Norwich City chief executive David McNally tonight defended higher-than-expected cup ticket prices, saying the cash would go straight into manager Chris Hughton’s transfer funds and help the club towards its ultimate goal: survival in the Premier League.

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Speaking at an open supporters’ forum at Carrow Road, Mr McNally told about 130 fans he understood times were tough but that the money raised would be reinvested in the first team.

The Canaries today announced that adult ticket prices for the Carling One Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur would be £30, with many fans reacting angrily.

Responding to a question from compere Chris Goreham, Mr McNally said: “We’ve had some feedback about the prices being too high, and that a number of fans are upset with that.

“We are a co-operative so any money we make from this tie will go into Chris’s pot for January.”

He added: “Compared to prices you will pay for the Norwich City-Tottenham Hotspur league game here, it’s a huge discount.”

He said adult prices had been marked down by around 40pc, and under-12 prices by 75pc.

“Times are tough, and we understand, but we don’t have someone at the end of the year to write out a big cheque,” he added.

Mr McNally repeatedly stressed the club’s status as a co-operative in his opening address, where he reiterated the club’s intentions to reinvest in the first-team, improve on and off the pitch, and continue its community work.

The first priority, however, was remaining in the Premier League.

“I could give you about 70 million reasons, from next season, why that’s important,” he said.

“Our strategy is about doing all we can to help Chris Hughton, his backroom team and the great footballers we have, to stay in the Premier League.”

For that reason, plans for stadium expansion had been put on the backburner as the money was better spent on ensuring survival, said chairman Alan Bowkett.

The club was also investigating the possibility of hosting live music and comedy gigs at Carrow Road, said Mr McNally, with opportunities “in the not-too-distant future”.

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11 comments

  • Lots of premature doom & gloom about the prospects of our manager, Chris Hughton. BTW, that`s HUGHTON!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • ie will go into Chris’s pot for January.” He wont be there in January ..

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Perhaps chris can waste the money on another goalie

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    Duncan Forbes

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I am getting fed up ALREADY of so called supporters, gunning for our managers head already!!! The start to this season is not much different to the start of last seasons, but no-one dare say get rid of Paul Lambert!! You are all so fickle!! Unbelievable, he has SIX Premier League games to implement his ethos, whereour previous manager had 2 seasons... You can spot the part time supporters a mile away!!

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    KevBarnbrook

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • ok yes it may be cheaper than the league game but the Cup game will be Spurs Reserves not the First Team. Also work out the Maths, £30 a ticket and £15 for kids there will be less than 10,000. had the Tickets been £20 and £5 be more like 20,000 turn up so would make more money for Hughton's kitty. this is a BAD Decision and i feel it may Well back fire and have a Very Low Attendance

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    CanarySid

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Headline should read `defends`, not `justifies`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • "Comedy gigs at Carrow Road" that means Turner's in the team for the next home game then.

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    waclor

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I think £30 is too high for this game and as a season ticket holder am not prepared to splash out for this. Especially when you consider the refreshment prices over the last year have also risen dramatically. Mcnally has done a great job so far but needs to realise this is Norwich and not London. Many of our supporters are pensioners and can't afford these over the top prices. About time the 26,000 fans who also used to turn up in League one were rewarded fopr their loyalty.

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    Chilly62

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • What a quandry McNally has posed here. I for one was critical of the ticket pricing for the game. Cup support is very different to league game support. Cup games give those who otherwise struggle to see a city game the chance to come to Carrow Road, it is, as we all know virtually impossible to buy a PL game ticket these days. It's also a (in theory) cheap way to perhaps take some youngsters along for their first football match. But can we really begrudge the club trying to make a few more quid now we've explicitly been told it's going straight into the transfer fund budget? I think there is a happy medium actually, take £10 off the adult ticket prices, sell 18,000 odd at £20 and make pretty much the same as you would selling 12,000 at the inflated price. And incidentally let's not start making assumptions about who the manager is going to be come January conducting our transfer dealings.

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    Gavin

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • This is of course assuming Houghton will see the next transfer window whilst at Norwich. It's more likely that the money will go towards keeping the players at the club when they're playing championship football next season if Houghton is to stay.

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    city till i die

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Hope you`re not including me in that rant KevB?! Don`t forget TB billy is a troll and doesn`t count. Also, who IS Houghton?? That comment is technically invalid also! ;-) It`s odd really; if we`d got the wins we deserved v QPR, WHU and Spurs (yes-Spurs!), everything would be fine irrespective of those two abject surrenders. We`d have 9 points-but we haven`t :-( CH needs o pickhis strongest CB pairing which, on current performance, cannot include the seemingly confused and out-of-form Mr. Turner?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

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