Jeremy Goss, Mark Robins, Bryan Gunn et al; with the Canaries, you’re more likely to think about them beating Bayern Munich in 1993 than our own head-to-head record. To be fair, though, it’s with good reason; Norwich City the first English team to overcome Bayern at the Olympic Stadium.
Apart from that, you’ll know ’em from their more recent ding-donging between the Premier League and Championship. And where do we come in? Well, it wasn’t until 2018 that they met us for the first time; the Norfolk side coming out on top in our League Cup First Round encounter at Carrow Road.
The facilities at Carrow Road for supporters with disabilities are considerable and to a high standard, as you might expect from a club towards the top end of the pyramid. The facilities extend to both home and away fans too.
First, there is limited on-street parking around the stadium for holders of a Blue Badge. The club isn’t able, however, to offer on-site matchday parking. Supporters can also use the entrance of the nearby Holiday Inn as a drop-off point as well.
A matchday commentary service (“Soccer Sight”) operates if you have a visual impairment. You are advised to contact Stephen Graham at the club in advance to reserve a headset. Meanwhile, those fans with hearing impairments can secure portable induction loops for hearing aids from the ticket office.
As far as viewing areas are concerned, there are 15 spaces for wheelchairs and 27 ambulant seats in the away end. Underneath the part of the stand that is reserved for away supporters, there are two accessible toilets and a lowered food and drink counter.
You won’t be surprised to hear that Carrow Road sells alcohol, with a selection of drinks available in the away end. If you need a place to go before, however, a Lloyds No.1 can be found on the nearby Riverside leisure complex.
Norwich City Travel Information – Distance: 94 miles
Norwich won’t be the most draining of road trips, but there is a touch of cross-country about it. From Stevenage, head north on the A1(M) as far as Junction 9; here, you want to take the A505 eastbound towards Royston. In fact, you’ll be on the A505 until you’re into Cambridgeshire – and, then, you will be joining the A11.
After about nine miles, continue onto the A14 for about six-and-a-half miles. Take the exit to bear left back onto the A11 and continue north east for Thetford and Norwich. You’ll remain on the A11 until you near Norwich itself, joining the eastbound A47 (Great Yarmouth etc.) at the Thickthorn Park and Ride.
Use the left lane in four-and-a-half miles to merge onto the A146. Turn left at the top of the slip road. Just after the railway bridge, turn right onto Martineau Lane. At the roundabout that follows, you want the second exit. Soon after, it’s a right turn into King Street and another right into Carrow Road to cross the river. The stadium is up here on the right.
You might well find that Norfolk County Hall is the best bet for parking, signposted on the left of the A146. You can reach it by taking the FIRST exit at the roundabout, rather than the second. From here, it’s a short walk to the stadium.
Services to: CAMBRIDGE
It’s not as tough to get to Norwich on the train as we first thought, if you don’t mind a change and sitting down for two-and-a-quarter hours? With an option to go to Cambridge and switch to a Norwich service, it’s almost even convenient.
The station, too, in Norwich is convenient for the football. Leave out the front and turn left, which takes you south west down Station Approach. You will then have to cross straight over the A147 and head down the road that goes through the Riverside leisure complex.
Keep heading straight and onto Wherry Road. The ground is soon on your left.
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