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Gallery: Global Canaries Day 2019

21 April 2019

Around 80 Canary fans from around the world came together at Carrow Road to show their support for the team on the Club’s Global Canaries Day.

Supporters travelled from as far as Australia for the occasion, gathering in the Gunn Club ahead of Friday’s match against Sheffield Wednesday to meet with Club representatives and enjoy a pre-match meal.

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Twenty-one supporter groups from the UK and abroad were represented on the day, with John Flanagan (Scottish Canaries) Lucas La Torre (Brazilian Canaries) and Florian Richter (German Canaries) invited to be Community Heroes for the match.

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The whole group was also invited pitch-side to display their flags and wave to the stands in a half-time pitch parade.

And for Lucas, from Rio de Janeiro, it was his first trip out of Brazil.

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He said: “When I arrived I looked around and I was speechless because I have dreamt of this moment for so long. I started creating content about Norwich in Brazil 10 years ago, but I have been following Norwich since 2005 when I watched the game against Manchester United and we on 2-0.

“Since then I have imagined myself being here and seeing the stadium was like realising the moment and my fairy-tale happening. I love everything, the city and the stadium.

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“I have been taking lots of photos and speaking to everyone because it’s a great moment and I don’t know when I will be able to be back here. My feeling now is that I want to live here forever.”

Lucas will also be travelling for Monday’s game against Stoke to experience his first Norwich City away game.

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Also among the visitors was James Copland representing the New York Canaries with his son Luke who was a mascot at the game for the first time.

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He said: “It’s the first time we have been able to arrange a trip to fit in with the Global Canaries weekend, but we were here in August too for the West Brom game and we try to get over as often as I can.

“It always nice to see the other fans and meet people like Lucas who I speak to on Twitter but I had never met him, so it’s nice to meet people who have similar interests and are also thousands of miles away from the Club.

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“When I started the New York Canaries in 2003 the games weren’t even on TV, but we used to go to the pub in the morning and listen to Radio Norfolk, have a few beers and meet up. Then it became available to watch and now we’ve all got iFollow at home too.”

Rhonda and Adrian Holiday travelled from Australia for the game and were delighted to see their first game at Carrow Road.

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Adrian, who is originally from Norfolk but moved Down Under in 1964, said: “It was the first time I had actually watched Norwich play in the stadium but following the Canaries in Australia this season has been really impressive and it has been great to watch some magnificent football recently. 

“I was really happy to finally see all the players and Daniel in the flesh rather than on a screen. It was a really special day.”

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The couple made sure to stock up on some Canary memorability before heading home, buying themselves shirts from the Club store and goodies for their grandchildren.

The other fan groups included Along Come Norwich, Asian Canaries, Associate Directors, Barclay End Norwich, Canadian Canaries, Canaries Trust, Capital Canaries,  Forces2Canaries, German Canaries, Hong Kong Canaries, Jersey Canaries, Norwich City Disabled Supporters Association, Posh Canaries, Proud Canaries, Scandinavian Canaries, Thailand Canaries and UAE Canaries.

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