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      29.10.2011 22:41
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      Bit pricey but safe for the kids.

      Full name Norwich City Football Club

      Nickname(s) The Canaries

      Founded --- 17 June 1902; 109 years ago (1902-06-17)

      Ground Carrow Road --- Capacity: 27,033

      Chairman - Alan Bowkett

      Manager - Paul Lambert

      2010-11 Championship, 2nd (promoted)

      After the seismic 6-1 result at Old Trafford that will surely signal Manchester City to go on to dominate British football for the next five years, it was refreshing to note that the British owned and run Norwich City had yet again put out an all British starting eleven to earn a brilliant draw at Anfield last week. Whereas all of Man Citys goal scorers were foreign born and recent purchases, Norwich squad is 90% British, and worth less than Man City's bench players last weekend. Although Ballottli's opening goal was as beautiful as a Tendulker on-drive pass cover, and Silva's impudent flick though the keeper's legs was the perfect metaphor for the blue half's current status in Manchester, this is British football and the current percentage of just 40% of players taking to the pitch being home-grown in the Premiership is far too low and not acceptable. I think it's telling that the Carling Cup quarter-finals contain the top five in the premiership as they know City are going to clean up the big stuff now with those foreign legions.

      Now for me I think there is more to the Norwich and Man city results that meets the eye, the first signs that the British players good enough to play in the Premiership but forced out of it by foreign imports are starting to fight back and dragging up teams like Norwich to the top league who will give them a chance and embrace them. The sides that are coming up from the championship are now packed full of British talent and the owners tend to be British too. Far too many of the current foreign signings are less about their ability to help build a team and more about bungs and money laundering for dodgy owners and agents to leach the game dry and avoid tax. Why else would you buy a goalkeeper from Honduras? For me, Norwich City maybe the start of that purification of the British game and very welcome too, this growing ethic also a big help to the national team down the line. Even the recent Liverpool V Man United game saw 14 of the starting 22 from the British Isles, the best home-grown count for 10 years in that particular fixture.

      Norwich are a family club in everyway, as patronising as that may sound, the wholesome celebrity presence of Stephen Fry and Delilah Smith up in the directors box reinforcing that 'pipe and slippers' feel in the sleepy Norfolk Broads setting. In fact Fry was recently caught snoozing though one of the games, a man that is turned on by football as much as Alan Carr does Page Three girls in The Sun. But Carrow Road is safe for kids, very important. Norwich were also the subject of the extremely under-rated comedy 'Mike Bassett: England Manager', starring Ricky Tomlinson, a movie you need to see before you die, if just for the scene when the open top bus gets lost on the victory parade. And let's not forget Delia's cooking sherry moment!

      ......... "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 having you!"

      Squad wise...

      There are just four foreigners in their 28 strong squad, brilliant for the national teams of all the home nations as well as Ireland. The quality that got them in the top league as runners up in the Championship last season comes from the mix of journeymen and younger guys who have been given a chance to prove themselves in the top league by Glaswegian manager Paul Lambert. Captain Grant Holt was the big hope, alongside fellow big lug Steve Morrison, but goals still in short supply, very much put it in the mixer guys. Holt is chasing his hatrick of Norwich city player of the year from midfield but yet to look the part. The equally chunky Anthony Pilkington has started to find the net and while the frost stays away they look capable of keeping the ball close to the deck and holding their mid table place, battling back well for their 3-3 draw this weekend with Blackburn Rovers.

      Defence wise they seem organised and Ruddy and Rudd good keepers. Why more clubs don't use English keepers is a mystery, always an area where us English excel. I'm quite impressed with Bradley Johnson in midfield and also young James Vaughan, who didn't impress at Everton but shaping up here. Vaughan still holds the record of the youngest ever goal scorer in the Premier league at just 16 years and 270 days, beating Wayne Rooney and James Milner no less.

