Norwich City fans of the year revealed

Experience and youth were the winners at this year's Aviva Norwich City Fan of the Year awards.

The adult award went to 97-year-old Cliffie Dann who has been a Norwich City supporter for 88 years while Josh Coles-Rouse, 15, became the first junior winner for his dedication in following the Canaries both home and away.

Mr Dann, from Ashby on the Somerleyton estate, near Lowestoft, is a season ticket holder who meets up with friends in the 59ers lounge before every home game and enjoys a pint of beer before the match.

He has been a Norwich City fan since the age of nine and said it was a 'fantastic and unexpected honour' to get the award.

He said: 'I think the boys we have got in the team are a credit to Norwich City. They play their hearts out and run themselves into the ground. They play for each other and they deserve another chance next season.

'I've had a great time over the years following the Canaries, making many friends and memories along the way. I love going to the games and watching the team play.'

He said his favourite moments from the season were 'every time Norwich won' and said he was thrilled the club had stayed up.

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Meanwhile, hard-working home and away season ticket holder Josh Coles-Rouse, of Stratton Strawless, has taken on a part-time job to fund his numerous trips to see his beloved Canaries.

This season he has only missed four games and fits his job and travels around his GCSE revision.

Josh, who will lead the team out against Aston Villa on the final day of the 2011/12 season, said: 'Ever since the play-off semi-final against Wolves in 2002 I've lived and breathed Norwich City, so to get this award is such a great honour.'

The two winners were chosen by the public from a group of six finalists (three adult and three junior) selected by a judging panel which included Norwich City legends Iwan Roberts and Darren Eadie.

There were a record number of votes, and the winners will also receive prizes on Sunday including a VIP match day experience, a personalised NCFC football shirt and a pre-match meal and trophy presentation. The four runners up – Tim Allman (adult), Ian Mitton (adult), Emily Gibbs (junior) and Sam Smith (junior) – each receive a �50 Norwich City club shop voucher.

david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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