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East Anglian Derbies Switch to Sunday Noon Kick-Offs
Friday, 29th Jun 2018 12:29

Town have confirmed that the season’s two East Anglian derbies against Norwich City have moved to Sunday 12 noon kick-offs on police advice, as has been the case for a number of years.

The Canaries will now visit Portman Road on Sunday 2nd September, while the Blues will travel to Carrow Road on Sunday 10th February.

As a result of the away game moving, the home match against Derby County has switched to Wednesday 13th February (KO 7.45pm), having initially been set for the previous day.

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BlueRaider added 12:33 - Jun 29
We missed a big chance last year, the derby up there was FA Cup 5th round day, if either team had got through they would have had to play it midweek. Behave then and we could have debunked the police advice, balls !!

NoCanariesAllowed added 12:44 - Jun 29
Is there some sort of rule in producing the fixture list these days that determines we have to play Norwich at home in the first month of the season and away around February/March? Seems to be every season since at least 2014. It'd be nice to host them closer to the business end of the campaign for a change.

big_gaz67 added 13:04 - Jun 29
NoCanaries - we played them at home in late October last year.

Gavin/Phil - time to prove you are Independent Ipswich Town and not sycophant to the club. Please can these unnecessary changes be challenged with the club? Ian Milne said last season fans views had been listened to and that attempts would be made to keep them on a Saturday. We played on a Saturday in August 2014 - what happened so bad that day we can't revert to the proper day!

floridablue added 13:29 - Jun 29
I'm amazed this still happens year after year when some of the more 'potential' for trouble derbies appear to kick-off at more reasonable times. What on earth is it that the police can't cope with a normal start time?

arc added 13:56 - Jun 29
I don't understand why they don't anticipate these changes and announce the fixtures with the changes already made. If we all know it's going to happen, how does the Football League not know? I'm sure there are some people who are inconvenienced by these changes, and it's wholly unnecessary.

Radlett_blue added 14:27 - Jun 29
Police "advice" , right? So why can't we ignore the advice and kick off at a more reasonable time? The fixture list should not be dictated by the police, whose sole agenda is to reduce the possibility of any trouble to a minimum.

sir_george_burley added 14:35 - Jun 29
Phil - are you able to comment on two questions:
First, will such a move away from 3pm Saturday mean that the matches can be visually streamed - for the benefit of those who live outside East Anglia?

Second, if so, will those who already pay for the audio streaming be offered the visual streaming as a pay-per-view extra or as a service that bumps up the subscription a bit (or a lot!)?

Northstandveteran added 16:42 - Jun 29
What's the problem?

Just start drinking at 4 a.m......

Fen69 added 17:26 - Jun 29
Police getting double time pay on a Sunday no doubt or Sky Sports dictating the fixtures!

carsey added 18:21 - Jun 29
Fen69 I can assure you police do not get enhanced pay for these games they have their days off cancelled and re rostered well in advance. It's done simply to reduce drinking time and make it more difficult for the idiot minority to cause trouble before the game. I'm not saying I agree with it but they are the facts. It also doesn't help that the club's don't now pay for policing outside the stadium thanks to ITFC amongst others - local tax payers have to chip in.

JohnyJohnson added 20:29 - Jun 29
My mates wedding was the first Saturday, my wife’s birthday the second.... so I’m very happy! Time for a double.

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