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Did their tractor break down on the way to St James Park?

5 years ago

I’ve got to ask, did the tractor carrying most of the Norwich fans break down on the way to St James Park?

I haven’t really seen it mentioned much but the support for Delia’s boys was pretty embarrassing.

When I walked into the ground just on kick-off, from my spot in the Milburn Stand as usual my eyes were drawn to the away fans.

Or should I say, where the away fans would usually be!

I was looking and at first I honestly couldn’t spot them, then under the lights my eyes adjusted and I looked further across, spotting them huddled together in the very far side of the upper Leazes.

Norwich City have given their fans who did travel to Newcastle a public thank you, via the club’s official Twitter account. They claim that 876 made the journey but I have to say I thought there was far fewer than that.

To be honest I thought they’d brought less than Wolves had for the League Cup match, when I think the figure was around 500 for their away support.

Respect to every Canary who made the trip for a midweek match but it does bring home to you just how mad Newcastle’s support is, when you look at how few of them were up for travelling to Tyneside.

Norwich were top of the league at the weekend and would have returned there, if it hadn’t been for those 60 or so seconds in injury time…

I know it is fair comment that we do go on a little bit too much at times about our support but it’s like talking about the rain when you live somewhere where it rains a lot – it is understandable.

The thirst/hunger for football/hope is never ending on Tyneside and the sheer number of people who are bothered about our club, and who are prepared to spend time & money supporting it, makes it even more of a disgrace that Mike Ashley managed to relegate the club only seven years after doing it the first time.

Last night’s missing away fans meant I couldn’t resist looking up those famous words of Norwich’s first lady.

That night when Delia Smith strode/staggered onto the Carrow Road pitch to rouse the Norwich fans:

“A message for the best football supporters in the world. We need a 12th man here. Where are you? Where are you? Let’s be ’avin’ you. Come on.”

If measured on support alone, Newcastle would be guaranteed promotion but as it’s not, we need the players to respond to the supporters like they did last night.

We’re not able to give in, when it comes to our support of this useless but brilliant black and white football club, so the very least we expect is for the team to earn their money.

In the words of Delia ‘Let’s be ‘avin’ you’!



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