Sheep at Easton and Otley College get into the spirit ahead of hotly-anticipated Old Farm Derby

The sheep and ram at Easton and Otley College painted in the ITFC and NCFC colours ahead of the Old

The sheep and ram at Easton and Otley College painted in the ITFC and NCFC colours ahead of the Old Farm Derby. - Credit: Archant

It’s not known as the Old Farm Derby for nothing!

As football fans in Suffolk and Norfolk get ready to watch Ipswich and Norwich battle it out at Carrow Road on Sunday it seems the excitement has even spread to the local livestock.

The fixture’s nickname is a humorous play on the Glaswegian Old Firm Derby, famously played between rivals Rangers and Celtic, and draws its roots from our region’s agricultural background.

And to mark the hotly-anticipated clash, with both sides in the upper echelons of the SkyBet Championship, Easton and Otley College has painted two of its sheep with the clubs’ colours.

It also coincides with the college’s Norfolk-based lambing weekend which takes place annually and is running this weekend.


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With a foot in both camps spokesman John Nice said there would only be one result which could please everyone.

“This is the biggest game between these two sides for many a year,” he said. “As an Ipswich fan, I hope they win.

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“However, we have fans of both teams at our campuses in Suffolk and Norfolk therefore a draw would suit everyone.”

Farm manager Mark Robertson said: “The students and staff from both campuses love it!

Many selfies have been taken with them and we used certified sheep spray marker which we use all year round on the sheep.”

Suitably the Ipswich-supporting sheep is a Suffolk breed while the yellow and green spray was applied to a Norfolk Horn ram.

The lambing weekend is taking place on the college’s Easton campus and includes a variety attractions on both days. Entry is £2.50.

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