Norwich City fans not only the best in the world, but are some of the best behaved in the league according to new figures

Norwich Fans pictured in a game against Chelsea. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Norwich Fans pictured in a game against Chelsea. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
11:11 AM

They have often been dubbed the best in the world and now Norwich City fans are officially among the best behaved in the whole country according to new figures.

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Arrests in 2012/13

Newcastle United 175

Manchester United 145

Manchester City 95

Chelsea 92

Sunderland 71

West Ham United 67

Arsenal 53

Aston Villa 51

Everton 44

Liverpool 36

Stoke City 32

Tottenham Hotspur 32

Southampton 23

Queens Park Rangers 20

Wigan Athletic 18

Norwich City 12

West Bromwich Albion 10

Fulham 9

Reading 9

Just 12 Canaries fans were arrested – seven at Carrow Road and five away from home – in the 2012-13 Premier League season with only West Brom (10), Fulham (nine) and relegated Reading (nine) from that league having fewer.

More Newcastle United fans were arrested at football matches during the 2012-13 season than any other club in the whole country, with 175 falling foul of the law.

Meanwhile City’s arch East Anglian rivals Ipswich had the best behaved supporters in the Championship last season with just four arrests made.

The statistics, released by the Home Office, also showed there were just 10 banning orders – introduced in 2000 in a bid to tackle football violence and disorder – issued against Norwich supporters compared to 110 at Chelsea.

Bosses at Norwich City Football Club said the statistics help demonstrate what wonderful – and well behaved – supporters the club has.

Chris Bailey, head of operations at Carrow Road, said: “I think it just reinforces the fact that Norwich City fans have won the Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award for the last two seasons on the trott.

“I think while any arrest or banning order is regrettable it really shows the really great and brilliant support that we get from our fans at Norwich City. There’s a way of celebrating and a way not to celebrate I guess and our fans do it the right way.”

Mr Bailey said the figures helped demonstrate that City fans were the best in the Premier League and admitted he was hopeful the club could yet grab a third fair play awards which nets the club £20,000 to spend in the community.

He said: “There are other teams there but I’m sure we will be there or there abouts.”

The figures have been released at a time when fans are already flying high following the publication of the club’s annual accounts which revealed City are virtually debt free following an “unprecedented” turnaround in its fortunes just a few years after fluttering on the edge of the financial abyss.

Canaries fan Kathy Blake, a committee member of the Norwich City Supporters Trust, said she was pleased but “not surprised” by what the statistics revealed.

She said: “I think it’s been like that even in the bad old days in the 1970s when there was lots of hooliganism and crowd trouble – we’ve always been nice Norwich. I think it helps that we live in a nice part of the country with not much squalor and people who come from a nice environment tend to want to keep it that way. What probably also helps is that there hasn’t been a derby.”

Norfolk police have also welcomed the figures which they say highlights the good working relationship the forces has with the club.

Superintendent Mike Fawcett said: “We work closely with Norwich City Football Club to ensure that all fans can enjoy a safe and welcoming matchday experience. The vast majority of people attend Carrow Road to support their team but for the small minority who do cause trouble, we will take every opportunity to apply for a banning order and prevent them from attending games in the future.”

The Home Office showed that the number of football-related arrests at matches in England and Wales, which were attended by about 39 million people, rose by 4pc last year to 2,456 compared to 2,363 the year before which was the lowest-ever arrest figures.

The report said: “The general downwards trend in football-related arrests is continuing, although there remains a significant risk it will escalate if efforts to prevent and tackle football-related disorder are reduced.”

Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation, insisted the increase in arrests was no cause for alarm.

He said: “While there’s no room for complacency, my daughter and I feel much safer going to a football match at weekends than I do walking past the clubs and pubs near my home on a Saturday evening.

“We never like to see arrest figures rise but the increase is minimal compared to last year’s 23pc decrease.

“It is time that football fans and clubs are given some credit for the huge reduction in football disorder in recent years.”

43 comments

  • Prisoner of War Road indeed, Steely. It is a measure of how important the "Night Economy" is to the Burghers of our fine City that this blight is alowed to continue. No vested interests involved, it goes without saying. The answer lies within the walls of an imposing building on St. Giles` Street, allegedly. Let`s shake on it.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • I just noticed on my mobile, this pages comes under the crime section?!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • What a load of tosh! Apart from the fascinating statistic that all four of Town's fans were arrested!

