Opinion: Are Norwich City supporters really the “best fans in the world”?

Norwich City fans at Carrow Road. Norwich City fans at Carrow Road.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
11:12 AM

“Norwich City’s fans are the best in the world.”

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We hear this platitude so often that it has been accepted as truth – and Heaven help anyone who dares to disagree.

Well, I do disagree.

There is no questioning the fans’ loyalty. Unlike many other clubs, including one at the wrong end of the A140, Norwich’s supporters have turned out in force through thick and thin.

During the wilderness years in the Championship and League One, attendances actually increased.

But turning up at matches is only part of what makes fans “the best”.

Large crowds are only as valuable as the atmosphere they create.

A big turnout of people who remain quiet or only shout to moan at their own players is counterproductive – just ask Manchester United’s players.

Sadly, in my 30-plus years as a City fan, I’ve been at too many matches where the atmosphere is dead. And it is very difficult to find a seat in the ground that is more than a seat or three away from one of Norwich’s notorious band of serial moaners.

You know the type: the glass-empty-and-broken brigade who always look on the dark side of life.

In fairness, spiralling ticket prices and deteriorating entertainment have this season made it rather difficult to become too animated.

But the “best fans in the world” would face adversity head-on and use their passion to fire a transformation.

The match-day experience, followed by the depressing Canary Call moan-in, suggest that City’s supporters will tut and grumble the team back to the Championship.

I hope I’m wrong.

And today’s match against Sunderland is the perfect opportunity to show me that I am.

26 comments

  • I think you'll find City fans are exactly the same as those "down the wrong end of the A140" as you put it (a cheap shot to win favour of those you're about to run down). Happy when the team is winning, regardless of the league, and moaning when they are not.

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    KeithS

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Nice one, waclor! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Perhaps no different to many supporters all over the Country, if anything a tad more critical. I love the way that line is coughed up when the team really needs support. Yet thousands still travel away from home, despite the dross that has been served up, Carrow Road still gets almost full too, and they know what they are going to get with Hughton in charge. when looking at the years under Hughton.. City followers are better than some and no worse than others given what they have had to endure

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    gordon52

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • talk of relegation is vastly overdone and those who constantly snipe at the trainer are not quiet behind NCFC. That said a new trainer would need to fit in learn to read the players, their foibles and personal needs, that takes time. Only now after two thirds of the season are the new p[layers beginning to gel and it will take all Canary fans to give it their best vocal support.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Average fans. I live nearby and often see fans leaving early. I can usually tell when Norwich have scored or an opposition player booked as there's some noise. Other than that I rarely hear the crowd. I can always hear the tannoy warming up before the game.

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    Adam Cruickshank

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • What a stupid question to pose and then answer immediately afterwards. Few of us season ticket holders would ever be so crass as to claim we are the best supporters in the world, only the Press ever comes out with such claims. We simply support our team through thick and thin and reserve the right to moan when we are being short changed by over paid players and managers, and that is where we sit right now.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Best = long suffering? Gosh what I'd give for a 2 goal lead so I can begin to relax for 5 seconds. Still, with NCFC goals as common as rocking horse sh*t this year I'll continue to hold my breath.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • If you can't moan when Hughton is managing your team, the only outlet is suicide. That's relegation to you Mr McNally.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • The trouble with Norwich City 'fans' is that they all want to watch football, played at a decent level by a group of well paid individuals! ….20,000 of them commit themselves, and their cash to this end each season!.....They are made up of interested people with money to spare, and a desire to turn 19 Saturday afternoons (12 this season) into a ritual meeting place for two hours of escapism... If what they see is acceptable +, they will be happy and shout in support of their team as well as any other clubs supporters!....If they are not satisfied with the standard of play and involvement shown by the club... they have the choice of 'Like it or lump it'...in which case some may make their feelings known to the club by a variety of means....There is also a vast number of other followers who, for one reason or another do not attend the matches at Carrow Road, but are just as interested!....Who knows !..some may even wear a City Shirt or a yellow and green scarf, as they tune into the game LIVE on TV.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Our fans are the worst in the PL. Most of them sit in silence only to start grumbling at the first stray pass. Robert Fleck once said that if you're in a rut, the Norwich fans will dig you in deeper and he was right. Compare our moronic fans booing on substitutes with the way Crystal Palace and Swansea fans get behind their team and it's clear we have the worst fans. And you can't blame the manager because even Lambert commented on how some Norwich fans just turn up to have a moan.

