Norwich City brace for fans return for Gills friendly

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Norwich City are bracing for the return of home and away supporters to Carrow Road on Tuesday night, with Gillingham expected to provide the pre-season opposition.

The Canaries have had to cancel their last two friendlies, against Coventry and Sheffield United, due to a small number of positive Covid-19 tests in their squad.

City have gone out of their way to get this under control and ensure this week’s last two preseason games go ahead, against the Gills tomorrow (8pm) and Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday (2pm).

Daniel Farke’s side are set to start their pre-season campaign on Saturday 14 August, when Liverpool travel to Carrow Road for a televised kick-off at 5.30 p.m.

As of this writing, the Canaries are believed to be planning Tuesday’s game to go as planned, with visitors to League One having put up for sale their allocation of 300 tickets to the first leg.

City played four games with fans last season, with a maximum of 2,000 allowed, the last of which was a 2-0 win over Cardiff just before Christmas.

The last full house before the pandemic was a 1-0 victory over Leicester in the Premier League in February 2020.

Most areas of the lower level City Stand, South Stand and Barclay Stand have been put up for sale, with City not placing a limit on sales and being able to open other areas if demand required additional seating.

Some areas of the city stand have been sold and the central parts of the south stand show limited availability, the remaining areas still show good availability.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets online before the match, which will acquire a QR code to be used on mobile devices to be used for entry to the turnstiles.

The Carrow Road ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. on Tuesday for tickets to be purchased in person, however, this risks causing queues if fans let their tickets buy until the last hours before the game.

However, all stores in the Canaries are now cashless with only card payments accepted.

Tickets were priced at £ 10 for adults, £ 5 for over 65s and under 21 and £ 1 for under 18, but free for all season ticket holders and U18 members. Head toward canaries.co.uk for all the details.

City have not issued any Covid-19 rules regarding testing before access is allowed, on this occasion, as the club await Premier League decisions on access for those who are vaccinated or may present with a negative test result.

Face masks are encouraged, however, with a statement from the club explaining: “The club strongly recommends that supporters wear face coverings at turnstiles, move around the halls and use the toilets. It is up to the individual to wear a face cover while sitting and watching the game.

“We would like to ask supporters to remain as flexible as possible given the ever-changing Covid-19 environment with the potential for government and football authorities to change restrictions on major sporting events in the short term.”

Gillingham’s last visit to Carrow Road was in August 2010, when Norwich won 4-1 in the League Cup first round thanks to a brace each from Grant Holt and Chris Martin.

The Gills are led by former Rotherham, Leeds and Peterborough manager Steve Evans and finished 10th in League One last season.

They lost a 2-0 away friendly against Leyton Orient of Ligue 2 on Saturday, with Norwich youngster Tyrese Omotoye scoring as a trialist, and begin their championship campaign on Saturday when they host Lincoln City.

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