Open day brings in the crowds

CHRIS LAKEY Norwich City's annual open day for fans was declared another success by club chairman Roger Munby. More than 5,000 fans are estimated to have walked the corridors of power at Carrow Road in a once-a-year peak behind the scenes.

CHRIS LAKEY

Norwich City's annual open day for fans was declared another success by club chairman Roger Munby yesterday.

More than 5,000 fans are estimated to have walked the corridors of power at Carrow Road in a once-a-year peak behind the scenes.

“To us this is second nature,” said Munby. “It is entirely sensible and logical to open our doors like this. Our fans have been here for more than 100 years and will be here for more than another 100 years.


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“And since the fans effectively own this football club why should they not come into the heart of it once a year?”

Fans were allowed to take a peak into the home dressing room as well as getting a first-hand look at just what is needed to get a player on to a pitch on match day, from the treatment table to the boxes of different sized studs. The Norwich City Independent Supporters Association, the Supporters' Trust and Norwich City stewards all had stands while younger fans took part in speed-kick and penalty shoot-outs.

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There were huge queues for eight separate autograph sessions involving more than 20 stars, while players from all levels were presented with their seasonal awards.

FONCY - the Friends of Norwich City Youth - continued their money-raising efforts for the club's younger players with their popular annual charity auction.

Ken Ewing, from Ewing's estate agents of Reepham, auctioned more than 40 items, with signed home shirts from the majority of the squad making up a large percentage of the catalogue.

A framed set of autographed players' photos featuring every player to have appeared in the Norwich first team this season fetched the highest price of the afternoon, £600, while a signed photograph of striker Rob Earnshaw doing his famous goal celebration flip fetched £340. A home shirt worn by the Welshman went for £260.

The auction raised a total of £4,450, which will be shared between FONCY and the club's Historical Trust.

In total, FONCY have raised in excess of £250,000 for the club's Academy.

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