Fans to plan fresh form of protest

PUBLISHED: 09:52 12 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:21 14 September 2010

CHRIS WISE

Disenchanted Norwich City fans have decided on a change of tactics after their previous demonstration against manager Nigel Worthington proved to be something of a damp squib.

Disenchanted Norwich City fans have decided on a change of tactics after their previous demonstration against manager Nigel Worthington proved to be something of a damp squib.

Less than 100 supporters answered a call to arms from the Worthy Out pressure group before the home fixture against Leicester on April 1 and as a result there will be no march on Carrow Road before the Easter Monday afternoon encounter with Queens Park Rangers.

Instead those unhappy with the current regime are being asked to make their own way down to the ground before making their feelings known - while protesters will also be asking fans to sign a petition calling for a change of management after what has been a hugely disappointing season.

"For the QPR game we are changing our approach," said a statement on the worthyout.co.uk website.

"There will not be a march to Carrow Road for this game, but instead we will meet at outside the Canary Travel Store at 2pm for a 30-minute protest.

"As normal we ask for all chants to be aimed at the removal of Nigel Worthington and 'hoofball'. Songs in support of the players and team will be welcome as usual.

"It is expected that there will be hecklers so please ignore them and refrain from swearing and aggressive chants as there will be children and recording equipment around.

"Again we are co-ordinating with the authorities for everyone's safety.

"Instead of marching, we will be conducting a petition for those fans who want Worthington out at various points en route to Carrow Road, with provision made for those wanting Worthington to stay to record their views."

The group won't be protesting inside the ground - but intend to make the manager and players well aware of their feelings if they think they are resorting to long-ball tactics, or the 'hoofball' mentioned earlier in their statement.

"Once inside the ground, we would again like the crowd to remind the players that we are a passing club and that Nigel Worthington's idea of football is to pass to feet," it continued.

"If the ball does continue to fly in the air, fans can use various methods of 'hoofness' to remind the players to keep it low."

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