Norwich City fans‘ exodus passes 3,000

More than 3,000 Norwich City fans will make their way to Portsmouth for Monday night’s potential promotion decider.

The Canaries were down to the last 100 tickets yesterday from their allocation of 3,170 for the televised Championship match at Fratton Park (7.45pm), where victory could take them back to the Premier League after an absence of six years.

If Cardiff, in third place, are beaten at home by Middlesbrough in the match that kicks off 2� hours earlier, Paul Lambert’s team, in second, know that a win will guarantee a top two finish.

City’s biggest away following of the season was the 3,122 who went to Queens Park Rangers in October, but a sell-out of their Portsmouth allocation would top that figure. Nearly 1,600 tickets were snapped up by City fans in written applications, but there has been a rush at the box office since the rest went on general sale.

The Canaries’ travelling support has been hugely impressive this season, topping the 2,000 mark on 11 occasions and dropping below four figures only once in the Championship, when 850 travelled to the game at Burnley in February. More than 42,000 have watched City on the road in total, and that figure could have been higher still if a bigger allocation had been available at Ipswich for the derby match. Portsmouth, well clear of relegation but well short of the play-off places, are determined to go out with a bang, staging a fans’ day in the Fratton Park car park from midday until 6.30pm, and are urging their supporters to turn out in force for the final home match of the season.