Ticket frenzy as Norwich and Middlesbrough fans descend on Wembley clash

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Next Monday's Championship play-off final is among the most eagerly-anticipated in years with fans of both clubs seeking tickets with unprecedented demand.

After Norwich and Middlesbrough navigated their semi-final second leg ties last weekend to reach the coveted Wembley final, administration staff were left with a window of just one week to shift the generous Wembley ticket allocations.

Norwich enjoyed an average home attendance of 26,169 last season - the second highest in the Sky Bet Championship, behind Derby County - while Middlesbrough welcomed an average of 19,562 to the Riverside. Both clubs also take a sizeable away following with them on the road, and hence the 38,000 tickets allocated to each club are expected to sell out fast.

Initial sales on Teesside on Monday saw 17,000 tickets sold in the first four hours to the club's season ticket holders and members. Chaos ensued as online sales were suspended due to the sheer weight of traffic, with some fans using multiple devices to log on to the ticket network, and effectively holding themselves up in the queue. The remaining 20,000 tickets go on general sale on Tuesday.

Over in East Anglia it has been a similar tale. Fans were able to buy tickets on Saturday evening, just hours after their famous 4-2 aggregate win over local rivals Ipswich. Tickets were on sale from the club's ticket office at Carrow Road and it was reported that 15,000 were shifted in the first two hours.

With the 76,000 tickets jointly allocated to the two competing clubs, this falls short of Wembley's 90,000 capacity. It remains to be seen whether additional tickets will be allocated to both Norwich and Middlesbrough, in the event of either of them selling out, but certainly Norwich chief executive David McNally has confirmed that the club will push for extra tickets if they become available.

Early demand suggests this will be another sell-out Wembley occasion and with both clubs confirmed on Monday as wearing their home colours for the big occasion, a sea of colour is expected for the showpiece occasion.

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