NCISA statement urges fans to apply for rebate
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 July 2010
The Canaries' biggest fans' group has urged season ticket-holders to apply for their rebate after relegation to League One. The club will have to repay more than £500,000 to those with season tickets for 2009/10 if they all apply for their discount.
The Canaries' biggest fans' group has urged season ticket-holders to apply for their rebate after relegation to League One.
The club will have to repay more than £500,000 to those with season tickets for 2009/10 if they all apply for their discount.
Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association issued a fresh statement in the wake of last week's well attended public meeting. It read: “In relation to the vote on the club's rebate scheme, NCISA are recommending all fans to apply for the rebate. They acknowledged suggestions from the public meeting that some supporters may want to receive the rebate and then individually earmark it for the benefit of the club in other ways, such as making donations to the supporters' trust or the youth academy. However, NCISA's committee felt this should be a matter for individuals.”
The rebate will not be automatically given to supporters, as some had hoped, but will need to be applied for. Letters will be going out to supporters by the end of the month detailing what they need to do to claim either 20 per cent for those who bought before the first deadline of February 28, or 10 per cent after the deadline. The first figure is different to that originally advertised by the club.
The rebate has been an area of discussion for City fans, some suggesting the relegation 'bonus' should be waived so it can be reinvested into the club's playing squad.
Despite their stance on the rebate, NCISA are still urging fans to get behind manager Bryan Gunn at the start of next season, although those at the meeting voted against the 'hurried decision' to reappoint him.
NCISA added: “The committee believed the directors were aware their decision would cause discontent, but decided to gamble that fans would still get behind Gunn at the start of the season. Recording the fact they were unhappy with the directors' actions, NCISA said they will nevertheless be encouraging all fans to unite behind the manager and players at the start of the new season.
“However, they are warning the club that following a number of years of failure, the patience of supporters has worn thin. Fans will want and expect success from day one.”
NCISA also believe the emphatic vote of no confidence in the board sends a clear message from the club's grassroots support.
“At a time when the club's standing has reached its lowest point for almost fifty years, the feelings of supporters are still being sidelined. Directors have regularly stated how important fans are, but have very rarely matched this with actions.”