Norwich City fans from around the world were given a welcome surprise last week when striker Jordan Hugill joined them for a question-and-answer session.
The popular striker joined supporters from across the world, including North Macedonia, Germany and Brazil, on a Zoom call aimed at recognising the many international fan groups we have.
The club normally celebrates this over the Easter weekend as part of our Global Canaries Day, which sees fans invited to Carrow Road for a game, where they attend a Q&A with a club legend, before watching a match and taking part in a half-time pitch parade.
However, with it not being possible to meet this year because of covid-19 travel restrictions, Grant Holt held an online chat with supporters last Monday where he talked to them about their experiences over the last 12 months, as well as his own role at the club as an ambassador. He then took questions from supporters before being joined by Jordan Hugill who chatted about the team spirit at Norwich and how impressed he has been with the club since joining.
“It is everything I expected it and more,” Jordan told fans. “Coming from West Ham United, I had a bit of a bad time there, I just needed to come somewhere where I felt I belonged. With the people around here, it just feels like a proper family club. The lads are brilliant, everybody behind the scenes is brilliant, so it has been easy to settle in and hopefully the performances on the pitch are showing that we are all gelling as a team as well.”
Addressing the fans directly, Jordan said: “Thank you for your support. Obviously, it is a bit hard being at home all the time and having to watch the games on iFollow, but all the players think about all the fans coming back and the sooner that happens the better. So, thank you for your support and we will see you soon.”
Added to the chat with Jordan and Grant, Norwich City also designed the front cover of the edition of the club’s programme to represent the flags of all the countries where we have a recognised supporter group. The Canaries Trust have also contacted a number of these groups to get them to give their own introductions, which you can read in the club's matchday programme for the game which is available to purchase here.
The club also held an Open Fan Consultation with our international supporters on Saturday, March 20, where chief operating officer Ben Kensell talked through a new international membership proposal and the benefits of such a scheme before taking questions from supporters.
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