Ambulance pranks, electric scooters, and two-footed tackles - Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose in their Ipswich Town days

Darren Ambrose (left) and Darren Bent in their old Kesgrave home

Darren Ambrose (left) and Darren Bent in their old Kesgrave home - Credit: Colin Shaw

Ipswich Town midfielder Darren Ambrose recalled several great memories and pranks from his time alongside best friend Darren Bent at Portman Road.

The two Darrens playing the playstation while living together during their Ipswich Town days

The two Darrens playing the playstation while living together during their Ipswich Town days - Credit: Colin Shaw

The likeable pair, who came through Town’s youth system at the same time – going on to form a great partnership in the first-team – will be on opposite sides tomorrow as Ipswich Town host Derby County in a top-of-the-table Championship clash (kick-off 12.15pm).

Both now 30 years of age, Ambrose is looking forward to playing against his free-scoring friend for the first time, and recalled some of the japes the pair used to get up to.

Asked whether he remembers any stand-out pranks the pair played while growing up in Town colours, Ambrose laughed: “We took the ambulance in the dome (a big indoor training facility) once.

“Me, Benty, and a few others set up a little go-kart course.

“We were roaring it (the ambulance) round the dome and then got called in on the Monday saying that a few thousand pounds worth of damage had been caused and did anyone know what had happened?

“We had to suck it up and admit what we’d done.

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“I think we had to come in at eight in the morning the next day, and I wasn’t good in the early mornings so that hurt me.”

The pair, who used to live in Kesgrave together, often used to walk to training – or arrive by any means possible, as Ambrose explained.

“A lot of the time we’d walk,” he admitted.

“We would (often) spend all our money (that was meant) for the bus fare so we’d walk.

“We actually bought a couple of electric scooters that we used to ride in, but we had to hide them round the back because we weren’t allowed to use them.”

The pair have never played against one another in a competitive match, but if that opportunity arises tomorrow, Ambrose is keen to gain some revenge.

“We played (against) each other once in a Dale Roberts testimonial,” said Ambrose.

“I think he smashed me at the time so he’s due one back to be honest.

“I got to the ball first and he two-footed me, and then ran off laughing, but it was all good fun.”