‘We need a united front’ Message to Norwich City fans from supporters’ groups

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper cuts a dejected figure in a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Gary Hooper cuts a dejected figure in a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd

David Powles
Friday, February 7, 2014
3:11 PM

Two of Norwich City Football Club’s fan groups, Forces2Canaries and the Norwich City Supporter’s Trust, have urged supporters to stay united ahead of the team’s home fixture against Manchester City this Saturday.

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With the club entering a crucial stage of their fight to stave off relegation from the Premier League, a spokesperson for both groups said: “We feel a united front to get behind the team 100pc will help to push the club towards safety and another season in the English Premier League.”

In recent weeks the atmosphere at Carrow Road has taken a nosedive as the team struggled for form. Winger Robert Snodgrass even argued with sections of the crowd, before later apologising.

However, Neville Townsend, chairman of Forces2Canaries, added: “The constant distraction of discussing management changes is only fuelling the negative atmosphere within the stadium. We feel that the end of the season is the perfect time to discuss these issues.”

Paul Bond, who chairs the trust, said: “It is imperative all aspects of the football club are performing well to survive and the fans, as the 12th man, are an essential part of the team’s success.”

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Saturday’s match against second-placed Manchester City, kick-off 3pm, is viewed by some fans and bookies alike as a lost cause. Ladbrokes is offering odds of 100/1 for a repeat of November’s 7-0 loss at the Etihad Arena, 225/1 for an 8-0 scoreline and sky-high odds of 450/1 for a Norwich 4-0 win.

Norwich fan, Peter Beck said: “I sadly think it’s going to be another pasting, let’s face it, it’s Manchester City. It’s not been good; we’ve not even won against the smaller teams.”

Norwich City will surely need the full support of a frenzied Carrow Road on Saturday if they are to get a result against the Blues, who have won eight out of their last nine games, scoring 27 along the way. Norwich, by contrast, have one only once in their last nine outings.

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