Magpies hoping for a big crowd

PUBLISHED: 10:55 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 10 September 2010

Ian Clarke

Dereham Town are hoping for a bumper crowd for tomorrow night's pre-season friendly against Norwich City at Aldiss Park (7.30pm). A Canaries XI - managed by first team coach Paul Stephenson - is set to mainly feature young professionals and Academy players as they give the Magpies a good test ahead of the new campaign.

Ian Clarke

Dereham Town are hoping for a bumper crowd for tomorrow night's pre-season friendly against Norwich City at Aldiss Park (7.30pm).

A Canaries XI - managed by first team coach Paul Stephenson - is set to mainly feature young professionals and Academy players as they give the Magpies a good test ahead of the new campaign.

But the fixture could be even more mouth-watering if City field some of their new signings, players returning from injury or who have lacked action in previous pre-season friendlies.

The club has not revealed the squad for tomorrow and it is unlikely to be finalised until the last minute as new deals are completed and any casualties from the Swedish tour are assessed.

However, a spokesman said the strength of the City team "could be similar to the one which played at Gorleston."

Players such as David Marshall, Gary Doherty, Matty Pattison, Jon Otsemobor, Jason Shackell and Darel Russell as well as new arrivals Wes Hoolahan and Sammy Clingan all played for part of the game alongside the youngsters.

Dereham chairman Simon Barnes said extra tickets had been printed to cope with demand for the match.

"We are looking forward to welcoming Norwich back to Aldiss Park. In the past it has been games such as this that generate much needed revenue for the club, and the support already has been fantastic with ticket sales going well."

Dereham manager Matt Henman said: "This is a game for all the players and staff to look forward to."

He said the Dereham squad - including new signings John Higgs (goalkeeper), Adam Smith (midfield), Dean Miller (centre-half), Paul Cousins (centre-half), Andrew Wood (striker) and Ben Furlong (left-back) - had worked really hard in pre-season and the match would be a good test for them.

Tickets - costing £6 (£3 children) - are on sale at Just Kitchenware in the High Street, Birds Sport & Outdoor in Norwich Street, and Breckland Taxis in the Market Place or from Dereham Town on 01362 690460. Remaining tickets will be on sale on the night, although people who have bought in advance will get in quicker.

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