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Norwich City in the Premier League top seven - for away fan experience

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:27 12 June 2014

The traveling Norwich fans get behind their side during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267
04/05/2014

The traveling Norwich fans get behind their side during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 04/05/2014

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Norwich City may have been relegated from the Premier League last season, but there was something they were good at - providing a decent away fan experience.

The Carrow Road club have been voted seventh best by away supporters in a survey conducted by the Football Supporters’ Federation.

Fellow relegated club Cardiff City were top of the Premier League when it came to entertaining away fans last season, ahead of Swansea City, Hull City, Southampton and Arsenal.

Just over 5,300 fans took part in the survey, which covered all four professional leagues in England.

Fans were asked to rate clubs on such factors as food and drink, safety, transport and view of the pitch.

From feedback, distance of travel (44pc), time and day of kick-off (42.6pc) and ticket prices (40.4pc) were the main factors for determining whether or not fans attended an away game.

The likelihood of watching their team win was the least quoted reason supporters gave for attending an away game.

Only 3.9pc of respondents said this was a reason they would travel to an away fixture.

Crystal Palace finished bottom of the Premier League, below Merseyside neighbours Everton and Liverpool.

The results also offer a glimpse of where in the Championship Norwich fans can expect a decent day next season - as long as they get the right result of course.

The FSF plans to use the results of the study to help the football authorities address the issues of falling away attendances.

“Away fans travel in huge numbers in this country compared to many others,” said chairman Malcolm Clarke.

“They’re a driving force behind the noise and spectacle at many games. It simply wouldn’t be the same without them.

“However, in recent seasons there does seem to have been a decrease in travelling supporters.”

THE RANKINGS:

Marks out of 10

Premier League

1. Cardiff 8.05, 2. Swansea 7.4, 3. Hull City 7.34, 4. Southampton 7.25, 5. Arsenal 7.11, 6. Fulham 7.08, 7. Norwich 6.89, 8. Sunderland 6.87, 9. West Brom 6.78, 10. Newcastle 6.7, 11. Tottenham 6.69, 12. Man City 6.67, 13. Stoke 6.45, 14. Man United 6.41, 15. Aston Villa 6.34, 16. Chelsea 5.96, 17. West Ham 5.89, 18. Everton 5.71, 19. Liverpool 5.41, 20. Crystal Palace 4.79.

Championship

1. Wigan 7.92, 2. Reading 7.54, 3. Blackburn 7.37, 4. Brighton 7.3, 5. Leicester 7.27, 6. Bournemouth 7.21, 7. Derby 7.17, 8. Huddersfield 7.03, 9. Doncaster 6.91, 10. Birmingham 6.86, 11. Middlesbrough 6.8, 12. Barnsley 6.78, 13. Watford 6.74, 14. Charlton 6.55, 15. Yeovil 6.53, 16. Ipswich 6.46, 17. Nottm Forest 5.94, 18. Bolton 5.65, 19. Millwall 5.29, 20. Sheff Wed 5.27, 21. Blackpool 4.72, 22. Burnley 4.67, 23. QPR 4.67, 24. Leeds 4.12.

League One

1. MK Dons 7.73, 2. Preston 7.51, Rotherham 7.41, 4. Wolves 7.39, 5. Bradford City 6.94, 6. Crewe Alexandra 6.86, 7. Crawley Town 6.85, 8. Carlisle 6.79, 9. Notts County 6.76, 10. Walsall 6.71, 11. Sheffield United 6.7, 12. Coventry City 6.65, 13. Stevenage 6.62, 14. Brentford 6.44, 15. Tranmere Rovers 6.42, 16. Shrewsbury 6.33, 17. Leyton Orient 6.25, 18. Port Vale 6.2, 19. Bristol City 5.91, 20. Colchester 5.75, 21. Swindon Town 5.73, 22. Oldham Athletic 5.35, 23. Peterborough United 5.14, 24. Gillingham 3.69.

League Two

1. Plymouth Argyle 8.33, 2. Torquay 7.87, 3. Rochdale 7.86. 4. Chesterfield 7.47, 5. Dagenham 7.2, 6. Fleetwood 7.1, 7. Morecambe 7.06, 8. Wycombe 6.93, 9. Northampton 6.91, 10. Burton Albion 6.69, 11. Southend 6.52, 12. Accrington Stanley 6.29, 13. Portsmouth 6.23, 14. AFC Wimbledon 6.09, 15. Scunthorpe 6.09, 16. Hartlepool 6, 17. Newport 5.83, 18. Mansfield 5.77, 19. York 5.74, 20. Bury 5.6, 21. Oxford United 5.52, 22. Cheltenham Town 5.34, 23. Bristol Rovers 4.6, 24. Exeter 3.83.


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