Norwich City Fan of the Year - 4 finalists announced

The four finalists in the Norwich City Fan of the Year 2010/2011 have been announced – and now supporters get the chance to vote for who they think leads the Yellow Army in dedication, commitment and fanaticism.

This year's four finalists include Michelle Dack, 45, from Lovelace Road, Norwich, who goes to every home and away game and has done so for the past 28 years. She has only missed around 10 away games in that time.

Another finalist, Ashley Rogers, 60, from Sedgeford, north-west Norfolk, is in his 51st season supporting the Canaries, and Carl Harvey, 66, from De Hague Road, Norwich, literally eats, sleeps and breathes the Canaries.

And the fourth finalist, Jon Whitwood, 56, from Macclesfield in Cheshire, has to travel about five hours each way to watch his beloved team play. His father and grandfather were Norwich supporters and he has been a fan for 50 years since he was taken to Carrow Road as a six-year-old.

This is the third successive year that Aviva has run the EDP-backed Aviva Norwich City Fan of the Year campaign, and there have been some great stories of dedicated Canaries, young and old, from all parts of the country.

The four finalists were told the good news yesterday.

Mr Harvey said: 'I'm a bit over-excited about it. I cannot really believe it, as I'm sure there are far more fans more deserving than I am.'

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Mr Rogers, who runs his own property development company Rogers Group, admitted he was a Norwich 'fanatic' and said he felt his track record showed his commitment to the Canaries.

Meanwhile, Mrs Dack said she was quite surprised that her daughter had nominated her for the award. She said: 'But I am a very big fan and I've not missed a home or away game in the last 11 years.'

Mr Whitwood, who had no idea he had been nominated, said as a long-distance supporter, petrol rises were making life much harder.

The judges on the panel include Community Sports Foundation Ambassador and TV presenter Jake Humphrey; former Norwich City and England striker Dean Ashton; Norwich City FC chief executive David McNally; EDP Norwich City writer Chris Lakey; and Gary Price, marketing director, Aviva UK.

The winning fan will have their name inscribed on the Fan of the Year trophy, on display in the Norwich City trophy cabinet, after being presented with it in front of a packed Carrow Road at the last game of the season. They will also receive a VIP match experience, courtesy of Aviva, at a match next season.

The previous winners were John Bush, at 92 one of the Canaries' oldest fans who still travels home and away – his support only being interrupted when captured by the Japanese in the second world war.

And Ian Ketteringham, a 23-year-old who suffers from a genetic disorder and is gradually losing his sight, but is still determined to support his beloved Canaries.

How to vote – You can vote for the Aviva Norwich City Fan of the Year by the following methods:

By text – text AVIVA followed by the surname of the finalist to 88442 (standard network rate).

By email – email avivafanoftheyear@ncfc-canaries.co.uk with the subject title as the name of their favourite finalist

By post – by sending the name of their favourite finalist to: Aviva Norwich City Fan of the Year, c/o Sam Greenfield, Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE.

Visit canaries.co.uk for more information on the finalists and how to vote.

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