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Norwich City


Canary fans gather at St Andrews Hall
Canaries' fans at St Andrews Hall

Supporters' meeting calls for change at the top

St Andrew's Hall in Norwich hosted the largest independent meeting of Norwich City fans since 1996. The main question of the evening was whether Nigel Worthington should remain in charge of the club.


More than 500 Norwich City supporters braved one of the coldest nights of the year on Thursday, to air their views about the state of play at Carrow Road, with little division of opinion.

But the confrontational atmosphere some had predicted failed to materialise.

At the end of the two-and-a-half hour meeting, the majority of those who attended voted for a change in management, but some people in the audience remained faithful to the Canaries' boss.

"Nigel Worthington is manager of Norwich City because of the way this club moves forward, we're not hire 'em fire 'em guys," said one of the evening's speakers.

Change of opinion?

But as the supporters dispersed at the end of the night, had fans' opinions been swayed one way or the other?

"I've thought for quite a while that Nigel Worthington's had his day and tonight's meeting has reinforced that opinion in my view," said one supporter.

There had been suggestions that the meeting might be a confrontational one, but most fans thought the mood was decidedly measured.

"The Norwich City fans are quite a tolerant lot as football fans go and it takes quite a lot for them to turn out in force like this."
- Kathy Blake, NCISA

"I thought the mood was very calm actually," said one fan.

"I think everyone who got up to speak did so sensibly and got their point across. I certainly don't think it was a case of hooligans shouting and bawling as certain people at the club had suggested it might be," he added.

Kathy Blake is the secretary of Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association (NCISA) who arranged the meeting.

She feels the fans' voice has to be heard, but admitted she wasn't sure the meeting would make much difference to the situation.

"Norwich City fans are quite a tolerant lot as football fans go and it takes quite a lot for them to turn out in force like this," she said.

"To be perfectly honest I'm not confident it'll make a great deal of difference, but what else can we do? As a supporters' group this is our only route," she added.

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