Yell Army: Carrow Road atmosphere “brought a lump to my throat” says Norwich City legend Darren Eadie

Dion Dublin and Darren Eadie on the pitch before the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Dion Dublin and Darren Eadie on the pitch before the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The redeployment of the Yell Army is picking up pace as kick-off for Norwich City's crunch clash with Aston Villa moves ever closer.

Darren Eadie in action against Leicester City in 1998. Photo: Archant archive.

Darren Eadie in action against Leicester City in 1998. Photo: Archant archive.

The EDP and Norwich Evening News is working with Norwich City to try to create an exciting atmosphere for the match, just as we did two weeks ago ahead of the vital 2-1 win against Reading.

Darren Eadie in action against Watford in 1998. Photo: Archant archive.

Darren Eadie in action against Watford in 1998. Photo: Archant archive.

More than 24,000 clap-banners will again be distributed at the game to help raise the noise levels and inspire the City players to a hugely-important victory.

Before kick-off against Reading the club called on the services of three former City heroes – Darren Huckerby, Dion Dublin and Darren Eadie.

It proved a memorable occasion for former England Under-21 winger Eadie, who played 202 games and scored 38 goals between 1993 and 1999.

'It was the first time I've been out on the pitch in front of a full Carrow Road since I left as a player and it was superb,' he said.

'I've always had a good affiliation with the fans and the club so stepping out on that pitch brought back so much for me, and I know Hucks and Dion felt the same.

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'It was a great atmosphere and it shows the difference the crowd can make.

'It brought a lump to my throat, if I'm honest.

'I always wanted to come back to Carrow Road before my playing career finished but it just didn't work out.'

Eadie, now aged 37, was sure the Canaries faithful would again be right behind their team for the match – which would almost ensure Premier League survival for Chris Hughton's side.

But he also felt there was no need to worry, or put too much pressure on the City players, as he felt a tough final four matches for Wigan Athletic meant that it was unlikely City would be dragged into the relegation zone.

He added: 'I personally think we're safe and have done enough now.

'There's no need to be too worried but as a fan it's much harder to not be.

'I think we'll be okay now – I don't think Wigan will be able to catch us.

'I'm already looking forward to next season and seeing Ricky van Wolfswinkel and, I hope, the club moving on to the next level.

'I hope we will be looking at getting back into Europe in future, if we can push on as Swansea have done. Obviously when things are not going well, nervousness creeps in and the crowd goes quiet.

'But they showed at the Reading game that they can make a difference and if the fans can do that again it really gives us an extra man.

'The players can sense that in the crowd and it can drive them on to succeed.'

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