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Canaries honour Fan of the Season who raised thousands for club's charity

PUBLISHED: 21:41 30 April 2019 | UPDATED: 21:44 30 April 2019

NCFC Fan of the Year, Jacob Bowles, at Carrow Road with his 'Fan of the Year' award. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

NCFC Fan of the Year, Jacob Bowles, at Carrow Road with his 'Fan of the Year' award. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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A Canaries superfan who has raised thousands for the club's charity has been named Fan of the Season 2018-19.

NCFC Fan of the Year, Jacob Bowles (middle), at Carrow Road with mother Sharon and father Andy. Picture: Ella WilkinsonNCFC Fan of the Year, Jacob Bowles (middle), at Carrow Road with mother Sharon and father Andy. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Jacob Bowles, 24, has been a home and away season ticket holder since 2010 and has hardly missed a game since.

He was nominated for his good work in supporting Norwich City's Community Sports Foundation (CSF) through his On the Stall City pop-up shop at Norwich Market, which has raised nearly £3,500 for the charity.

Jacob is on the autistic spectrum and has received support from CSF in recent years. He wanted to do something to give back to the charity and so launched the stall with his parents Andy and Sharon.

City fans voted in their thousands to name Jacob the worthy winner of the title and the announcement was made on April 19.

NCFC Fan of the Year, Jacob Bowles, at Carrow Road with his 'Fan of the Year' award. Picture: Ella WilkinsonNCFC Fan of the Year, Jacob Bowles, at Carrow Road with his 'Fan of the Year' award. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

On why he thinks Norwich is the best team in the world, Jacob said: “It's a very nice team to support, with good football and a great fan base and they are very exciting to follow.”

He said his favourite Norwich City player was Teemu Pukki, and he has even named his Havanese puppy Teemu.

“He's a very good player,” Jacob said. “He defends, he runs on the pitch very quickly, he knows he's going to score a goal and he's a top finisher.”

Originally from Essex, the Bowles family have been City fans since 2007 and have only missed one game since 2010.

Jacob Bowles Norwich City fan of the Year before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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18/04/2019Jacob Bowles Norwich City fan of the Year before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd +44 7902 242054 18/04/2019

On Norwich City's victory to promotion, Jacob said: “I am absolutely excited.”

Norwich Market will see the return of the family's On the Stall City shop on Monday, May 20, between 11am-4pm, until Thursday, May 23.

The family raised more than £1,500 for the club's CSF community hub The Nest, near Norwich Airport, by selling second-hand shirts, match programmes, pin badges, signed books and treasures dating back to the 1950s.

The stall gives Jacob the opportunity to talk to more people about football and many of the items that have been sold were from his own personal collection.

Jacob Bowles (right) with Delia Smith. PIC: Supplied by Bowles family.Jacob Bowles (right) with Delia Smith. PIC: Supplied by Bowles family.

Further dates for On the Stall City in June can be found at: onthestallcity.com.

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