Angry fans are on the march
PUBLISHED: 10:57 29 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:19 14 September 2010
Norwich City fans are on the warpath again, with another demonstration against manager Nigel Worthington planned for Saturday. Founders of a web site - who were behind the first demo, before the game against Stoke at the beginning of this month - have called on disgruntled fans to meet an hour before the game against Leicester City kicks off at Carrow Road.
By CHRIS LAKEY
Norwich City fans are on the warpath again, with another demonstration against manager Nigel Worthington planned for Saturday.
Founders of a web site - who were behind the first demo, before the game against Stoke at the beginning of this month - have called on disgruntled fans to meet an hour before the game against Leicester City kicks off at Carrow Road.
However, they have issued strict guidelines to avoid confrontation with fellow Canaries fans who support Worthington.
“Please refrain from swearing as it is a family day,” said the people behind the website www.worthyout.co.uk.
“There will be fans around opposed to our protest and will taunt those giving their vocal support to make the board aware that we are unhappy. Please do not retaliate to the words they may throw at us.”
Fans are being asked to meet near the Friendship Bridge and walk slowly to the ground, heading for the main entrance.
(.) All chants should be about Worthington and aimed at the board. No negatives about our players.
(.) Keep it peaceful. It is a family day. Be friendly.
(.) Co-operate with the authorities - we have been liaising with them. They are there for our safety. Do not be confrontational. It is important to behave in a sensible manner, just like in the protests before the Stoke game.
(.) Have some songs and chanting in support for our players and the team. This will do no harm.
(.) Show we are Norwich fans with a heart and passion.
While the season has been far from what many City fans hoped for and expected, it was the home defeat by East Anglian rivals Ipswich at the beginning of February and the 4-1 hammering at Crystal Palace three weeks later that really hurt. That sparked the Stoke demonstration on March 4, but after 2-2 draw at Leeds, the matter settled down a little, in public at least.
The Norwich City Independent Supporters Association (NCISA), having organised a public meeting in the city two days before the Stoke game, asked fans not to protest before the Sheffield United game, and a poll on www.worethyout.co.uk showed 61pc of fans were against a public show of disapproval.
City went on to beat the Blades, but the manner of Friday's 2-0 defeat at Burnley - which seems to have ruined any realistic chance of a play-off place - has clearly stirred emotions again.
NCISA, who had already made a public plea to the club to sack Worthington in December, yesterday reiterated their feelings.
“After another dismal showing, this time at Burnley, and with our season now effectively over, we at NCISA continue our stance that was set back in December 2005 - we feel that Nigel Worthington and his management team should be replaced,” said a statement on their web site.
“Our performances, transfers, tactics amongst many other things are not what we at NCISA find acceptable and this highlights why we previously released the statement that we did.
“We consider this season to be a total failure and casting our minds back over this season we have not at (any) point been shown any evidence on the field that would suggest that problems are being resolved in order to regain our Premiership status.
“We are currently assessing our options in order to continue moving forwards, and welcome any feedback you have.”