Canaries are more than ready for another top season
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It's a Carrow Road field of dreams –and as our image shows, it's ready for action.
And have Norwich fans ever had so many reasons to look forward to the big kick-off? Their club is firmly established in the Premier League, and armed with two years' experience, a swelling bank account and new-look multi-million pound strikeforce.
But all the waiting and hoping comes to an end today – and the real business of the Premier League begins.
Norwich City's clash with Everton this afternoon will offer the first clues as to what Canaries fans have in store for them over the next nine months, after a summer which has seen the club become one of the more active players in the transfer market.
With an estimated £25m spent on the arrival of players including strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, supporters could be excused for pinching themselves at how far the club has come in four years.
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From the nadir of a 7-1 trouncing by Colchester United in August 2009, the club has been on an steady upward curve, culminating in last season's 11th-place Premier League finish – with the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News joining the club in an end of season call for even more outstanding support in the Yell Army campaign to back the team over the edgy last few games.
Lifelong City fan Roy Blower said he was looking forward to the season and said the team could go into today's game against Everton with confidence. He said: 'Three years ago who would have dreamed of us spending so much money on players?
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'Hopefully, we can get everything right on the field.
'But however good a side you have, a lot will depend on someone being in the right place at the right time, to put the ball in the net.'
The 2013/14 season in the Premier League was the party everyone wanted an invitation to, as it is the first year of a new bumper £3bn three-year TV deal, which means that even the club finishing bottom of the table come May will pocket around £63m.