Tributes paid to loyal Norwich City supporter

Clifford Dann receiving his fan of the year award in 2012 in the middle with NCFC Chairman Alan Bowk

Clifford Dann receiving his fan of the year award in 2012 in the middle with NCFC Chairman Alan Bowkett on left and Darren Eadie right. NCFC credit is fine. Photo credit: NCFC

Tributes have been paid to a Norwich fan who loyally backed his team for 10 decades and was recognised by the club for his tremendous support.

Clifford Dann, who lived near Somerleyton, by Lowestoft, died aged 98 on April 7.

Known as Cliffie by his friends, Mr Dann had supported Norwich City since 1924 when he went to the Nest ground and was a season ticket holder in the 59ers lounge at Carrow Road.

Last year he was named as the Aviva Adult Norwich City Fan of the Year.

When he was announced as a winner, Mr Dann described it as a 'fantastic and unexpected honour'.

He also said: 'I've had a great time over the years following the Canaries, making many friends and memories along the way.'

To mark Mr Dann's 89 years of staunch support, Norwich City featured a tribute to him in Saturday's match day programme for the crunch game against Reading.

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Joe Ferrari, spokesman for Norwich City, said: 'We were touched when Mr Dann was voted as Aviva Fan of the Year.

'His support for the club over the decades has been tremendous.

'Obviously our thoughts go to his family and friends.'

Mr Dann's childhood years were spent in Great Witchingham, near Reepham.

He worked on the Somerleyton Estate, the Albatross boatyard at Fritton, near Great Yarmouth, and the Pye TV factory at Lowestoft, where he retired.

He married Hilda Goldsmith in June 1936 after Mr Dann met his future wife as he worked on the Somerleyton estate as a gardener.

The couple had three children: Vera, Des and Bob.

They had seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mr Dann also enjoyed gardening and had only recently given up driving.

His son, Des, said Mr Dann had been to Carrow Road earlier in the year and had been really proud to be named adult fan of the year.

Mr Dann's son, who is an Ipswich supporter as he grew up in Suffolk, said: 'He never had a bad word to say about anyone, except the referee if Norwich lost.

'He was always willing to help anyone and loved chatting to people.

'My father was really proud to be named supporter of the year and we were all very proud of him as well.'

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