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Ipswich: Police recommend Ipswich Town v Norwich City clash at Portman Road should be played on Saturday lunchtime

18:12 04 July 2014

Ipswich Town v Norwich City

Ipswich Town v Norwich City

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Suffolk police are recommending Ipswich Town’s derby clash with Norwich City in August should be played on a Saturday lunchtime, it can be revealed.

The force held a meeting today with partner agencies, including representatives from the Blues, to discuss the fixture after it was earlier proposed the fixture be played on Sunday, August 24.

Assistant chief constable for Suffolk police, David Skevington, said the meeting looked at all the issues surrounding the clash, including rail works planned for the 24th, which would have made travel difficult for Canaries fans.

Mr Skevington said the force would now recommend the game be played on Saturday, August 23, with a kick-off time of 12.15pm.

The proposed fixture shift had caused some controversy, particularly among fans of both clubs.

Mr Skevington said: “We have listened to the views of fans as well. That is important to us.”

The recommendation will now be sent to the league before a final decision is made.

15 comments

  • Confirmed for 12.15 on Saturday AND it will be on SKY

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    Ian Williams

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Amsterdam 81 I want it to be played on the Saturday but I have to tell you and the others the bobbies do not get overtime for the Sunday. They will have their rest days cancelled and re rostered. Having it played on a Sunday just means there are more available as its quieter elsewhere

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    threenewknees

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Why is it that, when it was public knowledge that no trains were running on the Sunday, that the Police and Football League even considered a Sunday Kick Off. Given their about turn, it seems obvious that they didn't know. How incompetent!!

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    Roger Tricker

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Having lived in Suffolk all my life and followed the town for 55 years I have never heard of matches against Norwich being referee to as "old farm" so can only assume it is something introduced by newspaper staff from Norwich. It reflects the level of reporting we unfortunately have to put up with. While it's good that the police have backed down on their quest for more Sunday overtime at someone else's expense it is time they accepted their role is to police matches not dictate if or when they can take place.

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Thank goodness the regions police forces dont have to organise events at the local breweries!

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    Liz Knott

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Woolpack 85

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • To Ipswichtownfc4ever if you were 4ever you would know we call this the old farm Derby as a laugh your a d**k if you didn't know this. Does it really matter what time we kick off always beer on hand somewhere, happy days. See you in August budgies lol

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    storey78

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • IpswichTownFC4Ever; May I be the first to give you a whoosh. The Old Farm is a play on words and has been used for years.

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    Drew Peacock

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Actually yes it is called the "Old Farm Derby" in a self-deprecating tongue-in-cheek reference to the Old Firm Derby of Glasgow Rangers vs Celtic, and given the agricultural landscape of both Suffolk and Norfolk.

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    Dobbie1973

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Whilst not desperate to stick up for the haphazard writing on this site IpswichTownFC4Ever, they are correct in saying it is nicknamed the Old Farm Derby (though only by the media as far as I can make out), which is meant as a witty play on the Old Firm Derby.

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    Mike Rotch

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • breaking news Ipswich play Norwich , there will be loads of hand bags flying . a bit of swearing cursing. we need 20.000 police menwomen .200 horses . 150 police dogs . because of ? never anything more hand bags my dear just hand bags

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    Lee mundy

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I actually didn't think it was possible for the standard of this rag's journalism to get any worse. You just proved me wrong.

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    beerlover

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • oh dear ipswichstar! Old farm? Don't you mean The old firm? Your publishing is getting worse! ah yea you are from norwich, that explains it!

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • So what is the Old Farm? Do the tractor boys now live on a farm? What is the date change? Something already agreed and now there is an objection? Can matches revert to 3pm on Saturdays rather than chopping and changing to suit everybody except travelling fans?

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Wow a meeting is taking place, thats real "Breaking news" well done evening star, would be more useful to wait until you know the outcome!

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    millhouse

    Friday, July 4, 2014

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