Fans hit the road for Norwich City

Norwich's City yellow and green army are backing their team in ever-growing numbers.

City have already sold out their allocation of 3,122 for the big Championship clash against leaders Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on October 16, when play resumes after the international break.

And that will take their away attendance average up to 1,838.

A noisy 1,305-strong contingent were at Ashton Gate at the weekend to see City beat Bristol City 3-0 and hold on to third place in the table

But the trip to Loftus Road will be the biggest of the season by some distance.

It's a firm endorsement of manager Paul Lambert and his team, who have surprised all but the most optimistic of observers by the way they have started the season.

'We have got a massive support and on the road the fans have obviously had quite a lot to cheer about and that is why those numbers are what they are,' said customer service manager Richard Gough.

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'The average by the time QPR has been and gone will be over 1,800, which is an incredible number.'

There is also a chance that City could smash a club home record before the month is out, when Crystal Palace visit Carrow Road.

City have announced a Kids for a Quid promotion for the Category B game, and while there is no confirmation from the club, the attendance could threaten the record for the ground since it became an all-seater stadium in 1992.

That is currently held by the 25,522 who squeezed in to see the Canaries beat mighty Manchester United in April, 2005. The crowd of 25,506 which saw City beat Hartlepool at the end of January on their way to the League One title, came close, but with 1,000 extra seats installed at the ground over the summer, the Palace clash could surpass both.

'It's a bit early to say,' said Gough. 'A lot will depend on how many supporters Palace bring. We believe it is competitively priced and it's a B grade game and Kids for a Quid. If Palace bring 1,000-plus then it will be close – we're hoping for another bumper crowd so it could be knocking at the door.'

City are currently the third best supported team in the Championship, with home gates averaging 24,572 – behind Leeds (26,926) and Derby (25,944).

East Anglian rivals Ipswich have the eighth-highest home support, with an average of 20,792.

Carrow Road is also proving popular with England Under-21 fans, who have snapped up around 22,500 tickets for Friday's play-off game against Romania (7.30pm), with the FA expecting the ground to be close to a 26,000 sell-out.

'Yet again the people of Norwich have backed England and the response to us coming to Carrrow Road has been brilliant,' said an FA spokesman.

'To have sold this many tickets ahead of the match is fantastic and we hope that, with a few more days to go, we'll have sold them all.

'A sell-out would be such a boost for the players, because the two games against Romania are massive for them and for the country.

'We came to Norwich City because they're such a great club to work with and everyone at the FA appreciates their efforts and the support of their great fans.'

• THIS SEASON'S AWAY SUPPORT

Scunthorpe: 1,193 fans

Nottingham Forest: 2,611

Doncaster: 1,098

Preston: 1,697

Bristol City: 1,305

QPR (October 16): 3,122 sell-out

• Average: 1,838

Last season away average: 1,785

2008-09: 1,211

2007-08: 1,381