Big line-up for Older Farm Derby
THE Blues still have a chance to trounce the Canaries this season despite Norwich City’s drop down to League One football.
Stars of yesteryear will be battling for East Anglian bragging rights when Ipswich play Norwich in a Legends derby at Wellesley Road, Great Yarmouth on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
Proceeds of the day – with a family football ‘Funday’ theme seeing a number of events take place at the ground – will go towards the funds of Yarmouth Town members of the Ridgeons League.
Kevin Beattie will be managing the Town side with Ken Brown in charge of the City team with admission �10 for adults and �5 for concessions.
Former Norwich City player Dale Gordon, who was an Ipswich Town fan as a youngster, is organising the game and he now runs the Legends Lounge bar at Yarmouth’s ground.
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He said: “It is 25 years since Norwich beat Ipswich in the semi-final to go on and win the Milk Cup at Wembley.
“We wanted to put on a game, and we wanted to put on a game involving high calibre players from both clubs.
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“With the help of Simon Milton at Ipswich we have done this.
“A number of friendships will be renewed, but once the whistle blows at 3pm it will be all about winning – as it always is in Ipswich versus Norwich matches.
“The plan is for this to be the first leg – with a return at Whitton United’s ground in August.”
Milton will be one of the Town players on show and he has arranged for Fabian Wilnis to return from Holland to play while the likes of Matt Holland, John Wark and Russell Osman will be coming out of retirement.
“It will be a fun day, but we will be going all out to win the trophy that is on offer,” said Milton.”
A 16-team youth tournament starts at 10am to get the ball rolling and with the Yarmouth ground near the sea front it should make for a great day out for Town fans.
Norwich City: Darren Huckerby, Dion Dublin, Iwan Roberts, Bryan Gunn, Ruel Fox, Robert Fleck, Dale Gordon, Darren Eadie, Rob Newman, Chris Sutton, Jeremy Goss, Mike Milligan, Gary Holt and Craig Fleming.
Ipswich Town: Matt Holland, Jason Dozzell, Chris Kiwomya, John Wark, Russell Osman, David Johnson, Simon Milton, Mick Stockwell, Alex Mathie, Ian Atkins, Kevin Horlock, Fabian Wilnis.