Unruly Yarmouth Town fans ejected from Carrow Road

PUBLISHED: 08:35 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 10 September 2010

Fans and stewards at Monday night's game. Photo: Andy Darnell.

Fans and stewards at Monday night's game. Photo: Andy Darnell.

Anthony Carroll

Crowd trouble at Norwich City saw 15 fans being thrown out of Carrow Road during a Canaries reserve game. The Yarmouth Town fans were ejected from Carrow Road on Monday night by stewards because they refused to sit down and shouted abusive language.

Crowd trouble at Norwich City saw 15 fans being thrown out of Carrow Road during a Canaries reserve game.

The Yarmouth Town fans were ejected from Carrow Road on Monday night by stewards because they refused to sit down and shouted abusive language.

It is the first time that such a large number of supporters have been turfed out of a Norwich City reserve game at Carrow Road.

The group of fans, known locally in the seaside resort as the barmy army, were expelled from the Barclay Stand before the end of the first half of the friendly game between the Canaries' second string team and the Bloaters.

Monday's scenes of crowd trouble were witnessed by 591 spectators who were at the game as part of Norwich City's fun for family night events.

A Norwich City fan at the match, who did not wish to be named, said: "They were being abusive and rude towards fans and stewards. With young kids around, it was unacceptable."

Yesterday, Yarmouth Town sent a letter of apology to Norwich City and distanced itself from the group's loutish behaviour.

Bloaters secretary Brian Smith was keen to disassociate his club from the actions of the barmy army which he said had bought shame to the team's real supporters.

Mr Smith said: "In all my long years at the club nothing like this has ever happened before and, to be honest, I am gutted that it has happened.

"Our players were viewing a trip to Carrow Road like visiting Wembley and now a huge dampener has been put on a special evening because of a group of idiots. We will now try to identify them all and then see how we can prevent their behaviour from happening again at away games and make sure it never happens at our home ground."

Yarmouth Town usually gets about 50 to 60 fans at home fixtures at its Wellesley Road ground.

Norwich City said that as far as it was aware Monday night's incident was the first of its kind at any reserve game at Carrow Road.

The trouble was also witnessed by Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn as he watched first team coach Ian Crook manage the second string team.

A spokesman for Norwich City said: "Fifteen people were ejected from Carrow Road for failing to comply with ground regulations and using foul and abusive language.

"This behaviour is obviously reg-rettable at any level, but especially at one of our fun for family nights."

Monday night's game ended in 3-0 victory for the Canaries reserves, which saw Norwich City new boy Cody MacDonald score on his debut and Matty Pattison and David Carney also net against the Ridgeons League Division One outfit.

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