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Simon Milton recalls the crazy feeling scoring for Ipswich Town against Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 17:23 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 23 February 2017

Simon Milton leaves the pitch after his winner against Norwich in December 1988.

Simon Milton leaves the pitch after his winner against Norwich in December 1988.

It may have been the Full Members Cup, but Simon Milton’s strike against Norwich City, is fondly remembered as any goal that has been scored by an Ipswich Town player in an East Anglia Derby.

The Blues head to Carrow Road on Sunday hoping a new hero can write his name in the club’s folklore, Ipswich chasing their first win in Norfolk since February 2006 and their first in a derby against their bitter rivals for almost eight years.

David McGoldrick referred to the adulation Danny Haynes receives from Town fans whenever he returns to Portman Road. Haynes was not prolific during his time at Portman Road, but he did score the winner in that last victory at Carrow Road, and followed that up with a brace at Portman Road, the following November.

Score a goal, and you will be regarded as a legend. Just ask Paul Anderson, who, having never been a mainstay under Mick McCarthy, scored a goal in the play-off semi final, prompting fans to launch an online petition to give him a new contract.

Milton recalls his goal, in a 1-0 win in December 1988, and the adulation that followed: “It was back in the late 1980s, they were in the First Division and we were in the Second. I came on and scored the winner and the place went absolutely crazy,” said Milton.

“It was my first derby and, at the time, I was living in Thetford, right on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, so that welcomed me to the club really well.

“In those days the press was not as it is now, but scoring the goal made me understand just what derbies are about and how much they mean for people in the area.”

It wasn’t all positive for Milton though, who has had his ups and downs in the derby clashes.

“I have played in derbies where it hasn’t always been positive and I gave a penalty away at Portman Road once which I am sure led to their winner,” he added.

“It’s all about taking the rough with the smooth.”

Milton will be at Wembley on Sunday as the guest of honour for Prostate Cancer UK at the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton.

He has worked tirelessly with a dedicated team at the club, over the last three years, to raise money for the charity.

Bartosz Bialkowski and Ipswich Town still have ‘a couple of things to sort’ before the Polish goalkeeper signs his new contract with the club.

Mick McCarthy shouted ‘f*** off’ in the direction of – but, he insists, not at – Ipswich Town fans after his side took the lead at Norwich on Sunday. Today the Blues boss, who has faced plenty of toxic chants over the last 12 months, was quizzed on the incident ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Cardiff.

Mick McCarthy has no new injury worries for tomorrow night’s visit of Cardiff City but admits he could make changes to his side as he prepares for the second of three games in just seven days.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is anticipating another eventful evening when he brings his side to Portman Road tomorrow night.

Ipswich Town welcome a Cardiff side sitting second in the Championship to Portman Road.

Winning games of football is the best way to heal a damaged relationship between touchline and terrace, former Blues boss George Burley insists.

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