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Derby County chief John Vicars apologises for Twitter comments made about Ipswich Town

17:11 12 January 2015

Ipswich Town fans, pictured during Saturday

Ipswich Town fans, pictured during Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Derby County

Derby County chief operating officer John Vicars has apologised for the comments he made about Ipswich Town, on Twitter, in the wake of the Rams’ 1-0 win at Portman Road on Saturday.

Chris Martin scored the only goal of an edgy game, the Beccles-born, former Norwich City striker pouncing in the 57th minute after Tommy Smith failed to deal with a wind-assisted punt over the top.

Vicars – whose Twitter handle is @johnrvicars – wrote afterwards: “Proved today this team can play another way and actually quite amusing that we beat them at their own game #routeone.”

He added: “From me and Sam (Rush, chief executive) thanks very much to the travelling 873 for making the trip and making some noise in the library, memorable and important win.”

In a statement released this afternoon, Vicars said: “Regarding comments I made on Twitter after Saturday’s game at Portman Road these were meant to be lighthearted and aimed primarily at Derby County supporters.

“It was not my intention to cause offence to Ipswich supporters and I apologise to any home supporter who thought they might have been disrespectful to their club. Saturday was a magnificent advert for the Championship and both clubs more than played their part.”

Blues boss Mick McCarthy said: “You know my thoughts on Twitter. I actually don’t know the chap. All I’ll say is I don’t mind hearing criticism from people who know about football.”

Town winger Stephen Hunt said: “What’s his name? Exactly. If Steve McClaren says it you might listen, but that doesn’t bother me. Forget about it.”

27 comments

  • .....and how old are you ? Grow up boy.

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    cloggy XI

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Who's a clever boy Norwich Abs..what does abs stand for...A blue supporter.?..just imagine bringing up a son supporting Norwich...right son when you grow up you can wear a bright yellow shirt with a canary on it and your favorite person is called Delia. ..In ipswich we wear blue a man's colour. . Got a chief called Marcus. .and when you pop down here norwich abs I will be happy to show you a suffolk PUNCH.

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    deeber

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • WhymarkMariner,i always enjoy your comments as you seem to be a well balanced supporter and i am pretty similar in my feelings about football to you,but this latest post.....plenty of passion bubbling under the surface there ! I like it. COYB

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    miketyreson

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • All through the second half, ITFC comments on Twitter were about the poor atmosphere, and that Derby ironically scored via "route one". It's really good that management get involved with the fans and join in with the banter - they're normally criticised for being too far removed from the fans!!

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    Dave Love

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • & this is news how?Town look tired.

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    JC

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Vilified for speaking the truth

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    Brobat blue

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • redtitfc should take heed from a man who knows his football, not just qualified to teach 10 yr olds to sprint 10 yds to a cone and back.

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    Brobat blue

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Giving this chap any air time is just fuelling the idea that you have to respond. Well don't. Move on and forget about it. As for the few Budgies that make crass remarks they are in the minority of Norfolk folk. I was born in the Norfolk and Norwich, but have live in Suffolk for a majority of my life although I did work in Norwich for about four years and although the guys would wind me up if Town lost, they were decent chaps. Whether I want to see the Budgies promoted, I'm not sure. When I was younger I hated them with a passion , but being older I have slightly mellowed when it comes to our country cousins, although it still bugs me when the local news comes on TV and they seem to chirp when the Budgies win and smirk when we lose. I thought it was supposed to be impartial. Fat chance of that. What we as Town fans want is to see us promoted and hopefully stuff them Budgies at Carrot Road. As for Derby County, they are a decent side, but really I couldn't care less if they were promoted or not. The best team will hopefully finish top, the second best second and stating the bleedin obvious the play off winner at Wembley the third promoted team.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Giving this chap any air time is just fuelling the idea that you have to respond. Well don't. Move on and forget about it. As for the few Budgies that make crass remarks they are in the minority of Norfolk folk. I was born in the Norfolk and Norwich, but have live in Suffolk for a majority of my life although I did work in Norwich for about four years and although the guys would wind me up if Town lost, they were decent chaps. Whether I want to see the Budgies promoted, I'm not sure. When I was younger I hated them with a passion , but being older I have slightly mellowed when it comes to our country cousins, although it still bugs me when the local news comes on TV and they seem to chirp when the Budgies win and smirk when we lose. I thought it was supposed to be impartial. Fat chance of that. What we as Town fans want is to see us promoted and hopefully stuff them Budgies at Carrot Road. As for Derby County, they are a decent side, but really I couldn't care less if they were promoted or not. The best team will hopefully finish top, the second best second and stating the bleedin obvious the play off winner at Wembley the third promoted team.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • What a complete and total idiot this person is! He should be apologising to his fans and Derby County for embarrassing them with his cheap, juvenile and unnecessary jibes! Let the season decide which is the better team

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Daryl Murphy could, and probably should, have scored a hat-trick - exactly the sort of chances he's been putting away all season. Tommy Smith has been solid all season. These things happen, precisely as they did against Norwich. Let's move on. As always MM talks sense.

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    Manchester Blue

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Laughable and pointless is probably how i'd describe the owners, board, players and management at Naarwich!

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    MrDiddle

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Yeah, typical COO, knows nothing about football and tries to get down with the fans with stupid comments. Bit like Delia and her dawky husband.

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    bristan

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Ipswich were the better team ,, just a panicky defender let them down ,,,,, when in doubt kick it out

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    Roadrunner

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Spot on, Deeber, an article describing a one-third empty ground as "sizeable" for a clash between two of the top three-placed teams in the division is laughable and pointless.

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    NorwichAbs

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • I go to Derby a lot on business and have met loads of Numpty's, must have missed this one. What's his name, VicARSE

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    floridaboy1

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Yer hopefully we will get last laugh when we go up automatic and they fail (again) after spending all that money as well. Utter cretin. Good on watson for printing the twitter address ja ja!

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Calling Portman Rd. a library? He should be booked for that.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Pointless ...piece of journalism...has the hallmarks of Liz Nice she normally writes rubbish like this.

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    deeber

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Im afraid Mr Watson just comes across like a sulky schoolboy telling tales! The fact is Derby beat Ipswich - Get over it!!

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    Lugworm

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Im afraid Mr Watson just comes across like a sulky schoolboy telling tales! The fact is Derby beat Ipswich - Get over it!!

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    Lugworm

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • My point exactly Mr D! An embarrassing article from Mr Watson that I can't see the point of?

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    Lugworm

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • My point exactly Mr D! An embarrassing article from Mr Watson that I can't see the point of?

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    Lugworm

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Not sure many town fans really give two hoots about what the COO of Derby thinks of us. Typical trashy EADT article, and surprise surprise theres a load of Norwich supporters posting responses!

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    MrDiddle

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Derby County chief has got it spot on then!

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    john smyth

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • What is the idea of printing his handle? You hoping people will attack him? Let's be honest here - He only told the TRUTH!

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    Lugworm

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • What's wrong with that? Anyone who goes regularly knows it's like that.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, January 12, 2015

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