Norwich City supporter waits outside Carrow Road overnight for ticket to Capital One Cup match

Simon Crawford, who was first in the queue at Carrow Road as tickets for City's League Cup quarter-final went on general sale, waiting from 11.15pm the night before for the 9am start. Simon Crawford, who was first in the queue at Carrow Road as tickets for City's League Cup quarter-final went on general sale, waiting from 11.15pm the night before for the 9am start.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
8:57 AM

One hardy Norwich City supporter has demonstrated his passion for the Canaries – by queuing overnight for more than nine hours to get tickets for the club’s upcoming League Cup quarter-final.

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Norwich City fans que up at Carrow Road for Aston Villa tickets.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYNorwich City fans que up at Carrow Road for Aston Villa tickets. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Tickets for City’s Capital One Cup clash with Aston Villa went on general sale at 9am yesterday morning.

But Simon Crawford, of Clifton Close, off Old Palace Road in Norwich, made 100pc sure that he would get his tickets by starting to queue at 11.15pm the night before.

Around 40 City supporters had joined the 53-year-old in the queue by 9am, with the majority starting to arrive at 7.30am.

The Tuesday, December 11 clash with Villa will be City’s first League Cup quarter-final in 17 years and has the added spice of their opponents being managed by former Canaries boss Paul Lambert.

City supporters on Twitter were also reporting phone queues for the club’s ticket office being almost 100 deep, so there was plenty of demand for the match.

Mr Crawford, who said he had cooked some bacon and eggs using a camping stove in the early hours, said: “I’ve queued up for tickets like this before but I’ve never been the first in the queue.

“When we played Villa the other week I think Lambert got a good reception and plenty of respect, but as far as I’m concerned, this time the gloves are off.

“I work nights as rapid response for social services so I can only come to games now and again, so I thought I’d come down here and make sure I got tickets for me and my missus.”

The club had been criticised for its high ticket prices in the previous round, a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur that cost £30 for adults to attend.

So the club’s management decided to drop prices for the Villa match and are charging £25 for adults, £15 for over-65s and £5 for under-16s.

David Powell, from Attleborough, was the first to join Mr Crawford in the queue, at 4.45am. The 42-year-old has a spinal condition which means he requires certain seats at Carrow Road so often queues early for his tickets.

Mr Powell arrived at Carrow Road at 4.45am and is hopeful that City will be able to get the win against Villa, saying: “We had a bit of a dodgy start under Hughton but we are now starting to pick up.

“It will be nice to see Lambert back here, you can’t ever take away the success he had here in his three years.”

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13 comments

  • Unbelievable,really.It's not exactly the European cup final,is it? It's just another glorified reserve game in the cup competition that all the players hate.This cup should be strictly for the bottom two divisions,and any team in the top divisions if they would choose to play in it.My guess is that not many,if any,would want to.

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    Nexus_6

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • I think the Paint Pot Trophy is for the lower leagues already. It`s Prem ££££s that really matter now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Why?! theres loads of tickets online avaliable still!!

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    Smudger

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Sorry Mad...2nd in the queue at 4.45am, behind the gentleman with the spinal condition...so bad he is able to stand in the cold for 4 hours!? The people of Norwich never fail to surprise me!

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    PepperJ17

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • It is truly crazy, Pepper. I assume that the poor chap with a back prob has special reserves of stoicism for these occasions and perhaps the rapid response requirements for that night were achieved by the coming together of the first two queueists? I come from Norwich, Pepper. I left 46 years ago. Upon my recent return, I often ask why? WHY??

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • what a dew drop

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Rapid response for social services? What the hell is that? On call last night perhaps?

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    Tudor Bushe

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • So, basically, he could have arrived at 7.15am and still been first in the queue...oh well, that's hindsight for you!

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    PepperJ17

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Why ? Why ?Why ? Brew! Its because Norfolk People only feel at home when they can put their roots back in Norfolk Earth . We're lucky there is still some left that hasn't been concreted over.

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Lets all laugh at those who queued, Lets all laugh at those who queued, Lets all laugh, lets all laugh, Lets all laugh at those who queued. Still tickets available now.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • I bet both managers want to win this particular one, Nexus. And maybe the Final, too. For Lambo it might keep the Villa fans off his back if his team continues to struggle in the Prem. For Hoots, it`d mean a first Norwich cup trophy since 1985. Maybe a downside is it gets the winner into a protracted Europa League campaign which could overload resources. Then, it`s easy to get knocked out early- but then what`s the point of being in it? When Spurs were "Chelsea`d" out of the Champions League I bet they were grateful to be in the Europa instead. Consolation Prize or Poisoned Chalice?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Just a reminder, did Birmingham win this cup V Arsenal…………then got relegated the same season! Rather lose to Villa!

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    canaryken

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • There`s just no future in hindsight, Pepper.;-) Didn`t Mr. Powell join him at 4.45 am?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

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