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Appleton looking forward to Bradley Orr return

PUBLISHED: 16:25 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:25 21 January 2013

Bradley Orr

Bradley Orr


BLACKBURN Rovers boss Michael Appleton revealed he is delighted to be welcoming back Ipswich Town loanee Bradley Orr to Ewood Park, after Saturday’s round of fixtures.

Orr, who has featured 12 times for the Blues during his temporary stint at Portman Road, is set to return to Lancashire after Ipswich’s game against his former club, Bristol City, at the weekend.

The full-back had looked set to remain at Ipswich for the rest of the season, after an agreement was made between the two clubs, but Rovers have now reneged on the deal.

“One-hundred per cent he’ll be back here after Saturday’s game to be a Blackburn player,” said Appleton, whose first game in charge of his new club ended in a 2-1 defeat at home to Charlton.

“He is someone I have tried to sign a couple of times, he’s got a vast experience of the championship.

“He’s very vocal, he’s a good character, a good personality and he is someone who I’d rather have in my side than up against me.

“For me it is almost like a new signing, he’s a lad that has got lots and lots of games in the championship and someone that is going to be vital for us between now and the end of the season.”

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has hit back at Nelson Oliveira’s claim that Norwich City are a ‘better club’ with ‘better players’ by calling the City striker ‘not very well educated’.

The fit-and-firing David McGoldrick is the Ipswich Town player that Norwich City fans would most like to have in the Canary ranks in Sunday’s East Anglian derby.

Former Ipswich Town star Marcus Stewart says players have to put themselves “in the shoes of the fans” on derby day.

Just 13 players have represented both Norwich City and Ipswich Town since 1980 – but can you remember which club those players represented more?

Ipswich Town legend George Burley believes the Blues have their best chance of winning an East Anglian derby in years at Portman Road this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Daniel Farke may be new to East Anglian rivalries but the Norwich City boss warns Ipswich Town face a titanic struggle to break the derby spell.

Every derby is about passion, loyalty and tribal pride. We get it. Ipswich Town v Norwich City is no different. But who do you have a sneaking regard for in the Canaries’ line up?

Police have issued descriptions of men they would like to speak to after a pair of break-ins at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road last week resulted in expensive wine being drunk, a food fight breaking out and TVs being stolen.

Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen insists he’ll be playing for the fans in Sunday lunchtime’s East Anglian derby against Norwich City at Portman Road (12pm ko).

Ahead of Sunday’s big game, Eastern Daily Press sports reporter DAVID FREEZER brings Town fans up to date with the many changes which have happened across the border at arch rivals Norwich City since last season.

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