Norwich City fans urged not to stand at Carrow Road this season

Norwich fans celebrate at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Norwich fans celebrate at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Peter Walsh
peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Monday, August 11, 2014
12:16 PM

Norwich City fans are being warned to stay in their seats this season or run the risk of Carrow Road having its capacity reduced if formal sanctions are imposed.

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A 27,000 plus full house is expected at Carrow Road on Saturday for the visit of Watford in the opening home game of the Canaries’ 2014/2015 Championship campaign.

And while City fans will want to make the ground something of a fortress this season as Neil Adams bids to lead the team back to English football’s top flight at the first attempt following last season’s relegation, they are being urged to do it while sitting.

Season ticket holders have been written to in a bid to tackle the problem of persistent standing which the club say resulted in a “significant number of complaints from supporters” last season.

The letter warns that failure to comply with the terms of the club’s safety certificate could lead to sanctions being taken, “including capacity reductions at Carrow Road“.

In the letter, Andy Batley, the club’s matchday safety officer, said: “As we all look forward to returning to Carrow Road for the start of another season, we are writing to season ticket holders to ask them for their support in tackling persistent standing at football matches.

“Over the course of last season we received a significant number of complaints from supporters who were unable to see the match due to supporters persistently standing. While of course fans often briefly stand up at exciting moments, such as when a goal is scored, persistent standing impedes the view of children, fans who don’t want to stand and those who can’t stand for long periods of time.

“Persistent standing also raises safety concerns, Norwich City Football Club is monitored at all games and held to account to adhere to these rules by local authorities and specifically its Safety Advisory Group.”

Fans who refuse to comply with requests to sit down have been warned they could be ejected and potentially have their season tickets confiscated while away teams could have a reduced allocation of tickets for any future visits should their fans disregard requests to sit down.

Earlier this year an open meeting about the issue of safe standing was held at Carrow Road with many who attended calling on the powers-that-be at the club to consider it.

The event was organised after a survey by the Barclay End Projekt of more than 800 people found that a total of 88pc felt safe standing should be introduced at Norwich City’s home ground.

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9 comments

  • I would be intrigued to know how many complaints a "significant amount" equates too. When the Barclay End Projekt's survey figure of 800+ people (at 89% in favour) was ridiculed by the likes of Mick Dennis for being a small proportion of our overall support. I very much doubt that the club received anything like 800 complainants. The main issue here is that the club want a consumer supporter to fill their pocket and sit quietly to appease the Safety Advisory Group, and criticized our support at the end of the campaign for not making enough atmosphere during games.... yet they will not allow us to stand and sing loud and proud.

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    Thomo

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I would be intrigued to know how many complaints a "significant amount" equates too. When the Barclay End Projekt's survey figure of 800+ people (at 89% in favour) was ridiculed by the likes of Mick Dennis for being a small proportion of our overall support. I very much doubt that the club received anything like 800 complainants. The main issue here is that the club want a consumer supporter to fill their pocket and sit quietly to appease the Safety Advisory Group, but criticized our support at the end of the campaign for not making enough atmosphere during games.

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    Thomo

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Last season there were discussions about reintroducing standing areas in the ground. Seems though they have died a death, perhaps the club needs to revisit this again. What I read into this article is not that there is great concerns about safety as the monitoring seems to be external.but more the the possible reduction in seats hence fall in revenue...but call me cynical! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Twice I had submitted a report, and each time not been posted, got a problem Archant?

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • It will not make any difference what the powers to be say, people will ignore them and stand. You only have to look at games on TV involving both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and many others, and the stewards just sit there looking and doing nothing

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I was at the match when Norwich were last in the Championship and we were playing Reading. A Reading supporter was asked to sit down and he wouldn't. The Stewards threw him out of the ground. Seems this is not an idle threat.

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    G.D.Bartlett

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Absolutely ridiculous! - we need to do anything to help create more atmosphere and something that may encourage more shots at goal than were sadly witnessed yesterday. OTBC! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I've moved from my favourite seat to a different stand, the only way to see play was to stand for every minute of last season because everyone in front of me was standing. Stewards turned up, asked people to sit and walked away when they were ignored!

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    B.Moore

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • As in the past and like all other grounds the request will be ignored. Week in and week out you can see on TV, especially at Manchester, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and so on, supporters standing, and nothing is done.

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, August 11, 2014

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