BEN; SUNDERLAND (H)

07/08/17

Did you like the look of the party boat which conveyed City fans in colourful and vocal style to Craven Cottage Saturday? Here's Thomas Markham-Uden on what Barclay End Norwich have planned for the build up to our first league home game of 2017-18. Come one, come all.

In the run up to the new season, much discussion among Norwich fans has focussed on the atmosphere inside Carrow Road. Supporters on both sides of the debate have set their respective stalls out and suggested ways to move forward. However, this is an issue that doesn't have one cure-all immediate solution and will probably rumble on as a subplot throughout the coming season.

However, now that the new campaign is underway, we feel that it's important to put these discussions aside and unite as one behind the shared cause of supporting Norwich. These are exciting times at the football club, with the squad already showing excellent spirit to earn a hard-fought point at a very good Fulham side on the opening day.

The collective spirit of the players at Craven Cottage was more than matched by those fans who made the trip to south-west London, creating a rousing and vociferous atmosphere that has already been publicly acknowledged by Farke and many of "the guys".

One aspect of Saturday's match that was wonderful to see was supporters coming together before the match and seeking to stoke the atmosphere, before transferring this positive vocal backing in to the stands.

Whether it be the sight of 100 plus supporters bobbing down the Thames on the self-styled "Party Boat" - a sea of colour and cacophony - or those filling the concourses in the lead up to the game, this collective gathering of supporters undoubtedly had a hand in creating the brilliant atmosphere in the away end during the game.

With this in mind, Barclay End Norwich are seeking to gather as many fans together as possible before the opening home game this Sunday, the aim being to foster the same positive, joyous and above all, loud atmosphere that we saw before Fulham.

Meeting outside Wetherspoons on Riverside from 12:30, we want fans to bring the colour, bring your banners and bring your singing voices. We'll then walk to en masse to the stadium, riding a vociferous wave of noise in to the ground and getting behind the team for 90 minutes.

Football has always been a social pastime. For all the discussion of tactics and statistics and money, football is a living, breathing entity that brings people together.We're hoping to do this before the Sunderland game, kicking off the first Carrow Road game of Farke Life as we mean to go on.

One shirt. One football team. One City Strong.

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