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Delia never doubted that true fans would stay loyal to Canary cause

PUBLISHED: 10:46 03 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:18 06 July 2010

Delia Smith says she knew Norwich City fans would not turn their backs on the club after relegation from the Championship last season. And City's joint majority shareholder says the reward for their loyalty should be success on the pitch.

Delia Smith says she knew Norwich City fans would not turn their backs on the club after relegation from the Championship last season.

And City's joint majority shareholder says the reward for their loyalty should be success on the pitch.

"If there is any group of supporters in the world that deserve success it's this group of supporters here," she said after Saturday's final pre-season game against Premier League Wigan. "They are fantastic, they really are. I know there was a lot of disappointment, but I just knew they'd be back cheering, and they are. They deserve success and I just hope they get it."

The celebrity cook admitted times had been tough - but that a smile had returned to her face, saying: "I have always tried to have a smile even when we have been doing badly, but I really thought that even if we'd had a draw against Wigan I'd have been walking on air. I can't believe we had a win because they're a good team."

Almost 9,000 fans - including a handful backing Wigan - watched City win 3-2, a week after a crowd of 13,381 had seen City draw against a youthful Manchester United XI.

They were rewarded with another good display from Bryan Gunn's team, suggesting that the feelgood factor may be back at Carrow Road after the harrowing events of last season.

Gunn added: "It's another healthy crowd today for a pre-season friendly, so fans that have seen us play already this season will hopefully be enthused and ready to back us 100pc.

"I'm sure if we can get a performance like that against Colchester next week the season ticket holders and the casual fans will hopefully bring the crowd up to near the 25,000 mark and we will continue to generate the crowds and they will enjoy what they see and I think the fans that came here today certainly enjoyed the performance."


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