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    Kangaroo Court

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • what a load of b-------.i have been to many grounds in my long life and they are all the same.i remember being at chelsea when jimmy greaves was playing and they where moaning before the game even started.

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    bluelight

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Norwich City have the largest travelling support in the PL relative to the population of the catchment area of the team which they support. Last week 2000 fans spent a lot of time and money enduring the spectacle of Norwich falling apart at St Mary's........and still their singing could be above that of the home fans. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Steve Downes.

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    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • On the whole, Norwich fans are terminally happy folk, eager for a way of passing the time by living vicariously for two hours per match. No different to any other fans really. Imagine if there were no Norwich City. Whole days at home being cajoled into yet another visit to B&Q. Harangued about the state of the decor. Playing with the kids. Cutting the grass. Unblocking the drains. It`s a hard life, being a woman.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Well said Bluelight....

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • "City’s supporters will tut and grumble the team back to the Championship" I think the fault of Norwich's descent into the Championship lies at the door of Hughton, McNally and the Board. Certainly not the supporters - who are well within their rights to, when outside the ground (rather than during the game), "tut and grumble" - as quoted.

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    DT

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Paul, if the midfielder you refer to is who I think it is, after his shameful non show at Craven Cottage, he should never have been allowed back on the team coach. The rumour was that he wanted Norwich to get relegated so he would get a move south.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I was with you 100%, Stewpyd, until you told me (in terms) that you don your NCFC shirt and scarf.......to watch the telly. Now I'm with you about 95%. Please tell me you don't have his'n hers Canary dressing gowns and yellow and green bed linen.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sadly you know the type: provincial hack with nothing much to say tries sensational contradictory position to elicit reaction. If the Norwich supporters are moaning, it is with very good reason. Has the journalist Steve Downes actually watched this team this season? Strewth! It would test the resolve of even the most optimistic of blinkered fans. When Norwich are relegated it will be because of the poor, sub-standard performances of the Manager, the Team and the Board. Not one single kick of the ball in 30 games so far has been made by a supporter, they cannot be held to blame.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Of course we are

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • No, bunch of moaners.

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    Phyllis Tyne

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Norwich fans can be among the most miserable in the world. I remember a Hull game where the away fans out noises us IN AN EVENING GAME. Peter Grant got gyp because he dared to criticise that night. A previous poster here refers to "when" we get relegated, miserable old devil! When we got relegated under Worthy a midfield players was rumoured to be looking for a move, he got jeered every he touched the ball at Fleming's testimonial, that may not have been the reason he left but he CERTAINLY wasn't made to feel wanted. Even today, Snodgrass made 2 bad passes in the early part of the game and the whingeing started. Best fans in the world? I think not.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Steve Downes has achieved an uncommonly high level of banality there. Congratulations. As malaga flier said, triggered by Machianalli`s hyperbollox.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Best = long suffering? Gosh what I'd give for a 2 goal lead so I can begin to relax for 5 seconds. Still, with NCFC goals as common as rocking horse sh*t this year I'll continue to hold my breath.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • If you built a bigger premireship size stadium, you might have more of them

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    Blocked User

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Bog bog, you can breathe now........

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    Mikanary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Oh, please give over! I have been lucky enough to watch football from the Premiership down to Div 2 and a lot of overseas games as well. In fact I am currently a Malaga season ticket holder. And from my experience Norwich City fans are no better and no worse than most others. The complaints this season are well justified. But just listen to some of the stuff coming out of Old Trafford at the moment and you'd think they had been relegated! Malaga had a bad spell recently and several hundred fans turned up at the training ground to demand Bert Schuster's immediate dismissal. Now Malaga are 12th and all is sweetness and light again! As usual it was just McNally getting into hyperbole mode again that started this.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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