      ----Squad----

      GK John Ruddy
      2 DF Russell Martin
      3 DF Adam Drury
      4 MF Bradley Johnson
      5 FW Steve Morison
      6 DF Zak Whitbread
      7 MF Andrew Crofts
      8 FW James Vaughan
      9 FW Grant Holt (captain)
      10 FW Simeon Jackson
      11 MF Andrew Surman
      12 MF Anthony Pilkington
      13 GK Declan Rudd
      14 MF Wes Hoolahan (vice-captain)
      15 MF David Fox

      No. Position Player

      16 FW Chris Martin
      17 MF Elliott Bennett
      18 MF Korey Smith
      19 MF Simon Lappin
      20 DF Leon Barnett
      21 FW Aaron Wilbraham
      22 DF Elliott Ward
      23 DF Marc Tierney
      24 DF Ritchie De Laet (on loan from Manchester United)
      25 DF Kyle Naughton (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
      26 DF Daniel Ayala
      28 DF George Francomb
      30 MF Matt Ball

      Back in the day before the Premiership when things were ore even squad wise, Norwich and their close rivals Ipswich were impressive teams to watch and won trophies. Neither won the top league but both came close. The Canaries have won the League Cup twice when it was worth winning and made two other finals. Their best top league finish ever is third in 1992-93.


      ---- Carrow Road----

      A nice and neat traditional ground with the crowds snug to the pitch, a welcome sit-down on offer after a laborious journey through East Anglia to get there. Most of Britain's trucks and vans rumble along the roads to the east coast and so traffic can be slow and often tricky, especially on the A11 and A45. You won't see any flatter and duller countryside as long as you live out the car window though, the Norfolk Broads where they make all of Holland's spirit levels.

      The Ground itself has ok parking (£3 each for the 2000 car spaces) and not far from the station, the odd residential and industrial estate spot going nearby if you know the area. The main car park does fill up early though.

      The ground has seen lots of renovation over the years and each time new seats go in the attendance seems to fall, down from its record attendance of 44,000 (approx) against Leicester City in 1963 to 27,000 all seater, this season seeing the all-seater record crowd broken when they played Swansea City. Their average attendance is around 20,000 so far this season and 24,000 in the championship. They famously suffered a fire that took out the whole of the old City Stand that made the news, the fatal omen to the Bradford City stadium fire just 18 months later.

      The Norwich & Peterborough stand leans on the River Wensum that snakes behind the ground and the Corner Stand is known as the 'Snakepit', often used to overflow away fans although visitors are always in the Jarrod Stand, 2500 the regular capacity in that shoebox. But you don't get any trouble there and so it doesn't really matter where you sit. The banjos start playing when the sun goes down in this part of the world so no fans stay around for a ruck. There is basically a stand for every type of supporter at Carrow Road, like I said, the family club. If there home fans are rowdy it's normally because the real ale is off.

      You would not be surprised to know the food is scrummy at Carrow Road and fairly cheap in the restaurants, Delia's own company running all the catering. There are a mind boggling 6,000 items on a year's menu and most ingredients sourced locally. Norwich is the only ground I have ever had a restaurant meal in and it was lovely. Holiday Inn has jammed a hotel in one corner and you can book rooms that face the pitch and could watch the game from there for a reasonable view.

      Prices for seats on the ground are expensive although the program at £3.50 is definitely one of the cheapest. My last trip to Liverpool to see Northampton play the Cobblers last year saw the program priced at £6.50! I don't think there are many home tickets available for Prem games as they do have 22,000 season ticket holders. They are graded A-C on the website. Expect to pay around £35-40 for the remaining home seats. The away fans are fleeced with a extra tenner.

      Away Fans prices:

      Adults: £45 (B £35) (C £30)
      Over 65's: £35 (B £25) (C £20)
      Under 16's £25 (B £20) (C £15)
      Under 12's £15 (B £12) (C £10)

      ---Tickets---

      Main Telephone No: 01603 760 760
      Ticket Office: 0844 826 1902
      Fax No: 01603 613 886

      -----------Stadium Records-------------

      Highest attendance: 43,984, Norwich City 0-2 Leicester City, FA Cup Sixth Round, 30 March 1963

      Highest attendance (all-seater): 26,567, Norwich City 3-1 Swansea City, Premier League, 15 October 2011

      Highest attendance (first home game of season, all-seater): 26,272, Norwich City 1-1 Stoke City, Premier League, 21 August 2011

      Biggest margin of victory: 8, Norwich City 8-0 Walsall, Football League Third Division South, 29 December 1951. Norwich City 8-0 Sutton United, FA Cup Fourth Round, 28 January 1989

      Biggest margin of defeat: 6, Norwich City 1-7 Colchester United, Football League One, 8 August 2009.

