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Norwich and Ipswich fans prepare for ‘biggest ever’ East Anglia derby

Norwich and Ipswich fans have been gearing up for a fascinating clash between the East Anglian duo, dubbed the ‘biggest ever' East Anglia derby.

Top-of-the table Championship side Ipswich are hoping to take one step towards a Premier League return for the first time since 2002, but must beat rivals Norwich at Carrow Road in this lunchtime kick-off. That won't be an easy task though, as the Tractor boys have not won in Norfolk since 2006.

The Canaries are also chasing promotion, albeit via a playoff spot in this year's hugely competitive Championship season. Their home form in particular has been excellent, with no losses since November last year.

“Our home record is top class but what happened in the weeks before doesn't really count in a derby,” Norwich boss David Wagner told reporters before the game. “You have to be focused on yourself, calm in your head and be super competitive, fight for every inch and this is what we will do.”

To further complicate an already highly-charged match, Norfolk Police are expecting about 2,020 Ipswich fans to make the 45-mile trip to Carrow Road with industrial action scheduled on the trains this weekend.

Norwich and Ipswich fans gearing up for huge derby clash

Whether heading to the ground or watching at home, supporters are eagerly getting ready for this momentous game, with some fans going to particular extremes.

 

Meanwhile it seems like Norwich fans were keen to ensure that the opposition didn't enjoy a peaceful night's rest in their hotel on Friday night…

 

 

Ipswich defender Luke Woolfenden even added to the fire by appearing to make a ‘smelly' gesture when he got off the team bus in Norwich before the match.

The atmosphere inside the ground was fierce from the start, with the blue shirts of the Ipswich Town fans packed in one corner.

 


Chloe Digby

An experienced freelance football writer, editor and podcaster, Chloe has worked for Forbes, the Guardian, the BBC, Mundial Magazine, FourFourTwo Magazine the iPaper, OneFootball, Tortoise Media and many more. Chloe has been a regular at Stockport County since 1995 and also follows Fiorentina. She is an expert on fan culture, having traveled all over England and Italy watching football.

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