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Hundreds take part in Norwich City fans’ march ahead of derby day clash

PUBLISHED: 16:02 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:42 19 February 2018

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Hundreds of Norwich City fans turned out for a friendly march ahead of today’s derby day match against Ipswich Town.

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The mass event in Norwich, only the second of its kind for the Canaries, featured loud and passionate singing, large flags and fans of all ages.

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It went from the Queen of Iceni Wetherspoon pub towards Carrow Road.

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Organiser Andrew Lawn, founder of Norwich City fan site Along Come Norwich, said: “We want to create an environment where everyone feels welcome with their mates and have a fun time.”

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He said part of the reason behind the march was to improve the atmosphere in the ground.

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Lifelong fan Oliver Hill, 37, from Fakenham Road in Taverham, who was part of the march, said: “We want to get the atmosphere going. It hasn’t been a bad season but it hasn’t been brilliant. This is a game we don’t want to lose. It is a good turn out for the march.”

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Chris Reeve, who presents a Norwich City fans’ podcast for TalkNorwichCity, said the march was a good way of boosting the reputation of the Canaries as being a community club.

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“We are trying to get people together. We [the Canaries] are below par for this stage of the season and the extra support might get the players over the line into the Premier League over the next two years.”

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Teacher Nick Stephens, 26, from Bedfordshire, whose connection to the club stemmed from his grandfather, said: “This is the last time I’m going to be a season ticket holder for Norwich City so I thought I had to be involved in the march.”

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He added having a good atmosphere in the ground and during matches helped the club’s overall performance.

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“The march kicks things off and gets everyone in the community together,” Mr Stephens said.

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The first time Canaries fans held a supporters pre-match march was ahead of the Sunderland match last year at Carrow Road.

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As well as the march support was provided to the Canaries by the derby day dog, who entertained the crowds outside the stadium before the match.

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