      Goals in a game: 9 (several occurrences)


      = = =Trophy Room = = =


      - League Football -

      League First Division (level 1)

      3rd placed (1) (1992-93)

      Football League Second Division (Level 2)

      Winners (3): 1971-72, 1985-86, 2003-04
      Runners-up (1): 2010-11 (and promoted to Level 1)

      Football League Third Division (Level 3)

      Winners (2): 1933-34, 2009-10
      Runners-up (1): 1959-60

      ---League Cup---

      Winners (2): 1962, 1985
      Runners-up (2): 1973, 1975

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      http://footballgroundguide.com/norwich_city/
      http://www.canaries.co.uk/page/CarrowRoad/0,,10355,00.html

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        02.05.2010 13:11
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        Well worth a visit

        Carrow Road is the home football ground of Norwich City Football Club. They currently play their football in the Coca Cola League One, but have already secured automatic promotion back to the Championship. There are many teams in League One which are big clubs and should be playing in the higher divisions, Leeds, Southampton, Millwall and Charlton to name a few and Norwich are definitely one of these sides; it wasn't too long ago that they were in the Premier Division! The people in charge of the club clearly believe they can make it back to the Premiership and have plans in place for expansion of the stadium should they return. The capacity of Carrow Road is currently 26,018, this is fine for League One and the Championship, but if they were to make it to the Premiership with a ground of this size they would surely lose out on revenue from gate receipts as they should be able to draw larger crowds with the lure of top flight football.

        The stadium itself is approximately ten minutes walk from Norwich British Rail Station in the city centre. The city centre also has a number of car parks, so unlike many modern day stadiums in the middle of nowhere the transport links are pretty good.

        The ground has been updated many times since it was officially opened in 1935. Since 1990 the ground has become all seated, following the Taylor Report and all views of the pitch are clear and unobstructed (meaning there are no pillars like you get at some of the older football grounds like Selhurst Park and Hillsborough). Essentially the ground is made up of four stands:

        - The Norwich and Peterborough Stand
        Situated behind one of the goals this stand was developed in 1979 at a cost of £1,700,000 and is very similar in design to the stands at Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park just on a slightly smaller scale.

        - The Barclay
        This stand was rebuilt in 1992 and was named after a former vice president of the club. Today it is the most atmospheric stand in the ground as it is where the more hardcore Norwich City supporters sit. Most of the chants and noise on match days tend to come form this direction.

        - Geoffrey Watling City Stand
        Developed in 1986 at a cost of £1,700,000 and of single tiered design, this stand is the smallest of the four. There are however plans to increase the capacity of this stand by removing the roof and building another tier on top should the club make it back to the Premier League.

        - The Jarrold Stand
        This is the most recently developed stand as it was reconstructed in 2006. It is a large single tiered cantilever structure and can hold around 8,000 supporters.

        I like the fact that Carrow Road has been redeveloped in stages because this doesn't tend to happen much these days. Clubs are going through a trend of just moving stadium and I feel when this happens, a lot of the character and atmosphere attached with a stadium is lost. Carrow Road isn't like this and therefore has character and atmosphere in abundance.

        Unlike many other football grounds the catering at Carrow Road is top knotch because lifelong fan and television chef runs the catering.

        Although the stadium is owned by Norwich City and is predominantly used for their home games, the stadium has been used for many under 21 internationals and several concerts, including Status Quo and Elton John!

        Overall, I think Carrow Road is a decent ground and I'm sure if Norwich can make it back to the Premier League then they will fulfil their promise in terms of further expansion. With the team now promoted back to the Championship, watch this space!

        Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

        Beanie8844.

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          02.10.2009 13:17
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          Good food, good views, good team (sometimes), good day out.

          Ah, Carrow Road... how I miss you. There's nothing like standing through 90 minutes in the icy Norfolk wind and rain on a December evening to watch a Norwich City victory first-hand. Sure, the canaries have fallen on hard times lately (as anyone that went to watch the Colchester game at the start of the season will attest to. And even though we were 5-0 down when Cody McDonald scored to make it 5-1, the cheers still took the proverbial roof off).

          Although the days of Carrow Road being a fortress where the opposition feared to play have passed, it is still a highly atmospheric stadium, and unlike some stadia there are no pillars to obscure your view of the pitch. If you've paid to watch a match, then you can watch the entire match, without steel roof supports blocking your view of half the pitch.

