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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 Englandmarker after the Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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 ) was on 2 September 1939. Played at Portman Roadmarker, Ipswichmarker, the match finished 1–1, although the league was abandoned due to the Second World War.

first league game after the war took place on 7 September 1946. In another Third Division (South) match at Portman Road, Ipswich won 5–0 with a hat-trick from Albert Day and two from Tommy Parker. One of the most important meetings between the two clubs came in 1985, when they met in the semi-final of the League Cup with a place in the Wembley final at stake. Ipswich won the first leg 1–0 at Portman Roadmarker, but Norwich scored early in the return leg at Carrow Roadmarker to level the tie. With extra-time looming, Steve Bruce scored a late winner with a powerful header to send Norwich to Wembley. They went on to win the final 1–0 against Sunderland.

Comparison of league positions
honours for Ipswich include winning the top tier of the English league, three times champions of the second tier, the FA Cup, and the UEFA Cup, whereas honours for Norwich include winning the League Cup twice as well as the second tier of the English league on three occasions.

Honour Ipswich Year(s) Norwich Year(s)
Football League Champions 1961–62
Football League Runners-up 1980–81, 1981–82
FA Cup Winners 1977–78
FA Cup semi finalists 1975 and 1981 1959, 1989 and 1992
UEFA Cup Winners 1980–81
First Division Play-Offs Winners 1999–00
Old Second Division Champions 1960–61, 1967–68, 1991–92 1971–72, 1985–86, 2003–04
Old Third Division South Champions 1953–54, 1956–57 1933–34
League Cup Winners 1962, 1985
League Cup Runners Up 1973, 1975
League Cup semi finalists 1982, 1985 and 2001
FA Charity Shield finalists 1962 and 1978
Texaco Cup Winners 1973
FA Youth Cup Winners 1972–73, 1974–75, 2004–05


Statistics

In a total of 138 matches, Ipswich have a slight edge, winning 59, while Norwich have won 52, the remaining 27 being drawn. Ipswich have scored 203 goals whilst Norwich have scored 178. The highest attendance in the derby at Portman Roadmarker is 35,077 in a First Division match in September 1975 while Carrow Roadmarker 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.

Record by competition

Table displays the record in East Anglian derbies.

at Ipswich at Norwich
Competition Played Ipswich win Draw Norwich win Ipswich goals Norwich goals Played Ipswich win Draw Norwich win Ipswich goals Norwich goals
Norfolk and Suffolk League 3 1 0 2 3 8 3 0 1 2 1 4
League 42 23 7 12 80 40 41 15 9 17 48 51
Division 3 South (North) Cup 1 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 1 2
League Cup 5 1 1 3 5 8 3 1 1 1 4 4
Texaco Cup 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 1
Full Members Cup 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Friendly/Testimonial/Charity 16 11 3 2 29 23 17 4 4 9 25 33
Total (excluding friendlies) 54 28 8 18 96 60 52 17 12 23 56 65
Total (including friendlies) 70 39 11 20 125 82 69 21 16 32 81 98


References

  1. Anglian derby England's second greatest rivalry Evening Star, 1 March 2008


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