|An archive of match day threads originally posted in the General Discussion forum.
Saturday 15 September 2012, Carrow Road, Norwich. Kick-off 12:45
Travel information for getting to Carrow Road
Norwich City Football Club
Directions to Carrow Road:
Norwich City Football Club is signposted off the major routes coming into Norwich via the A11 and A47.
From West (A47): Exit A47 at A146, signposted Norwich and Lowestoft. Turn left at the first set of lights at the bottom of the slip road, signposted Norwich, continue to the next set of traffic lights and turn right onto Martineau Lane. Keep in the right-hand lane and at the County Hall roundabout take the second exit. Keep right and turn right at the next set of traffic lights onto King Street – follow this road which bends right and over the river bridge and you will see Carrow Road on the right.
From South (A11): Approaching Norwich on the A11 you will come to the Thickthorn Services roundabout where the A11 and A47 meet. Take the fifth exit onto the A47 signposted Great Yarmouth and then follow the directions above.
From Ipswich (A140): As you approach Norwich on the A140 you will come to a roundabout where it meets the A47. Take the third exit signposted A47, Great Yarmouth. Follow the A47 to the next exit (A146, Lowestoft), and then use directions from the West above.
From East (A47): Exit A47 at A146, signposted Norwich and Lowestoft. Turn right at the first set of lights at the bottom of the slip road, signposted Norwich, continue to the next set of traffic lights and turn right onto Martineau Lane. Keep in the right-hand lane and at the County Hall roundabout take the second exit. Keep right and turn right at the next set of traffic lights onto King Street – follow this road which bends right and over the river bridge and you will see Carrow Road on the right.
Parking at Carrow Road on matchdays is very limited with pass holders only allowed access. Car park season ticket holders and relevant hospitality guests will have been issued with passes in advance. No pay on the day parking is available on-site at Carrow Road for first team matches.
However, pay on the day parking is available at the nearby County Hall car park, which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the stadium at a cost of £6 per vehicle. To get there follow the directions from the A47 as above, but the car park is situated off the first exit of the roundabout from Martineau Lane. County Hall (Postcode: NR1 2DH) is the headquarters of Norfolk County Council.
You can also buy matchday parking tickets for County Hall in advance through the Norwich City ticket office on 0844 826 1902.
Disabled parking is available on-site, however it is limited due to the number already allocated to season ticket holders. Please call our Access Officer Stephen Graham on 0844 826 1902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; for more information.
For visiting supporters travelling on unofficial coaches/minibuses please contact the Norwich City ticket office on 0844 826 1902 for parking information.
Please note that road closures operate immediately before and after matches outside the stadium to allow pedestrians to leave safely.
Resident parking schemes are in place in the streets around Carrow Road and this is strictly enforced and identified through on-street signage. Please do not park in these areas as you will be fined. Please respect the needs of local residents. Parking at Morrisons adjacent to the stadium is reserved for store customers only. Penalties will be imposed for misuse of this car park.
For more information on travel and parking on matchdays visit Norwich City Council’s website.
Norwich Train Station is located less than 10 minutes’ walk from Carrow Road. When walking out of the station turn left and follow Koblenz Avenue to reach the stadium or alternatively walk straight over at the traffic lights and straight through the Riverside Leisure complex to reach Carrow Road.
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First Group provide city and county-wide bus services into Norwich. Discounts and offers are available for Norwich City season ticket holders and members please visit their website for service and offer information.
Norwich Bus Station is located approximately 1 mile from Carrow Road on Surrey Street (Postcode: NR1 3NX).
Park and Ride services are also operational around the city centre - click here for more information.
The website http://www.walkit.com/norwich" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; is free to use and can generate a walking map route between any two points in the city.
