Here's to a full Carrow Road

Ian Russell, Capital Canaries How many clubs stuck in the bottom three would be selling out their home games? It's a great testament to both the Norfolk football public and Andrew Cullen and his team that we enjoy such remarkable attendances.

Ian Russell, Capital Canaries

How many clubs stuck in the bottom three would be selling out their home games? It's a great testament to both the Norfolk football public and Andrew Cullen and his team that we enjoy such remarkable attendances.

We know that football fans don't always follow the rules of science (Leeds' relegation to League One has coincided with a 28% increase in attendances at Elland Road), but statistics don't lie and Norwich City fans are clearly amongst the most loyal around.

Our nearest and dearest down at the other end of the A140 may be able to smell the edge of the play off places, they may have the best home record in the division and it would appear they have the promise of pots of gold to spend come January, but something's not right if they're only averaging a little over 21,500 (interestingly down 3½% on last season?). You won't find them admitting to it, but I reckon they must secretly be envious of their neighbours, who manage to pull in the crowds even when the weather isn't quite so fair.


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Another play-off hopeful, Stoke City, couldn't even drag in 20,000 when they as good as gave tickets away for the game against Norwich last weekend. Ok, so the Potteries may not be the richest place in the country at the moment and Tony Pulis' team of seven foot basketball players probably isn't the biggest draw in town but, even so, seeing thousands of empty red seats come 3 o'clock on a Saturday is not a pleasant or encouraging sight for anyone.

Canary fans have proved their loyalty time and time again; Tuesday night's gate for the visit of unfashionable Plymouth is proof of that. Home attendances have hardly waivered since relegation from the Premier League two and a bit years ago, in spite of two changes of manager and a mostly average product on the pitch.

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The current Glenn Roeder revival might spare us the test of selling League One football to the 20,000 season ticket holders; the proposals for 2008-09 will, however, be an interesting read for all of us and I'm sure Mr Cullen and co will eagerly be waiting to measure the response.

But for me, a full Carrow Road is what supporting our football club is all about and long may we enjoy the steady click of the turnstile and bums on seats at the referee's first whistle.

On the Ball City!

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