James Lawton: Don't go barmy, Delia

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Just when you thought that the self-importance of some football fans had finally lurched off the graph - imagine Norwich City fans being "furious" with Delia Smith for her haunting, emotional cry "let's be 'aving you" - there came a moment of sweet deliverance.

Just when you thought that the self-importance of some football fans had finally lurched off the graph - imagine Norwich City fans being "furious" with Delia Smith for her haunting, emotional cry "let's be 'aving you" - there came a moment of sweet deliverance.

It was a short piece of Aristotlean wisdom by a contributor to the message board of a Liverpool fans' website. Reviewing the hysteria surrounding Jose Mourinho's pressing of a finger to his lips during the Carling Cup final, he wrote, "Chelsea scored, Mourinho shussed some fans who'd been giving him stick, the ref sent him from the bench, Chelsea won. What have the FA got to do with it? Isn't this all a bit silly?"

Quite so, sir, but what do you make of the Daily Mail's solution to Delia's lament over the shortfall of passion at Carrow Road? According to the Mail, she should sign up the Barmy Army.

Delia, don't do it. There are various ways, you may just know, of enjoyably acquiring a sore head, but believe me, the Barmy Army isn't one of them.

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