Sarah Batchelor: season ticket holder since 1997NORWICH City will be visually celebrating our brilliant fans next season, and this is your chance to be a part of it.
With the Club recently releasing season tickets for next season, we are asking you, our fans, for your stories. We want to know what it means to you to be a Norwich City fan, how it feels when you're at Carrow Road or following the team away, and any memorable tale you've picked up along your journey as a Canary.
By sharing your story, you’ll have the chance to feature on special banners that we'll be placing around Carrow Road from the start of next season to celebrate the wonderful support you give us.
To have the chance to feature, all you need to do is share your story or favourite memory using #YourStory on either Twitter or Facebook, or by emailing it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing a number of stories here on canaries.co.uk. Sarah Batchelor continues the story, having been a season ticket holder since 1997.
"There wasn’t really a lot of choice to begin with. My twin sister and I initially didn’t go to football until we were 12, because it was a boy thing to do. But by that point we were playing every week with our brothers down the park, so we then decided to give it go.
"We then became the first out of our siblings to get season tickets, so we took over from our brothers. For my family – I sit with my twin sister, but my brothers are there and my husband and father are there; it’s where you meet. My sister and I found that when you don’t see each other, it’s when the football isn’t on because that’s when you catch up.
"There’s that family element. It feels safe, there’s a really friendly atmosphere and all of that makes it a really nice place to go. I’ve not been afraid to pass on my love for the club to Emily, my daughter – I was breastfeeding her at Wembley when Nathan Redmond scored our second goal - I was quite glad I was sitting next to my mum and sister at that point!
"I don’t think Emily will have any choice who she supporters. There are seven cousins on my side of the family, and I think all of them apart from one have been to their first Norwich City game. She was the youngest and the only one that went to Wembley, though.
"Daryl Sutch is my favourite all-time player. I’ve got this thing about loyalty. Players like Sutch, Adam Drury, Russell Martin – they seem like nice people. It’s proper loyalty, and you have respect for that because you don’t see it a lot any more. You can relate to that as a fan. You get that with Norwich because of what you’ve got around the club; you’ve got a good community and Norfolk is lovely, so people stay here."