Jason Dozzell has schooled his son Andre in what the East Anglian derby is all about

Jason and Andre Dozzell.

Jason and Andre Dozzell. - Credit: Archant

Ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Jason Dozzell said he has schooled his son Andre in what the East Anglian derby is all about ahead of Sunday’s visit of Norwich City (12pm).

Dozzell Snr grew up just metres from Portman Road, was a passionate Blues fan as a boy and therefore relished facing the Canaries as a player.

Now he’s back on the terraces among the supporters cheering on his 17-year-old son, with Andre set for his first taste of the fierce Suffolk-Norfolk rivalry at the weekend.

“I’ve made him aware of what it’s all about – what derby day meant to me, our family and the supporters,” said Jason.

“I’ve said it before, but I hated Norwich. I used to get so wound up before those games. I just wanted to do well for my town.

“I’m sure it means the same to Andre as well, because he’s grown up an Ipswich boy and heard all the stories, like when we won 2-0 there in December 1992 and my brother (Tony) ran on the pitch and put a Christmas bobble hat on my head!”

He added: “It’s not like the old days, the rivalry was a bit more intense then, but I think the players know what it means to the fans.

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“I went to Brentford last weekend and this game is all the fans were talking about.

“The way we played in the second half had them all fearing Norwich might hammer us, but it sounds like Tuesday (0-0 at Wolves) was a much better performance.

“The play-off defeat against them was tough to take, but we more than matched them for a game-and-a-half and I see no reason why we can’t match them again.”

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