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Blue army. Snigger. Surely Blue bus queue.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Why are Swansea not on the list?

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    Chappers

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • The figures are pretty meaningless. As someone in the main article said there haven't been any local derbies for the last three seasons. Also it depends on the local constabulary's attitude to football fans. Some will arrest you for something really trivial, others take a more common sense approach.

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    Graham Last

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Bob Hunt, as somebody who has occasionally had cause to travel on the atrociously overcrowded trains to Yarmouth or Lowestoft after games I am not surprised if some of your paying customers express annoyance in anti social ways, not that I condone bad behaviour but treat them like cattle and thats what you get.

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • Our fans may be a pretty tame bunch but we do have the honour of having the most violent street in the country - Prisoner of War Road.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • POW road- there used to be an all-you-can-eat Thai place on there. They didn't make any profits whenever I was in there, I can tell you. They eventually took to locking the door when they saw me + my mate walking up from the Angler. All 1p5wich fans in possession of a match ticket should be arrested on their way to Portaloo Rd for " going equipped ". Laters- Timbo- friend of the board + new fan leader.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • Guessing these are just English statistics (rather than Swansea having no arrests). Newcastle always seem to go on about themselves having the best fans in the world...anyone know how that came about? I think they got pretty high attendances in the Chumpionship too...if simply having good attendances (home and\or away) while watching a lower standard of football are a good indicator of having the best fanbase...

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • The whole "best fans in the world" thing is a bit like who's a "bigger club". It's all complete rubbish. Objectively, clearly City fans are some of the better behaved - although, like keith, I think 12 is still 12 too many...but for Archant to have a headline saying City fans are "not only the best in the world" is just sycophantic hyperbole.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Bob Hunt, as somebody who has occasionally had cause to travel on the atrociously overcrowded trains to Yarmouth or Lowestoft after games I am not surprised if some of your paying customers express annoyance in anti social ways, not that I condone bad behaviour but treat them like cattle and thats what you get.

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • As somebody who works on the trains, I assure you that they are not as angelic as Archant would have you believe!

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    Bob Hunt

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Surprised that Town had four arrests last year. I didn't think that many had turned up. They are the only club where stewards throw people in to the ground.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • As somebody who works on the trains, I assure you that they are not as angelic as Archant would have you believe!

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    Bob Hunt

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • 145 man ure fans arrested,wonder how many actually came from the manchester area!??

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • 12 arrests are still 12 too many in the eyes of those who do not share the same devotion to football.

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Steely - God I despise that road. It wasn't great when I last lived in Norwich about 7 or 8 yrs ago, but when I go back now, there's so many coppers on that rd and people fighting every time I have the misfortune to go near it. There's nothing like it in Manchester really. nothing that concentrated - all the chaos up here is spread evenly across the city!

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • PutneyCanary, both would be great signings in my opinion. Personally I don't see it happening but still it's nice that we can talk about these sort of players now :) OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Brew - yes I thought P.O.W. road was your copywrite but it is not far from reality. I don't know when the violence started but I (and many others) will remember it as a street that was busy by day but a peaceful backwater at night. I regularly used to walk down to get a late train or taxi. Now you would probably be stabbed or turned into a human punchbag.The authorities now seem happy to tolerate the intolerable, as they say.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • Monkeynuts - Ahh, nice apartments I believe. think they were being built just when I left Norwich. So what brings you to be a villa fan, family?

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Manc - Yep family. Although my parents have been here all their lifes they had an affiliation with the club for many years (prob since the 50's), so it was always already written for me. Not that i mind, theres not many of us from these parts. But i am a fan, i go to most home and away games, and alot of reserves or U21's if i can. If i cant get to a game (and it has to be exceptional circumstances!) i'll get a ticket for your boys. I'd say our fans are the best in the world, i'm guessing Port Vale fans would too, or Coventry, or even Bolton! We all have our moments.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Yes we are :)

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • I'm not a picky enough eater to be a critic Dan. I turn up @ my local steakhouse with a dead bull + say " Just pull it's horns off + wipe it's ars* mate"...Can you imagine Delia doing Kitchen Nightmares? ..." Oh my goodness gracious me, you've overcooked the steak, that won't do at all...now if only you'd read my book"....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • MonkeyNuts - If you read the article, they are defining it as the best behaved, not for noise etc. The reason I would argue for Norwich fans being among the best full stop however, is the sheer numbers we take to away days - we have further to travel to our nearest club (Used to be Watford - I wonder who it is now? Spurs?) than everyone else. Plus, we were selling out a 27000 seater ground in league 1, when so called "Big" teams like Leeds couldn't even bring 18,000 to Elland Rd. Decent argument I think.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • MonkeyNuts - I agree that is a strange opening sentence, with little or nothing to back it up! There's no accounting for local journalism! I'm sure Villa do sell 80%+ of their away tickets, as do many other clubs. My point was the distance our fans have to travel earns extra brownie points! PS Don't take this the wrong way, but why are on here so much if you're a Villa fan? Are you exiled in Norfolk?

