Ipswich Town v Norwich City: Mick McCarthy reminds fans of their ‘big role’ at Portman Road
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Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.
That’s the message today from Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy as the town gears up for the huge all-ticket Championship clash against rivals Norwich City at Portman Road on Sunday (12 noon kick-off, live on Sky Sports).
Although the match has not sold out, club officials are expecting the attendance to break last season’s gate of 23,350 for the 1-1 draw. The Canaries have already sold out their allocation of tickets.
There appears to be a higher-than-usual buzz surrounding this season’s home renewal, as Town look for their first win in the fixture since 2009.
Earlier this week, City striker Nelson Oliveira caused a Twitter storm by claiming Norwich is the “better club” with the “better players”.
Town captain Luke Chambers hit back emphatically, saying: “They’re obviously not very well educated... I think there’s three stars above the Ipswich crest on our shirt.”
And in his matchday programme notes, McCarthy will ask the bumper crowd to get behind the Blues.
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It says: “It’s a massive game and a great occasion to be involved in.
“Supporters have got a big part to play. We need that vocal support to get right behind us. It really gives the players a lift. It gives us all a lift. It can be the difference.”
Steve Doe, caretaker chair of Ipswich Town Supporters’ Club, echoed the call for fans to be loud and supportive, but in the “right spirit”. Predicting a goalless draw, he said: “I always look forward to it, but there is more riding on it. We have not had a lot to shout about since the playoffs (in 2015). Like then, Norwich are hitting form. It will be a tough game. We will have to be at our best. But I think Chambers hit the nail on the head. We are the bigger club. We have got history on our side.”
Police commander for the match Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: “We will not tolerate mindless anti-social behaviour, violence or racist chanting.”
Turnstiles and stadium bars open at 10.30am on Sunday. All bags will be searched, some police will be on horseback, and a police helicopter will be in operation.
Tickets will be on sale at www.itfcdirect.com until kick-off and at Planet Blue until 10.30am on matchday only to fans who have a Portman Road purchase history.