Norwich City fans out in force again
The Canaries will play in front of one of their biggest away followings of the season when they travel to Leeds United on Saturday.
A bumper crowd is expected at Elland Road, with the home side hoping to record a crowd of more than 30,000 when the two clubs renew acquaintances.
And Norwich City’s travelling supporters will play a substantial part once again, with the Canaries completely selling out their full allocation for the clash of the promotion hopefuls – meaning more than 2,800 City fans piling into the visitors’ section.
That figure will have been topped by City only once this season - the 3,122 who made the journey to London for the Canaries’ goalless draw with Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers in October.
Nowich’s travelling army of fans has totalled 26,663 this season in all competitions, with the figures also hitting more than 2,000 at Nottingham Forest (2,611), Derby (2,228), Sheffield United (2,495) and Crystal Palace (2,696).
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Only the Carling Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers (603) and the recent trip to Burnley (850) saw the Canaries’ following dip under four figures, with Norwich averaging more than 1,737 on their Championship travels this campaign.
It is a trend that has followed on from City’s League One success last term, where the travelling Canaries topped more than 41,000 before the season was out.
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The Canaries took 1,256 fans for the corresponding – and televised – fixture with Leeds in League One, in October 2009.
Norwich’s away following was substantially limited at some third tier grounds last season, while there were far more than the official 1,900 inside the Weston Homes Community Stadium when City took revenge on Colchester United at the start of 2010.
City averaged an away following of 1,783 by the end of their title-winning campaign, taking 3,000 fans or more to Leyton Orient (3,000) and Charlton Athletic (3,200) towards the end of last term, as well as more than 2,000 to Southampton (2,205), Wycombe (2,300), Millwall (2,875), Huddersfield (2,929) and Swindon (2,826).
After this weekend, City still face trips to Championship promotion hopefuls Leicester, Hull, Swansea and Watford, as well as the small matter of the East Anglian derby at Portman Road just before Easter.
On top of that, there could yet be the possibility of a play-off away leg and Wembley final should City finish in a play-off place in May.