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Former Hewett School pupil joins BBC’s One Show as presenter

Norwich City fan Joe Crowley makes his debut as a presenter on the BBC's The One Show, alongside regular presenter Alex Jones.

Norwich City fan Joe Crowley makes his debut as a presenter on the BBC's The One Show, alongside regular presenter Alex Jones.

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Yet another name has been added to the list of high-profile television presenters who support Norwich City.

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Joe Crowley is the latest Norwich City supporter to appear on television screens after his appearance on The One Show, but he’s certainly not the first.

The most famous of them all is, of course, the club’s joint majority shareholder Delia Smith, who made her name as one of the first celebrity chefs on television in the 1970s and 80s.

Norfolk-raised Stephen Fry has been a famous face on stage and screen for many years, from appearances in Blackadder in the 1980s right through to hosting comedy quiz show QI. He joined the board at Carrow Road in August of last year and uses his role as Twitter guru to promote his beloved Canaries to more than 3.2m followers on the micro-blogging site, with a Norwich City badge attached to his profile picture.

BBC Sport’s Formula One presenter Jake Humphrey and Sky Sports News presenter Simon Thomas both also proudly have the Canaries’ emblem on their Twitter pictures and regularly visit Carrow Road. Journalist and broadcaster Sir David Frost also supported City, having grown up in Beccles.

The “Canary Mafia” already includes BBC Sport’s Formula One presenter Jake Humphrey, the ever-popular Stephen Fry and Sky Sports News’ Simon Thomas, who formerly presented Blue Peter.

Now that list can include the name of former Hewett School pupil Joe Crowley, who has made his debut as a presenter of BBC One’s daily programme The One Show.

In the absence of usual presenter Matt Baker throughout last week, a series of guest presenters filled in alongside Alex Jones on the prime-time show.

It was 29-year-old Mr Crowley who took up the reins on Thursday evening.

And it turned out there was some added pressure on the Norwich City season ticket holder as he made his debut as a main presenter.

He said: “On Thursday I was on the sofa with Alex and we had Kirsty Allsopp in the studio as the guest.

“And if that wasn’t terrifying enough, it was also the 1,000th episode of The One Show!

“So there was a bit of extra pressure but it was great to do and I really enjoyed it.”

Mr Crowley, who grew up in the Unthank Road area of Norwich, is a member of Norwich City supporters group Capital Canaries and sits in the Jarrold Stand at Carrow Road when he travels up from his London home for matches.

He studied history at Cambridge University before training as a broadcast journalist at City University in London and then got into the BBC with Newsround before presenting current affairs show Inside Out South.

About 18 months ago he started working for The One Show as one of its broadcast journalists and after being given a taste of the big job, is delighted to have become the latest high-profile Norwich City supporter.

He added: “We really are such a good community club that it doesn’t really surprise me that we have so many people on TV with allegiances to us.

“You see the likes of Simon Thomas and Jake Humphrey on Twitter talking about us, and they are obviously way above my league, but it is lovely that there are so many of us.”

Do you know of a high-profile Norwich City supporter? Call reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or alternatively email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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