Carrow Road has been steadily redeveloped since the late 1970's, with all four sides of the ground having new stands. The newest of these is the Jarrold South Stand at one side of the pitch which was opened in 2004. It is an impressive looking cantilever, single tier, all seated stand, that can house up to 8,000 supporters. It is unusual in having not one, but three separate television gantries suspended beneath its largely perspex roof. This stand was further extended in 2005 and now surrounds the corner of the ground where it joins the Norwich & Peterborough Stand, 'filling in' that area. The rest of the ground is also all seated and all stands are covered. Both ends look particularly smart, being large two tiered affairs, complete with a row of executive boxes and distinctive pairs of large floodlight pylons protruding from their roofs. The first of these to be built was the River End in 1979 (it was later renamed the Norwich & Peterborough Stand), with the Barclay End opposite opening in 1992. On the remaining side is the Geoffrey Watling City Stand. Named after a former club president and opened in 1986, this single tiered stand is smaller than both ends and houses amongst other things the Directors Box and Press Area. This stand extends around to meet the ends at both corners, giving the ground an enclosed look on that side. In one corner in-between the Barclay End and Jarrold South Stand, the stadium is overlooked by a sizeable Holiday Inn Hotel. David Westgate adds; 'The corner in-fill between the Barclay Stand and the Geoffrey Watling City Stand is affectionately known to Norwich fans as the "Snake Pit!"
Away fans are housed on one side of the new South Stand, on one side of the ground. As you would expect from a new stand the facilities and view of the playing action are good. The normal allocation in this area is 2,500 fans although this can be increased further for cup games. If you are located at the very back of this stand then you can enjoy some fine views across the city, including Norwich Cathedral. The Club I found to be particularly friendly and relaxed. I certainly would rate it as one of the better away days, even though it seems an eternity to get there. As Delia Smith is on the board of Norwich City, the food available within the ground has been spruced up a fair bit and is very good. The Club even bake their own pies which not only include the usual array such as steak & kidney, chicken & mushroom, but also a number of 'matchday specials' (which change from game to game) such as beef in red wine gravy & cheese, mushroom and garlic.
The main pub for away fans is the 'Compleat Angler', which is located opposite the railway station. It is situated on a river bank and has a nice outside terrace outside overlooking the river. The pub itself is a bit basic but offers food and is away fan friendly. It is a about a ten minute walk away from Carrow Road. Otherwise Norwich has a number of pubs located in its centre.
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The steak and stilton pie is highly recommended. Tender cuts of meat and crumbly pastry.
DL on form.
As for the team line up I really can't see any reason as to change how we lined up against Fulham for this game, I think it would be a little unfair if I'm honest but I can see Big Sam bringing in Jarvis for Taylor if he is fit. I'd even go as far as saying keep O'brien in, at least everytime the ball went to him it didn't get aimed hopelessly up pitch like it so often does with McCartney. Benayoun will probably be on the bench. What is good is that we have so many options at the moment, choosing the team must be a right b*stard for Big Sam but can only be a good thing with so much competition for places.
Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Benayoun, Taylor, Diarra, Cole, Maiga
Gutted I can't be there, it is the girlfriends birthday so will have to watch it on Sky and refrain from getting drunk.
Really, really hope we stick to what works for this game. Respect the point is written all over this one, and I'd be more than happy with a point.
I watched Norwich's two most recent matches (but not their mauling on the first day), and they actually looked pretty good on both occasions. Very well organised, but with little cutting edge. Could be a bit like Villa in that respect.
Snodgrass was their standout in yesterday's game against Tottenham, and Pilkington is their other main threat. But I can't see them providing anything we can't handle if we're on our game i.e. we don't have another Swansea meltdown. A draw is the minimum we should be aiming for here. If we're as sharp as we can be, could be our first away 3 points.
I'll be conservative and go 2-2.
What's the word on Carrolls injury? Can we expect to see him back for this game?
I suspect it will, but for me nothing should change tactically for this game, yesterday we attacked in numbers but we defended in numbers also,as soon as fulham had the ball everyone was back grafting and helping the defence out, Vaz te worked like a trojan and certainly doesn't deserve to be dropped imo,
i would keep the same side injuries permitting as everyone had a good game but if Jarvis is brought back then don't drop Vaz and go defensive, we have the players to give them all sorts of problems, let them off the leash Sam!!