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Norwich City supporters voted best behaved for second season in succession

Wed 22nd Jan 2014 | Money & Finance

Norwich City received an award from the Premier League at Carrow Road on Saturday for having the best-behaved supporters in the English top flight.

The Fair Play - Behaviour of the Public award and a cheque for £20,000 was presented to Delia Smith, the joint majority shareholder, and club chairman Alan Bowkett on behalf of the club's supporters by Dan Johnson, Director of Communications at the Premier League, and Greg Dyke, the chairman of The Football Association, during the Canaries' Barclays Premier League home match against Hull City, after their supporters finished first in the Fair Play League for the 2012/13 season.

Like the Fair Play League, which rewards clubs for their on-field behaviour, the Behaviour of the Public League concerns the conduct of supporters at Barclays Premier League matches, with points awarded every week by Premier League Match Delegates.

Last season Norwich City's supporters proved the early pacesetters, leading the Behaviour of the Public League from August until November, before Liverpool's fans, who were down in 13th place after September, made a significant improvement to take the front in December.

The 'Yellow Army' was never far behind the Merseysiders over the course of the next few months, however, and reclaimed first place in March, where they remained for the rest of the season to ensure they had topped the Behaviour of the Public League for the second consecutive season.

"The club is very proud of its supporters for winning this award for the second consecutive year," David McNally, the Norwich City chief executive, said. "Our support home and away has been, as ever, fantastic this season and the 'Yellow Army' is a credit to their football club."

Of the £20,000 prize money, £5,000 will be distributed to local groups or individuals nominated by supporters through a scheme called "Fans' Community Cashback", along with a further £5,000 from the Community Sports Foundation's Sporting Light Appeal. The remaining £15,000 will part-fund the Future Canaries programme, which seeks to grow and develop the next generation of Norwich City fans, players and coaches.

Posted by: Kev Howland

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