Writer: StevieG Col U
Date:Thursday December 17 2009
Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling is standing firm on his decision to stop Norwich City from getting a larger allocation for next month's League One clash.
The Canairies have twice pressed the U's for an expansion on the regular 1,900 tickets handed to away supports, but Cowling has been quick to block the requests. Relationships between the divisional rivals have been strained for a number of months - with the U's unhappy with City's appalling treatment over the appointment of Paul Lambert.
U's supremo Cowling has reveled that he is willing to risk the chance of a sellout - although U's fans increased eagerness to witness the match looks likely to result in a sellout regaurdless - in favour of stopping any added Canary fans attending.
'If I extend the ticket allocation to the away supporters, I am pretty well guaranteed a sell-out. However, on this rare occasion I am not prepared to do so.
'I think this is a game that everyone who follows Colchester United should attend and I am therefore prepared to risk the extra £30k in revenue on my belief that this is what will happen for this important game,' Cowling said.
The U's chairman also explained that his desire to win a football match has never been so strong.
He added: 'I am sorry if this decision goes down badly with the Norwich fans, who I personally have no gripe with. However, the Norwich board have acted appallingly towards our club recently and I'm not sure I have ever wanted to win a game of football so badly.'
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