Norwich City fans discuss superstitions in wake of promotion success

It certainly seemed like a greater power was willing Norwich City towards promotion this season, such was the dramatic style that they won so many of their games with late goals.

Now it seems a range of superstitions from Canaries fans have been giving the players a helping hand.

Several City fans weighed into a Twitter debate about superstitions after City's star midfielder Wes Hoolahan revealed he hadn't cut his hair during the promotion push as he didn't want to jinx the good form he and his team were in.

Benjamin Reigate (@GarryBrooke) followed in similar footsteps to Hoolahan, saying: 'I only shaved on match days. I'm not very hirsute.'

But @mattjware took the prize for the most ambitious superstition, saying: 'I had to finish reading a book on the day of each of the four matches we won to go up. Lots of reading!'

Lisa Murton (@LisaMaffia09) soon followed up with a slightly more risque: 'Never wearing clothes/underwear the same colour as the team who we are playing's shirts!' Which was followed up by a similar tweet from Kathy Blake (@Reephambird) with a simple: 'Red knickers.'

Just how strongly some people believe in superstitions was emphasised by @stukulele, who said: 'My girlfriend (now wife) wore my Norwich shirt for the first and only time for the 6-0 loss at Fulham (in 2005). She will never wear it again.'

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It's all about self-sacrifice for Sam Ellis (@numbereleven) however, who tweeted: 'Did an extra half-hour of punishment on the treadmill in the gym just before the Ipswich match (Which City won 5-1), to maximise positive karma.'

Michael Garwood (@E10Canary) was trying to avoid his bad luck charm, his dad. He said: 'I banned my dad from listening to the last 15 minutes of every game. Every time he got angry he'd switch off and we'd score.'

But Scott Kelly (lolscott) summed it up best with a superstition that many Norwich supporters have been trying to stick to as well in recent months, adding: 'I refused all mentions of the P word for months.'

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And don't forget to pick up your eight-page picture special of the civic reception in tomorrow's newspapers or our massive review of City's 2010/11 season in Friday's EDP and Evening News.

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