          If you're an away supporter visiting Carrow Road, you'll be seated in the Jarrold stand (the photo above shows the Jarrold under construction, the photographer's standing in the Barclay end).

          Oh, and if you do vist, make sure you sample Delia's pies at half time, and bring £3 to buy a match program.

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          27.05.2009 19:47
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          Worth a visit

          As a Norwich fan I have been going to Carrow Road for over 30 years, and even though I now live the other side of the country (indeed, I haven't actually lived in Norfolk now for nearly 20 years), this season is the first I can remember that I haven't made the trip back (a good year to have missed!) The ground has of course changed enormously in my lifetime, with first the two ends of the ground becoming all-seater in the wake of the Taylor report, and then the two sides also being completely rebuilt, one because it was destroyed by fire and the other because it was about to fall down! There is no doubt that it now looks very modern and has good facilities, but I can't help feeling that it has lost a lot of its character - a hotel in one corner of the ground does nothing to allay this belief, although no doubt very convenient for some and a nice little earner for others.

          However the wholesale modernisation has certainly brought in a whole new swathe of support since my earliest memories of watching the Canaries, when attendances were often around the 15,000 mark, as opposed to the 20,000+ come rain or shine over the last ten years. Whether things will change if the club spends more than one season in League One remains to be seen, but for the moment it will still be quite difficult to get in next season, with over 18,000 season ticket holders already signed up. If you get a chance the Lower Barclay is definitely the place to be if you like a bit of atmosphere, especially the bit nearest to the away supporters, and for the more sedate amongst you, the Jarrold Stand offers a good view and some decent legroom. The locals are friendly, the surroundings are also very diiferent from the wasteland which once almost encircled the ground (the river runs next to one side of it), but it all feels a bit sanitised to me. However it's where my team plays, so no doubt I'll be back there at some point over the next twelve months.

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            On The Ball City! The Theatre of Dreams......and some nightmares

            I’ve been a season ticket holder at Carrow Road for three seasons. During that time there have been major developments at the ground and some up and downs on the pitch. The record so far reads promotion, premier league and relegation, incredibly crap and very dull season Championship season.

            THE GROUND

            Most football grounds are located in areas of a town or city that aren’t exactly upmarket. The same could have been said for Carrow Road. It used to be found at the end of a large area of concrete wasteland. But Norwich has undergone some massive redevelopment in recent times and as a result the pathway to the ground is much changed. Now there is a leisure complex, shops and substantial residential development.

            In line with these changes, the ground has changed in recent seasons. In 2003the stadium had one stand known as the South Stand that had seen better days. The club knocked down this structure and invested in a new 8000 seater stand with updated facilities. This stand was fully open for the first time when we faced West Ham. The stand is very modern in design and stands out from the other three. Arguably it offers the best views of the game although I’ve found the legroom a little bit compact when I’ve sat there for a reserve game. If you’re an away fan you’ll be sat in this stand at one end.

            The end stands are known as the River End and The Barclay. The majority of crowd noise will come from The Barclay whilst The River tends to be more family and older supporters orientated.

            The City Stand is the smallest stand at the ground but plans are afoot to build on top of it once the club has financing in place.

            When the club was promoted they invested in filling in the corner between the South Stand and the River end. This corner offers two tiers and a sizeable facility for disabled supporters.

            I sit in the Barclay as it has the best atmosphere for games and gives a good view of the action.

            If you’re an away supporter then travel to the ground is fairly straightforward. The train station is within a 5-10 minute walk. Parking around the ground is limited but the ground is a close walk from the city centre and car parks are in abundance. You’ll also find a number of pubs close by which are quite accommodating.

            PRICES

            Getting a ticket for a game isn’t easy. In recent years attendances at Carrow Road have grown to become the best in the division with nearly every game a sell out. Last season saw 20,000+ season ticket holders and that number is close to being reached for the new season in August. There are limited numbers of tickets for every game on regular sale and prices average out at about £25. Is that good value? Well what is these days in football.
            FOOTBALL

            The standard of football this season gone has left a lot to be desired. After a season in the top flight many supporters expected the team to be challenging once more. But they’ve never troubled the top six and the quality on show has been poor. This has lead to protests outside the ground, angry scenes during games and lame excuses from those at the club. This summer is an important time for the club and anything less than top six probably won’t be accepted.

