and I am thrilled to be doing the first leg of the journey with you.”
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg: “Norman has told me all about this ride and about that goal against Bayern Munich! This is a great venture for a very good cause. Good luck!”
Former City star Chris Sutton: “Gossy’s volley against Bayern Munich is undoubtedly mine and virtually every Norwich City fan’s abiding memory of our European campaign. Always a determined player with incredible drive and energy, it’s no surprise to me that even at his age he’s taken on this gruelling challenge. Good luck mate.”
Grumpy old man Rick Wakeman: “Even though I have only lived in the county for six years, Jeremy’s Bayern goal is folklore for anyone who loves football and I’m well aware of what this historic strike means to Canary fans. I also know Jeremy cares vehemently about people who, for many reasons, are not as fortunate as most of us, so it’s no surprise that he is undertaking this bike ride. But all the way to Munich?! It just shows the measure of the man and I wish him every success. If he’s that fit, you never know, Paul Lambert might well be looking at him for next season.”
Sky Sports presenter and City fan Simon Thomas: “As a city fan1993 was about as good as it gets. Third place finish in the Premier League, Gossy’s barnstorming volley against Leeds at Elland Road the next season and European football. But it was Jeremy’ s stunning volley in the Olympic Stadium against Bayern Munich that was the real icing on the cake. Unforgettable. Go for it mate and ride well.”
Shadow chancellor and Norwich City fan Ed Balls: “Not so much ‘On the ball’ as ‘On yer bike'”.
Former City star Rob Newman: “It’s typical of Gossy. I expect when he gets there he’ll want to do a Forest Gump and continue on around the world.”
Broadland MP Keith Simpson: “I wish Jeremy Goss and all those who will embark on this “tour de Europe” to raise funds for the NNAB the very best of luck and weather. I know just how much help and support the NNAB has given to so many Norfolk people over more than two hundred years.”
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith: “This is a great effort from all at NNAB, headed up by the one and only Jeremy Goss. I know how hard he has worked for the charity. He’ll get back to Bayern and do us all proud.”
Lord Mayor of Norwich Jenny Lay: “I fully support this trip. The NNAB provides invaluable support to people who need it, and any funds that go towards that will be put to very good use.”
Sheriff of Norwich Chris Higgins: “We’d like to offer Jeremy our total support. The trip brings back memories of the famous night at Bayern when I saw him score that magnificent goal. If his reflexes are as good on his bike as they were on the ball, he’ll be back in Norwich before he knows it. I wish him every success and a safe journey.”
Former teammate and City’s assistant manager Ian Culverhouse: “It was the best time of our lives on a football pitch, Gossy. I hope the ride brings back good memories and I wish you all the best, mate.”