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19 December 2017 17:21 Post ID: #324829
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More than 50 Norwich City fans to be forced to move seats to stop standing concerns from cutting Carrow Road capacity

The Barclay End celebrates a Norwich victory. But more than 50 fans in block A have been told they will have to give up their seats.
More than 50 Norwich City fans, mostly children, are to be forced to give up their Carrow Road seats to move to another part of the ground, because of safety concerns over standing!



The affected fans, in block A of the lower Barclay End will get letters today telling them they must give up their seats from Friday’s Championship clash with Brentford - to avoid the ground’s capacity from being reduced.

The Safety Advisory Group (SAG)- representatives from the county council and emergency services - had made the capacity reduction threat after complaints over standing.

Fans in block A were sent letters earlier this month saying unless they could demonstrate a “distinct reduction” in persistent standing at the Sheffield Wednesday match, the Barclay End capacity could be cut.

But with standing, including children standing on seats, continuing, the SAG said the club would have to close off 211 seats in block A at this week’s game.

A special meeting was held on Monday last week, where the club proposed an alternative - that it tackle the issue of children standing on seats by moving them out of the block.

The club has identified 31 fans aged 16 or under and a further 20 people they believe are people who accompany them.

It has told them they will need to move to other areas of Carrow Road, where persistent standing is not an issue.

Steve Stone, managing director of Norwich City Football Club, said he understood those fans affected would feel it was unfair - and that some might not have been standing on chairs - but that it was “the lesser of two evils”.

Asked why the focus was on block A, he said: “For whatever reason, this season, people have been wanting to stand in that block - which hasn’t been the case in previous seasons.

“Because people have been standing, then younger supporters have not been able to see, so they have been standing on seats or on seat backs and that’s led to complaints to us at the club and to the SAG.”

Mr Stone said the club had proposed the seat switch to stop the capacity being cut.

He said: “I don’t want to have to re-seat anyone, but it was the lesser of two evils.

“I know it will feel like an injustice for those fans and it’s not an ideal situation, but it has been coming to a head for some time.”

Safe standing hopes

Norwich City bosses want to see safe standing return to Carrow Road and have even costed up the bill.

The standing debate has been given fresh impetus, with rail standing introduced at Celtic and Shrewsbury hoping to also bring back standing.

However, rules are different outside the top two English tiers and legislation introduced after the Hillsborough tragedy would have to change.

Steve Stone, managing director at Carrow Road, said he wanted Norwich City to be at the forefront of change.

He said: “If the legislation changed tomorrow, then I’d take seats out and make a safe standing area. I think there’s a point where it will happen,

“You go to any ground now and you see people standing.

“I’d rather they were doing that on flat concrete, than behind seats.

“We have costed it up. It would cost hundreds of thousands, but it’s not an insurmountable cost and I think there would be a long-term benefit.”
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19 December 2017 18:13 Post ID: #324833 - in reply to #324829
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What a load of old pony!
Should be totally ashamed of themselves, disgraceful treatment!
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19 December 2017 18:13 Post ID: #324834 - in reply to #324829
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Health and safety my arse ......the most dangerous part of the day is the crush to get down the steps . There are no rails to hold on to , and if you do fall there is nothing to grab to stop you falling all the way down . Funny how the club have picked on 50 fans yet are totally ignoring the real dangers that exist in the stadium
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19 December 2017 21:27 Post ID: #324836 - in reply to #324829
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The final straw. The crowd will be below 21 k in league 1 in 2 years time.
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19 December 2017 22:58 Post ID: #324841 - in reply to #324829
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Friday is a non starter for me as far too busy before Christmas, son is home from university so he going to game with a friend who will have my seat Lower Barclay...C BLOCK...Stand Up Boys!
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19 December 2017 23:04 Post ID: #324842 - in reply to #324829
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I have not missed a home league game since colchester 1 7 but have opted to go to a builders
christmas piss up and meal who have just completed our 6 month house overhaul.
I go every year and it seems better to listen to 5 hours of them taking the piss out of architects than watch 90 minutes of sideways passing and failing to score.
I just cannot be arsed any more. Also not going to fa cup defeat.

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20 December 2017 00:29 Post ID: #324843 - in reply to #324842
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Do those who run this club read forums like this and realise that they are driving us away ( about 4000 so far ) ?

I will go to Brentford at home , mainly because I can , but I cannot stomach Chelsea at home where all the London lovers will be there .Wake up Smith and see where our club is going
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20 December 2017 00:34 Post ID: #324844 - in reply to #324841
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fanforlife - 19/12/2017 22:58

Friday is a non starter for me as far too busy before Christmas, son is home from university so he going to game with a friend who will have my seat Lower Barclay...C BLOCK...Stand Up Boys!



Good on them and I hope they stand . The moment the heavy boy stewards come for me in the Snakepit is the day my love affair with Norwich will end , and you will find me at the Caister Road stadium at Stock Car Racing where we can all stand and go mental for our favourite drivers
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20 December 2017 10:39 Post ID: #324846 - in reply to #324829
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' stand up if you hate the smiffs '
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21 December 2017 11:47 Post ID: #324862 - in reply to #324829
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There are plenty of fans who stand in other grounds. Why is it just Norwich who are moving and threatening fans?
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21 December 2017 12:01 Post ID: #324863 - in reply to #324829
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because its typical of smiff school mam attitude.
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21 December 2017 12:24 Post ID: #324865 - in reply to #324863
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She wants to keep it as an old fashioned social club as an article once said . With the present Joint Owners in charge we are rapidly falling behind so many other clubs in the the modern football world .Their age prevents them from seeing it
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21 December 2017 12:44 Post ID: #324866 - in reply to #324829
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I cannot stand the smiffs !
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