The Yellow Army will once again be out to conquer this weekend after snapping up all of the 4,500 ticket allocation for Norwich City’s Premier League opener against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The Canaries faithful continue to show their support for Paul Lambert’s men despite the potential of a nine-hour round trip to the DW Stadium.

A total of 17 Club Canary coaches will be making their way up the A1 for what looks set to be an historic occasion for the Canaries, who were facing up to life in the third tier of English football this time two years ago. Norwich City Independent Supporters Association chairman Robin Sainty is not surprised to hear so many fans will be making the long journey to the north-west and hopes their loyalty is rewarded with victory.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, especially when you consider that Wigan is one of the long trips for this season,” he said.

“It reflects the support that we’ve had over the last few seasons and the travelling contingent in particular seems to get stronger and stronger.

“The atmosphere at away games is always fantastic when travelling and I think everybody is looking forward to this season with tremendous enthusiasm.”

Sainty hopes City can emulate what Blackpool did at the DW Stadium last season when the newly-promoted side set the tone for the first half of their top flight campaign with a 4-0 win.

Sainty has certainly noticed a difference in City supporters’ attitudes compared to the last time Norwich were about to embark on a Premier League campaign.

Lambert and Co. have restored a sense of belief and Sainty is confident the club will be doing more than making up the numbers in the top flight.

“It certainly is a marked difference to how we all felt the last time we were here,” he added.

“I think the last time we were up there there was an attitude that ‘we’re just going to enjoy it’ but now I think fans believe we have a squad and a fantastic manager able to compete at the highest level.”