Tribute paid to Norwich City fans for support during half-time memorial of West Brom legend Jeff Astle

Norwich City supporters have been thanked for the 'marvellous' respect they gave to a memorial for former West Bromwich Albion player Jeff Astle at the weekend.

During half-time of City's match at West Brom's Hawthorns stadium on Saturday there was a memorial to commemorate the former England international, who was known as 'The King' by Baggies fans, playing over 350 games and scoring 174 goals for the West Midlands club between 1964 and 1974.

Mr Astle's wife, Laraine, praised the reaction of the travelling Canaries supporters to the half-time memorial to her late husband, who passed away 10 years ago last Thursday, aged 59.

Mrs Astle said: 'I was sat the other side of the aisle from the Norwich fans with my youngest daughter, and I just thought the response from Norwich fans was great.

'You could hear a pin drop when they did the memorial for Jeff, and then at the end when a number of West Brom fans started applauding, the Norwich fans joined in with them.'


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Mrs Astle, who made the effort to get in touch with Carrow Road officials to pass on her thanks, continued: 'I just wanted to tell the club that your fans were exemplary, it was wonderful and they really helped make the day for me and my family.

'They could have chanted throughout but they didn't, and for the fans to respond like they did was lovely and they really are a credit to the club.

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'They really helped make that memorial for us. The minute the tribute came on the screen they sat and watched it all just like we did, and then both sets of fans applauded together.

'I was talking to some Norwich fans coming out of the ground on my way to put flowers on Jeff's gate, and we were all laughing and joking about all sorts of things, and I don't think you can do that with every opposition can you?'

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