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Canary Citizens: Meet our Canaries from Down Under

9 April 2019

Norwich City’s yellow and green army stretches all the way to the other side of the world with the Canaries Down Under.

With almost 550 members, Canaries Down Under is a supporter group formed through Facebook and includes members from across the whole of Australia from Darwin to Tasmania and Brisbane to Perth, as well as New Zealand.

And, in our latest Canary Citizens instalment, we spoke to member Leigh Woodrow who lives in Adelaide in South Australia.

He explained: “There have been a number of Norwich City supporter groups across Australia and New Zealand. Canaries Down Under was formed following the merger of two larger groups founded by Marcus Cannell in Australia and Mark Larwood in New Zealand. The group grew through word-of-mouth with admins in each state organising meet-ups in the capitals.

“I recently turned 42 and am now based in Adelaide having previously been a Brisbane Canary. I got involved in Canaries Down Under after meeting other Norwich City supporters at a Brisbane Roar match.”

Leigh grew up in Norwich before moving away and his whole family remain season ticket holders. But the distance doesn’t stop him from supporting his team.

“I am a Norwich supporter because of my dad, Roger Woodrow, who is a season ticket holder in the Upper Barclay. I am so grateful to him for taking me to my first match. I wouldn’t swap the highs and lows of being a Canary for any other club.

“Now I am very fortunate in that I miss very few matches thanks to iFollow and other media providers. Being outside the Premier League certainly makes it more difficult though, but hopefully that won’t be a problem for too much longer!

“The time difference certainly makes things tricky with kick-off times regular being at around 2am in South Australia. It’s trying not to wake the kids when we score that is the greater challenge though!”

Leigh said he continues to support the Canaries as Norwich is where his heart is.

I love that from top to bottom the Club is all about family,” he said. “It is all about Norwich. From owner to supporter, we all cheer, shout, laugh and cry together. There are not many clubs like that around anymore.

“This has been a remarkable season which no follower of Norwich City could have expected. The way we are playing, and the joy with which we are playing is something of which we can truly be proud. Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke have been a breath of fresh air for this Club and Delia and the whole Club deserve huge respect for their patience and foresight.”

This year’s Global Canaries Day takes place on Saturday, April 19, when City take on Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.

Leigh said: “I have attended the Global Canaries Day with my young daughters, Erica and Eadie, for the past two seasons.  To walk around the pitch with my girls and my dad was an indescribable experience, particularly as it was the Reading match and we were scoring at will in the first half!”


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