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Monkeynuts - Thats real dedication mate, kudos! And yeah you're right, all fans think they're the best.. I find only Liverpool fans irritate me in the online world really.. They're very arrogant and deluded.. so I'm hoping their season goes wrong soon so they don't have anything to actually shout about.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Wouldnt a better statistic be fans arrested pro rata against average home gate (eg X fans per 10,000). Similarly, away support could be measured as a percentage of home average. Perhaps something for the Archant reporters to investigate and provide interesting info on...?

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    zebbee

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • MancCanary - the opening paragraph suggests that you have not only the best fans in the world but also some of the best behaved. Theres been a £200k injection this season for clubs to help away fans, Norwich laid on 25 coaches to Hull (surely Newcastle or Southampton would have been better?). I can't seem to find any stats on away fan attendances but i know that Villa usually sell out on over 80% of their away games, so in that respect Norwich arent in an elite club with high away fan levels. Like i said, i wasnt goading or fishing for a bite, but how can you compare yourselves to the likes of the Bayerns, Corinthians and Milans of this world? Sorry, but you (and many other teams too) arent on their level.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Well we may not be the best but at least we aren't from Birmingham, thats what I always say. Anyway, how can you be described as the best fans when someone from this paper is advocating that he wants relegation.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Timbo - full time fan leader now part time restaurant critic. What a man.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • To use a Nelsonian phrase "Norfolk expects all Canaries to sing, sing, their hearts out but not to engage in violence" Those who were at Chelsea for the Youth Cup will recall how effective it was that day. Compliments came from Stewards and Police who said they were amazed at the enthusiasm devoid of violent behaviour - it made their job straightforward.

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    mardler

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • B inners,you really are a prize IDIOT.GROW UP

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    Blue army

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • "Dubbed the best fans in the world" - surely this is tongue in cheek stuff? Describe best. Most politest? Least likely to offend opposing fans? Its not for making an noise, certainly not at the games i've been to. I'm not trying to enflame people or goad anyone, but you're not anywhere near the best fans in the world.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • On a completely unrelated, but more football focused, subject; I've read over the last couple of days that Zaha wants to go out on loan in January and that Vermaelen is considering leaving the Gooners (both wanting regular first team football). If our business in January consisted of bringing in Vermaelen on a permanent and getting Zaha until the end of the season on loan, I'd be a very happy bunny. What do you guys think?

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Manc - born and bread here, live in the apartments behind the River End. Guess City would be my 2nd team if it was allowed, but i'm Villa through and through, but the EDP just happens to be my local paper!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • The fans of Nogdam End Vikings are the best. All 23 of them (cumulative).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • I used to go in there as well Timbo - all you can eat for £12.50. Its now a USA diner or something of that name.The food was prepared after your order and not pre prepared like some of the more dodgy eastern establishments. The one on Thorpe Road just past the new Fat Cat and Canary is also good. Has anyone dared to try the new establishments on the Riverside? I took a glance at the Coast2Coast menu and saw the steaks at 19,95 and 23,95 and gave it a wide berth. The TGI Friday was cheaper but was absolute bedlam inside. Against my better judgment I ate at the faux New York Italian diner which was nothing better than average.Timbo ,restaurant critic and still the leader.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • B Inners - just loved your comment - humour to make me smile all afternoon... would make a beautiful cartoon.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • zebbee - great idea. As it's no surprise that Man U, Chelsea, Newcastle etc had more arrests than us - they have more fans!

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • As somebody who works on the trains, I assure you that they are not as angelic as Archant would have you believe!

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    Bob Hunt

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • PutneyCanary - I think Newcastle fans' self-proclamations of grandeur stem from their admirable ability to present large numbers of naked wobbly beer bellies to the winter weather throughout 90min of away games!

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Well said MancCanary, couldn't have put it better myself. Also yes I think Spurs is our closest away game OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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