Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome representatives from three supporter groups as our Community Heroes for our Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday.
Today we celebrate the Club’s annual Global Canaries Day, with representatives of 21 supporters groups from the UK and abroad in attendance for this evening’s game. We are also joined by John Flanagan (Scottish Canaries), Lucas La Torre (Brazilian Canaries) and Florian Richter (German Canaries) as our Community Heroes.
John has supported Norwich for 25 years after watching his first game in 1994 and joined Scottish Canaries in 2011.
He said: “We don't have a specific place to watch Norwich together as we're all based in different parts of Scotland such as Forfar, Dundee, and Edinburgh but we all connect via our Facebook group and keep in regular contact.
“I've got an away season ticket and travel from Edinburgh to most of the away games so I dread to think how many miles that is per season but it has been fantastic to follow the team and watch them play brilliant performances home and away this season."
Lucas is a Canaries fan from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and fell in love with Norwich following the Club’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Carrow Road in 2005 after stumbling across the match on TV.
He said: “Whilst watching the game, I saw how loud the fans celebrated and it was that moment I was in love. For me, the best part of a club is the fans so I created my Brazilian Canary Blog to stay in touch with fans and all things Norwich City.
“Tonight is my first trip to Carrow Road and I have been dreaming of this moment for a long time. To me it is a fairytale and my dream as a kid has turned into reality. I’m really excited to be part of this special day.”
The German Canaries Supporters Group was formed in 2002, started by two founding members Hans-Jurgen Zell and his friend Patrick after a trip to Carrow Road on a school exchange. The group has members based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Florian explains how he fell in love with Norwich City: “A few years ago I met Neville Townsend from Forces2Canaries and some other friends after a match of my hometown football club FC Cologne. Neville told me that they were from Norwich and support Norwich City so when I got back home, I started to learn about the City and the Club.”
“From then on, I joined German Canaries and have two hearts pumping in my chest, one for my hometown FC Cologne and also a yellow and green heart for Norwich. It is a big honour to represent German Canaries on the pitch tonight. I'm already excited for the match!"
A number of fan groups, including, Along Come Norwich, Asian Canaries, Associate Directors, Australian Canaries, Barclay End Norwich, Brazilian Canaries, Canadian Canaries, Canaries Trust, Capital Canaries, Forces2Canaries, German Canaries, Hong Kong Canaries, Jersey Canaries, New York Canaries, Norwich City Disabled Supporters Association, Posh Canaries, Proud Canaries, Scandinavian Canaries, Scottish Canaries, Thailand Canaries and UAE Canaries will be marking the day by forming part of a half-time pitch parade, as well as meeting key Club staff and Board Director, Tom Smith, prior to kick-off.
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this evening to Florian, Lucas and John as they bring out the match ball ahead of our game against Sheffield Wednesday.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to a special plinth prior to kick off.
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community. If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please visit the Community Hero HERE.