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It's a car of two halves boy !

PUBLISHED: 05:38 27 February 2003 | UPDATED: 16:20 24 February 2010

THINKING about what the score might be in Sunday's East Anglian derby is enough to drive football fans mad.

But soccer nut David Crisp is on the right road for a good result.

THINKING about what the score might be in Sunday's East Anglian derby is enough to drive football fans mad.

But soccer nut David Crisp is on the right road for a good result. He is a keen supporter of both clubs – and has got the car to prove it.

The 67-year-old's customised Austin Metro is a car of two halves – one is a blue and white shrine to Ipswich Town and the other a green and yellow celebration of Norwich City.

He has spent years decorating his M-reg motor to honour his favourite football teams and will not be too disappointed whatever the outcome at Carrow Road.

"I hope it's a draw," said Mr Crisp, of Grinstead Gardens, Needham Market. "I would like to see both teams in the Premiership, but I don't think it's going to happen.

"I follow the Town but I've always had a soft spot for Norwich. I used to live in Somerleyton and my father took me to a game at Carrow Road when I was a boy."

Mr Crisp, a retired jelly packer at a food factory, bought the Metro seven years ago for £10,000 and set about personalising it.

He added gadgets and gimmicks, not all specific to football, but was told by traffic police officers that some made the car unsafe.

The pensioner then hit on the idea of turning his pride and joy into a soccer shrine – although many of Mr Crisp's original touches remain.

Inside the car is a mass of toys, fairy lights, models and gadgets, while on the outside player's names, slogans, pictures and badges are emblazoned across the bodywork.

For practical reasons, the RAC's number is also painted on the bonnet, although Mr Crisp doesn't ever want to see the Metro towed away.

"I am going to keep it forever," he said.

"Most people like it and are pleased to see it. I go for breakfast every morning at the café at Beacon Hill and I get lots of comments about the car."

The football fan does not make it to Portman Road or Carrow Road to watch matches, but he manages to stay in touch with all the action through his favourite BBC Radio Suffolk.

He uses special car paint to keep his remarkable motor up-to-date but the game's changing names and faces can make it difficult.

"I still haven't scrubbed off Jamie Clapham's name, although he has left Ipswich now," said Mr Crisp, who has lived in Needham Market for 57 years.

"I'm still keeping faith that both might get promoted, but I think it's a foregone conclusion. They have blown it now.

"I just hope the supporters don't get at each other too much on Sunday. I know Ipswich and Norwich fans are enemies but I think they should be like me, and support both sides."


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