It's time to join the Yell Army!
PUBLISHED: 09:10 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:18 16 April 2013
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It's time to join the Yell Army!
That was the ralling cry today as the Norwich Evening News calls on Canaries fans to turn Carrow Road into a cauldron of noise ahead of the crunch weekend relegation match against Reading.
Chris Hughton’s men face the bottom side on Saturday sitting a precarious four points above the drop zone with five games to go.
One win in their last 16 Premier League games has turned the match into a relegation battle, but home fans could play a crucial role in swinging the result Norwich’s way.
Today, the Evening News, supporters and the Norwich City manager himself urged supporters to get themselves ready to give the players a rousing reception at the game.
All this week we will be looking at the impact crowds can make on games, speaking to chief executive David McNally, former players and a psychologist, and why this Saturday’s game is so important to not just the club but the city as a whole.
We will also have free tickets to hand out to supporters and will be encouraging fans to use social media to send good luck messages to the team, which could be shown at Carrow Road on matchday itself.
Speaking to the Evening News, Chris Hughton said: “There is no doubt the difference it makes when there is that type of atmosphere in the stadium.
“We’ve got three home games and it is a wonderful opportunity for the supporters to get behind the team. The team will be doing everything they can. We want to do our best to excite the supporters.” He said the loss to Arsenal on Saturday showed the importance of a home crowd.
“We felt we were on the back of a poor decision,” he said. “As soon as the goal goes in for them, the crowd, that had been quiet before that, propelled what they had in the last 10 minutes of the game.”
Last season Norwich City fans were named the best behaved in the Premier League, but the club hopes that for the next three home games they will become the nosiest.
Former president of the Norwich City Independent Supporters’ Association (NCISA) and former Lord Mayor of Norwich, Roy Blower said: “We were all gutted after the Arsenal result.
“Reading is a huge game now and we can’t look into the future and predict what the remaining games will bring.
“I do not want to even think about relegation. It would be catastrophic if Norwich were to go down.
“I don’t think people realise what top-flight football brings to this city in terms of visitors spending in the shops.”
Mr Blower called on fans to show support rather than criticise at this stage of the season.
“I was there last week and people were getting a bit niggled,” he said. “We have 25,000 managers in the stands and we all have our own opinions.
“Everybody has got to be totally and utterly committed to the team.
“Personal feelings have to be put aside.
“You can talk about the game in the pub afterwards, but during the remaining games you have to give the team 100pc support.”
Independent Norwich City Supporters Club chairman Robin Sainty also backed the rallying cry.
He said: “We all knew it was going to be tough. If it was not for a missed penalty against Southampton and some questionable decisions at Arsenal we would certainly be sitting safe by now and not worrying.
“What people think about Hughton, his tactics and selection can wait until the summer.
“We have a five-game season now and people have to put all that to one side. If you are a Norwich supporter you have got to get behind the team.”
You can tweet your messages of support to the boys using the hashtag #yellarmy. A selection of the tweets will be displayed at Saturday’s game.
See tomorrow’s Evening News for details of how you can win tickets for the Reading match.