Hefty price to pay to follow City away

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries What makes us do such a mad thing as take a day off work, travel two hundred miles north to a freezing outpost in Yorkshire, and pay �20 to stand in the freezing cold.

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries

What makes us do such a mad thing as take a day off work, travel two hundred miles north to a freezing outpost in Yorkshire, and pay �20 to stand in the freezing cold.

Don't forget to add on the transport costs, and for a number of the Capital Canaries, a hotel bill to see their team play. All in all an expensive evening out.

For those not staying it's another few hours back home, and in bed at 2am. And don't forget we have lost most of our away games this season.


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Complete insanity would be a kind word to describe the dedication of almost two thousand fans who made it to the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday evening to see the Canaries play.

And all for what? The potential of an away win and another ground ticked off in order to gain a VIP pass to the "92 Club".

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On 11th April, it will all happen again. Yet another marathon journey from Paddington, but this time westwards to Swansea.

In the Caps we don't measure rail journeys by time; we use a much more sophisticated method of calculating how long it takes to get there. For those interested, the estimated journey time to Swansea is a "Six Canner". Each Way.

Last season I ticked off Rochdale. My experience of Rochdale was almost all positive, a friendly town, a decent hotel and some locals who directed me to the best place to park. We were given the biggest stand, enjoyed an exciting game and I witnessed my first ever victory in a penalty shoot out.

The only negative experience was on my wallet, as part of the deal was that I had agreed to take my family to the game. But it wasn't just the game we went to. The pre-match bribery included a detour to Drayton Manor Theme Park, and on the way back it was a stop-off at Alton Towers. Add to that the hotel, the admission and the petrol and I didn't see much change from �250.

The reason for these new ground stories? On Friday night, I attended the game with a pal called Steve. He's not a City fan, but counts the Canaries as one of his favoured "other teams".

He's a season ticket holder at Fulham, and has been for as long as I can remember. When we last played a second tier match at Craven Cottage we lost 0-2, Louis Saha scored and Fulham romped to the title at the end of the season.

At half time, Steve's Uncle was presented with a trophy from Mohammed-Al-Fayed for his 60th season as a supporter. Fulham is in the blood in Steve's family.

Steve had a good reason for his Friday night appearance as a guest of the City faithful. Thanks to Doncaster's move from Belle Vue he required a game at the Keepmoat to make his way back to the "92".

A yet more impressive stat is the number of grounds Steve has seen Fulham play on.

Thanks to a couple of kind FA Cup draws this season Swansea will be the 123rd different ground he has seen them play a competitive game on.

I know a few City fans who would call themselves dedicated fans but Steve - now he's really hardcore.

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