Norwich City season tickets set off supermarket alarms

Norwich City fans outside the ground. Photo: PA

Norwich City fans outside the ground. Photo: PA - Credit: PA

Norwich City fans have spoken of their frustration after their new season tickets started causing an alarming problem.

A small number of season-ticket holders have found their wallets have been triggering alarm systems in supermarkets – with their cards believed to be the culprits.

The club issued new tickets at the start of the 2013/14 season, with the installation of new electronic turnstiles at Carrow Road.

These were retained for the next two seasons, but replacements were sent out at the start of this campaign.

And now, for some, this has meant having to deal up with beeping alarms and security guards.


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David Olley, 47 of Shipdham, who sits in the Barclay End, has experienced issues in supermarkets in Watton, Dereham and Sprowston.

It was in the Sprowston Tesco he first discovered it was his season ticket that was causing the problem.

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He said: 'It was the second time it had happened in the same store so I was about to get a talking to from the store's security department.

'It was only when a second security guard arrived that we got to the bottom of the problem.

'I carry two tickets – we removed them from the wallet and low and behold the alarm didn't go off.'

Paul Mitchell, 33 of Easton, has also suffered from the same problem, at Sainsbury's in Longwater.

Mr Mitchell, who sits in the South Stand, said: 'At first I thought it was my bank card, but have since discovered that it is my season ticket.

'It hasn't just been locally. I've set off alarms in Manchester, and London, but it's just one of those things.'

Chris Skipper, of Costessey, has noticed the same problem with his partner Maz's season ticket.

Mr Skipper, 39, said: 'We saw a video online about tickets triggering alarms and Maz said it had been happening to her as well.

'Then before the game on Saturday it happened again in Morrisons opposite the ground and we both laughed. It's very strange.'

The club has confirmed it has received no official complaints from its 22,000 season-ticket holders, but welcomes fans with these problems to contact its service department.

Do you have a Norwich City story? Email david.hannant@archant.co.uk

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