Away support continues to show increase

PUBLISHED: 09:45 05 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 14 September 2010

Norwich City's hardy band of away supporters have come in for praise as a disappointing season draws to a close. The Canaries have struggled for results on their travels this term, losing 12 of their 20 league fixtures - but that hasn't stopped fans from following them in commendably large numbers.

Norwich City's hardy band of away supporters have come in for praise as a disappointing season draws to a close.

The Canaries have struggled for results on their travels this term, losing 12 of their 20 league fixtures - but that hasn't stopped fans from following them in commendably large numbers.

A total of 30,927 people have provided their support so far and with a big attendance predicted at Sheffield Wednesday later this month that figure should have risen close to the 35,000 mark by the end of the campaign.

When you consider that only 20,913 supporters have made the return trip to Carrow Road over the same period it's a remarkable statistic, and one which pleases director of sales and marketing Andrew Cullen immensely.

“It's phenomenal when you consider the mileage Norwich fans have to put in over the course of the season,” he said. “We are averaging around 1500 this season, and that includes some very long trips.

“Over 1000 made the long haul down to Plymouth and we had 500 at Burnley the other night when the game was being shown live on Sky.

“It's something that has built up in recent years - and it has got to the stage when the visit from Norwich is the highlight of the season for many teams because they know will sell plenty of seats in the away end!”

The Canaries are unlikely to break the 1000 barrier in Saturday's trip to Preston, while it's almost certain to be a similar story at Cardiff in the final trip of the season. But there is sure to be a bumper away attendance at Sheffield Wednesday on April 15, when the club have offered cut-price travel of £7.50 as a reward to the loyal travelling army.

With the Owls having also slashed ticket prices for the game there's a very good chance that City's record away attendance for the season - 2807 at Coventry on November 26 - will be beaten.

City's away followings this season (in descending order):

Coventry 2807,

QPR 2753,

Ipswich 2300,

Hull 2026,

Leicester 1864,

Watford 1930,

Luton 1770,

Southampton 1723,

Leeds 1710,

Reading 1694,

Birmingham 1543*,

Derby 1522,

Milton Keynes Dons 1420*,

Sheffield United 1418,

Stoke 1390,

Crystal Palace 1282,

Plymouth 1142,

Wolves 1036,

Millwall 953,

Crewe 857,

Brighton 750,

Burnley 515.

*Carling Cup.

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