Plans for a friendly between Ipswich Town and Norwich City are scrapped

Connor Wickham of Ipswich Town (R) fires in a cross past Russell Martin of Norwich City back in a de

Connor Wickham of Ipswich Town (R) fires in a cross past Russell Martin of Norwich City back in a derby game in 2011 - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Plans for a pre-season friendly between Ipswich Town and Norwich City have been scrapped.

The two clubs had been in dialogue since the season finished to put on the first East Anglian derby since Easter 2011.

However, the friendly that was believed to be destined for Carrow Road on July 28 – and had been pitched at raising money for the Canaries’ Community Sports Foundation – will not happen.

Neither club nor Norfolk Police were prepared to comment on the matter yesterday.

While it is understood the game had the backing of all parties, some of the renovation work to the Jarrold Stand may have made the fixture unworkable.


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Seating in the site of the former South Stand is currently covered in scaffolding as City extend the three separate television camera gantries into one long platform suspended from its roof.

City’s chief executive David McNally had used his Twitter account to ask fans what they thought of the possibility of a friendly match against their closest rivals.

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And the reaction from both sides of the Waveney Valley was mixed, with many Canaries fans suggesting Town had not “earned the right” to play them.

- What do you think? Would you have liked Town to play Norwich in July, or are you pleased the game is off?

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