Ipswich Town’s new recruits to meet young fans at ‘signing session’ ahead of derby day
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Seven summer signings to the Ipswich Town squad will be meeting young supporters tomorrow ahead of Sunday’s big local derby.
The Blues’ new recruits are scheduled to take part in a “signing session” at the Blue Planet Club Shop in Portman Road.
Players set to attend include loanees Trevoh Chalobah, Tayo Edun and Jordan Graham, along with signings Kayden Jackson, Toto Nsiala, Jon Nolan and Janoi Donacien.
A club spokesman said it would be a “nice chance for our young supporters to meet the new faces”.
Sunday’s game against Norwich City, the first under new boss Paul Hurst, will see the players hoping to end a 10-game winless streak in the derby. With big crowds expected – particularly as the game will not be televised for the first time since 2011 – Suffolk police are reminding supporters to arrive at the ground early to enjoy the fixture safely.
Turnstiles will be open from 10.30am with kick-off at noon.
Vehicular access to Portman Road will be restricted before, during and for a short time after the match, and availability of spaces at the Portman Road Car Park is expected to be “greatly reduced”. Further road closures will affect Princes Street at the junctions of Civic Drive, Chancery Road, Chalon Street, Commercial Road, West End Rd ,Ranelagh Road and Burrell Road. Buses will take diversions to avoid these routes.
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Police commander for the match Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Mattin said: “As usual for this derby game there will be a high profile police presence to ensure all supporters arrive and leave the ground safely.
“We will also be applying section 35 dispersal powers if necessary. This will allow us to deal with individuals engaging in anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder, not only when they have occurred or are occurring but when they are likely to occur. Failure to comply with the direction to leave an area is a criminal offence as is failure to surrender any items when requested to do so by police.
“We encourage all supporters to come and enjoy the atmosphere of the local derby and act sensibly during this sporting event as we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder.
“I would ask that anyone planning to be in the town centre area of Ipswich on Sunday takes note of the road closures and congestion expected.
“The public are encouraged to approach police if they have any questions on the day. Officers will be on hand to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal daily business.”
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore added: “I really hope everyone enjoys the day and the match is played in good spirit.
“The vast majority of supporters from both Suffolk and Norfolk are looking forward to this local derby with great anticipation and don’t want any trouble whatsoever.
“That said please remember the police are there to keep everyone safe and sound and will, quite rightly, deal with any bad behaviour straight away.”