Norwich MP blasts Prince Charles

A FURIOUS MP has blasted Prince Charles after he wished Ipswich Town good luck in their derby against bitter rivals Norwich City on Sunday.

A FURIOUS MP has blasted Prince Charles after he wished Ipswich Town good luck in their derby against bitter rivals Norwich City on Sunday.

Ian Gibson, a City season ticket holder, said Canaries' fans were infuriated by the Prince's comments at Portman Road on Tuesday.

The football-mad Labour MP for Norwich North said legendary 16th century anti-royalist freedom fighters, brothers Robert and William Kett, would have stormed the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk if they had been alive.

Mr Gibson, 70, said: “If Robert and William Kett had been alive today, they would have marched on Sandringham in outrage.


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“I'm sure that fellow supporters will be incensed by these comments by the Prince."

The veteran Scottish-born left-winger added: “This just proves that Ipswich Town Football Club represents elitism and the old guard.

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“If there was ever motivation to win a derby match this is it.”

Charles spends a lot of time at the Royal Family's Sandringham home in west Norfolk but also received his own Ipswich Town football shirt with “HR1” emblazoned on the back.

The Prince of Wales went on to wish the Tractor Boys the “best of luck” ahead of their televised match at Carrow Road on Sunday.

He also said he hoped he had not “ruined their chances” by interrupting training.

The 60-year-old Prince added: “I shall be watching from across the border in Norfolk.”

During the visit the Prince spoke to many youngsters who have been helped by The Prince's Trust and also met Town players, staff from the football club and local dignitaries.

Ipswich Town is the first football club to run a complete 12-week self-development 'Team' programme through the Ipswich Town Community Trust.

But the Queen Mother, Charles's beloved grandmother, is believed to have been a Norwich City fan.

She attended her first match at Carrow Road on a visit to Norwich in 1936 and even sent a telegram to Norwich City Hall in 1972 congratulating the Canaries on being promoted to the First Division.

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