Norwich City fans will be hoping their team can take a huge step towards staving off the threat of relegation today without any need of divine intervention.

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But don’t be surprised to see some nervous supporters at Carrow Road putting their hands together to utter a little prayer for the Canaries to overcome West Brom.

And the Bishop of Norwich has revealed the Canaries will be in his thoughts today, even if he will not be at Carrow Road adding his voice to the Yell Army.

The Rt Revd Graham James said: “There will be a lot of anxious Canaries supporters longing for a home win on Sunday. I’m one of them.

“I’ll be in the Cathedral for a big service at the time and praying especially that the game is fair and our players use their skills to best effect.

“Loyalty and affection for the Canaries lifts the spirits of city and county alike. On the ball, City.”

Meanwhile, Reverend Deb Cousins, a curate in the parish of Earlham, which includes St Mary’s, St Elizabeth’s and St Anne’s, also wished the Canaries well.

She added a Norwich City scarf to her dog collar and said she hoped the team would play to the best of their ability and not fear relegation.

Today’s final home game of the season could make or break the club’s Premier League campaign.

Defeat against the Baggies could plunge the Canaries deeper into relegation trouble, while victory could lift them away from the dreaded dropzone.

The Yell Army is set to be in fine voice to cheer Chris Hughton’s team on. More than 24,000 clap-banners will be distributed at the game, helping Norwich City fans to get behind their team and raise the roof.

Throughout the week, the Norwich Evening News has been encouraging fans to get behind the team today. After today’s Carrow Road clash the only game left is a tough looking away trip to last year’s champions Manchester City.

So three points from Steve Clarke’s Midlands outfit are crucial if the Canaries are to beat the dreaded drop.

• Visit www.pinkun.com and get the Norwich Evening News on Monday for full report and reaction to Sunday’s must-win match.

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11 comments

  • Meds, agree 100% on the Clapper issue. It`s just another step in the process of dumbing-down. Just as loud music in pubs is killing the ancient art of conversation. Good to see the clergy believe that God`s on our side. Just as well He\She isn`t an 1p5wich fan. I feel a protest song coming on - "God on our side". Bob Dylan or similar?? Where are the clap-banner banners when you need them? OTBC. I dreamed a 4-1 win for City. "If only we could always live in dreams". (Roy Orbison).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Just sing louder... Bayern had a stadium full of them the other night, i heard singing clear as day. We're just a pathetic group of supporters.

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    Johnstonpickle

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • I totally agree with Meds but then again when it comes to an issue at Carrow Road whenever are the fans deemed to be right.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

  • I agree - let's get back to the pre-clap banner days with the "normal" atmosphere of silence or moaning, just as it was for the first 16 games this season. Perhaps the "long time season ticket holder" should generate an atmosphere so there's no need for the clap banners?

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    Scott Johnson

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

  • The 'yell army' will not be in fine voice as it has been proven that in the last two home games, the racket caused by the clap-banners actually stops the crowd from singing. In addition, as a long time season ticket holder, I think that these efforts to galvanise the crowd have created a fake atmosphere & not one the players are used to. It probably does not feel quite so much like playing 'at home'. I for one wish that the clap banners would not have been there tomorrow & we have a normal atmosphere with hopefully the crowd up for it anyway & reacting well to what they see on the pitch. This 'incitement to support' has been a big mistake.

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    Meds

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

  • Perhaps, in future, the clap banners could be made of foam rubber?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Hi Scott. I don't know why you have a bit of a poke at my 'long term season ticket holder' comment & what makes you think I don't sing & call out support? I do, but have found it harder to do so for the last couple of games because of the monotonous racket created by these clap banners. We didn't need them in April 73 when Stringer got the winner in time added on did we? Nor when Goss's goal went in against Bayern Munich in November 93. And now....again the year ends in a '3' Who's going to be the hero tomorrow? OTBC

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    Meds

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

  • All our prayers have been answered . Well done to all concerned.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • My 4-1 dream score turned out to be a tad pessimistic. Time for a peaceful rest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

  • Reassuring that God`s on our side. Where are the clap-banner banners when you need them, Meds? I dreamt we won 4-1. If only we could always live in dreams - but in the Real World...... (Roy Orbison song). It seems "noisier is better" is the current philosophy of our dumbed-down world. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

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