It’s guest blog time again and today we see the return of Samantha Palmer who tackles the thorny issue of drums at football, and whether one should be permitted inside Carrow Road.
The hot topic among City supporters at the moment, away from the non-event of the transfer window, is the idea of introducing a drum into Carrow Road – specifically to the Barclay End.
So, the question is, will the team, fans and stadium benefit from this?
Many fans have been on social media have been raving about ‘the man with the drum’ and if you don’t know the story, one fan has been taking a drum to the away grounds that allow it, and the Y’Army has gone crazy over it.
It has boosted the atmosphere and chants and kept everyone excited throughout every minute of the game, and has brought fans together just like, in an ideal world, the game itself would. Having someone to drum to the rhythm of everyone’s favourite chants has made a massive improvement to most fans’ enjoyment of the game.
It’s been shown that it can increase the volume of supporters, especially so during City’s win at Vicarage Road. It kept the fans singing loudly and consistently throughout the match, keeping them behind the players for the whole 100+ minutes. The atmosphere was in part helped by a poor performance from Watford and Josh Sargent’s outstanding brace, but the drum played its part too.
So it’s clear it can help, but now it’s a case of getting one inside Carrow Road!
Many supporter groups are calling for one in the Lower Barclay, which clearly is the part of the grounds that has the best overall atmosphere (inhabitants of the Snake Pit may disagree – Ed).
Block E already sings with little or no encouragement, so having a drum in Block B or C could boost support in the right side of the Barclay and through into the Snake Pit. The general consensus is this will improve the fan experience, especially for those who are experiencing their first game, or can’t attend home games very often.
A boost to the volume aided by the drum could be just the thing needed to spur the players on to even greater heights over the upcoming eight ‘cup finals’. If the players are constantly feeling motivated and supported by the fans each game this can only be a good thing going forward as we enter the most vital stage of the season. A booming atmosphere could be just the thing the Canaries need for a positive result in the race for Premier League survival.
It’s evident that the players are behind this idea. Todd Cantwell said via Instagram – prior to his loan move to Bournemouth – that he would put a good word in, and it’s fair to assume other players are also supportive of the idea.
Having a hyped-up atmosphere will always motivate players to push for better results – Tim Krul is always motioning to fans to pick up the noise and get behind the team – and a loud home crowd can always serve to intimidate away players too, as well as drowning out the noise of away supporters and decreasing the motivation of the visitors.
I believe it is not too late to turn Carrow Road into a fortress this season, especially if we can have a roaring atmosphere from the second ‘On the Ball City’ ends and through to the final whistle.
A drum would be a fantastic addition to both home and away games alike and could improve both results and the general fan experience, especially for those new to Carrow Road.