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Ipswich: Warning letters sent to pubs ahead of tomorrow’s derby game with Norwich City

15:02 22 August 2014

nPower Championship; Ipswich Town v Norwich City - Portman Road, Ipswich - 21/4/2011; Gareth McAuley of Ipswich Town (L) challenges Zak Whitbread of Norwich City for the ball

nPower Championship; Ipswich Town v Norwich City - Portman Road, Ipswich - 21/4/2011; Gareth McAuley of Ipswich Town (L) challenges Zak Whitbread of Norwich City for the ball

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Pubs in Ipswich have been warned that they could be shut down if they allow any derby match trouble.


Police have sent a letter to pub owners advising them to close their premises for two hours after the match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City tomorrow.

A spokesman from Suffolk Police said: “The letter was sent to all licensed premises highlighting their licensing condition and warning that if there is public disorder then their licenses could be revoked.”

Ipswich fans will be looking for a revengeful comeback after their 5-1 defeat in April 2011.

The match kicks off at 12.15pm at Portman Road, Ipswich.



  • How many people who embarrass themselves by supporting the nefarious goings-on at Offshore Investment FC go for a few drinks before or after the mind-numbingly tedious games? A few hundred? A thousand or so? Seems odd that this ignorant minority who stain the memory of the football club that once played at Portman Road are allowed to sp inconvenience the hundreds of thousands who would like their saturday lunchtime and afternoon back..... and local businesses.

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    L E Cheval

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • If the police are so concerned why not have the match played behind closed doors, shut radio Suffolk up talking about the match stirring things up all week ,and how they think it will bring thousands of extra turn over to businesses when those that would have benifected will be closed,

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    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Who do the police think they are. They don't have the power to revoke a licence; merely recommend it be revoked to a panel of borough councillors. What licensee is going to want trouble in their establishment; it's bad for business and with a full house likely at Portman Road, it's a cash cow no licensee can afford to miss out on. It's time for Suffolk police to be held to account for bending the truth about what they can legally do.

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    Mister Cynical

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • In one article the Star are saying businesses are hoping for a boost on Saturday, and in another they are saying businesses are being forced to close at that exact time they were hoping for bumper trade.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • There is is about 1 arrest for every 14,000 people who attended football matches in this country in the 2012-13 season. Yes there might be a little more excitement around for a local derby but let's keep things in perspective.

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    spike martin

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • if these derby games cause trouble , dont play them in ipswich or norwich.

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    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • 'Three pints for the price of two, and all fighting welcome'. As if...

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    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • What about people who have not the faintest interest in football, are they not allowed a drink. Where is George Orwell when you need him.

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    R2 D2

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • is this a joke

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    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • after the game ? what about before . does before not count

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    Lee mundy

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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