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OTBC: Grab our Academy Special from City’s Under-23s!

21 February 2019

Saturday’s OTBC is an Academy Special edition. Not only is there plenty of brilliant content, but Norwich City’s Under-23s squad will be helping to sell the programme around the stadium on matchday!

From 2pm until kick-off, 21 players from our Under-23s squad will be joining eight of our matchday vendors around the stadium in pairs, while Adam Idah and Anthony Spyrou will be at the pop-up at the Fan Zone from 2pm, until 2.30pm.

You can take the opportunity to get your programme signed by City’s up-and-coming stars, with a special signing section on page 39. Please note that the players will be joining the matchday vendors who are based around the stadium, and won’t be with the sellers on Wherry Road, King Street or outside Nike.

Inside the programme, we sat down with Alfie Payne and Josh Coley to talk about their very different journeys to City’s Under-23s squad. Adrian Forbes tells us about his rise through the Norwich Academy in the 1990s, and his current role developing City’s youngsters.

We also find out about the life of a host parent from Julie Gover, who has welcomed several Academy players into her home including Jamal Lewis. Meanwhile, City’s business and project director Zoe Ward gives an update on the exciting redevelopment of the Academy facilities at Colney.

We also pay tribute to City legend Roy McCrohan as part of our Portrait of an Icon series which celebrates the 23 men to have played over 300 games for Norwich City.

OTBC was voted Overall Winner for the EFL Championship at the Midlands Programme Club awards 2018-19, and the award-winning programme is only £3 for 108 pages of brilliant exclusive content!

Packed into this issue…

Alfie Payne & Josh Coley: An exclusive interview with the Under-23s stars

• Head Coach’s notes: Daniel Farke looks ahead to Bristol City

Adrian Forbes: An interview with City’s Lead Foundation Phase Coach

House Parent: From cooking to grumpy mornings, an insight into the life of Academy Host Families

• Portrait Of An Icon: We celebrate another member of City’s 300 Club, the legendary Roy McCrohan

• Remembering 1988-89: Malcolm Allen looks back on the rollercoaster season


Chris Goreham: On football rituals
Travel Diaries: Ffion Thomas continues her brilliant travels around UK grounds
A to Z: Zoë Whitford continues her unconventional alphabetical look at all things Canaries
• Fan column: Connor Southwell on interviewing Stuart Webber
• Academy: Steve Weaver column
• Opposition: Everything you need to know about Bristol City

Programmes can be bought from the Shop and the Ticket Office, as well as the usual matchday vendors. Four vendors take contactless payment. These can be found outside the Queen of Iceni on Riverside, outside the Gunn Club entrance, outside the Shop and on the corner of King Street and Carrow Road. Programmes are also available to buy in the 1902 Bar outside the South Stand.

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