Photo Gallery: Australian Canaries get ready to take on the Tractor Boys down under
PUBLISHED: 09:36 16 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:36 16 July 2014
Kangaroos, koalas and now Canaries. A group of Norwich City supporters have started a fan group in Australia, about as far from Carrow Road as you can get.
Andy Hempsall, 39, goalkeeper. Moved to Northern Beaches, Sydney, in 2006. His maternal relatives are from Attleborough, and he moved there as a three year old. He once arranged for Bryan Gunn to visit his school for a careers day talk!
Andy Newton, 32, def. midfielder, right back. Moved to Cremorne, Sydney, in 2008. Grew up in Norfolk, with all his paternal relatives from East Anglia.
Bradley Delamare, 30, central midfield. Moved to Sydney in 2010, but was born in Norwich and lived in Norfolk until the big move. Former Norwich City season ticket holder, and played for NCFC schoolboys.
Courtney Page, 18, midfield. Courtney has lived in Brisbane all her life, but has family in Norfolk.
Jonny Ford, 40, right back. Moved to Manly, Sydney, in 2008. Originally from Pulham Market.
Kevin Murray, 30, striker. An Australian by birth, living in Sydney. Norwich was the first team he saw on TV he started following them as they wore the same colours as Australia.
Marcus Cannell, 41, def. left back. Co-founder of Canaries Down Under, Marcus moved to Lane Cove, Sydney, in 2003. He is a lifelong fan of Norwich City and Kings Lynn. He was involved in the Northern Canaries Supporters Group for many seasons.
Mark Larwood, 32, inside forward. Co-founder of Canaries Down Under and captain of its football team. Left Norfolk in 2006, first for Ireland, then Australia and currently Auckland, New Zealand. He used to work in the ticket office about a decade ago. Founded the Irish Canaries Supporters Group in 2010, and co-founded Canaries Down Under in 2012.
Mark Whatling, 44, midfield. Moved to Narrabeen, New South Wales, in 2006. Originally from Pulham Market.
Michael McGrory, right midfield. Moved to Manly Vale, Sydney, in 2008. He was five years old when his father moved to Norwich from Scotland, and has been a City fan ever since. His fathers niece married Steve Govier, who played for Norwich around the 1970s.
Warren Page, 26, striker, goalkeeper. Moved to Nelson, New Zealand, in 2013 after winning the academy jackpot at Carrow Road. Grew up in North Walsham, attending Millfield Primary and North Walsham High. Plays as goalkeeper for Tahuna FC in New Zealand.
Now the Canaries Down Under have tracked down some Ipswich Town-supporting expats to be their opponents in the first ever Derby Down Under.
It will take place at Sydney’s Centennial Park on August 9 – the first Saturday of the Championship season.
Mark Larwood, co-founder of Canaries Down Under, said the 11-a-side fixture against rival fans would be “light-hearted”, raising cash and awareness for two charities.
But he hoped it would not be a g’day for the Tractor Boys on the pitch.
“Although it’s a friendly kick-about, there’s still local pride at stake,” he said. “It will be a good community event with a bunch of fans getting on together, and we will make a night of it.”
Asked if the Canaries Down Under could replicate the 5-1 scoreline the last time Norwich and Ipswich met, he said: “I will take any win, and we will give everything.”
And he joked: “We were surprised there were enough [Ipswich fans] to form a team.”
The 32 year old, who used to work at the ticket office at Carrow Road, launched the Canaries Down Under website in 2012 together with fellow fan Marcus Cannell, 41.
He had hoped to unite some of Australia’s Norwich fans and said he was encouraged by the response. Dozens responded online and 20 made the effort to attend the biggest meet-up so far.
The idea for the Derby Down Under came about as Mr Larwood knew an Ipswich fan living in Australia, and found Ipswich fans were also keen on the idea.
Supporters will fly in from cities across Australia and New Zealand – including Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide – for the match.
And they hope to raise funds for the Norwich Community Sports Foundation and Australian mental health charity Beyond Blue.
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• For more information about Canaries Down Under, click here.
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