            EXTRAS

            Of course if you come to Carrow Road then not only can you see football but you can also see celebrities. Yes the woman who taught regular people how to boil an egg is a director. Glance across to the City Stand and you too can see Delia Smith – for some this may be worth the ticket price alone.

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              28.03.2004 09:44
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              As you may have guessed from writing a review on Carrow Road, I am a fan of Norwich City Football Club. A little background into the club might be helpful to start of with, after all, this is the reason you would be sitting here! ~ The Club Norwich City are currently sitting at the top of Division One. If they manage to stay in that position until mid-May they will gain promotion into the Premiership with the ‘big guns’ eg. Man Utd, Arsenal and the like. I will leave my opinion on our current progress and predictions for future games out of this, as I don’t want to end up disappointed at the end of the season. Fellow ‘canaries’ will understand what I mean if I mention the 2001/02 season when we just lost out to Birmingham on penalties. The club itself is a family friendly club with has had a rich vein of talent progress from it’s youth squad in the last decade. The latest headline grabber being Craig Bellamy, currently plying his trade (and throwing chairs) at Newcastle. The club was in the Premier League until the mid-nineties when disaster stuck with our then-chairman Robert Chase (boo hiss) selling our best players, which ultimately ended up in relegation. A few years before Norwich had been in Europe (a huge achievement for a small club) where we beat Bayern Munich (one of the best teams at the time) and narrowly losing to Inter Milan (one of the greats). ~Carrow Road (exterior) So, what’s the ground like? Until recently Carrow Road consisted of three very good stands and a shed as a forth. We may thank Mr Chase for that, as well as the under-soil heating and training facilities, but let’s not get carried away here, he’s not a very liked man. The n
              ew stand (South Stand )is in place and makes the place look complete. Behind the goals you have the Barclay Stand, (The ‘in’ stand where the ‘real’ supporters are) and the ‘Norwich and Peterborough Stand’ (Family Area), both stands are two tiers. Opposite the South Stand you have the ‘Geoffrey Watling City Stand’ which is where the Directors Box (Wave at Delia!), the Executive Boxes and generally the older supporters sit. The dug-outs are also this side. Both the South and Watling Stands are single tier, however NCFC have plans with the South Stand. The ground has in-fills at the corners of the four stands, which makes the stadium look more enclosed as opposed to being straight with areas missing. Current attendances are a sell-out, around 24,500. Disabled catered for in the South Stand. Support/Atmosphere is good in the Lower Barclay and the Snakepit Area (corner between the Barclay and Geoffrey Watling). Other areas tend to be on the quiet side. ~Carrow Road (interior) As most people know, Delia Smith (along with her hubby) have a seat each on the board. A scheme that was suggested and implemented a few seasons ago was the introduction of a new ‘posh’ restaurant and upgraded the current food outlets. I haven’t eaten in the restaurant myself but have been told the food is good and reasonable (you are looking at about £20 a head). Otherwise the half time food is really what you would expect (pies, crisps etc) although I have had some awful food at a couple of away games. Stewards are friendly enough and there is a small police presence. Even derby games against our rivals Ipswich produce little agro from either side. ~The &#
              65;rea Carrow Road is a ten-minute walk from the City Centre. Norwich does operate several park and ride schemes on the outskirts of the city. Coming to car isn’t a problem. The ground is sign posted clearly on A11 (The South) and the A47 (The West). For car parking there is a large car park (The City Council) just around the corner. I believe they only charge a couple of pounds on matchday. The train station is just the other side of the Riverside Complex (more of that in a min) and takes 5 minutes. Pub wise you have a decent selection, all near the ground. City fans normally come in their droves from the City whereas a lot of the away support drink in the Clarence Harbour. A new development is the Riverside complex. Although obviously the river has always been there, the whole area was a bit nasty. In the last few years the whole area has had an overhaul and now boasts a few bid shops and a decent selection of pubs/bars and clubs. You also have a cinema and a bowling alley to make it a whole day out rather than a few hours. ~Literature Official matchday programme will set you back two and a half pounds sterling. The fanzine Y’army is a pound as was another by the name of ‘Man Utd are on the telly again’ although I believe that no longer exists although it was a good read. ~Costs Average for the league and team. Around £20 an adult ticket. Norwich do categorise opponents so certain games are cheaper than others. ~ The Football As mentioned previously, Norwich are top of the table. The current team looks good with a great manager and a good board behind him. We have had a few shaky performances of late but I hope for myself and the people of Norfolk we can have a team
              in the Premiership. (Touch Wood) ~Contacts NCFC Carrow Road Norwich NR1 1JE 01603 760760 for General Enquires. 0870 444 1902 for Tickets. (1902 The year they were formed - clever, eh?). The club has had stick for introducing this number, first 100 callers get put in a queue, but as far as I can see it makes it more fair as previously it was luck if you got through. Thanks for reading, and if you get the chance, pop down to Carrow Road. tbsgt

