Norwich City have announced that they have asked for an away allocation of 5,000 tickets for the forthcoming match against Wigan at the DW Stadium and that the tickets will be hugely subsidised by the club.
The disappointing part of all this is that Sky Sports have confirmed that the kick-off has been moved to noon on Sunday 14th April, the game having previously been scheduled for the day before at a normal 3pm kick off time.
The Canaries had already negotiated a half price ticket cost with Wigan of £15, but will half that again to just £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for U18s as a “thank you” to the travelling Canary faithful who have averaged 1,658 throughout the season. Coach travel will be offered at £10.00.
City’s Chief Operating Officer Ben Kensell told Canaries.co.uk: “Our away support over the years has always been brilliant and a real source of pride for everyone connected with Norwich City. They are always there at away grounds up and down the country getting behind the team, rain or shine, and when you consider the long travelling distances involved for many of these matches, their loyalty and dedication is outstanding.
“We wanted to do something to thank as many of our away followers as possible this year and we’re delighted to be offering significant reductions on both ticket prices and coach travel for the match at Wigan.
“We hope as many supporters as possible are able to take advantage of this great deal – and what a boost it will be for Daniel and the team to have another huge contingent of the Yellow Army behind them for another crucial game.”
This is a great gesture but the real kick in the teeth is from Sky Sports, whose desire to screen as many matches during the Championship run-in is affecting fans up and down the country. That’s great for the armchair fan but when fans of the clubs involved are affected like this, it’s not good.
The distance to the DW stadium from Norwich is 178 miles and as we live in a country with terrible rail links, many will have to drive. That’s a tough ask but do we think Sky care? Do they heck!