Video: Deputy city crier urges Norwich fans to be 12th man against Manchester United
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Fans are being urged to make Carrow Road a cauldron for the visit of Manchester United today.
Supporters have inspired the team to achieve great results in the past by becoming the 12th man.
And the Canaries will need plenty of vocal support from fans against the Premier League leaders.
That’s why The Evening News is urging fans for that extra special backing that only the club’s supporters can supply.
And we have enlisted the help of Norwich deputy city crier Bob Lloyd to give the fans tips on how to make a lot of noise and build up the atmosphere on the big day.
Mr Lloyd, who lives near the UEA, has even come up with a special ditty to get the juices flowing and he even sang a few verses of the club’s anthem ‘On the Ball City’ to boost the team’s chances.
His ditty goes “Norwich City are playing Manchester United today so fill your lungs with air like a pair of bellows and give a hearty cheer - Come on you Yellows.”
He added: “The supporters need to pull together and encourage the team until the end, and never give up hope.”
Meanwhile, his colleague, Norwich city crier David Bullock, who lives in Gorleston, admits he is not a football fan, but he knows how to whip up quite a storm.
He said: “My tip to fans is that when you raise your voice, when you shout, you shout from the diaphragm, like a singer.
“You take a deep breath, so the sound comes from the diaphragm. If you shout through the throat, you won’t be able to sustain it.”
City fan Kathy Blake, who is a former secretary of the Independent Norwich City Supporters’ Club, said Norwich fans usually rise to the occasion for the big matches.
She said: “The games against Manchester United are always held in a cauldron. Games against them are the reason fans want to be in the Premier League, and are the matches that supporters look out for.
“So there’s usually no reason to stoke up the atmosphere, as the fans are already up for it.
“But players always say that the supporters can be the 12th man, and they should be the ones to know.
“We know it’s going to be tough, and the club will need all the support we can give. Win, lose or draw, it will be a great game and a great atmosphere.”
Ben East, from the Northern Canaries, will be watching the match in a pub in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, which is bound to be packed with United supporters.
He said: “The atmosphere at Carrow Road is miles better under floodlights so I’m looking forward to it, even though I won’t be at the ground.
“I think we should start a song about our 1959 FA Cup run, when we beat Man United - 3-0 in the third round.
“I don’t mind what our fans sing as long as it’s not Sloop John B, which everyone is singing.
“We will need to keep singing our songs, because however much Man U are vilified, for all their fans being from Great Yarmouth, they do have good away support and will keep singing.”
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