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                06.07.2003 02:34
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                In Norwich we have a great deal of development currently going on. Most of is around the place we call Riverside because er, it's by the side of the river. There's a lot of apartments going up as well as retail parks etc. So to keep in line Norwich City FC have finally got the go ahead to finish the redevelopment of Carrow Road and get their hands on some of that fat property development cash. Norwich City are currently in the Nationwide First Division where they've been since the mid nineties. Before that they scaled the heights of the Premiership before things went a bit sour off the field and leaving us with relegation. A few poor seasons have followed but now the club are on the up with Nigel Worthington taking charge. In his first season we managed to get to the play off final only to lose out to Birmingham on penalties. Last season we finished eighth due to the fact that we couldn't finish teams off and lacked some real firepower. However this didn't matter as Norwich enjoyed amazing support with sell-out crowds for a lot of games and an average gate of around 20,000. With this in mind the club have finally demolished what was known as the South Stand. This in comparison to the rest of the ground was a shoddy stand that didn't even have any yellow and green in it's seats. It was a bit of a joke but now it's gone. In it's place will be a new stand full of yellow and green that will take the capacity over 24,000. If you get the chance to come to Carrow Road then you'll find it a good sized stadium that is pretty modern in design and has some good facilities. Delia Smith is on the board of directors so you can be sure the half time pies are of a decent standard, in fact they've won accolades. And should you come on matchday then you're bound to see Delia sitting in the directors box as always. See you're not just getting quality football, you're also seeing famous people! The major
                ity of the noise in the ground can be found in the lower barclay stand where there's a section known as the snakepit. Here is where you'll find the hardcore city support who sing the songs, get the team going and also berate the visiting support. I'm sure that most of them will miss that feeling for a few months as the away support will be smaller due to the fact that they were normally in the south stand which is still being built. A few more vocal supporters can be found in the corner infill between the Barclay and the City stand. The city stand is the smallest stand with only one tier. This is where you'll find the dugouts, the directors box as well as the older city supporters who really aren't up to singing anymore. The river end is similar to the Barclay only it's a great deal quieter and you tend to get more families there. There's also a Coca Cola family area where the tickets are cheaper although the views aren't as great. Tickets for match games are normally between £15-20 depending on who you are and where you sit. I'd say this is about average for most nationwide clubs and isn't bad value at Carrow Road as Norwich in recent years have had a very solid home record with very few losses. So for some great football come down to Carrow Road, it'll be a quieter place for the rest of this year but come February you should see some great atmosphere and by then we should be on the way back to the Premier League!

