East Anglian Derby


East Anglian Derby

The East Anglian Derby is a sobriquet used to describe football matches held between Ipswich Town and Norwich City. It is also described humorously as the Old Farm Derby, a reference to the Old Firm derby played between Celtic and Rangers. According to the "Football Rivalries Report 2008", the East Anglian Derby is the second fiercest rivalry in England after the Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers. [ [http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/content/eveningstar/sport/story.aspx?tCategory=sport&tBrand=ESTOnline&itemid=IPED29%20Feb%202008%2018%3A34%3A51%3A440&category=SportITFC Anglian derby England's second greatest rivalry] Evening Star, 1 March 2008]

History

The first Derby was held between the two clubs on 15 November 1902, when both sides were still playing at an amateur level. The Norfolk & Suffolk League fixture was played in Norwich and finished 1–0 to Norwich City. Norwich turned professional in 1905, Ipswich following in 1936. Ipswich were elected to the Football League in 1938 and the first league game between the two clubs (in the Third Division (South)) was on 2 September 1939. Played at Portman Road, Ipswich, the match finished 1–1, although the league was abandoned due to the Second World War.

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Club honours for Ipswich include winning the English championship, the FA Cup, and the UEFA Cup [Cite web | url = http://www.itfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ClubHistory/0,,10272~347323,00.html|title = Ipswich Town Club Honours| publisher = itfc.premiumtv.co.uk| accessdate = 2008-03-28] , whereas honours for Norwich include winning the League Cup twice. [Cite web | url = http://www.football-england.com/Norwich_City_Football_Club_NCFC_Canaries_FC.html| title = Norwich City History|publisher = football-england.com| accessdate = 2008-03-28]

tatistics

In a total of 137 matches, Ipswich have a slight edge, winning 59, while Norwich have won 51, the remaining 27 being drawn. Ipswich have scored 203 goals whilst Norwich have scored 176. The highest attendance in the derby at Portman Road is 35,077 in a First Division match in September 1975 while Carrow Road hosted 39,890 spectators in an FA Cup match in January 1962. John Wark is Ipswich's leading goalscorer in the derby with nine goals. [Cite web | url = http://www.tmwmtt.com/sql/head2head.phtml?opponent=Norwich+City | title = Head to Head since 1878 | publisher = Pride of Anglia | accessdate = 2008-02-09]

References

ee also

*Pride of Anglia

External links

* [http://www.ipswichtown-mad.co.uk/news/loadsngl.asp?CID=ED95 Old Farm results]


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