City fans the real loo-sers at Valley

PUBLISHED: 11:22 01 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:14 10 September 2010

Hundreds of Norwich City fans will miss the nerve-biting finale at Charlton on Sunday - because they're not allowed to share a loo with their hosts. The Valley is likely to have several thousand empty seats, but City can't get their hands on any of them.

Hundreds of Norwich City fans will miss the nerve-biting finale at Charlton on Sunday - because they're not allowed to share a loo with their hosts.

The Valley is likely to have several thousand empty seats, but City can't get their hands on any of them.

While there will be about 3,300 Norwich fans packing out the Jimmy Seed Stand, the Canaries' request for more tickets fell on deaf ears.

Charlton were reluctant to displace season ticket-holders for the game, but there is also a question of the club's facilities.

"There is an issue that when you start moving season ticket-holders to accommodate visiting fans you then have to look at segregation," said a Charlton spokesman. "And there is a real issue here at The Valley in terms of facilities. If we were going to hand over areas to Norwich fans we would have to segregate facilities such as toilets and refreshment kiosks. We can't have two sets of fans using the same facilities.

"It's far more complicated than just handing over seats."

The Valley holds just over 27,000, but Charlton's average attendance is only 20,842 - with a season's high of 24,553 for the game against Nottingham Forest in January

City have arranged a beam-back of the game into the lounges at Carrow Road, which will give an opportunity for 1,500 more fans to watch the action - with half of the places already sold.

Charlton's problems contrast with those 10 miles away at Crystal Palace, who have handed over an extra 500 tickets to Sheffield United, taking the away support for a game which could see them win promotion to 7,500.

Ü The Canaries are heading to Scotland for their pre-season tour. They will play matches on July 14, 16 and 18, although the opposition has yet to be announced. The squad will be based at St Andrew's.

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