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                  17.04.2002 02:31
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                  Ah I can remember when it was all fields, of course in my day's we all had to stand and the A-Team was still on telly every Saturday tea-time. Well maybe that's not true as I'm only 23 but certainly I can remember the days when Carrow Road and the surrounding area were a bit run down. In fact there were large patchs of wasteland around the ground that have now been redeveloped in the Riverside complex, a mix of multiplex cinemas, bars, restaurants and small houses at high prices which have the added bonus of having a lot of noise and the chance of someone peeing into your letterbox in the early hours of the morning. Anyway, Norwich City FC's ground is not huge compared to the likes of Old Trafford. Down in Norfolk we like our things small, not ike you big city folk. Over the years the ground has developed into a great little stadium and continues to do so. Over the years the corners have been sealed in to create more seating and all that's left is the South Stand which looks incredibly out of character with it's blue seating. In some way's the stand is a constant reminder to the financial situation the club find's itself in. When the Premier League started Norwich were a team not given much of a chance by pundits. Yet no one could have predicted that by the end of the season the team would have finished in the top five and been possible title contenders. All this and the defeating of Bayern Munich was to come. The European run has been the highlight of Carrow Road in the past 10 years. Many fans will not forget the stunning Goss volley's that put out the big German side and few will also forget the time when Norwich put up a brave fight against an Inter Milan team. Yet since that time we had a chairman more concerned with building facilities than investing in the team. As a result a manager was lost and the quick descent into Division 1 beckoned. Purse strings were tightened as debt set in and
                  season after unmemorable season has followed. As a result we have a South Stand that stands out like a sore thumb. However this Sunday see's the culmination of a season that has exceeded expectations. Norwich are on the verge of the play-off's and a win against already relegated Stcokport is needed to have any real chance of making it. We need to rely on other teams doing us a favour but there is a sign of hope. For once Norwich are a team that seem to have some backbone in defence and only our poor away record has surely stopped us from already being in with a shout. The club need's this financial boost as Carrow Road is one step away from being a real stadium. Plan's are underway to not only make it a football stadium but a hotel as well. It's not just the South Stand anymore but a chance to provide some financial stability to a club that could have still been in the Premiership if we had taken a chance. So should you have the pleasure of visiting Carrow Road then you'll have the opporunity to sample a depressing defeat for your team and the pleasure of visiting some of the surrounding bars to drown your sorrow afterwards. Not only that but you'll also have the chance to see Delia Smith in the flesh and we all know that's what sells out the tickets on matchday. You know, perhaps this opinion isn't strictly about Carrow Road in general but come 2.00PM on Sunday I truely hope the gods are smiling on us and West Brom as well. On The Ball City !

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                    25.09.2001 01:15
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                    I have been a fan of Norwich City football club for many years. I have enjoyed many seasons as a junior Canary in the family enclosure. The atmosphere was electric, even when we lost. The ground itself is situated by the riverside development and is easierly accessed by the number 25 bus which also runs to the station. The club offers a range of different foods during the game from pie to crisps and if u r lucky u will be sitting near one of delia smith's restaurants. I myself have never been to one of the restaurants. During half time there is usually entertainment which is aimed at the children but if you have a sense of humour you too can find some of the entertainment ammusing. To take advantage of the entertainment you really need to be sitting in one of the lower areas. There are plenty of stewards around to help you if you have a problem. If you are a regular to the fround you will soon get to know the nearest steward. The prices for the tickets are not too bad. There are some games during the seasons which are only £1 for children(under16) and about £5 for adults. When there isn't a home game you can sometimes catch reserve games is tend to be on thursday nights. The entertainment starts at 6:30 in the Barcley Stand. The entertanment ranges from go-karting to clowns. If you are a very keen fan and you can get to the training ground in colney you can go and see the under 19's. This is a great oppotunity to see some of the rising stars in action. For full fixure lists you can visit www.canaries.co.uk or go to the club shop down at carrow road or in the castle mall. An afternoon or evening at the football is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. There is a great amosphere at the ground and is well worth going to a game even if it is only once in a while. ON THE BALL CITY!!!!!!!

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                      11.02.2001 05:37
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                      Being an avid fan of the canaries I couldn't think of anyone better to write the first review of this, my second home for most of the past 20 years! I've seen the ground improvements stage by stage over the last few years and for most part they have been good. Both end stands are very similar in size and house the majority of the fans. The main stand (right side of the picture) is quite modern although most fans would agree, too small. The West stand opposite is a decent size but now on it's last legs and hopefully be replaced soon. Unfortunately, that's where you away fans are now located (you may want to bring a brolly in case the roof starts to leak! The views from just about every part of the ground are excellent and are in good close proximity to the pitch. The away fans section is also right next to the hardcore home fans which usually leads to lots of 'friendly' banter and a good atmostphere. Access to the ground is fairly easy with lots of parking facilities nearby. The ground is signposted all the way from the new stretch of the A47 bordering the city. Can't miss it! Prices for tickets remain quite competative compared to other teams in the division with frequent offers on some matches. Facilities within the ground are known to be excellent with many of the function rooms and meals rivaling top restaurants. This is probably largely due to the influence of our director, the one and only Delia Smith. The pies have improved too, that's the main thing. To sum up, the ground is modern with a very family orientated atmostphere and very accessable. All we need now to complete the picture is a decent team to go with it!

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                      Carrow Road is a British football stadium in Norwich, England. It is the home ground of Norwich City Football Club who currently play in the Football League Championship. The ground's capacity is currently 26,034.