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The Chirp, May 12, 2009 in Main Discussion - Norwich City
What you''ve got to realise is that Reading fans are of a different mindset to Norwich fans who turn up come what may.
The club''s following has always been relatively fickle and it was only in the 90s that attendances started to increase from around 7,000 to our average this season which was touching 20,000.
The support at Reading is softer in that it is closer to London. Stand on Reading railway station on a saturday morning and witness the hundreds of Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham, and particularly Chelsea, fans on the way to their respective games after a 20 minute train ride from Reading to Paddington.
Combine that with tickets for last night''s play off game being £26, it being on the telly, and a general and depressing belief by most Reading fans that we wouldn''t win in the play offs (last night was the fourth play offs the club has qualified for and lost in, two in the final), the atrocious home form, no win in the last nine home games, and it is enough to turn off several thousand supporters who would normally go.
If the fans can''t be arsed to turn up to a play off semi final then they can''t be real fans anyway! If Norwich were about to play in a play off semi & I didn''t have a ticket I''d be almost suicidal!!
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